Visually Speaking: This week’s art news and events

[The above image is “Cinco Etapas del Duelo: Denial” by James Robert Southard at Swanson Contemporary.]

Art news
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft recently gave its first Art and Advocacy Award to Elmer Lucille Allen. She was granted $1,000 to donate to a community arts organization of her choice and she chose Wayside Expression Gallery (kmacmuseum.org).

Glass artist Johnny Gordon of Gordon Glass Studio has begun this year’s production of carved glass snowflakes. He creates two new designs annually (studiogordon.com).

The Kentucky Heritage Council and Jefferson Community and Technical College have created Samuel Plato Academy of Historic Preservation Trades, an educational program that aims to teach Louisville residents a trade in historic preservation. The program is named after African-American architect Samuel Plato, whose work can be seen around Louisville. During the course of a year, students will learn everything from how to rewire a house to plumbing to carpentry. When the students graduate, they will receive a certificate in historic preservation technology from JCTC and a certificate in historic preservation trades from the Samuel Plato Academy. Contact program director Jim Turner at 313-574-9073 for details.

The NuLu Streetscape project has been postponed. Originally scheduled to start in late 2015, it will now not begin until sometime in 2016.

The community arts organization Steam Exchange has unveiled its Smoketown Women’s Mural at 714 Clay St. It was created in collaboration with neighborhood children (steamexchange.org).

Kroger is planning another mural, this time for their Goss Ave. store. Any 2-D artist in Louisville who wishes to be considered should contact Jackie Pallesen at Louisville Visual Art at 584-8166 x104 or [email protected] Deadline is Oct. 16 (louisvillevisualart.org).

Top art events
Art historian Fulvia Zaninelli is presenting a talk titled “Old Masters Across the Pond” on Friday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Free to Speed Art Museum members, $10 general admission (kentuckycenter.org).

James Robert Southard and Michael Brohm are showing as part of the Photo Biennial at Swanson Contemporary, 638 E. Market St., through Oct. 31 (swansoncontemporary.com).

“Context of Unraveling (continued)” by Carrie Burr, part of the Photo Biennial, is showing at the Louisville Visual Art’s gallery PUBLIC through Oct. 31 (louisvillevisualart.org).