Two rotating galleries in UK Chandler Hospital and one in the Kentucky Clinic showcase some of Kentucky’s most forward-thinking artists. The hope is that these galleries will bring the community to the hospital to see art and in this way link the hospital to the cultural landscape.
The West Gallery, located on the ground floor of Chandler Pavilion A along the hallway between the chapel and the Emergency Department, provides 170 feet of wall space. The East Gallery, located on the first floor of Pavilion A in the hallway that connects Pavilion A and Pavilion H, allows for more dramatic and succinct presentations of artists. The North Gallery, on the third floor of the Kentucky Clinic in the hallway leading to the pedestrian bridge across S. Limestone, offers a space to expand our exhibit capacity while exposing outpatients, ambulatory staff and researchers to our program.
To view our current and past pieces, take a look our photo gallery.
East Gallery: Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso: Cut and Flex
Although this Cuban artist was born deaf and does not speak, she does communicate with the world through her vibrant and truly unique paintings of muscular male figures and other body parts. It is thought that perhaps these figures serve as her protectors or that they are playmates with whom she can converse. Whatever the true nature of her work may be, she is clearly breathing life into these creations that exist in the space between our world and her own.
West Gallery: Nina Howell Starr: An Empathetic Eye
Modern aesthetics and social justice infuse this collection of empathetic and visually compelling photographs taken over a span of 30 years.
Thornton Dial: Coded Language (June 2011 – January 2012)
Graphite and watercolor drawings depicting some of the early symbols of the Dial vernacular.
Guy Mendes: 40 / 40 (April – September 2011)
Silver gelatin prints of 40 portraits over 40 years of shooting Lexington personalities.
Mother-in-Law/Daughter-in-Law: Gee's Bend Prints ( February – August 2012)
Hand-colored prints of the famous Gee’s Bend quilts.
Albert Moser: Panorama (October 2011 – September 2012)
Handmade panoramas of Lexington in the 1950s created by mentally challenged photographer Albert Moser.
John Cohen: The High Lonesome Sound (October 2012 – May 2013)
Silver gelatin prints of Appalachia at work, at worship and making music in the 50s.
Paul Sawyier: The Two Villages (September 2012 – January 2013)
Watercolors based on Rose Terry Cooke’s poem of the same name.
Body Mapping: (January – February 2013)
Life-size canvases created by transplant patients in an art therapy workshop.
Lina Tharsing: Making a New Forest ( March – August 2013)
Black-and-white oil on panel based on archival photos of the creation of dioramas for the National History Museum.
Tipping Point: Twelve Years of Latitude Artist Community in Lexington (June 2013 – February 2014)
A collection of mentally handicapped artists that have flourished in the community of a local artist workshop.
Austin Eddy: Full Moon Swoon (August 2013 – April 2014)
Black-and-white acrylic on canvas that pushes at the meaning of "good art."
Large abstract paintings done with Korean pigments on paper and canvas. These stunning visual tableaus demonstrate a Korean approach as well as influences from American color-field painters such as Mark Rothko.
Drawings and paintings in a wide range of styles that may have been influenced by Mason's psychiatric diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. Mason, a UK art professor, was the subject of the 1970s book and movie "Sybil."