Our Values


Founded in 2009, Spalding University’s Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD) has grown from a grassroots program offering artist lectures, workshops, and art appreciation classes to a comprehensive fine art department, offering an accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

We place original expression at the center.

All disciplines and studies branch out from this core. Empowered with space, guidance, and materials, you will pursue individualized development in art and design. With accomplished faculty and artists committed to an intimate form of study and practice, we offer you the means to not only create a significant body of work but to explore new ways of thinking about the world around you.


In the heart of a thriving, art-centered city, Spalding University is leading a period of dynamic physical growth and change in SoBro, Louisville’s “South of Broadway” district. We educate artists and designers locally, growing the city’s existing assets. Expanding green space, galleries and studios are but a few of the current initiatives in progress.

Drawing in creatives with an eye toward growth, art schools prepare cities for demonstrable cultural change. Galleries, public art installations, specialty programs – all these developments and more enrich a city’s landscape.


In addition to classroom instruction, we provide a unique internship program that helps you enhance your skills. Our full-time faculty hold MFA’s from top-notch art schools, and are all current practicing and exhibiting artists. Through our visiting artists series, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized artists.  Our student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.

As creators, makers, and citizens, we take our role seriously. KyCAD is an incubator for this kind of change – both external and internal.

Awake, Aware, and Involved

Spalding students engage in, contribute to, and serve our community. We instill the conviction that art can make real change. We encourage you to schedule a visit to tour the campus, meet our faculty, and get to know more about what we have to offer.

Social expression = community

We are creating our environment today, and welcome your engagement. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what we’re creating now, and tomorrow.


Meet Our Dean

Moira Scott Payne


Spalding University selected Moira Scott Payne as the first dean of the Kentucky College of Art + Design in April 2017.

“I believe that the Kentucky College of Art and Design, in partnership with leading arts organizations—Kentucky Opera, the Speed Museum, Actors Theatre and others—has the potential to become an energetic source of arts agency in the city,” Scott Payne said. “The arts reflect and create culture, and this school is looking to create a space for creative innovation, citywide conversations and optimistic change.”

Learn more about Moira Scott Payne, Dean  here.

Our Faculty

Joshua Azzarella
Assistant Professor

Digital Media

MFA: Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers/ BFA: Myers School of Art, University of Akron

Andrew Cozzens
Assistant Professor

Interdisciplinary Sculpture

MFA: Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University / BFA: Murray State University

Churchill Davenport
Chancellor / Assistant Professor

Painting + Drawing

MFA: Yale School of Art / BA: Rhodes College

Laurie Fader
Associate Professor

Painting + Drawing

MFA: Yale School of Art / BS: New York University

Ezra Kellerman
Assistant Professor

Interdisciplinary Sculpture

MFA: Louisiana State University / BFA: University of Kentucky

Gwendolyn Kerber
Assistant Professor

Painting + Drawing

MFA: Yale University/ BFA: Cleveland Institute of Art

Annie Langan
Assistant Professor

Digital Media

MFA: Rhode Island School of Design / BFA: Atlanta College of Art

Lori Larusso
Assistant Professor


MFA: Maryland Institute College of Art / BFA: University of Cincinnati, DAAP

Aaron Lubrick
Assistant Professor

Painting + Drawing

MFA: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts / BFA: Columbus College of Art & Design

Ron Schildknecht
Assistant Professor

Digital Media

MFA: Spalding University / BA: Western Kentucky University

Sarah Sik
Associate Professor

Art History

PhD + MA + BA: University of Minnesota

Skylar Smith
Assistant Professor

Painting + Drawing

MFA: School of the Art Institute of Chicago / BFA: Maryland Institute College of Art

Matthew Walsh
Assistant Professor

Graphic Design

MFA: Cranbrook Academy of Art