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UK President Proclaims Feb. 28-March 2
as Arts Weekend at UK

By Ralph Derickson

 

President Todd’s proclamation said, “The University of Kentucky is a sustaining resource for the educational and cultural development of the Commonwealth.” It also encourages the collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships of the UK departments that have events featured during UK’s first Arts Weekend.

 

Feb. 17, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. has issued a proclamation declaring Feb. 28-March 2 as Arts Weekend at the University of Kentucky.

President Todd’s proclamation said, “The University of Kentucky is a sustaining resource for the educational and cultural development of the Commonwealth.” It also encourages the collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships of the UK departments that have events featured during UK’s first Arts Weekend.

Arts Weekend will spotlight three events at UK:

  • Art in Bloom, Feb. 28-March 2 in the UK Art Museum located in the Singletary Center for the Arts;
  • The Art Department Faculty Show, which features the works of faculty members in the College of Fine Arts, through March 9 in the Art Museum; and
  • The Stars of Tomorrow Opera Gala set for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Concert Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts. Under the direction of UK opera director Everett McCorvey, UK voice faculty and students with the Lexington Philharmonic will combine for an evening of opera music with performances of compositions by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and many others. It is the first time these three groups have presented a public performance together. Tickets for the Stars of Tomorrow Opera Gala are $25. Tickets are $10 for students and $18 for UK faculty and staff.

Art in Bloom in the UK Art Museum is free and open to the public and is a project of the Friends of the UK Art Museum. About 25 local designers will begin work at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, arranging floral displays that complement and add natural elements of interpretation to paintings, sculpture and other artworks in the Art Museum.

“The result of these floral exhibits is an enchanting mixture of art and nature,” said Art Museum Director Kathy Walsh-Piper. “Dr. Todd has encouraged all UK departments to collaborate. We are delighted to partner with the College of Fine Arts and the UK Opera Society as well as the Friends of the UK Art Museum.”

Art in Bloom designers will create arrangements based on the works of art from the museum’s collection and from the UK Art Department Faculty Exhibition. Art in Bloom may be viewed free of charge by the public from noon to 5 p.m. March 1-2.

The Art Museum and the UK Opera Society also have joined for another special event. For $75, art patrons will enjoy a supper in the museum, surrounded by art and flowers. During the reception, a painting by Atlanta contemporary artist Anthony Liggins, titled “If My Soul Could Sing,” will be auctioned. To reserve tickets for this event, call (859) 257-6199.

On Saturday, March 1, New York garden designer Jon Carloftis, a Kentucky native and nationally recognized artist, will speak at 10 a.m. in the Recital Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts. At 1:30 p.m. Anthony Liggins, another nationally recognized artist and designer, will speak in the President’s Room of the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Tickets for the Carloftis lecture are $25 for students and $30 for the public. Tickets for the Liggins lecture are $15 for students and $20 for the public. Tickets may be reserved by calling (859) 257-6199.


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