The MFA Thesis Exhibition featuring Shae Goodlett and Zed Saeed will be open for the First Friday Hop, Friday October 2

News from the Hite! Check out this week’s exhibition news, collection highlights, and calls for art!
MFA Thesis Exhibition
through October 31, 2020Cressman Center for Visual Arts 
100 E Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Reservations Required

Open for First Friday! The MFA Thesis Exhibition featuring Shae Goodlett and Zed Saeed will be open for the First Friday Hop, Friday October 2, 2020, from 6-8 pm. Reservations are required. Visit our website to learn more and make a free reservation.
Highlights from the Collection

This week we are highlight Italian Baroque artist Salvator Rosa. The University of Louisville Hite Art Department collection holds two pieces by the artist including the battle scene below and one of his etchings.

Salvator Rosa was an Italian painter and etcher of the Baroque period, he was also a poet, actor, and author. Born in 1615 in Arenella, Italy, Rosa is famous for the romantic and brooding qualities of his paintings but also for his outlandish personality and rebellion toward convention.
Rosa studied in Naples under the influence of Spanish painter and engraver José de Ribera and gained a reputation for his numerous battle and marine pictures as well as his wild scenes of nature. He traveled to Rome in 1639 and became a popular comic actor. Though successful as an actor, his satire gained him enemies with various artists and patrons, including architect and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, whom he satirized during the Carnival of 1639. Due to this he chose to return to Florence which he found more welcoming.
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Images: Salvator Rosa (Italian 1615-1673), Battle Scene, Oil on canvas, C. 1660, and Alexander in the Studio of Apelles, etching and drypoint, C. 1662.
Call for Art: Check out these artist calls below.
Is the USPS still a vital service? Some claim it should be defunded, reorganized, or relegated to the dustbin of history. And yet so many others rely on the postal system to get essential medications, submit legal documents, send cards to loved ones, make art, and perhaps most pertinently, vote in elections. The post means many different things to different people. What does it mean to you?

As debates about the Postal Service have become front-page news in the context of COVID-19 social distancing protocols and the upcoming election, this mail art exhibition seeks contributions that visualize the meaning of the USPS to its diverse patrons.

Send to mail art for the POST POST? project to:
Bolivar Art Gallery
Attn: Class ART 504 / Prof. Kienle
236 Bolivar Street
Lexington, KY 40506

​All submissions will be included in an online exhibit at University of Kentucky’s Bolivar Art Gallery. Upon conclusion of the exhibition the archive will be donated to the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library at the University of Kentucky. Submit by November 2020 to be included in the online exhibition. This exhibition is organized by University of Kentucky’s MFA Curatorial Studies Students. For more information:

Calling all chalk artists! Bridwell Art Library is looking for our October Chalk Artist-in-Residence. 📣

Each month we will select an artist to create art that explores social justice themes. These themes include, but are not limited to: antiracism; antitransmisia; antiqueermisia; antiableism; the intersections of race, identity, gender, and sexuality; and the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement. 🖤

We provide the chalk, you provide the artwork that relates to a social justice theme of your choice! If you have questions about the chalk artist residency, or wish to apply, go to the link below or contact Bridwell Art Library at Apply by September 28 for full consideration! 🎨


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