about our expansion.
The Lexington Art League has been expanding and evolving ever since its founders, a group of forward-thinking artists and art enthusiasts, began meeting in coffeehouses and restaurants in 1957. More than half a century later, LAL annually reaches more than 500,000 Kentuckians and tourists visiting the Commonwealth. For the past thirty years, LAL has occupied the Loudoun House, an historic Gothic villa with more than 5000 square feet of exhibition space in the heart of the city's culturally and economically diverse north side neighborhood.
As LAL passed from the 20th to the 21st century, it became increasingly clear that in order to support the organization's ongoing growth, as well as to accommodate increasingly advanced technical requirements of artists working in new media, a second gallery space would be needed.
That's why in 2011, LAL began a public campaign to expand its gallery spaces to include a high-traffic exhibition space in the heart of downtown Lexington, in addition to the Loudoun House. LAL believes that high-visiblity access to free, compelling, contemporary visual art programming in a region's urban core is the hallmark of a culturally vibrant city. In this quest, LAL has engaged the support of architects, engineers, artists, business leaders, staff, board of directors and scores of visionary donors who believe the edification of the arts in our city's downtown landscape is crucial to Lexington's burgeoning identity as one of the nation's best places to live, work, and raise a family.
The goal of this expansion is to make contemporary art accessible to as many people as possible. The milestones of LAL’s evolution are: enhanced visual art programming and partnerships throughout the city, creation of artist residency experiences at the historic Loudoun House and acquisition of exhibition space in downtown Lexington.
LAL continues to engage allies in support of this vision. In the meantime, LAL's curatorial programming reflects a more nuanced interpretation of expansion, frequently engaging artists and art-making beyond the walls of the Loudoun House to different spaces throughout the region.
To donate to the expansion campaign, or to learn more about LAL's continuing expansion efforts, contact Stephanie Harris, Executive Director.