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March 14 - June 1, 2002

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 2002 + 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

             Louisville, KY -- The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation’s Shands Gallery is proud to present a return to the roots of its mission with Kentucky Folk Art: 2002. This unique exhibit surveys the trends and traditions of contemporary Kentucky Folk Art, while asking the very difficult question of “What is folk art?” It is commonly stated that folk art is defined by three points: its self-taught legacy, its existence outside of the mainstream realm of commercialized fine art, and its stylistic separations along the lines of geographical placement, religion and language. These axioms remain a facet of the definition today, but the categorical attempts have become much more muddled and complex with the spread of urbanization, education, communication and technology.

            “Kentucky is extremely fortunate to be so richly endowed with a strong tradition of folk artisanship and native artistic appreciation,” says Executive Director Mary Miller. “This overflowing fount of diverse artistic talent has afforded us the luxury of rounding up a truly diverse group of artists with whom to re-evaluate folk art in the 21st century.” A wide cross section of media will be represented, from painting and woodcarving to video and electronics. Participating artists include those whose names are synonymous with Kentucky Folk Craft, such as Minnie Atkins, Marvin Finn, David A. Lucas, Hazel Kinney, C.M and Grace Kelly Laster, Willie D. Rascoe, Lavon Williams, Dan Torpey, Jesse and Ronald Cooper, and Guy and Dollie Skaggs.

            Also in the mix are artists such as J. Todd Dockery, Scott Scarboro, Tony Woollard, James Welch, Zephra May Miller-The Bag Lady of Louisville-Smoketown, Andrea Rodriguez, Joanne Meshew, Brad Devlin, and Ramona Hotel, who evade the traditional definition but yet are still deeply influenced and involved with the spirit of what folk art, naive art, primitivism, and outsider art represent.

            Kentucky Folk Art: 2002 will be open from March 14, 2002 through June 1, 2002. The opening will be held on Friday, March 15 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with the opening there will be a very special on-street exhibition of local and regional art cars. Come talk to the car artists and make your own connections between the spirit of folk art and the flowering tradition car embellishment and decoration. All events are free to the public.  Please call (502) 589‑0102 or log on to for more information.

About the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation

            The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to continue the art and craft heritage of Kentucky through the support and education of craft artists and education of the public.  The Foundation is supported in part by the Fund for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency of the Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet.  The Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. 


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