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Gallery to transform into laboratory of lights with artist + ‘alchemist’ Ottinger

Christopher Ottinger admits to having a touch of mad scientist in him.

So when the Chicago-based artist and educator’s Cinema of Distraction exhibition comes to the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University beginning March 22, visitors can expect a laboratory-like assemblage of glowing lights, holographic illusions, and the resuscitation of long-forgotten media gadgetry.

Ottinger takes an object-oriented approach to the field of study known as media archaeology, which excavates historical forms of media production and devices that, while largely omitted from media histories, have nevertheless influenced the development of contemporary media and culture.

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Texas-born, Maryland-based René Trevino embraces complexity, brings layered work to KyCAD

Artist reception for ‘Dorado’ exhibition set for 02.08.18 from 5-7pm at 849 Gallery

René Treviño reminds us that history is subjective and complicated. But the Texas-born, gay, Mexican-American artist, who brings his artwork to the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University in February, is not interested in simplification. Quite the opposite, in fact.

“My work is an attempt to make our already complicated history even more complicated,” Treviño says. “The more layers that I present, the closer I can get to something that might resemble truth.”

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Creating art from trash, Seattle’s Hartwig questions meaning of value in new KyCAD show 

‘Refuse’ exhibition opens 11.30.17 with reception 5-8pm at 849 Gallery; artist talk at 6pm

Nov. 20, 2017— Artist Meg Hartwig draws inspiration from stuff that other people throw away.

So when the Seattle artist and carpenter brings her “Refuse” exhibition to the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University later this month, don’t be surprised to see a trailer load of trash.

“You can make anything from anything,” Hartwig says.

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Annual Report 2017

KyCAD publishes annual report for 2017 

Digital version of 16-page report looks back at past year, hints at future

Nov. 15, 2017 — The Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University has come a long way since Churchill Davenport first brought his dream of an art college back to his hometown a decade ago. With the arrival of President & Dean Moira Scott Payne earlier this year, we have undertaken a comprehensive examination of our place within both higher education and the broader community. KyCAD is now developing a strategic plan that will ensure our relevance, sustainability and accessibility for many years to come.

The flipbook below will allow you to turn the pages of the report electronically. This feature works best on a desktop computer. Be sure to click the full-screen box in the center of the gray control bar to see the pages in their entirety.

Prefer to read the report one page at a time? Click the button, and the report will open in a new tab.

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KyCAD faculty to unveil their new ‘Candy Factory’ studios to public during first week of November

Two events: ‘soft opening’ and Open Studio Weekend

Nine professors with the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University will be opening their studios to the public for the first time early next month.

The public debut of the Candy Factory studios will be a double-header, beginning with a soft opening on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 2, followed by participation in the community-wide Open Studio Weekend on Nov. 4-5.



Photographer Ulrich examines consumer culture in exhibition opening Oct. 12 at 849 Gallery

Photographer and archivist Brian Ulrich, who has made a career of documenting consumer culture, brings part of his collection to the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University for a five-week exhibition that opens with a reception and artist talk on Oct. 12.


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Opening reception for art show set for July 20 by area youth learning art profession from mentors

KyCAD, LVA partner to teach aspiring artists in ‘The Future Is Now’

A July 20 reception will open an art exhibition showcasing the work produced during a mentoring program operated jointly by the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University and Louisville Visual Art.

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6.20.2017 – KyCAD’s 2017 Summer Soiree


KyCAD opened its doors on June 20 for its premier event of the year, the 2017 Summer Soiree. Some 150 people were on hand as a swanky lounge atmosphere enveloped the 849 Gallery and the newly remodeled Great Room in the rear of the building. Attendees viewed (and in some cases purchased) artwork from this year’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, nibbled on yummy food and beverages from Wiltshire Pantry and grooved to an intoxicating mix of salsa, jazz and soul music from DJ Kim Sorise.

Hosts Owsley Brown III and Todd Lowe capitalized on the energy in the room to remind those attending of how far we have come—and how much we have yet to accomplish. Brand-new Dean Moira Scott Payne was all smiles in making her public debut since joining the KyCAD family a week prior.

Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Brown-Forman, for its generous support of the Soiree, along with our other sponsors, Cary Brown and Steven Epstein, Libba and Bill Blodgett, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, Kendra Foster and Turney Berry, Augusta and Gill Holland, and Frost Brown Todd LLC.

Check out more pictures from our event at TOPS Louisville.