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.
WE BELIEVE IN YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT
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.
A THRIVING ARTISTIC CULTURE ENERGIZES AND INTRIGUES PEOPLE.
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.
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.