Artist Residency Program
The Lexington Art League's Artist Residency Program cultivates unique, flexible opportunities for regional, national, and international artists to create new work via residencies lasting from one week to several months. LAL tailors each residency to the artists' needs and encourages artistic freedom, experimentation, and risk-taking.
In-Residence: The Less You Say, Summer 2016
Join LAL this summer for In-Residence, featuring the work of artist J. Daniel Graham as the Loudoun House galleries are transformed into his studio and workspace. This three month residency will conclude with an exhibition entitled, The Less You Say as Graham interprets the real - and imagined - history of the Loudoun House.
Past Artist Residencies
SITE, Spring 2013
LAL commissioned five artists to spend one week in residence transforming the Loudoun House with site-specific transformation. Featured artists were from New York, Kentucky, Minnesota, Vermont, and Malaysia.
LUMINOSITY, Winter 2013
Internationally acclaimed Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett spent six weeks working with BCTC welding students to create NEW MOON, a 20 ft. sculpture of light displayed in the heart of downtown Lexington. LUMINOSITY featured light-based art by artists from Norway, Colorado, Kentucky, and Canada.
IN-RESIDENCE: VICTORY WITHOUT FANFARE, Fall 2014
Darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you'll find in mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg's and painter Lori Larusso's joint exhibition, Victory Without Fanfare. Both artists are interested in political ideology and how those ideas are communicated through symbols, particularly the symbols of everyday domestic life. Featured works also explore themes of nostalgia and sentimentality in a way that questions the mythologies of the idyllic American Dream, patriotic pride and duty, and the way in which we culturally and systematically romanticize a point in history that was no more perfect than our present. This exhibition is also the public debut of new bodies of work the artists created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.
INTERSTRUCT, Fall 2014
LAL hosted Expanded Draught, an artist collective whose members hail from Ireland, Korea, and the U.S. to re-imagine The Pope Villa, an architectural gem of Lexington designed by “America’s First Architect” Henry Latrobe, designer of the U.S. Capitol building. Expanded Draught lived and worked in Lexington for several weeks to create a mixed-media installation that delighted viewers and re-invigorated public dialogue about the future use of The Pope Villa. Four satellite exhibitions in diverse locations around Lexington further enhanced a dialogue about art in non-art spaces.