Senior art major Ryla Luttrell received the first Lampton Prize, awarded on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Juried Art Exhibition opening reception in the Morlan Gallery.
The Lampton Prize, named in honor of artist, poet, and businesswoman Nana Lampton, recognizes creative vision, a strong work ethic, and natural leadership ability.
Luttrell chose to pursue art as a forum for discussion. She believes strongly that art plays a vital role in the way that people communicate with each other and is an indispensable part of human life. Being from the yet-small town of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, she understands the need for arts programs in all communities.
On behalf of the Morlan Gallery and the Transylvania University art program, congratulations Ryla.
Hunter Kissel was honored with the distinction of having his artwork chosen for the Dean’s Purchase Award Friday, May 4 during the Juried Student Art Exhibition reception at the Morlan Gallery. Beginning in 2001, the Vice President and Dean of the College, Dr. William Pollard has selected an artwork of superior creative and technical accomplishment for inclusion in the University’s permanent art collection. Kissel’s oil on canvas painting, Three, will be on exhibition in the Morlan Gallery until Friday, May 18, and will then go on permanent campus display in the fall of 2012. Kissel will be recognized for his accomplishment during the University Awards Program. Congratulations Hunter!
Click here for the complete list of Juried Student Art Exhibition award winners.
IMAGE ABOVE: Hunter Kissel, 3,2012, oil on canvas
Art professor Kurt Gohde and English professor Kremena Todorova have been teaching Community Engagement Through the Arts (CETA) since 2008--- a class designed to use art as a way to connect Transylvania with the surrounding community.
The 2012 engagement has been doll-making on an ambitious scale, with a class goal of 1,000 soft sculptures created by the end of the three-month term. The CETA students set up their doll-making circles at various locations in the neighborhood---such as Mulberry & Lime pictured above---and worked alongside members of the Lexington community to sew, stitch, and stuff figures of every kind and color.
The class ended up exceeding their goal by making 1,111 dolls which, in the culminating event, were hidden all along Limestone Avenue, from the Avenue of Champions to New Circle Road, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
Eleven art and art history students, along with three faculty/staff members visited New York City for four days at the end of March. The students took in the sites of the Big Apple, with a special emphasis on galleries and museums. Some of the locations on the itinerary include: the Whitney Museum of America Art, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Museum of Modern Art. They also visited Central Park, Times Square, and The 9/11 Memorial (pictured above).
Trevor Martin performed 'Afterword: In Search of an Epilogue' at the end of March in the Carrick Theatre. The riviting performace piece was a response to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist who currently serves as the Director of Exhibitions and also teaches in the Performance Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown his solo and collaborative works both locally and internationally in festivals and curated programs.
Read Rich Copley's great feature as it appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
PICTURES from the performance.