The Kentucky Arts Council presents the
Exhibit and Activities
Uncommon Wealth celebrates 30 years of the Kentucky Arts Council's Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Program. The fellowship program was established in 1983 to recognize creative excellence and to assist in the professional development of Kentucky artists. Since then, the arts council has awarded more than $2.5 million in funding to individual artists. More than monetary support, the fellowship serves as a benchmark of excellence in the careers of the state's artists.
Kentucky is home to artists of all kinds — from traditional basket-makers and ceramists, to contemporary artists producing works that push the boundaries of art — as well as talented painters, photographers, sculptors, fiber artists, printmakers, jewelry artists, literary artists, composers, choreographers and media artists.
The artwork in the Uncommon Wealth traveling exhibit provides a snapshot of the work created by fellowship recipients in the visual arts. In the 30 years of the program, 174 visual artists have received fellowships; 58 of those artists are featured in the exhibit.
Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program
Spalding University, Louisville, Ky.
Kentucky Arts Festival: Literature, Music, Art
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Egan Leadership Center, Spalding University, 901 S. Fourth Street
featuring readings by Dianne Aprile, Kathleen Driskell, Silas House, Sena Jeter Naslund and Crystal Wilkinson
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 S. Fourth Street
featuring compositions by Jeremy Beck, Gerald Plain, Steven Rouse and Krzysztof Wolek
4 - 5 p.m.
Huff Gallery, Spalding University, 853 Library Lane
opening reception for Uncommon Wealth exhibit
April 11 - June 22
Whitley County Fine Arts
428 Main St., Williamsburg, Ky.
Uncommon Wealth Exhibit
Gallery hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
Tuesday 1 - 7 p.m.; Wednesday, by appointment only
May 25 - June 22
Huff Gallery, Spalding University
853 Library Lane, Louisville, Ky.
Uncommon Wealth Exhibit
Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday - Saturday,
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 7 p.m.
The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship is named after well-known Kentucky newsman Al Smith, who served as chair of the Kentucky Arts Council board of directors from 1977-79 and 1981-84.
In celebration of the program's 30th anniversary, Uncommon Wealth activities will take place across the state from October 2013 through June 2014, and will include work by some of the 383 fellowship recipients in the visual arts, literary arts, media arts, composing and choreography.
Kentucky is a state blessed with an uncommon abundance of talent, a wealth of makers who are dedicated to their craft and to their ideas — and we are all the better for them.