The Hite Art Institute's 2017 student trip to Chicago

Professors Christopher Fulton (Art History) and Chris Reitz (Curatorial Studies) took the Hite Art Institute's students to Chicago last weekend for Art Expo. The whirlwind tour of the windy city included stops at Murakami's MCA retrospective, the Art Institute, and of course the art fair (with a special lecture stop to see Nadya Tolokno discuss art criticism and rock and roll!). Special thanks to Linda Rowley for chaperoning and organizing!

Group photo of Hite Students at Navy Pier on Hite Chicago trip 2017.

Chris Reitz and students in Chicago

Professor Ben Hufbauer inerviewed by the Chicago Tribune

Professor Ben Hufbauer was interviewed and quoted by a reporter at the Chicago Tribune for this article on the future Obama Presidential Center.

Hite alumna Mary Clore featured in Vignette

Hite alumna Mary Clore (BA, Art History and BFA, 2D Studios, Magna cum Laude 2016) featured in Louisville Visual Art's Vignette.

Painting my Mary Clore

Professor Delin Lai will speak in symposium at Harvard University

Professor Delin Lai will speak at the "Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium" to be held at Harvard University on October 12-13, 2017. Professor Lai will present his paper "Defining the Present Perfect Tense of I. M. Pei's Architectural Space" on three of I. M. Pei's projects in China and Japan.

"I.M. Pei (1917- ) remains one of the most celebrated yet under-theorized architects of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Though Pei’s six-decade career is mostly identified with his unwavering interest in cultural synthesis and the power of pure geometrical form, his work and methods of practice offer additional opportunities for investigating their dynamic intertwinement within multiple, consequential moments in the history of mid- to late twentieth century architecture, and their relationships with broader social, cultural, and geopolitical phenomena."

Seeking to reexamine Pei in the context of the architect’s 100th birthday year, the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University and the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will hold two link conferences "Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium" on October 12-13 (Cambridge, MA) and December 15-16 (Hong Kong), 2017.

Suzhou Museum designed by I.M.Pei

Picture: Suzhou Museum designed by I. M. Pei.

Professor Mitch Eckert presents work in solo exhibition

Professor Mitch Eckert has a solo exhibition, FLORA/FAUNA at the John Sloan Fine Arts Center Gallery at Lock Haven University. The exhibition combines his newest photographic explorations in natural history museums along with photographs created in botanic and formal gardens in the US, Italy and the UK. The exhibition runs through the end of September. Professor Eckert gave an artist talk on his creative process to the faculty and students on Tuesday September 5th.

Mitch Eckert: FLORA/FAUNA

Hite Art Institute participated in the Art in the Park

The Hite Art Institute participated in the Art in the Park at the Speed Art Museum on Sunday, September 10. MFA students directed art projects and Professor Steve Skaggs performed calligraphy.

Hite Students participating in the 2nd Annual Art in the Park

Professor Chris Reitz quoted on Louisville's public monuments

The Hite Art Institute’s Professor Chris Reitz is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Public Art, which has recently been tasked with reviewing Louisville’s public monuments for material that could be interpreted as honoring racism, bigotry, or slavery.

The first public hearing was held Wednesday, September 7 from 4-6pm. WFPL quoted Professor Reitz on complexities of the task:



The 2017 Hite Welcome Back event

Great to see students, faculty and staff at the Hite Welcome Back event this year. A big thank you to all of those who came and to Artist & Craftsman Supply Louisville, Preston Arts Center and Bridwell Art Library for your time and making the event a hit. We are off to great start this year!

Students in Schneider Hall lobby for Hite Welcome Back event.

Hite sponsors 2018 Hong Kong Exchange Program

Spend the Spring semester to study art in Hong Kong.

Participate in the exchange program established between the University of Louisville and Hong Kong Baptist University to study in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

The Academy of Visual Arts (AVA@HKBU) offers the most comprehensive art program in Hong Kong. For more information about the program at the Academy of Visual Arts, visit the Academy’s website:

To receive the college’s nomination, the successful candidate for this exchange must complete a preliminary application by September 12, 2017. Interested students should immediately contact Prof. Ying Kit Chan, phone: 852-0806 or e-mail:

Expo Chicago

MFA candidate Douglas Miller shows in Canada

Hite MFA candidate Douglas Miller will be in a two-person show "Works by Douglas Miller and Kevin Titzer" at Galerie d'art la Corniche in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada. The opening will take place on Thursday, September 14 at 5 pm and the exhibition will continue until September 30.

