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Studio Visit: Diane Kahlo
The deeply empathic and caring art practice of Diane Kahlo is explored by Emily Elizabeth Goodman. Kahlo's body of work confronts us with the need to care about those who are victimized, marginalized, and oppressed. Read this illuminating piece here.
Tom Eblen Interviews Author Tracy Campbell
The mythology of WWII is of a unified United States supporting the war effort. Tom Eblen explores the reality with University of Kentucky historian Tracy Campbell, whose new book The Year of Peril: America in 1942 reveals the fault lines that emerged after Pearl Harbor. This interview is part of UnderMain's new partnership with WEKU's Eastern Standard and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington to expand our coverage of literary arts.
Joe Light at Institute 193
Joe Light, a Black American who lived in Memphis, used his art and its recurrent symbology as a means of personal transformation and journey towards the Divine while navigating the treacherous shoals of the American South. UnderMain contributing writer Dima Strakovsky writes: "These recurring visual motifs are very much akin to blues licks – recast, reinvented, reshaped by life experience. They rely on soul and imagination; slight variations on color or duration of a note speaking to more possibilities than a symphony. Here the direct pulse of the work allows us to enter into a dialog with a unique vision of the artist and the sanctuary that he built to his version of the sacred."
Tom Eblen's interview of author Tracy Campbell on WEKU's Eastern Standard and made available to UnderMain is the beginning of our plans to offer expanded literary arts coverage. Look for more audio interviews and written pieces on UM.

Lexington's Arts Connect has extended the deadline until July 27th for Here Today...a photo essay of KENTUCKY during Covid-19. The judged photo submission project will offer cash prizes to the top submissions.

One of the major art fairs in the region and the South, the St. James Court Art Show, has been canceled and rescheduled for October of 2021. We are waiting for word on the status of the other major summer Kentucky art fair, the Woodland Art Fair in Lexington, typically held in August.

UnderMain is seeking experienced writers with background in writing about the arts. If interested please contact us at

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