LVA Honors on First Friday Hop

FEBRUARY 7, 2020

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

Louisville Visual Art Honors…
Louisville Visual Art is now accepting nominations for the 2020 LVA Honors.
Nominations can come from anyone and should recognize the nominee in one of the following categories:

Emerging Artist Award – Recognizes an emerging artist in the Kentuckiana region. The artist receiving this distinction will be considered a new and or up and coming artist, however, age will not be a determining factor. The winner of the award will separate his or herself from the rest of the candidates by demonstrating a widely acknowledged expert skill set in their respective field. Commercial success will help in distinguishing candidates, however, it will not be the most determining factor. The Emerging Artist Award will be an individual who’s future is bright in terms of commercial success and positive impact on the local art community.

Visual Art Educator Award – Given to an individual in the Kentuckiana region who is widely recognized for longstanding, impactful teaching that inspires and empowers rising generations of artists. This individual will demonstrate uncommon dedication to cultivating Louisville’s art ecosystem through continuous, thoughtful education of students of art.

Benefactor Award – Recognizes remarkable, ongoing support for the local artist community through activities such as funding of art education initiatives, sponsorship of art-centric events, or philanthropic gifts to artists or art organizations. This individual will have made a lasting, positive impact on the local arts community.

Legacy Award – Honors an individual who has positively impacted and improved the arts community in many different over a span of decades. This person embodies the commitment to make the world a better place, and their vital contributions will be felt, seen, heard, and appreciated for generations to come.


Wilma Bethel, left, has taught children art with LVA for more than 45 years. Wilma’s current student, Destiny Love Jackson, right, will address the Louisville Visual Art Honors Luncheon, Friday, February 7th. (Wilma and Desitiny Love are pictured during their January 29th visit to Great Day Live, with Angie Fenton.) Click HERE or the image above for a clip of Destiny Love speaking about the positive impact of LVA’s education programs.

Destiny Love Jackson is an aspiring animator with an impressive portfolio of original character designs and exciting plans for a professional career as an animator after she graduates from DuPont Manual High School.

Destiny Love’s first formal art instruction came in an LVA Summer Art Camp three-and-a-half years ago. Inspired by that experience, she gained admittance to the DuPont Manual Visual Art program and has continued to take classes through LVA. She hopes to study at Cal Arts after high school and then to work in Japan as an animator.

A self-possessed and compelling speaker, we can’t wait to hear from Destiny Love at the Honors Luncheon this Friday! There are still a few seats left, so reserve yours today!

Louisville Visual Art, now in its 111th year, invites you to the third annual Louisville Visual Art Honors Luncheon on Friday, February 7, 11:30am – 1pm.

Come celebrate Louisville’s vibrant art community as Emcee Angie Fenton of WHAS helps us honor four impactful contributors: Philanthropist Nana Lampton; Artist/Gallerist Billy Hertz; Artist/Professor Ché Rhodes; and Muralist Liz Richter.

Your ticket purchases support Children’s Fine Art Classes, cultivating the Metro’s entire art ecosystem with exceptional art education to school-age students for 95 years! Follow the links below to learn more and purchase tickets.

Those interested may also call (502) 584-8166 for more information or to buy tickets.


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.

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