Douglas Miller - Canada show

Professor Kim serves as President of Historians of British Art

Dr. Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Fine Arts/Hite Art Institute, has been promoted to President of the Historians of British Art (HBA), an affiliate society of the College Art Association. Many countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are represented in HBA's membership that comprises scholars and curators specializing in British art and architecture from every area and period. Dr. Kim hopes that HBA will celebrate its social awareness and reaffirm its commitment to promoting diversity in its membership and scholarship. As the first Korean-American President of HBA, he is thrilled by this prospect of newly expanded and diversified dialogs the organization will originate and enrich.

Professor Kim


Professor Calvert shows paintings at Zephyr Gallery

Professor Tiffany Calvert will have three paintings in the upcoming show "PROJECT 19: The Prolonged Gaze" at the Zephyr Gallery.

"PROJECT 19: The Prolonged Gaze: Works by Tiffany Calvert, Vian Sora and Nhat Tran" is curated by Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum.

Zephyr Gallery
Exhibition: September 1- October 22.
Opening reception: Friday, September 1, 6-9PM

Project 19 - Tiffany Calvert

Professor Carothers plans major eclipse exhibition

As the eclipse unfolds Monday, one UofL professor will have her camera lens trained to the skies to capture it in a unique way.

Mary Carothers, a Hite Art Institute professor, is creating “Overshadowed,” a “collaborative, experimental exhibition that examines the meeting point between photography, landscape and astronomy.”

Carothers has pulled a team of 17 photographers together to shoot the eclipse, with at least one in each of the 12 states in which the eclipse passes with totality. They’ll use a new technique called slow scan photography, which captures reality in a slow scanning motion across a scene, offering a new twist on the traditional long exposure. The culminating images of the eclipse will be made of nearly 4,000 to 5,000 photographs.

The “Overshadowed” images will be on display at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St., Sept. 22 through Oct. 28.

The opening reception for the show, which is part of the Louisville Photo Biennial, is 5-6 p.m. Oct. 6 during the First Friday Gallery Hop.

Overshadowed promotion photo

Carothers co-created the project with British photographer Brian McClave, a pioneer of the slow scan technique. As a UofL Liberal Studies visiting scholar, he’ll give a talk titled “Space, Place and Time,” from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library. The lecture will overview his 30 years of experimenting with photography and video and will include work on the total solar eclipse and the aurora borealis. 

On Monday, Carothers and McClave will be in South Carolina to shoot the eclipse as it departs American soil and heads out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Others from UofL are involved in “Overshadowed” as well:

  • Photography professor Mitch Eckert and incoming MFA photography candidate Zed Saeed will cover different locations in Kentucky.
  • UofL Astronomy Professor Benne Holwerda, who is the resident astronomer at Kentucky Dam, will contribute from that location.
  • John Jaynes, UofL’s Assistant Director of Sponsored Program Development and an astronomy and photography buff, will shoot from a pontoon in the Land Between the Lakes.
  • Several Hite photo alumni will be stationed in other states: Kelsi Wermuth in Oregon, Mary Yates in Illinois, Laura Arrot Hartford in Tennessee and Jimmy Devore in North Carolina.

“For me, this is like a grand performance,” Carothers said. “Each photographer will soon be connected by forces much greater than time and landscape. I do have at least one photographer positioned in every eclipse state … but when it comes to thinking about this rare occurrence, state lines are merely man made boundaries.”

Story by Niki King

Alumna Elizabeth Smith named Grunberg Resident Fellow

Hite alumna Elizabeth Driscoll Smith (MA in Art History, 2016; Advisor: Dr. Jongwoo Jeremy Kim) has been named the 2017-2018 Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. During her fellowship, she will work with Kenneth Silver, the museum's Adjunct Curator and Professor of Fine Arts at New York University, to assist in the planning and creation of exhibitions and manage the development and implementation of adult public programs.

