Our fine art gallery features the work of Kentucky artists working in a variety of mediums.
April 15 – June 1, 2019
Karen Spears Springate
Acrylic and oil on wood
Karen Spears Springate taught at Eastern Kentucky University for many years, where she was a professor of painting and drawing. Karen has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships, including an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, a Professional Assistance Award and a Professional Development Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, two fellowships from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, as well as Research Awards from Eastern Kentucky University. Karen has traveled, taught and exhibited regionally, nationally, and in Europe. Her work is represented in private and public collections in the United States and abroad. She resides in Lexington.
Joe Molinaro is a faculty emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University where he worked from 1989-2016, and he is the founder of Clayart. Molinaro co-founded the Virtual Ceramics Exhibition (1994), which was the first ceramics exhibit held entirely on the Internet. He is author of the book A Pottery Tour of Kentucky(2000) and regularly contributes writings on the ceramic arts to national and international ceramics publications. He is the recipient of two Kentucky Al Smith Fellowships in 1996 and 2002 as well as the Rudy Osolnik Award for Outstanding Craftsman in Kentucky in 2000. Molinaro has been conducting research in South America for the past 26 years and produced a book on this research, Mythical Figures and Mucawas, with colleagues Richard Burkett and Nan Coffin in 2014. A recipient of two Fulbright Awards in Ecuador, he has written extensively on this research and is also the producer of two ceramic video documentaries, "Jatun Molino, an Amazonian Pottery Village" and "Jatumpamba, an Andean Pottery Village.