Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design 2005 Exhibition Schedule


Ann and John Miller Folk Art Collection

Saturday, January 15,  - Saturday, March 26, 2005

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 13, 2005, 5-7:30pm

Mary & Al Shands Gallery


Ann and John Miller of Louisville have been collecting art, and in particular Folk Art, for more than twenty years.

Through careful research and numerous visits to artist’s studios, auctions and galleries throughout the South, they have created one of the most important and wide-ranging collections in the region – yet it is little known outside the folk art community.

This will be an opportunity to view works by most of the major Southern folk artists from the past twenty five years.



Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists

Saturday, January 15 – Saturday, February 26, 2005

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 13, 2005, 5-7:30pm 30pm

 Steve Wilson Gallery

LAFTA was formed out of the expressed need of local textile artists through the incentive and direction of Denise Furnish, a local artist-designer.  From a handful of artists, LAFTA currently has a membership of more than 70 women artists, whose work ranges from hand or machine embroidery and quilting, weaving, beading, batik and shibori dyeing, paper- and felt-making, basketry, and assemblage.  Members range in skill level, from student to self-supporting artist; and age, from 22 to 75 years. 

An exhibition exploring the rich possibilities of using fiber it’s many guises to create art -  including quilts, clothing,  baskets and mixed media. This exhibition will be planned around a range of fiber-related activities including demonstrations, workshops and public activities.


For the Love of Flowers

Saturday, March 5 – Saturday, April 23, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 200, 5 – 9:00 pm (First Friday)

 Steve Wilson Gallery

People love to surround themselves with flowers – both indoors and out.

We have asked artists from across the country to create vases, bowls, platters and pots in which to display cut and dried flowers, bulbs and plants of all descriptions.

The only limitation is that the vessels be as splendid without flowers as with!.

IRONWORKS: Contemporary Forged Metal An Exhibition of American Blacksmiths

Saturday, April 2 – Saturday, June 18, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 2005, 5-9:00pm

 Sponsored by:


Mary & Al Shands Gallery

We are mounting an invitational blacksmithing exhibition which is highlights the art of contemporary blacksmithing in America.

With approximately 65 smiths exhibiting, this will be among the largest contemporary ironwork exhibitions ever assembled.





Bottled Spirits  


Thursday May 5 – Saturday June 18, 2005       

Opening Reception: Tuesday May 10, 2005  5 – 7:30

Steve Wilson Gallery

Kentucky is famous, among other things, for its bourbon distillers and its craft artists. In 1997, we combined the two into an exhibition called Bourbon Bottles.  Almost every year since then we have repeated the popular show, and we changed its name to Bottled Spirits.  This year we will invite artists from across the U.S. and possibly beyond to participate alongside our Kentucky craftspeople.  Along the lines of a "teapot" show, we are inviting artists to create bottles or vessels in which to store and from which to dispense spirits, wine or other liquid refreshment.  Works can be purely decorative, or they may be functional. Works included will reflect each artist’s unique creative personality and style and approach to this subject.


What a Way to Go:  Dying in Style      

Saturday, July 2 – Saturday, September 24, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 2005, 5 - 7:30

 Mary and Al Shands Gallery

Sponsored by Brown-Forman Corporation

Planning for one’s eventual demise is not something that many of us consider – often until it is too late.

This exhibition will feature work by artists who have prepared for the inevitable by creating caskets, memorial statuary, crematory urns and other objects associated with funeral and burial rituals.



Michael Taylor Studio Glass

Saturday, July 2 – Saturday, August 20, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 2005, 5 - 7:30

Steve Wilson Gallery



Clocks: From Cuckoo to Carillon

Friday, September 3 – Saturday, October 22, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, September 2, 2005, 5 – 9:00 pm

Steve Wilson Gallery



Saturday, October 8 – Saturday, December 31, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 2004, 5-9:00pm

Mary and AL Shands Gallery



Holidazzle: Expressions of the Season                              

Friday, November 5 – Saturday December 31, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 2004, 5 – 9:00 pm

Steve Wilson Gallery