Photo of Elizabeth Smith

Professor Meena Khalili brings "Type Hike" to Louisville

The Hite Art Institute will bring “Type Hike,” a collection of artistic posters that celebrate the National Park Service to Schneider Hall Galleries Aug. 18-Sept. 22.

Designers David Rygiol and James Louis Walker created the project last year to promote and raise money for national parks during its centennial celebration. They invited graphic artists from across the country to submit a poster for each national park. The resulting 60 posters reflected each park’s unique landscape through highly stylized typography.

Khalili's artwork typehike LASSENMeena Khalili, assistant professor at Hite Art Institute, created the poster for Lassen Volcanic National Park.

“I was honored to be included among so many well-known, nationally recognized designers,” Khalili said. “This project also allowed me to see my work do some good and that’s very gratifying.”

Proceeds from print sales have raised thousands of dollars for the National Park Service at a time when federal funding has been cut.

“Type Hike” has been exhibited in galleries across the country, added to the permanent collection of the Library of Congress and received considerable national media attention.

The project recently expanded to include the National Park Services’ protected sea and lakeshores and endangered species.

Schneider Hall Galleries, 2300 S. First Street Walk on UofL’s Belknap Campus, is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Reitz at

Professor Rachel Singel gives gallery talk

Professor Rachel Singel will speak at the artist talk and closing reception at Zephyr Gallery on Friday August 18 from 6-8pm.

Project 18: Artist and Curator Talk
Friday, August 18, 6 PM - 8 PM
Zephyr Gallery
610 E Market Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Professor James Grubola presents work in national exhibition

Two drawings by Professor James Grubola have been included in "The Nude," a national exhibition organized by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. In this highly competitive juried exhibition, Manifest received 512 entries from 161 artists and selected a show of 21 works by 16 artists. Professor Grubola will have one graphite drawing and one silverpoint drawing in this exhibition.

The Nude: August 18th - September 15, 2017

Preview Reception: Thursday, August 17, 6-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, August 18, 6-9 pm

Manifest Gallery, 2727 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Nude drawing by James Grubola

MFA student Zed Saeed receives project grant

Current MFA student Zed Saeed received a grant to work with Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project.

The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project is a visual record of Kentucky from 1935 to 2055. Building upon the success of the work of the Farm Security Administration (1935–1943) and the original Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project (1975–1977), this iteration will be the third time in an eighty year period that photographers have roamed the state recording the landscape and how Kentuckians live, work and play.

Zed will be photographing the burgeoning immigrant and refugee population in Bowling Green, KY.

Congratulations, Zed!

Photo of a barn by Ted Wathen.

Tobacco Barn. Daviess County 2015. Ted Wathen

Hite and AIGA Louisville host Louisville Design Week

AIGA Louisville is proud to host its third annual Louisville Design Week! Design Week brings together designers and other creative professionals for five consecutive days of lectures, workshops and meet-ups, dedicated to celebrating and inspiring great design.

AIGA Louisville, along with event partners: the Speed Art Museum, the PowerAgency, and the Hite Art Institute, are very excited to be hosting keynote speaker, author, curator and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Ellen Lupton. Her talk, “Design for the Senses,” will be at the Speed Art Museum on Thursday, August 10th from 6PM - 8:30PM.  Professor Leslie Friesen will give a lecture, Power Tips for InDesign v17+,Wednesday, August 9 at 8:30am to 10:00am at Cressman Center for Visual Arts.

Blk&Wht photo of Leslie Friesen

Professor Leslie Friesen

Photo of Keynote Speaker Ellen Lupton

Photo of 2017 Keynote Speaker, Ellen Lupton

Hite student Emi Johnson receives international recognition

Design by student Emi Johnson (c/o 2018) is receiving international recognition. The WCKD GOOD project was completed in Meena Khalili's Spring 2017 Adventures course and encompasses logo design, web design, packaging and illustration. Miss Johnson's work won a Student Design Award from Applied Arts Magazine of Toronto Ontario, Canada. Her work will be printed in the international publication and will soon be promoted on their website. Congratulations!

Logo and packaging design by Emi Johnson

Logo for Wicked Good Coffee