LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug 10, 2021) Across the spectrum, the University of Kentucky Art Museum is opening two art exhibitions that explore the use of color. Using certain favorites as well as rarely seen pieces from the museum’s collection in combination with selected works on loan, “Coloring” will remind viewers how complex color can be. And for visitors drawn to a more austere and monotonous palette, don’t miss “Template Days” featuring the work of artists Avantika Bawa and May Tveit in conversation for the first time. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.


From our own skin tones to the clothes we wear, the sky outside and the food we eat, traffic lights and coins, pride flags and screensavers on our devices – the color is everywhere and always affects us. “Coloring” is an exhibition that presents mainly abstract works of painting, drawing, engraving and sculpture, the dominant condition of which is color / colors which define sharp-edged geometries, merge in lush atmospheres, are the result of acts of accretion or dramatic gestures, and there are items purchased or found in the store. In the hands of artists of various traditions, color relationships can be established using oil and acrylic paints, nail polish and glitter, wool and thread, steel pipes and plastic bottles, to name a few.

“Color is such a rich subject that crosses disciplines such as art, science, philosophy, design and others, all taught on the UK campus. Obviously, we have an attachment to blue here, so the color can be quite emotional, ”explained Stuart Horodner, director of the British Art Museum. “Art lovers of all ages can access this ‘Coloring’ exhibit and find connections to their own favorite hues, from bold Day-Glo combinations to more subtle arrangements and atmospheres. The combinations of acclaimed and lesser-known artists, geometry and gesture, and several different media, will make for a very visceral gallery experience.

Artists featured in “Coloring” include: Josef Albers, Jake-Berthot, Norman Bluhm, Kiah Celeste, Ed Clark, Jeff Conefry, Sonia Delauney-Terk, David Diao, Adrienne Dixon, Friedel Dzubas, Remo Michael Farruggio, Tony Feher, Keltie Ferris, Sam Francis, Sam Gilliam, Joanne Greenbaum, Stephen Greene, Peter Halley, Hans Hofmann, Ralph Humphrey, Scott Ingram, Alfred Jensen, David Kaiser, Sol Lewitt, Chris Martin, Fritz Ruoff, Judy Rushin-Knopf, Jackie Saccoccio, Judith Scott, Alan Uglow, Wendy White and Jack Whitten.

Artists / educators Bethany Collins, Wayne Koestenbaum and Judy Ledgerwood served as “color consultants” on this project, providing questions, suggested readings and suggested events. Their contributions are incorporated into wall labels, documents and public programs.

“Template Days: Avantika Bawa & May Tveit”

Offered in fairly literal contrast to “Coloring”, “Template Days: Avantika Bawa & May Tviet” brings together two mid-career artists who use and improvise with ready-made industrial shapes and materials. They work in series, each using models to develop sculptural and engraving bodies that combine a rigorous search for form. While each artist has used wacky colors in their previous productions, the works presented here are decidedly monochrome.

“’Template Days’ is a strong but low-key accompanying show for ‘Coloring’, with the works of Avantika Bawa and May Tveit paired for the first time. Their sculptures and engravings share many affinities, from the way they both use models to industrial materials and architectural references, ”said Horodner. “It was a particular pleasure that the two artists installed their works in person at the museum after last year of COVID-related restrictions.”

After his in situ installation, “A Pink Scaffold in the Rann” (2019-20), which located a large construction of surprisingly painted metal scaffolding in the vast salt desert near an international border in India, Bawa s ‘is geared towards a much smaller scale and new technologies. Using 3D printers, she fabricated stackable scaffolding the size of a mock-up out of bronze steel and produced subtle embossing on paper, which uses vertical and horizontal bars in distinct formations that oscillate between presence and absence. .

For several years, Tveit has created intricate geometric structures made from cut and stacked sheets of cardboard, born out of its long-standing collaboration with the Lawrence Paper Company, a Kansas-based manufacturer of corrugated packaging products. His murals borrow from the vocabularies of painting and sculpture and suggest new interpretations of ancient forms, notably pyramids and ziggurats. She also inked and printed in various ways from carefully orchestrated cardboard shapes to create monoprints that possess emanations of light and shadow depths in equal measure.

“Coloring” and “Template Days” run until December 11th.

COVID-19 protocols

To ensure the safety and health of customers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Art Museum has several protocols in place. All visitors must register in advance for a scheduled appointment to view the exhibits. Reservations can be made here.

Additionally, all visitors should adhere to the following guidelines when visiting exhibitions or activities at the UK Art Museum:

  • Face masks must be worn by all visitors over 2 years of age.
  • The capacity will be reduced and controlled to 20 visitors at any time.
  • Temperature checks will be required for visitors and staff prior to entry.
  • Visitors showing signs of illness at any time will be invited to return when they are healthy.
  • Visitors should use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance.
  • Social distancing is required and will be enforced.
  • Follow the signs indicating the direction of circulation in the galleries.
  • Credit or debit cards only; no cash allowed for purchases.

UK Art Museum staff will also wear masks, undergo pre-entry temperature checks, use hand sanitizer and practice social distancing. Please check the UK Art Museum website prior to your visit for the most recent information.

The current UK Art Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The museum will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art in order to improve the quality of life of the people of Kentucky by collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting exceptional works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculptures, the art museum features both special exhibits and exhibits of work from its permanent collection .



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