Join Institute 193 in efforts to fund our 2019/20 exhibition calendar by contributing to this campaign, with 1:1 matching funds provided by LG&E and KU. The upcoming year's exhibitions showcase a wide set of perspectives reflective of a rapidly changing and historically complex American South.
ABOUT INSTITUTE 193
Founded in 2009, Institute 193 collaborates with artists, musicians, and writers to produce exhibitions, publications, and projects that document the cultural landscape of the modern South.
Institute 193 provides artists from Kentucky and the Southeastern United States—selected not by commercial viability, but by the quality and relevance of their work—with exhibition and publication opportunities. It also endeavors to connect these artists with broader media exposure and foster connections in art markets across the globe.
Institute 193’s original gallery space is located in Lexington, Kentucky, a mid-sized city with a vibrant creative community. In 2018, we opened a satellite location, called Institute 193 (1B) in Manhattan, serving as a bridge between the South and the art world at large.
We regularly partner with other institutions regionally and beyond to expand our cultural footprint and to serve as an ambassador for artists from the South.
THIS YEAR’S EXHIBITIONS
Upcoming highlights from the coming year’s exhibition calendar include an exhibition of ceramics and paintings by Amy Pleasant of Alabama, who investigates the human body as abstracted fragments rendered in grayscale. Eric Rhein, who grew up splitting his time between New York and Eastern Kentucky, will exhibit photographs taken between 1985 and 1999, running parallel in time with the artist’s diagnosis with HIV, descent into poor health, and subsequent revitalization due to the introduction of life-saving drugs. These exhibitions will be accompanied by substantial publications, a first for both artists. Sarah Zapata, of Texas, will create a site-specific installation utilizing Peruvian fiber techniques to create sculptures and textiles that investigate sexuality and gender. Jillian Mayer, of Florida, will present work that examines the implications of the increasing encroachment of technology in our daily lives.
The program attempts to present an accurate vision of contemporary art in the South. These works will be representative of the mission of Institute 193, which is, to portray the region as it is, an immense and heterogeneous mix of people, who, given the region's sometimes difficult history, are specifically well-situated to grapple with issues germane to contemporary life at local, regional, and global levels through their art.