20+ Art Exhibits You Can See In Louisville This September

Sep 1, 2021 at 12:49 pm
"Reflexions," one of Rita Cameron's oil on canvas paintings, on display at Surface Noise through Sept. 12.
"Reflexions," one of Rita Cameron's oil on canvas paintings, on display at Surface Noise through Sept. 12.

Here’s a gallery roundup of arts shows to see in Louisville this month. Note: This list is a selection of current exhibitions.

“What Does It Mean To Be A Women?”

Through Sept. 8 137 E. Main St., New Albany, Indiana Hours: Thursdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m.; Saturdays 1-3 p.m. bourne-schweitzergallery.com The show, curated by Bourne-Schweitzer Gallery’s new employee Gracie Koesters, attempts to answer the question presented by the exhibition title. Bourne-Schweitzer Gallery

“Hoosier Lifelines: Environmental and Social Change Along the Monon, 1847-2020”

Through Oct. 16 Carnegie Center for Art & History 201 E. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana Hours: Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 12-8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. carnegiecenter.org Photographs and historical documents focus on how life and the environment along the decommissioned Monon Railroad has changed.

“Witness and Testimony”

Through Sept. 3 Cressman Center for Visual Arts Hite Art Institute, UofL 100 E. Main St. Hours: By appointment only louisville.edu/art The show, curated by Cathy Shannon of E&S Gallery, features all Black artists in different points of their careers, with the goal to push back against negative narratives of Black people.

N. Dean Christensen: “Smile” 

Through Sept. 5 Galerie Hertz 1253 S. Preston St. Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m.; Sundays noon-4 p.m. galeriehertz.com References to social media, selfies and satire are all part of the paintings of Christensen.

“Beautiful Differences”

Through Sept. 18 The group show features works that celebrate individuality and embrace diversity. Gallery 104 104 E. Main St., La Grange, Kentucky Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. gallery104.org The group show features works that celebrate individuality and embrace diversity.

“Elegy” by Wendi Smith

Sept. 3-Oct. 10 garner narrative contemporary fine art 642 E. Market St. Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays, 1-6 p.m. garnernarrative.com Smith’s latest show, postponed because of the shutdown, focuses on the themes of nature and ritual. garner narrative contemporary fine art

David O. Schuster

Through Oct. 31 Kentucky Fine Art Gallery Leslie H. Spetz Custom Picture Framing 2400-C Lime Kiln Lane Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. lesliespetzcustomframing.com Solo show of new works by Schuster.

“Before It Falls Apart”

Through Nov. 7 KMAC Museum 715 W. Main St. Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. kmacmuseum.org Kiah Celeste creates sculptures from broken material.  

“A Layered Approach”

Through Nov. 7 KMAC Museum Features a series of sculptural paintings by James Benjamin Franklin.

“Mystical Heart”

Through Nov. 7 KMAC Museum New narrative paintings by Cynthia Norton.


Through Nov. 7 KMAC Museum Using textiles and photography, Myra Greene examines concepts of race and the body.

“Black & White”

Through Sept. 25 KORE Gallery 942 E. Kentucky St. Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, noon-4 p.m. koreartgallery.com The gallery’s annual black and white exhibition with nearly 100 artists showing in all media.

“here is new york: The September 11 Photographs’

Sept. 9-Nov. 14 Louisville Free Public Library Main branch, 301 York St. Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. lfpl.org The 500 photographs, marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11, were taken that Tuesday and the days that followed.

Shohei Katayama

Through October Moremen Gallery 710 W. Main St. Hours: Thursdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. moremengallery.com The gallery is closed until Sept. 24 when it will reopen with a solo exhibition by Katayama.

“Splendor, Myth & Ritual”

Through Dec. 31 Paul Paletti Gallery 713 E. Market St. Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. paulpalettigallery.com Louisville Photo Biennial show by Keith Carter.

“Staying Cozy During Covid: Comfort Designs by Suzy Harrison”

Sept. 3-26 PYRO Gallery 1006 E. Washington St. Hours: Fridays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. pyrogallery.com Installation exploring isolation and comfort during the pandemic.

“Emptiness and Substance”

Sept. 24-Oct. 30 Quappi Projects 827 E. Market St. Hours: Thursdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 11a.m.-3 p.m. quappiprojects.com The gallery is closed until Sept. 24 when it will reopen with an exhibition by Bette Levy and Deborah Levine.

“Traces: Women Artists in the Collection”

Through Sept. 3 Schneider Hall Galleries Hite Art Institute, UofL 2300 S. First St. Walk Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. louisville.edu/art  Group exhibition reflects on the past as well as the unrealized future.

“Collecting – A Love Story: Glass from the Adele and Leonard Leight Collection”

Through Nov. 7 Speed Art Museum 2035 S. Third St. Hours: Fridays, 1-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. speedmuseum.org Celebrates the collection and lives of local contemporary glass collectors Adele and Leonard Leight.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard: “The Unforeseen Wilderness”

Through Feb. 13 Speed Art Museum Meatyard’s photographs of Red River Gorge accompanied by Wendell Berry’s essays.

“Local Color” by Lynn Dunbar Bayus

Through Oct. 1 Stoneware & Co. 731 Brent St. Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. stonewareandco.com  The artist’s latest works that captures the spirit of Kentucky.

Rita Cameron: “Adaptations”

Through Sept. 12 Surface Noise 600 Baxter Ave. Hours: Thursdays-Mondays, noon-6 p.m. facebook.com/surfacenoiserecords Cameron’s previous exhibition of colorful paintings was Surface Noise’s last show before things shut down for the pandemic. This show features her new work.