Future Follies/Speculative Futures: A Virtual Exhibition

Following a year of pain and tremendous loss, in 2021 we turned to the architectural flights of fancy planned by interdisciplinary scholar and Kentucky native Clay Lancaster. In the words of The Royal Oak Foundation, “a folly is a whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, or commemorate a person or event.” Not surprisingly, joy, pleasure, and delight are intrinsic to such structures.

After sending out a call for proposals, and with generous underwriting support from Louisville Metro Government, we got right to work with our selected artists on taking Lancaster’s hopeful vision for the Commonwealth forward in a new and unforeseen way.

Now, in a joint public exhibition, the Warwick Foundation and the Kentucky College of Art + Design bring together the fanciful rural follies of Lancaster’s imagination with the urban follies of KyCAD students and friends of the institution. While none of these fabulous architectural follies physically exists in the landscape, they nonetheless have the power to spark our dreams and hopes for the future, by reimagining the potential for ourselves and our surroundings.

Welcome in, and enjoy! Be sure to check back often for more (free) public events and exhibitions. If you are interested in hearing more about our BFA in Studio Art program, drop us a line today at: admissions@kycad.org.