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Additional materials and information related to activities KCHEA has produced or sponsored that support documentation and education of Kentucky's craft history.

  • Craft Luminary Educator's Guide: Educational resources that address the Kentucky Academic Standards in the Visual Arts for engaging students in exploring artworks by contemporary Kentuckians.

  • Craft Legacy Workshop: Presentation about "Craft History: Preserving Your Personal Legacy"  workshop, presented to Kentucky Museums and Heritage Alliance Conference, June 2016, Hopkinsville, Kentucky. (PDF File) 



KCHEA provides these additional resources to interested organizations, artists, and individuals that want to learn more about Kentucky crafts and their history, or related resources and have listed them in three categories. Click the links to the right, or below:

  • Craft Information: A listing of organizations and institutions that have historical or other information about craft activities and artists in Kentucky.

Kentucky Oral History Commission:  A program of the Kentucky Historical Society that houses KCHEA oral history tapes are stored and  available to the public.

Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance: Support organization for museums and historical societies, many with exhibition spaces and craft collections.

The Kentucky Crafts Encyclopedia  (KCE) is an encyclopedic portal to information about Kentucky craft makers, practices, craft history, craft institutions, and places that exhibit or sell craft products.  Besides providing a basic overview of the topic, the site's many links direct visitors to other websites or to places that supply more extensive information. The site presents most of its content from the home page in alphabetical order, but also offers an index, a timeline, a map, and a calendar of events. 

  • Find Crafts: A listing of places displaying and/or selling crafts in Kentucky. 

Appalachian Artisan Center:  Includes a juried member sales gallery and artist studios with master resident artists and other local working artists. Located in Hindman, Kentucky.

Berea College Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Artifacts and Exhibit Studio: Temporary exhibits that often contain crafts from Appalachia and the studio houses a large collection of crafts that are used for educational purposes.

Berea College Craft: Sales through website and Log House Sales Gallery featuring student industries craft and work from area craftspeople.

Embroidery Museum & Resource Center: Headquarters of a national organization about embroidery.

Headley-Whitney Museum: Museum dedicated to the decorative arts. Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

J.B.Speed Art Museum: Major fine arts museum with a collection of decorative arts. Located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: A state agency in the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Established to celebrate Kentucky's artisan heritage and to encourage Kentuckians and those traveling in Kentucky to enjoy Kentucky artisan products and activities. Located in Berea, Kentucky.

Kentucky Folk Art Center: Museum at Morehead State University with a permanent folk art collection and temporary exhibitions. Located at Morehead, Kentucky.

Kentucky Historical Society: Kentucky Center Museum's permanent collection features handmade items including the Churchill Weavers Collection of weaving patterns and product samples and Rude Osolnik's private woodturning collection. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft: Museum displaying contemporary craft with primary emphasis on Kentucky including a large sales gallery and temporary exhibits. Located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Little Loom House: Three historic cabins with a display and sales area and weaving classes. Located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Museum of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS): Large museum that displays 200 quilts in a series of focused exhibits. Located in Paducah, Kentucky.

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art: Museum with special emphasis on collecting Kentucky art, including crafts. Located in Paducah, Kentucky.

Swift Creek Arts and Crafts Gallery: Gallery in eastern KY selling locally made crafts. Located in Campton Kentucky.

  • Craft Member Organizations: Organizations that include Kentucky in their service region and organizations that serve craftspeople.

Kentucky Crafted Program:  Program of the Kentucky Arts Council with many services for juried members including the yearly Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

Kentucky Folklife Program:  An interagency program of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Folklife Program (KFP) identifies, documents, conserves and presents the commonwealth's diverse cultural traditions, generally referred to as folklife.

Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen:  Organization that provides exhibition and sales opportunities for their juried members.

Kentucky Gourd Society, Inc.: Organization that offers classes and services to members related to gourd crafts.

LAFTA: Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists promotes and exhibits members’ works.

Louisville Artisans Guild: Organization that provides exhibition and services to area members. Located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mellwood Art Center: Studios and gallery for center participants. Located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Piedmont Craftsmen:  Membership organization headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which includes Kentucky within its service area. Provides exhibition and sales opportunities to juried members.

South Arts: Formerly the Southern Arts Federation, provides services for artists and Arts Councils in the southeastern United States. Located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Southern Highland Craft Guild: Membership is limited to counties throughout Appalachia. The Guild maintains several craft sales galleries and sponsors two membership fairs each year.

  • Book & Other Resources: Various informational resources related to preservation and documentation of historical materials.  

Of Hands and Hearts: The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, video documentary produced by KET.

A Visual Artist's Guide to Estate Planning: Based on a Conference Co-Sponsored by The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and The Judith Rothschild Foundation.

Archives for the Lay Person:  A Guide to Managing Cultural Collections by Lois Hamill - American Association for State and Local History (Paperback)

If you would like to suggest additions to this list, please add a comment on the inquiry form on our contact page.

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