Research project of Scott Rollins featured on the cover of Office

The thesis research project of Scott Rollins (MA student in Curatorial and Critical Studies) on the performance artist Richard Gallo is featured on the cover of Office magazine, a magazine based in NYC, circulated nationally and internationally.

Scott Rollins

Interior Design students participate in Product Runway

Two teams from U of L Hite Art Institute's Interior design program participated in Product Runway this Thursday. One of the teams received Second Prize. Product Runway is a fashion show/contest challenging Interior Designers/Students to design and hand make garments constructed out of materials such as wall-covering, carpet, tile and commercial office furnishings. Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6 to 9 PM • Kentucky Center for African American Heritage • 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd • Louisville, KY 40203

Photo of Product Runway I

Photo of Product Runway II

Photograph of Product Runway III

Zed Saeed wins Best in Show at 2017 Midwest SPE

MFA student Zed Saeed won the Best in Show award at the 2017 Midwest SPE (The Society for Photographic Education) Conference student exhibition in Peoria Illinois. The awards event took place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the exhibition is at Peoria Public Library. The award winning photo is one of his images from the "36 Miles-Revealing the Ohio" project.

Zed with his best-in-show work at SPE

Kevin Warth interviewed in Louisville Magazine

Meet Hite alumnus Kevin Warth (16) who is interviewed in the October issue of Louisville Magazine. Not only did Kevin receive a degree in photography, he also double majored with a degree in art history. His work explores identity, sexuality, and the body, which has cumulated in his recent solo exhibition, home sweet home at Garner Narrative through October 27 in conjunction with the Louisville Photo Biennial.

photo of Kevin Warth in Louisville Magazine

Kenneth R. Crawford receives the Wilson Wyatt Alumni Award

The UofL Alumni Association established the Alumni Fellows program in 1983. These awards recognize graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields and are exemplary ambassadors for the university and their college or school. Recipients reflect the high standing and character of their alma mater. The 2017 Wilson Wyatt Alumni Fellow for the College of Arts & Sciences is Kenneth R. Crawford, II. 

Kenneth R. Crawford, II received his Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts with a concentration in Interior Design from the University of Louisville in 1987.

Crawford is the President of Kenneth Crawford Interiors located in Hollywood, Florida. He is an Interior Designer with over 25 years of experience in residential and commercial Interior Design.

Crawford worked briefly for a Louisville firm before transferring to Atlanta to work for Casablanca Designs for four years. He then went to work for a design firm out of Fort Lauderdale. Crawford has designed restaurants in Japan, France, Canada and the United States. He has designed across the United States, in areas such as Fisher Island, Golden Beach, Turnberry Beach Club, Pine Crest, Porto Vita North and South Towers, Continuum, Woodfield Country Club, Two Liberty in Philadelphia and numerous other prominent locations. Crawford has designed for several high profile individuals, including a member of the royal family of Kuwait and a member of the Marley family. Crawford’s work has been published in a number of design magazines and on television. He has received multiple interior design awards including Best Designer by Houzz in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Crawford resides in Hollywood, Florida.

Black and White photograph of Kenneth R. Crawford

Professor Moon-he Baik shows new work in solo exhibition

Professor Moonhe Baik will present a solo exhibition of her new work entitled "Memories" at Asia Institute | Crane House. This new series of work was created entirely with hanji, a Korean handmade paper. This exhibition represents her reflections of both her birthplace Seoul, South Korea, and her current home Louisville.

Opening reception:
Friday, October 20 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Asia Institute | Crane House
1244 S 3rd St, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

New work by Moon for show at Crane House

Professor Steve Skaggs gives Semiotics & Discourse workshop

Graphic Design professor Steve Skaggs was the first speaker in the fall Semiotics & Discourse workshop. Skaggs discussed semiotic theory for graphic design from his recently published book FireSigns.

This workshop series provides space for faculty and students at the University of Louisville to share research on how language and other semiotic resources mediate social worlds. We aim to develop interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars from a variety of disciplines who study talk, text, interaction, semiotics, visual communication/design, and mass media. Sponsored by the Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society and the Departments of English and Comparative Humanities.

Photograph of Steve Skaggs giving workshop.


Zed Saeed's photography featured in Louisville Magazine

Zed Saeed (MFA student) produced a series of photography for the Louisville Magazine's October 2017 issue. His work is also featured on the cover of the magazine.

Zed's photographs featured in Louisville Magazine

Miranda Becht accepted into the Hadley Creatives Program

Miranda Becht (MFA 2017) has been accepted into the Hadley Creatives Program. Through a competitive application process, 15 artists who demonstrate potential and readiness to pursue a career as a working artist have been selected for this professional development program. The Community Foundation is partnering with Creative Capital to develop a curriculum that will help local artists build their professional practice, cultivate an expanded peer network, and dedicate time for reflection and planning.

Miranda is currently teaching at the Department of Art of Bellarmine University.

Interior photograph of Miranda's MFA thesis at Cressman.

Michael Kellner receives "Best-In-Show" award

Hite alumnus Michael Kellner received "Best-In-Show" award

Last Friday (September 29) Michael Kellner (BFA 2000) received the "Best-In-Show" award in a juried exhibition entitled "Sight of Music." The exhibition is presented by the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio. "Sight of Music" has been curated by Steve Abbott and the jurors were Dr. Melanie Corn (President of Columbus College of Art and Design) and Dr. Christopher Purdy (Host and Broadcast Producer, Classical 101).

Michael's work, "Invention E's," deals with the idea of creating silence in noisy environment based on the quiet parts of a music score by systematically remove parts of Bach's "15 Two-Part Inventions." He is currently a lecturer at the Ohio State University School of Design.

For more information, visit website:

Drawing by Alumnus Michael Kellner


Eileen Yanoviak co-edits a collections of essays

Eileen Yanoviak (PhD Candidate in Art History) co-edited a collection of essays entitled "Formations of Identity: Society, Politics, and Landscape," published in 2016 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Featuring the contributions of eight scholars from museums and universities, the essays explore the relationship between landscape representations and social ideologies, from Venetian seascapes to contemporary warscapes.

Cover image for the book entitled "Formations of Identity: Society, Politics, and Landscape." Artwork by Susanne Slavick, "Reveal: Pastoral with Flora and Fauna," 2007, gouache on archival digital prints/Hahnemühle paper, 14.25 x 17.25 in. Courtesy of the artist and Accola Griefen.

Book cover for Formations of Identity: Society, Politics, and Landscape.

Douglas Miller's video shown at the Short Film Slam Festival

MFA candidate Douglas Miller's animated music video has been selected to be screened at the Short Film Slam festival at the Speed Art Museum cinema. Douglas will discuss his methods, intentions, and background on his film after the screening.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 • 7 pm
The cinema at the Speed Art Museum
Sponsored by the Louisville Film Society

Drawing by Douglas Miller

Dr. Kim and Miranda Lash give tours at the Speed Art Museum

Last night (September 28), Dr. Jongwoo Jeremy Kim and curator Miranda Lash gave two lively gallery tours at the Speed Art Museum. Their talks focused on queer artists in the exhibition "Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art" to celebrate the LGBT Center's 10th anniversary.

Dr. Jongwoo Kim and Miranda Lash at Speed Art Museum.

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: