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Rotating Galleries

Four 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.
  • The Chapel Gallery, also located on the ground floor of Chandler Pavilion A, adjacent to the West Gallery, is the newest addition to our rotating galleries.
  • All four galleries feature a minimum of two new artist exhibits per calendar year.
  • Current Exhibits

    East Gallery: Adam O'Neal: Every Hour in a Day
    A series of paintings born from drafted compositions of minimalist geometric shapes that have been overcome by a growing mass of colorful strokes applied directly from paint tubes. 

    West Gallery: New exhibit coming soon

    North Gallery: Mare Vaccaro: Photo Artifice
    Vaccaro's arresting self-portraits explore evolving notions of feminine beauty. Adorning her own body with elegant props, she creates subtly subversive images that question the power of costume, both as a tool for assimilation and a means for expressing individuality.

    Chapel Gallery: Arturo Sandoval: Circling Back
    Repurposed industrial discards turned into fine art objects. Featuring 21 selections from the larger series of sixty-eight circular abstract designs that were cut, woven and stitched from salvaged digital images on vinyl.

  • Previous Exhibits

    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."

    Jill Frank: Latent History (April – August 2014): Color photographs taken with the goal of creating a new archive of un-photographed moments in history. They cite iconic artworks, religious symbols, social and historical events in American history as well as ubiquitous images from mainstream media.

    James Baker Hall: The Mirror's Beveled Edge (February – November 2014): Four color and black-and-white groupings of Hall's photographs made between 1970 and 2005 featuring his self-proclaimed penchant for "noticing without being noticed."

    Robert Tharsing: A Room with a View (August 2014 - May 2015): Colorful oil on canvas paintings done from the artist's view of downtown Lexington at his High Street studio in the 1990s. The paintings in this exhibition literally and elegantly depict one artist’s brief view of a small corner of the Earth in all of its beautiful banality. 

    Chung Hwan Park: Closet of Prayer (September 2014 - March 2015): 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. 

    Shirley Mason: Shirley Ardell Mason (November 2014 - September 2015): 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."

    Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso: Cut and Flex (May 2015 - January 2016): 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.

    George Szekely: Paint Marks and Figures/Sheet Studies (June 2015 - March 2016): Informed by the artist's own struggle with illness, these studies on paper use colorful marks and dots to represent struggling patients.

    Nina Howell Starr: An Empathetic Eye (September 2015 - September 2016): Modern aesthetics and social justice infuse this collection of empathetic and visually compelling photographs taken over a span of 30 years.

    Mike Goodlett: Non-Concrete (February 2016 - October 2016): A unique and beautifully displayed selection of figured-based drawings & abstract sculptures that take elements from the human form. 

    Students from Cuba: Through the Eyes of Children (April 2016 - December 2016): Art work by young students from Baracoa, Cuba provides a glimpse into the culture of this small island nation.

    Ellen Skidmore: Ellen - The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice (March 2016 - January 2017): Press proofs from her new children's book tell an inspiring story that is a poignant visual and verbal illustration of the healing power of art. 

    Aaron Skolnick: Concerning the Moon (November 2016 - March 2017): A stylistic myriad of personal, subjective, un-guarded and honest portraits of Lexington, Kentucky artist Louis Zoellar Bickett.

    Eric Oglander: Craigslist Mirrors (October 2016 - May 2017): In this project, Oglander acted as visual archaeologist, archivist and artist: unearthing, organizing and exhibiting the almost certainly unintentionally artistic images of mirrors for sale on Craigslist.