|CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 LOUISVILLE VISUAL ART HONOREES!
2020 Benefactor of the Year – Nana Lampton
Poet, painter, philanthropist and life-long resident of Louisville, Nana Lampton holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. She is the Chairman of Hardscuffle, Inc., holding company for American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky, Sterling Thompson Company, and Hornbeam Insurance. Her charitable interests include downtown development, land conservation, and the arts. A Berea College Trustee who has served on more than thirty non-profit boards, including Yaddo, University Press of Kentucky, KET, and Fons Vitae, Ms. Lampton lives on a farm in Goshen, Kentucky.
2020 Legacy Award Winner – Billy Hertz
A prominent figure of progressive cultural momentum in Louisville often highlighted in national media, Billy Hertz is a path-breaking artist and gallery owner, whose first exhibition space opened at 632 East Market Street in 1991, long before the neighborhood now known as NuLu was fashionable. A passionate gallerist and sought-after painter, Hertz’s loyalty to those he represents and to the highest professional standards – even in the face of daunting health and financial challenges – have inspired and nurtured generations of artists.
2020 Educator of the Year – Ché Rhodes
Embodying a rich tradition of Kentucky glass artistry and teaching, Ché Rhodes holds the B.A. in Art from Centre College in Danville, KY, where he studied with Stephen Powell. After earning an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, Ché headed the Glass Department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, from 1999 – 2004, and, in 2005, founded the glass program at the University of Louisville, Allen R. Hite Art Institute, where he is Associate Professor and Head of Studio Glass. A former Glass Art Society Board member, and Penland School of Crafts Trustee, Ché has taught at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina; the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York; UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York; and the Scuola del Vetro: Abate Zanetti in Venice, Italy.
2020 Emerging Artist of the Year – Liz Richter
A sought-after Louisville artist and muralist, Liz’s exuberant use of color, repetition and pattern enliven the many references and symbols in her imagery. Primarily self-taught as an artist, Liz draws upon her experience as an educator to imbue her murals with cultural and historical meaning that she carefully researches and presents from a feminist perspective committed to making a positive impact.