Raise Some L 2020
This year the Hite Art Institute is participating in Raise Some L in an effort to raise scholarship money for our awesome students! Scholarships provide numerous opportunities to our students to enhance their academic experience, and provide grant funding for graduate and undergraduate research and travel. Your contributions can ensure that our students are able to focus on their studies and allow them to excel in all of our programs!
On this page find some exclusive interviews with our current BFA students, a catalog of impressive exhibitions hosted in our art galleries and some check-ins with former students! Or go ahead and jump to information on donating today!
Take a look below at what our scholarship students have been up to in the Department of Fine Arts and learn why our scholarships and your contributions can make a huge difference!
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About: Paige Workman is a junior in the Interior Design program here at the Hite Art Institute. Paige discusses Interior Design curriculum, special projects, and her fellow students' work. Paige will eventually use her knowledge from the program to apply to graduate school. Afterward, she plans to travel as a preservationist of historical architecture and interiors. She will return to Louisville after accumulating valuable experience and will direct her efforts toward preserving this city's historical infrastructure. You can read a transcript of Paige's interview Here.
About Amaiya: As a sophomore and a 3D Fine Arts major, Amaiya Crawford explores wearable, multi-media sculptures and is on track to receive her BFA here at the Hite Art Institute. Amaiya plans to continue developing her knowledge of 3D practices this semester in hopes that she may eventually apprentice as a costume designer in the theater or movie industry. Access to facilities and connections through her 3D courses have enabled Amaiya to continue to perfect this piece as she gears toward her future creating wearable artworks. Read a transcript of Amaiya's interview Here.
About: Sam Minrath, a junior in the BA program, touches on social justice, art therapy, and self expression through her work. After taking the Concepts and Methods and the Fibers courses here at the Hite Art Institute, Sam developed her performative installation piece "Who Am I Now," and exhibited it at UofL's "Take Back the Night," an activism event demonstrating for women's rights. Sam will continue to collaborate with the Fine Arts faculty and students on this ongoing project. She plans to study art therapy after graduating with her Bachelors. You can read a transcript of Sam's interview Here.
About Bradley Fowler: Bradley Fowler is a senior in the BFA program at the Hite Art Institute. He is currently preparing a multidisciplinary body of work for his culminating senior project, the BFA thesis exhibition. After researching perception and experimenting with media in his classes, Bradley landed on a series that explores tactility of light, color, and paint with sound elements. His work will create an immersive experience for his viewers, which will lead them to question their physical reality. With help Fine Arts faculty, Bradley has decided to work as a freelance artist and will eventually attend graduate school after leaving Hite this fall. You can read a transcript of Bradley's interview Here.
Looking for More? Take a look at our digital exhibitions catalog! BFA and MFA students utilize our Schneider Hall Gallery and Cressman Center Gallery annually to exhibit their work in their final thesis projects. Plus our curatorial and art history students have also used our galleries to curate projects, conduct research and experiment. Our galleries also serve as a tool to bring in outside artists to the university which serve to teach and inspire our students. Dive in to see more!
Alumni Check-In: Marcus Siu
In 2012, Marcus Siu graduated from the Hite Art Institute with a BFA in 2D Studios and a minor in Art History. After graduating, Marcus began working as a preparator for museums, galleries, and foundations across Louisville. This line of work has led him to work in a myriad of institutions including the Muhammad Ali Center, KMAC Museum, 21C Museum, the Asia Institute, and the Speed Art Museum among many others. Marcus credits Hite for the origin of his skill set, recalling his time spent installing exhibitions as a member of the department’s Student Art League. These early moments would eventually lead Marcus “to enter the not-often-seen world of art installation and handling.” He goes on to say that he has “continued to find support from the Hite Art Institute through networking opportunities within the Louisville arts community as well as the chance to work side-by-side with the arts faculty in supporting their artistic practices beyond the university.” Marcus founded and directs his own art handling business enabling him to directly serve the local arts community. He has been and will continue to be a vital actor behind Louisville’s art scene.
Alumni Check-In: The Ruckus Team
Mary Clore and Kevin Warth both graduated from the dual degree program at the Hite Art Institute in 2016 with BFA’s in 2D Studios and BA’s in Art History. Along with their fellow artist and friend L Autumn Gnadinger, Mary and Kevin founded Ruckus, a regional “nonprofit art writing and review project that seeks to promote artists, curators, and institutions that are committed to visual excellence by way of critical dialogue.” Devoted to art literacy that fosters equity, longevity, and connectivity in the Southern Midwest, Ruckus has served the community through the publication of virtual, critical writings in an effort to cultivate “a more robust landscape of interdisciplinary art-making.” Mary and Kevin seek to make Kentucky’s art community visible in the larger context of contemporary art and to do so in an accessible format. In addition to overseeing Ruckus and their careers at KMAC Museum, Mary and Kevin both sustain a fine arts practice and have been exhibited at local galleries. Reflecting on their time at Hite, Mary states that the Hite “was especially punctuated by the relationships I formed with colleagues and professors who have since become valued collaborators.” After graduating, Mary and Kevin have continually returned to the Hite to grow their publication and the Hite’s community reach.