Arts and Humanities
2:21 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Waterfront Park Bird Sculptures Fly Away for Restoration

Metro Louisville loaded up 28 metal bird sculptures, the "Flock of Finns," to travel by truck to Oberlin, Ohio, for restoration.
Credit Louisville Metro Public Art

Waterfront Park will be missing some of its more colorful residents this summer. “Flock of Finns,” a collection of painted metal bird sculptures based on Louisville artist Marvin Finn’s original designs, are headed to Ohio for restoration. 

The “Flock of Finns” settled permanently on Waterfront Park in 2001. The elements and a hands-on public have taken their toll on the brightly-painted metal sculptures, and now several have, among other ailments, rust blisters that will deteriorate the structural integrity of the pieces if not remedied.  

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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
10:52 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Louisville Artist Cuts Through Pain With Chainsaw

Andrew Marsh's “Meat me in the middle,” black walnut, elm and maple with iron.
Credit University of Louisville

Andrew Marsh was a full-time metal artist when he suffered a severe back injury about ten years ago while building St. Louis' City Museum. His days of welding giant steel structures were over, but you can't keep an artist from creating. Now the assistant director of the University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, Marsh works in recycled iron and reclaimed wood. And he's traded large-scale welding projects for a new tool of choice: the chainsaw.

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Arts and Humanities
1:25 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

ArtThrust: Empowering Young Louisville Women Through Art

Body cast sculpture from "A Weight Off My Mind," ArtThrust group exhibit.
Credit Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

ArtThrust, a program that empowers Louisville girls through art, will close its 2013 multimedia group exhibit next Friday. “A Weight Off My Mind,” which is open through September 27 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, features sculpture and photography exploring beauty standards and body image by young women artists.

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Arts and Humanities
6:41 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Red Feather Takes Flight: Kentucky Center Sculpture Will Be Removed for Restoration

"The Red Feather," 1975, Alexander Calder
Louisville Metro Images

The front steps of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts will be missing a familiar figure this month. Alexander Calder’s eleven-feet-tall metal sculpture “The Red Feather” will be removed and packed for transit on July 13, where it will undergo a three-month restoration and repainting process in Virginia.

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Arts and Humanities
11:10 am
Tue April 9, 2013

'Wild Card' Exhibit Mines Sports, Gender, Rites of Passage

"The Wish," Michael Combs.
Credit 21C Museum Hotel

A new 15-year survey of artist Michael Combs' work is open at 21C Museum. Combs draws on his Long Island family’s long history as expert outdoorsmen and decoy carvers in his playful mixed-media explorations of gender identity, rites of passage and cultural myths. This is the first retrospective for Combs, who has shown his work throughout the United States and abroad.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Visually Impaired Artists Exhibit Opens

"Retinal Checkerboard " by Tara Innmon
American Printing House for the Blind

A juried art show featuring visually impaired artists opens Thursday at the Galt House Hotel. Sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind, APH Insights 2012  features 82 works (out of more than 400 submitted) by artists from across the country, ranging from professional artists to senior citizens and students.

A variety of media, including painting, sculpture and photography, is represented. Winners in nine categories have been selected by a panel of Louisville judges to be honored in a ceremony Friday. Artists will greet visitors Friday 4:15-5 p.m.

Arts and Humanities
4:23 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Jeffersonville Forms Public Art Study Committee

Floodwall mural in downtown Jeffersonville.
Jason Meredith Design Unleashed

The city of Jeffersonville, Ind., has formed a study committee on public art. The committee will lay the groundwork for a new public art initiative. City council member-at-large Nathan Samuel hopes a public art initiative will help rally Jeffersonville citizens and leaders around a positive cause.

“I think Jeffersonville suffers from a self-esteem problem," says Samuel. "We don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we have here.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

First Friday Five: June

John King

It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.

But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Arts and Humanities
4:43 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Speed Museum Hosts Horse Sculptor Talk

Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculpture “Burnt Pine” stands seven feet tall, and its spare frame brings to mind reconstructed dinosaur skeletons. “Danuta” is a reclining bronze giant in outline, a tangle of rough bronze.

The two sculptures have joined the Speed Art Museum’s collection and are now on display in “Inside | Out,” a preview of how the museum’s collection will interact with nature when the Speed reopens in 20125 after a $50 million expansion and renovation.

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