Cressman Center for Visual Arts
Cressman Center Gallery
100 East Main Street
The Department of Fine Arts, endowed as the Hite Art Institute, is committed to furthering the mission of the University of Louisville
to become a preeminent urban research university through the
establishment of a visual arts center in downtown Louisville. The
opening in November 2006 of the Cressman Center for Visual Arts
located at the corner of First and Main Streets in the heart of
downtown is the first step in this process. The Cressman Center has
expanded the department's studio art and exhibition programs and provided
an educational focus for the visual arts within the urban center of the
city. Covering 12,000 square feet, the Cressman Center is the home of
the department's glass program and features a hotshop and cold working
studios, sculpture studios and shops, seminar room and galleries.
The mission of the Cressman Center for Visual Arts is to educate, engage and excite the community through the visual arts. The Center will function as a space where practice and theory; artists and the public intersect. The Cressman Center will accomplish its mission to:
• Educate our students and the public by providing an educational focus for the visual arts within the urban center of the city. A downtown university-run visual art center will forge a connection between the public and the University through the visual arts. This space will expand the University's outreach; attracting visitors, creating new audiences, and recruiting prospective students from the region and nationally.
• Engage our students and the public by expanding the University's studio art capabilities. The Cressman Center adds much needed space for its studio arts program and in particular programs in 3-D studios, including the areas of glass and sculpture. The Cressman Center, with its open design, will engage students and allow them to work in a truly interdisciplinary manner exploring a variety of sculptural media.
• Excite our students and the public by creating a unique environment for interactive fine arts experiences. Visitors will be able to see faculty and students at work in various sculptural media in open studios, and at the same time be able to view exciting exhibitions in the galleries, attend lectures and special events, and meet visiting artists and scholars — all in one space. The Cressman Center for Visual Arts will be a destination for the public where they can experience firsthand the art making process.
The Department of Fine Arts is the largest and most comprehensive art program in the state. Its active and productive faculty composed of artists and scholars form the core of scholarship and research from which the Cressman Center will build, but perhaps the most important strength that will ensure the success of the Cressman Center is the cultural wealth of the city of Louisville, and the desire of the University to make a greater contribution to the growth and well-being of the city.
The Belknap Gallery, Covi Gallery and Gallery X are on the second floor of Schneider Hall on the Belknap Campus. The Cressman Center is located in downtown Louisville on the corner of 1st and Main street.
Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
First Friday of Each Month (Trolley Hop): 11:00am - 9:00pm
Group Tours: school & other group tours should call Claire Pope @ 502.852-0288 to make arrangements.
Image above of Cressman Center: Photograph by David Harpe.