An Artist’s Work and Life

The Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University (KSA) presents “Perceptions of Reality,” an art exhibit featuring paintings by nationally recognized artist Amy Weiskopf at the 849 Gallery. Tonight (Jan. 22), KSA will host an artist talk with Amy for our community to learn more about the exhibit, her work and her artistic influence. Amy recently shared details about the event with me.

“Perceptions of Reality” is the first exhibit of 2015 for KSA. Can you tell me about the exhibit and your work?
“Perceptions of Reality” is an art exhibit featuring artists who use observation as a touchstone for creating their painted worlds. The exhibit features four of my paintings, which are still lifes that bring together unexpected objects in an array of shapes, sizes and textures. The exhibition will be on view at the 849 Gallery from Jan. 12 to Feb. 27, 2015. Jan. 22 at the 849 Gallery will host an artist talk and reception with me, which is open to the public.

AmyHeadShotWhat will we learn during your artist talk tonight?
I will share an overview of my paintings, insights about my artwork and talk about artistic influences throughout my career. I’ll be happy to answer any questions as well.  The event starts at 6 p.m. at the 849 Gallery located at 849 S. Third St. We hope to see many of your readers and their families tonight.

How did you get involved with KSA?
Every year, KSA invites four nationally recognized artists to its Visiting Artist Series. The artists conduct a lecture for the community, give critiques to students, and whenever possible, display their artwork at the 849 Gallery. In addition, I am a rotating faculty member at the Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University, which means I teach a six-week class for students. I am currently teaching a class on observational painting and individual development. This community is very fortunate to have an innovative art and design school in Louisville.

Amy Weiskoff  No1  small jpg Photo by Malcolm Varon, NYCTell me about your career as an artist.
My work as been featured in galleries nationwide, especially in San Francisco and New York City, where I first began showing in 1988, while living and painting in Rome. Today I am represented by Hirschl & Adler Gallery in New York.

The exhibit features two faculty members. Can you tell me a little about them?
The “Perceptions in Reality” exhibit also features paintings by Laurie Fader and Aaron Lubrick. Laurie is an Associate Professor and the Director of Academic Affairs at the Kentucky School of Art at Spalding. Her work has been shown in over 30 galleries in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and France. Aaron Lubrick is the Assistant Professor at the Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University. He has exhibited work in New York, Maine, Connecticut and in galleries along the east coast.

What is the best way for our community to find out more information about the Kentucky School of Art and the “Perceptions in Reality” Exhibit?
Join us Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the 849 Gallery for my artist talk. Join us for the exhibit opening reception on Friday, Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m. View the exhibit through Feb. 27. The 849 Gallery is located at 849 S. Third St. Additional information is available at www.kentuckyschoolofart.org or by calling 502.618.4600. VT