Larry & Ladonna Was Here! | The Artist-Collector Relationship

Larry & Ladonna Was Here

Friday, March 6 at 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Brown-Forman Gallery 715 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

AEGIS, the association of graduate students at the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville, and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft are proud to present Larry & Ladonna Was Here, an exhibition of photography, sculpture, and painting from the collection of Larry Shapin and Ladonna Nicolas. The selected artworks are presented with a short quip that expands on how it came to be part of their collection. These stories, paired with video interviews of the artists, offer a personal and often humorous glimpse into the artists they support.

Focusing on the relationship between collector and artist, Larry & Ladonna Was Here takes a look at the bonds that form between artists and collectors in a community, and celebrates the uniqueness of a collection that has primarily focused on artists working in Kentucky. Larry Shapin began collecting in 1972 with the purchase of a piece he bought from now well-known artist Mary Ann Currier. He and Ladonna have since accrued over 600 diverse works of art. The relationships they have developed with the artists in their collection set Larry and Ladonna apart from other collectors and are the focus of the exhibition.

The exhibit opens Friday, March 6, with a reception from 5-9:00 p.m. in the Brown-Forman Gallery of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Larry & Ladonna Was Here will display works from 13 artists in the collection including Mary Ann Currier, Bryce Hudson, Tiffany Embry, Hallie DeCatherine Jones, Thea Lura, Julie Leidner, Sarah Lyon, Ed Hamilton, Drura Parrish, Jenna Richards, Scott Scarboro, Matthew Weir, and J.B. Wilson.


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