Portland Studio

Portland MFA Space

Renovation planned in Portland neighborhood will expand MFA student and faculty studio space while helping to revitalize a community

A soon-to-be renovated space at 1606 Rowan Street in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville will provide a new home for the MFA program of UofL’s Hite Art Institute. Scheduled to open in Summer 2018, the space will provide graduate students and faculty with state-of-the-art studio space. Additionally, giving UofL’s College of Arts & Sciences a campus presence in a community where revitalization efforts are underway will further the University's commitment to the third pillar of its mission: “providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities.”

View the full press release: UofL to lease, renovate Portland warehouse space for fine arts (PDF)

View the online brochure: MFA - Moving Forward Always

"We are excited our MFA studios will be a part of the larger revitalization effort of a unique Louisville community. Portland is a meaningful place for our city, rich in historic landmarks and in close proximity to downtown and the river."

~ Ying Kit Chan, Chair, Department of Fine Arts


"We are so thrilled to be creating a new space for our MFA in Studio Art & Design program. Our MFA program will have state of the art studios which will allow us to build upon our already exceptionally strong fine arts programs. To add to the excitement, the new space will be on Rowan Street in the historic Portland neighborhood. The location will not only provide MFA students and our studio art faculty members with a creative home, but it will give our University a presence in West Louisville. So, this is not just about a new space for us. It’s about giving our faculty and students a way to infuse community into their art and art into the community."

~ Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences


"Adding the University of Louisville program to the neighborhood is key to enhancing the cultural vitality and economic revitalization of Portland. The MFA students and faculty will enliven the redesigned space and contribute to the area’s positive growth. It shows great leadership on the part of our state's leading institution of higher education to establish a presence west of 9th street!”"

~ Gill Holland, Founder, Portland Investment Initiative


Your support is critical to our success. Gifts to the Department of Fine Arts help us support the development of outstanding professional artists while also revitalizing the Portland community. Please consider giving to any of these three funds:

MFA Studio Space Rental Fund
To support the 1606 Rowan Street building rental expenses for studio.

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MFA Studio Outfitting Fund
To help furnish art equipment and supplies for the MFA Program.

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MFA Studio Operations Fund
To support ongoing operational expenses for the studio facility.

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