About the Exhibit

MUSIC SCENES examined the relationship between visual art and music, with selected artwork including paintings, photography, fiber art, collage, and mixed media.  Exclusively featuring artists throughout Kentucky, “Music Scenes” was an exhibition curated, organized by and presented in cooperation with the Kentucky Arts Council.

Primarily a performing arts venue, it made sense to feature an exhibit of artwork at the Norton Center with each piece somehow connected to music.  As a whole, the show offered a depth of interpretation by a breadth of Kentucky artists.  Perfect for individuals, families, and groups, this exhibit was a terrific sensory experience.

Can music be translated onto the page or canvas? How is music represented visually? How is the music scene depicted in artwork? This exhibit seeks to examine the relationship between visual art and music.

The selected works were part of a call for submissions from the Kentucky Arts Council earlier this year and feature over two-dozen artists from throughout the Commonwealth such as Katie Burke, Laura Lee Cundiff, and Walter Lay. Katie Burke’s submission is a photo of musician and luthier Walter Lay. The photo will be used as the cover of Lay’s upcoming CD, “Black Jack Davey.”

Photography is not Burke’s main medium, but she said the theme of “Music Scenes” inspired her to submit her photo of Lay, a luthier and juried artist in the Kentucky Crafted program.

“I’m a full-time painter, but this one photograph I shot seemed to incorporate the artistic side and the musical side,” said Burke, also a Kentucky Crafted artist. “Walter Lay, who the photograph is of, is a big proponent of hand built guitars and specializes in Kentucky music. When I saw the call to artists for ‘Music Scenes,’ this seemed perfect.”

Laura Lee Cundiff, whose two pieces titled “Red Blues” and “Whirl” were chosen for the exhibit, said entering those pieces just made sense.

“It seemed like it just fit. I paint dancers. I love figures moving in space,” Cundiff said. “I like to paint musicians and singers.”

The artists, listed by city and title or titles of work, include:
Tona Barkley, Owenton, “Barefoot Banjo”
Debbie Billips, Jeffersonville, “Between the Waters”
Amanda Briede, Louisville, “Untitled” (record print), “Untitled” (record drawing)
Katie Burke, Louisville, “Walter Lay – Black Jack Davey CD Cover”
CeCe Butcher, Somerset, “Tribute to Bill Monroe”
Robert Carden, Lexington, “Piano Monster #7”
Allan Crain, Danville, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
Laura Lee Cundiff, Versailles, “Red Blues,” “Whirl”
Skylar Davis, Richmond, “Energy,” “Moon Taxi”
Damon Farmer, Versailles, “Concert of a River Nymph”
Cheree Federico, Bowling Green, “You Spin Me ‘Round”
Ricardo Federico, Bowling Green, “A Six String Thing”
Timothy Gold, Independence, “Blowin’ the Blues”
Kristin Gunn, Stanton, “Echoes from the Past”
Cissy Hamilton, Lexington, “Songwriters”
Emily Hargrove, La Center, “The Art of Jazz”
Cynthia Houston, Bowling Green, “Soundwave: Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Soundwave: My Old Kentucky Home”
Lisa Hurst, Cynthiana, “Praises Raised to Heaven”
Darrell Ishmael, Lexington, “Bass Beat”
Brandon Jones, Louisville, “My Morning Picasso,” “Appalatin ‘Waterside’ Album Cover”
Elaine Manning, Grassy Creek, “Piano Keys”
Sharon Matisoff, Fern Creek, “Opus 7,” “Katherine”
Kasandra McNeil, Nancy, “Waiting for Inspiration”
Matt Pascucci, Lexington, “My Father, the Artist”
Sonya Roark, Somerset, “Three Ukuleles”
Judy Rosati, Louisville, “German Street Musicians, Regensburg”
Brenda Salyers, Morehead, “Winchester Melody”
Lisa Schneider, Danville, “Angel Band”
Dianne Simpson, Heidrick, “Bad Moon Rising”
Diane Smallwood, Morehead, “Surrounded by Sound”
Anthony Stollings, Florence, “Jazz Metamorphic”
Jason Sturgill, Lexington, “Washing Away a Long Day,” “Backyard Sessions”
Joanne Weis, Louisville, “The Cuckoo-Appalachian Songbook”

Music Scenes was a great exhibit for student of all ages, making connections to music and visual art, interpretations, critical thinking and assessment, and Kentucky artists.

A student worksheet and lesson plan activities were available.

Attending the exhibition was free and classes could qualify for a transportation subsidy through the Kentucky Arts Council’s TranspARTation Grant program.

Please contact Amy Connell in the Norton Center box office with questions or to arrange a visit.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, celebrates 50 years of service in 2015, which the Arts Council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky. For more information visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/.

This exhibit is now closed.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Music Scenes with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.