Kentucky Craft Luminaries:

Sharing the Stories

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Works by exhibit artists: George Wakim (violin), Walter Hyleck (teapot), Wayne Ferguson (clay sculpture), and Tim Hall (duck carving).

Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories

Lexington Central Library Gallery
140 Main Street, 1st Floor
Lexington, Kentucky

April through May 12, 2021

In collaboration with KCHEA, the Lexington Public Library presented the exhibition “Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories” featuring 23 artists who have been interviewed as part of KCHEA's ongoing oral history project. A number of special programming activities are planned to complement the exhibit. 

The exhibit featured the artworks and stories of some of the state’s most recognized craft artists including basketry, furniture, weaving, pottery, glass, quilting, wooden folk art, and stringed instruments. The exhibiting artists are only a sampling of more than 90 individuals who have been interviewed over the last twelve years as part of KCHEA’s Craft Luminary oral history project. A video presentation with excerpts from some of these interviews will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit, as well as an Educator’s Guide for school visits.

The purpose of this ongoing exhibit is to affirm KCHEA's leading role in documenting Kentucky's craft history, bringing the stories to life, and making them accessible to the public in an educational format. The exhibit is available for other venues, please inquire

This exhibit has been previously presented at ArtsPlace (2015) and the Frazier Museum (2019)

View Artists List & Bios


This video was produced to be presented in conjunction with "Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories". If features portions of several oral history interviews that KCHEA has conducted.

Take a virtual tour of the  Lexington Library exhibit. Narration by Gwen Heffner.