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LexArts HOP explores connections and artistry in Lexington

Nate Lucas, Reporter September 22, 2022

LexArt hosted its fifth bimonthly art HOP of 2022 on Sept. 16. The event hosted about 35 locations where hoppers are able to connect with local artists and view their work. Due to the size of participating...

A mural of a wildcat is displayed in Alumni Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Abbey Cutrer | Staff

New Alumni Gym mural sparks mixed opinions among students

Hannah Stanley January 13, 2022

Alumni Gym’s new mural makeover brings not only a splash of color to its plain walls but also mixed reviews.After agreement from the students and other committees, such as the Student Government Association...

Memorial Hall on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

It’s coming down: After years of hesitancy, UK to remove Memorial Hall mural

Natalie Parks June 5, 2020

As nation-wide protests over police brutality and racism extend into a second week, institutions across the country are reckoning with their legacies of racism.At UK, the reckoning has forced a decision...

The mural inside Memorial Hall was created by Anne Rice OHanlon in 1934. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff File Photo

Documentary on controversial mural shown in Memorial Hall

Natalie Parks February 13, 2020

In the lobby of Memorial Hall, a white sheet covered Ann Rice O’Hanlon’s controversial fresco.In the auditorium of Memorial Hall, images of the fresco panned across a screen, accompanied by audio from...

Joan Snyder, Roses & Weeds, 2013, oil, acrylic, paper maché, fabric, pastel, and dried flowers. Courtesy of the artist. Photo provided by UK Art Museum

UK Art Museum features feminism, abstraction in new exhibits

Natalie Parks September 16, 2019

UK Art Museum is showing two new collections this fall, featuring all women artists. Both installations opened on September 14 and will be open through December 8.Benediction from Bethany Collins is showing...

Karyn Olivier works on her artwork Witness in Memorial Hall on UKs campus on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Karyn Olivier was an artist chosen by the UK Memorial Hall art committee to create an artwork that adds context to Anne Rice OHanlons 1934 mural. OHanlons mural depicts a sanitized version of the brutality that existed during the time of slavery and legal segregation. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Artist who created piece in response to Memorial Hall mural writes letter to UK community

Karyn Olivier April 8, 2019

Dear University of Kentucky community or more pointedly, Dear Students of Color,I wanted to write to you for several reasons. Firstly, I highly respect, admire and am truly moved by the real work and commitment...

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The O’Hanlon mural is painful, confusing and complicated

Mohammad Ahmad April 5, 2019

Reminders of pain and suffering. A symbol of oppression. Feeling like an unwanted, second-class student. Tired of thinking that their university doesn’t care about them.  Those are the concerns African-American...

The mural inside Memorial Hall was created by Anne Rice OHanlon in 1934. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff File Photo

UK to cover Memorial Hall mural after student sit-in

April 2, 2019

The University of Kentucky administration will "immediately" cover a controversial mural in Memorial Hall that has been protested for several years on campus. The news came in a campus-wide email sent...

Isaac Couch poses with a coat he made. Couch won the Young Artists Competition, which was hosted by the Student Activities Board at the SAVS building on March 20, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Young Artists’ Competition opens student artwork to the community

Addison Lander March 21, 2019

On the night of March 20, the UK Student Activities Board hosted its seventh annual Young Artists’ Competition at the School of Art and Visual Studies.The event was created as a way to showcase works...

Audience members raise lights during Helena Handbaskets final song of the Cats Den drag show on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Natalie Parks | Staff

Cats Den is a recreation room for UK students

Kamilah Williams March 4, 2019

Cats Den is keeping its historic purpose while creating a space where all students and faculty are welcomed.On the first level of the Gatton Student Center, there is a large space where you can find students...

Tate Foleys In Shadows exhibit explores the theme of temporality as each piece can be disassembled. 

‘In Shadows’ art exhibit toys with temporality

Addison Lander January 30, 2019

Located at the back of the Bolivar Art Gallery of the UK School of Art and Visual Studies is a collection of print-based artworks titled “In Shadows” by artist Tate Foley.Among the works include a...

A portion of Rose street is lined with painted half-circles in front of Rose street garage and Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Rose Street paintings not done with students in mind

Saadia Akhtar November 15, 2018

Rose Street has been closed due to construction for the last two years and will remain closed. Earlier this semester, students were treated to a variety of colorful semicircles on the walkway. It is unclear...

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