849 Gallery

The 849 Gallery is a 1,400 square foot project space that functions as an extension of KyCAD’s curriculum and classroom, providing a platform to invite artists working in meaningful and relevant ways. We strive to expose students to a diverse array of artwork, critical approaches, and experiences within the contexts of formal exhibitions, experimental installations, and alternative programs.

Students engage with visiting artists through lectures and individual studio critiques, enriching and expanding the college’s academic discourse and dialogue. Students also have several opportunities to exhibit in the gallery, providing hands-on experience with curatorial and installation processes. The gallery is currently free and open to the public as a way to offer access and exposure to the greater community.

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Call and Response: Art, Science, and COVID-19 in Kentucky.

During the trials and tribulations of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have not only relied heavily on the advancements of…

Edward “Ed” White: The Historian

 Illustration by: Petersen Thomn Edward “Ed” White: The Historian ” … You have to believe that [an artist] is who…

KyCAD Foundation Exhibition 2020

The newly independent Kentucky College of Art+Design is pleased to present the inaugural student foundation show, an exhibition of artwork…

Kara Walker Exhibition

Kara Walker, Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta, from the portfolio Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005, Smithsonian American Art…

Amy Hoagland: Fragmented Natural

The latest installment of our Visiting Artist Lecture Series features University of Kentucky graduate Amy Hoagland. Hoagland’s new body of work…

Merton Among Us

KyCAD will present a multimedia exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passing of Thomas Merton, featuring work inspired by the lasting impact of the legendary Trappist monk, author, and theologian who worked to improve understanding among people of different faiths. The exhibition will feature artworks and texts by seven artists and seven writers, all with local ties. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Thomas Merton Center.

Future Is Now

The Future is Now art exhibition showcased work produced during a mentoring program for local high-school art students.

Lyrical Rorschach Hack Attack

Matthew Walsh, who exhibited more than 20 of his evocative, pop-culture posters at KyCAD’s 849 Gallery, says he is interested in “the magical gap between words, the enchantment of stories, and the transformative power of the weird.”



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2022 BFA Exhibition – On View Through July 29

The team here at KyCAD is thrilled to announce our Class of 2022’s BFA exhibition, which is on view (by…