Scholastic Silver Key

February 16 - March 2, 2018
Scholastic Silver Key

Scholastic Silver Key

Schneider Hall Galleries

On View: February 16 - March 2, 2018
Reception: February 16, 2018 5-8 pm

Presented by the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. This program year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to 118 Affiliate regions across the country. 323 creative teens from the Louisville Metropolitan Area Art Region (8 counties in Kentucky, 5 in southern Indiana) received 609 regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, and American Visions nominations

 In celebration of this year’s regional recipients, two exhibitions and an awards ceremony will be held.

  • Gold Key and American Visions Nominees Exhibition
    Feb. 2 – 25, 2018 during museum hours
    KMAC Museum
    715 W. Main St., Louisville, KY
    (Exhibition Opening is Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop)
  • Silver Key and Honorable Mention Exhibition
    Feb. 15 – March 2, 2018 during building hours
    Schneider Hall, Dept. of Fine Arts, University of Louisville
    2300 S. First Street Walk, Louisville, KY
    (Exhibition Opening is Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with After Hours at the Speed)
  • Regional Student Awards Ceremony
    Feb. 15, 2018
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Sallie B. Durrett Auditorium
    4425 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 

Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Richard Avedon, Ken Burns, Red Grooms, Arnold Hurley, Robert Indiana, Zac Posen, Robert Redford, Kay Walkingstick,and Andy Warhol.

For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic News Room:

Professor James Grubola interviewed on ART+FM

Jim Grubola has taught at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville for more the 40 years. On the eve of his retirement, and as two important exhibitions open, one of his work, and one featuring some of his former students, he joins us in the studio this Thursday to talk about his life as an artist and as a teacher. Tune in Thursday at 10am to LVA's Artebella On The Radio on WXOX 97.1 FM /

Jim on ART+FM

Printmaking students tour print collection at the Speed Art Museum

Last week Professor Singel took her Intro to Print class to see the print collection at the Speed Art Museum.
Special thanks to Miranda Lash for helping to coordinate the trip and Adrienne Miller for an amazing tour!

Printmaking students at Speed

Printmaking students at Speed II

Hite co-sponsors lecture by Sarah Sentilles

The Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event, coordinated by Professor Tiffany Calvert.

"Art Now: Ethics, God, and Images of Others" lecture by Sarah Sentilles

Focusing on photography’s historical and ongoing role in constructing "others," Sarah Sentilles will explore how art and theology offer resources for resisting the forms of observation, capture, and certainty encouraged by drones and other machines of war, and she will propose an ethics capable of seeing difference as divine.

At the core of her scholarship, writing, and activism is a commitment to investigating the roles language, images, and practices play in oppression, violence, social transformation, and justice movements.

Friday, February 9, 6 - 7:30 pm.
@KMAC Museum, 715 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky.
This event is free and open to the public.

Photo of Sarah Sentilles

Alumnus news: Joe McGee

Joe McGee (BFA in Sculpture 1986, recipient of the Winthrop Allen Award). Since graduation, McGee has maintained an active exhibition schedule, presented his 2D and 3D artwork in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

In 2014, McGee curated and organized "En el Espiritu de Frida," a five-person exhibition to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo at the Swanson Contemporary Gallery. In 2018, McGee is working on a new project "Merton Among Us: The Living Legacy of Thomas Merton" in which he conceived and organized the selection of seven visual artists and seven writer/poets to honor the life and work of Thomas Merton for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of his passing on Dec. 10, 1968. This project is being hosted in the Fall of 2018 by Spalding University, in cooperation with The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

McGee’s work are in many private and public collections, and he has completed several large commissioned sculptures for Woodford Reserve Distillery. McGee was a recipient of an SAF/NEA Fellowship (1988) and a Kentucky Arts Council Professional Assistance Award (1993). For the last thirty years, McGee worked at the Speed Museum as a preparator, the Kentucky Derby Museum as Curator of Exhibits, and the Kentucky Expo Center as the Information Officer/Artist.

Study of Vessel Form, 1986

Joe McGee, Study of Vessel Form, 1986, gouache and conte on paper, 18"x14". This work is included in the Hite Art Institute's "Selections From the Teachings of James Grubola" exhibition.


Hite students exhibit work at OPEN Community Arts Center

On now at the OPEN Community Arts Center, work from Hite MFA students Lauren Bader, Reid Broadstreet, Tammy Burke, Monica Stewart, Kcj Szwedzinski, and Senior Bailey Thomas. Check it out soon and join the closing reception on Friday, January 26, 6-9pm.

Student work at OPEN

Student work at OPEN II

Selections From the Teachings of James Grubola

January 8 - February 9, 2018
Selections From the Teachings of James Grubola

Donna Meeks, GDK 8, 2013, silverpoint, 7.25" x 7.25" x 2.5"

On View: January 8 - February 9, 2018
Reception: January 11, 2018, 5-7 p.m.

In addition to a solo exhibition at the Hite's downtown Cressman Center for Visual Arts, the campus Schneider Hall Galleries will host "Selections from the teachings of James Grubola." The show chronicles Grubola's significant impact as a teacher through the work of his students. The show features nearly fifty works―new and old―by Grubola's former students.

Schneider Hall Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hite alumni and faculty receive Great Meadows Foundation Grants

Hite alumni and faculty receive Great Meadows Foundation Grants

Three Hite alumni and four Hite faculty members have been awarded grants in the fifth round of Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grants program. The Hite alumni are Carrie Donavan (BFA Graphic Design, 2016), Rob Southard (BFA 2D, 2005) and Shayne Hull (MAT, 2010), and the faculty members are Kyoungmee Kate Byun, Tiffany Calvert, Che Rhodes and Rachel Singel. Congratulations!

The Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grants program supports artists from across the state to travel to major exhibitions, conferences, and residencies, and to connect with professionals in the field.

Ché Rhodes - Great Meadows

Professor Ché Rhodes

Watercolor painting by Kate Byun

Watercolor by Professor Kyoungmee Kate Byun

Rachel Singel, "Gypsum", Lithograph print, 8x15 inches, 2017

Painting by Tiffany Calvert
Painting by Tiffany Calvert

Alumna news: Carrie Burr

Carrie Marie Burr (BFA 2D, 2002) is a professional photographer and the owner-operator of Carriemarieb Photography. Her clients include Amazon, Humana, Lululemon, Louisville Magazine and The Courier Journal. Recently her work has been published in several issues of the Adirondack Life Magazine.

To view more of her work, visit her websites at: and

Cover of Adirondack Life Magazine

Inside of Adirondack Life Magazine

Professor Mary Carothers presents lecture

Professor Mary Carothers will give a lecture "Inside and Outside of Gallery Space – Creating Visual Narratives" as part of the "Meet the Professor Series" to highlight the College's research and cultural offerings. The luncheon and talk will be held in the University Club, on Thursday, January 11 from noon to 1:30 pm. Professor Carothers will talk about how her work as a public artist is inspired by working outside of traditional spaces and how electronic representation of images and texts holds potential for community and global involvement with art.

Floating Seeds in OBKY

Professor Meena Khalili's animated TyPoFiLM shown internationally

Professor Meena Khalili’s animated TyPoFiLM has shown in the cities of Moscow and Indonesia and earlier this month was accepted to a U.S. Regional Exhibition showcasing new contemporary art being produced in the midwest. The exhibition will take place in Artlink Contemporary Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana from January 5th through February 9th, 2018. The juror was Danielle Riede, Associate Professor of Art at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. @artlinkfw

Still from TyPoFiLM

Professor Jongwoo Jeremy Kim's aticle published in ASAP Journal

Professor Jongwoo Jeremy Kim's article "A Maddening Kaleidoscope of Gender" has been published in ASAP (Association for the Study of Arts of the Present) Journal.

film installation

Tammy Burke selected in Artlink Contemporary Gallery exhibition

Tammy Burke (MFA student) has been accepted into a Regional Exhibition showcasing new contemporary art being produced in the midwest. The exhibition will take place in Artlink Contemporary Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana from January 5th through February 9th, 2018. Burke, an interdisciplinary artist, will be showing a three dimensional painting. The juror was Danielle Riede, Associate Professor of Art at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.

Drawing by Tammy Burke

Monica Stewart interviewed by Mud Season Review

Monica Stewart (MFA student) was recently interviewed by an international literary journal based in Vermont, called Mud Season Review.

Monica Stewart in Mud

Alumna news: SaraBeth Post

SaraBeth Post (BFA 3-D Glass 2015) was invited to be a Teaching Assistant at Penland in the spring and summer of 2017. Not only was SaraBeth selected to be an Artist Assistant at Pilchuck twice, she was the Cold Glass Studio Coordinator in 2016 and 2017. In addition to working for numerous artists, she has also worked as a Studio Technician and Workshop Leader at the Corning Museum of Glass while also receiving several scholarships to study at Penland, Pilchuck, and Corning.

Photograph of SaraBeth Post

Professor Chris Reitz quoted on WPFL

Professor Chris Reitz, Critical and Curatorial Studies, is quoted on Louisville's public monuments on WPFL this week.

Photo of monument in Cherokee Park

December Commencement: Congratulations to all our graduates

December Commencement 2017: Congratulations to all our graduates who received their BA, BFA, MA and PhD degrees and best wishes for their next adventure!

Commencement program

Commencement, December 2017

Ph. D. graduate Eileen Yanoviak at Hooding Ceremony

Ph.D. graduate Eileen Yanoviak with her mentor Professor Benjamin Hufbauer.

Eileen Yanoviak and Benjamin Hufbauer

Alumna news: Cecilia Xi Zhang

Cecilia Xi Zhang (MA Art History, 2012) receives a full scholarship to complete her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. This year, she also received a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to research at the Art Institute of Chicago where she is studying Chinese ceramics produced in the Thirteen Factories, Guangzhou, China. She is writing her dissertation on the architecture of Shanghai in the 19th century.

Photograph of Cecilia Zhang

Hite host a two-part exhibition featuring Professor James Grubola

The Hite Art Institute will host a two-part exhibition featuring and celebrating the work of distinguished drawing professor James Grubola. The Cressman Center will feature new drawings completed over the last four years by Grubola which mark his return to the figure as his primary subject matter. Although Grubola has drawn from life on and off for all of his artistic career, administrative duties - he served as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts for 17 years, and other distractions, interrupted his drawing sessions with a model. However, after stepping down as chair, he resumed these Friday model sessions with the resulting series of graphite and silverpoint figure drawings forming the core of this exhibition of new work. Grubola has also spent many years working from moving bodies - specifically dancers. As part of his renewed focus on the figure, he also returned to drawing once a week in company class at the Louisville Ballet. These encounters form his second new body of work featured in this exhibition, “The Thursday Sessions”.

In celebration of Grubola’s significant impact as a teacher, the Hite Art Institute will also host an exhibition of work by Grubola’s many former students (appropriately sited on campus in the Schneider Hall Galleries). Both exhibitions open this January.

Drawing of a dance by James Grubola