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Visual Arts Galleries

Exhibits at SKyPAC & The Capitol Arts Center Galleries

SKyPAC Galleries Address

601 College Street

Bowling Green, KY 42101

Capitol Arts Center Galleries Address

416 E. Main St.

Bowling Green, KY 42101

The SKyPAC Main Gallery

From These Roots: the Landscape of South Central Kentucky

November 10, 2014 - December 31, 2014

Megan Lightell

My work as a painter focuses on the relationship that we have to the land that surrounds and sustains us. I have found myself drawn to the rural spaces that allow solitude and reflection, and have explored the imagery of Southern Kentucky many times over the years since moving just south of the region. This exhibit offered the opportunity to focus more intentionally on this unique place, and all of the images come from the area surrounding Bowling Green. Some views are broad fields under a wide summer sky; others are more intimate, like the small market farm of the Howell family, or a late-season view from Sunny Point Gardens. This body of work represents the diversity of the landscape; from the seasonal changes of agriculture to the wilder spaces, skies, and waters that have formed the experience of generations.

The SKyPAC Children's Gallery

"My Summer in..." : Photo Essays through the eyes of children.

October 6, 2014 - October 31, 2014

Montessori Elementary School of Bowling Green

In early June, at the beginning of the summer vacation, I contacted our returning and new students to give them an idea for a summer vacation project and ignite the storyteller in them.  In a brief letter, I explained to them what a photo essay is and encouraged them to create an individual project that tells a story.  They could take pictures throughout their summer.  Then, the children were to select a limited amount of photos taken to illustrate a theme of their choice and display their story line on a board of their choice.   The project was meant to be fairly inexpensive but would reveal the richness of the children’s experiences. 

Unlike a written essay or a series of journal entries, the photo essay offers a visual through which an audience can gain insights into the story told.   While telling their story and revealing their themes orally, the students can add details, voices, emotions, and anecdotal references no matter what the level of their written expression might be.  By means of the oral presentation of their story, they can engage with their audience and elaborate their story based on what their peers questions and comments are.  In this format, a picture can be worth a thousand words!

In completing this project, the children expressed their own point of view: what in their eyes and their experience makes a good story.   They also expressed and learned many aspects of the story writing process through an alternative artistic expression, a photo essay.

My objective with this project was to encourage all students to delve in the Art of Storytelling and to use an alternative medium to painting, drawing, or writing.  The children who completed these projects range from six to ten years old.  All attend to the Montessori Elementary School of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The SKyPAC Main Gallery

GERMINATION

September 8, 2014 - October 31, 2014

David Marquez

If a work of art can be simultaneously accessible and perplexing, it is a sculpture created by David Marquez. Inspired by natural forms such as dangling vines, fossilized tree forms, and bulbous pods, Marquez incorporates bronze, steel, iron, ceramics and other mediums into intentionally minimal, stripped down works. In this exhibit, he invites us to ponder an unfamiliar familiarity while contemplating the existence we share with our environment.

The SKyPAC Children's Gallery

Portland High School, Tennessee - Book Project

September 8, 2014 - September 30, 2014

Portland High School student book project.

The SKyPAC Main Gallery

Home in America

July 18, 2014 - August 29, 2014

Tiffany Brown

Everyone is from somewhere.  Some people move around their whole life while others live at the same place forever.  Regardless, we all start somewhere and that somewhere is "home".  This exhibit is a tribute to the places where we begin in America.  Each state has been cut from fabric and stitched together.  An installation in the center of the gallery invites patrons to participate by marking where they live now and where they call home. 

Tiffany Brown, fiber and installation artist, from Tennessee, is an art education specialist; teaching at Portland High School in Sumner County, TN.  Brown received her Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, minor in Fine Art and Art Education degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN and her Masters of Fine Art from Lesley University in Boston, MA.  She has been showing her work for over thirteen years across the US. 

Capitol Houchens Gallery

Celebrating 35 Years of Fountain Square Players: A Retrospective"

June 6, 2014 - July 1, 2014

The exhibit showcases set, prop, costume, & poster art, as well as photographs, scrapbooks, & historical documents.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 am-2:00 pm or by appointment. (Contact Jessica Kem at 270-904-5001)
“All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater, must singly & together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society...” ~Bernard Berenson, Art Critic

The SKyPAC Main Gallery

Art by Misha Ambrosia

May 1, 2014 - June 29, 2014

My life as an artist began at an early age.  I remember showing my mom drawings of apples on several small sheets of paper. She proclaimed “What beautiful pears these are”.   Temperamental me exclaimed, “These are not pears” (rip, rip, rip), “these are drawings of apples” (rip, rip, rip).  Yep, I tore all the cursed apple drawings. Thus began my challenge and passionate love of creating art while managing constructive criticism. Fast forward to the present… ART is my passion; my life…creation on a blank paper or canvas can yield so many possibilities.  This exhibition is dedicated to the long-ago, present and future apple drawings!

Capitol Houchens Gallery

Kentucky Arts Council's 'identity'

April 11, 2014 - May 23, 2014

The adjudicated exhibit includes work by 30 artists, including some who have never exhibited professionally before. The exhibit is the first of its kind produced by the arts council to exclusively showcase work by artists with disabilities.  It was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to continue the arts council's work to address and promote careers in the arts for people with disabilities. The art work in 'identity' includes all media, and the artists come from different communities, learned their art form in different way and represent the diversity of the spectrum of people with disabilities. 

 

"The identity exhibit features work by artists with disabilities from across the Commonwealth. The artwork in identity includes all media, and the artists come from different communities, learned their art form in different ways and represent the diversity of the spectrum of people with disabilities. Each artist has self-identities as a "person with a disability," and has shared their perspectives about how having a disability does (or does not) affect and shape them personally and as an artist. The artist's statements and artwork in the exhibit are meant to open a discussion about the nature of disability in shaping a person's identity."

The SKyPAC Children's Gallery

Youth Art

March 2, 2014 - March 31, 2014

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs which develops critical thinking, multicultural awareness, and technical, communication, and expressive skills. This exhibit provides additional opportunities for youth of all ages to participate in creative art learning.  The goal of YAM is to increase community, business and governmental support for art education and helping others to see art education as a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

The SKyPAC Main Gallery

In/Finite Earth

February 25, 2014 - April 18, 2014

This exhibition is the twelfth exhibition in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc's annual Emerging Artists Program. This longtime collaboration is an unprecedented opportunity for visual artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities to receive national recognition at the start of their careers.  It features works that illuminate their innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. Regardless of continent, country, or culture, over 6 billion people draw sustenance from the shared resources of our planet, the repercussions of which are still unfolding. In/finite Earth is a call to artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future.