Erin Keane

Arts and Humanities Reporter

Erin Keane covers Louisville's vibrant arts and humanities scene for WFPL. A former newspaper theater critic and arts writer, she has lived in Louisville since 1994 and is a graduate of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Bellarmine University's communications program and Spalding University's graduate creative writing program. 


Arts and Humanities
11:47 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Frankfort Park Seeks Sculpture for Summer Shakespeare

"Make It Writhe," a sculpture by Andrew Marsh, featured in the summer 2013 production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort.
Credit Gene Burch / Josephine Sculpture Park

Frankfort's Josephine Sculpture Park is home to more than thirty pieces of art, and every summer, they add a new piece through an innovative approach to integrating the arts. In each annual Summerstage outdoor theatrical production, a new sculpture becomes an integral part of the production's set design. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

New Speed Exhibit a Matter of Life, Death, Identity

A self-portrait in a series by Trenton Doyle Hancock.
Credit Trenton Doyle Hancock / Speed Art Museum

A new exhibition opens this week at the Speed Art Museum’s satellite gallery in Nulu.  “We’ll Wear a Jolly Crown” examines some of the big themes in American art – life, death, identity – through the work of a small and focused group of artists selected by Lexington-based artist and curator Aaron Skolnik. 

(The exhibition's title refers to the lyrics of a Beat Happening song, "Indian Summer.")

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Frazier Extends Napoleon Exhibit, Adds Saturday Hours

Watch from "The Eye of Napoleon" exhibit.
Credit Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum has extended the run on an exhibit of items from the private art collection of Napoleon Bonaparte.  “The Eye of Napoleon,” which opened in October, was originally scheduled to run at the Frazier through February 9, then move to Montreal, where it would open in the Notre Dame Basilica in May.

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Arts and Humanities
3:53 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

A Look Back at Louisville Arts in 2013

Credit lkluft / Wikimedia Commons

Five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes … now that the earworm's in place, let’s take a minute to reflect back on the year in Louisville’s arts – leadership changes, success stories, notable openings, and moments of triumph for our local companies, big and small. 


The now-formidable Forecastle Festival almost doubles their attendance this year, with 65,000 over three days at Waterfront Park. What started as a little community festival more than ten years ago is now a major player on the national summer music festival circuit thanks to the strategic partnership founder (and captain) J.K. McKnight forged with notable production company AC (“Bonnaroo”) Entertainment.

Meanwhile, in the small-but-mighty category, the Slant Culture Theatre Festival (the quasi-fringe festival centered around Louisville’s independent theatre companies) grew exponentially this year, too, with intriguing programming like Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company’s two-handed salute to Paris’ Theatre du Grand-Guignol and Baby Horse Theatre Company’s riveting production of John Ford’s 17th century tragedy “’Tis Pity She’s a Whore” re-imagined with a death metal soundtrack.

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Arts and Humanities
6:49 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Opens Hands-On MakerSpace

MakerSpace is a new hands-on art activity experience at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Credit Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Museum visitors are used to rules. No flash photography. Use inside voices. Look, don't touch. But at Kentucky Musem of Art and Craft's new MakerSpace, touching is encouraged. The interactive stations are designed to connect patrons with the museum's exhibits through a series of hands-on art experiences.

“It’s supposed to enhance the exploratory art experience for all of our visitors by having them use their different senses,” says coordinator of educational programming and public outreach Sarah McCartt-Jackson.   

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Louisville Music Web Series for Kids Releases First Season of Shows

Jacob Duncan hosts and Will Oldham answers audience questions during a Liberation Living Room concert.
Credit Liberation Living Room.

Hipster children's music albums abound—everyone from They Might Be Giants to Bloodshot Records has cashed in on the laudable trend of non-saccharine music for kids. Members of Louisville jazz group Liberation Prophecy have taken the idea a step further with their 2013 project Liberation Living Room, a series of live concerts for kids by acclaimed musicians filmed for a web series—with nary a "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" in sight. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Ten-Minute Play Festivals Seek Short Work from Kentucky Writers

A scene from the 2013 Ten-Tucky Festival at The Bard's Town Theatre.
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town Theatre

The contemporary American ten-minute play is practically a Louisville invention – former Actors Theatre producing director Jon Jory was a champion of the form, establishing it as a legitimate sub-genre from the early beginnings of the Humana Festival, and the annual National Ten-Minute Play Contest is still administered by Actors Theatre. So it’s no surprise that several Louisville companies have developed a fondness for the short form.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Funding to Five Louisville Arts Companies

Val Caniparoli works with Louisville Ballet dancers during the creation of "Spaghetti Western," a new ballet created with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
Credit David Toczko / Louisville Ballet

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded its first round of grants for the next fiscal year, and twelve Kentucky projects received more than $200,000 in arts funding. Five Louisville organizations are receiving grant support for developing and producing new artistic work, the highest single-city concentration of funding in the state. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Watch: Time-Lapse Video of Saturday's Second Most Awesome $20 Art Show

Credit Mary Yates

Louisvillians brought their hip holiday giving lists to Saturday's Second Most Awesome Art Market's annual $20 Art Show in Art Sanctuary. More than 25 Louisville artists sold discounted stock or new pieces created specifically for the budget art shopper in mind, with each piece priced at no more than $20. 

Show coordinator and photographer Mary Yates created this time-lapse video of the very popular three-hour event:

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Arts and Humanities
8:15 am
Sat December 14, 2013

REVIEW | Savage Rose's 'Twelfth Night' Unleashes the Lord of Misrule

Julane Havens as Viola/Cesario in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's "Twelfth Night."
Credit Savage Rose Classical Theatre

One of the beautiful things about Shakespeare's plays is how infinitely adjustable they are. You can go broke building realistic castle sets and kitting everyone out in sumptuous period costumes, or you can take a bare set and add in just enough detail to suggest setting and character. Savage Rose Classical Theatre opts for the latter treatment in their new production of "Twelfth Night," the cross-dressing rom/com about the misadventures of a shipwrecked set of fatherless twins. 

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