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Photo Credit Sarah Hoskins

Studio Visit: Whitesburg's Lacy Hale
Writer and photographer Sarah Hoskins visited Lacy Hale's studio in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Hale's roots are in the mountains and her work is reflective of her commitment to place and to social justice. Hale finds her Eastern Kentucky home nurturing and sustaining in pursuing her art practice. Her work can be found all around Whitesburg and much further afield.

Photo Credit Kevin Nance

Joy Priest's "Horsepower"
Our reviewer, Kevin Nance, writes that Kentucky poet Joy Priest's award-winning debut poetry collection, Horsepower, is "...the harrowing yet luminous testament of a young woman whose life has unfolded smack on the very fault line of America’s racial divide. Restlessly she crosses it back and forth from both directions, absorbing its tectonic shifts and quakes, and lives to tell the tale."

Julie Baldyga at KMAC
You have only a few more days to see the exhibition of Julie Baldyga's work at KMAC. Our writer, Natalie Weis, found her reaction to the show to be "nothing short of ecstatic". Weis writes, "Because if we are to see our own world as Baldyga sees it, to view everyday objects with extraordinary reverence and regard ordinary people as subjects worthy of a visual hagiography – imperfections and all – then that seems like the sort of heavenly world in which I’d want to live."

Photo Credit Sarah Hoskins

Photo Essay: The Wall Says Take A Knee
Under the viaduct at 35th and Broadway in Louisville, photographer and writer Sarah Hoskins found an extraordinary mural. Originally conceived by Thomas English as a celebration of the Negro League's 100th anniversary, the intent of the mural changed after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. The Take A Knee project involves the hands of tens of community contributors.


Three major exhibitions in the region are worth your while to see. UnderMain will feature reviews of all three in the coming weeks. The UK Art Museum presents This Is America*, an election season look at this country's complexities and contradictions. The Cincinnati Art Museum's retrospective of influential contemporary artist Hank Willis Thomas, All Things Being Equal, surveys the work reflective of themes that Thomas has been engaged with for twenty-five years. And we will also feature a review of Andy Warhol: Revelation, a blockbuster exhibition at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, which brings to light the impact of Warhol's religious upbringing on his work.

Galleries, exhibition spaces, and museums are open to visitors on a limited basis and with COVID precautions in place. Please patronize these businesses, institutions, and organizations. It is best to go to their websites to find out their hours and the various precautions they are taking.

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