WELCOME TO THE SKYDOME GALLERY

As part of the Carnegie Center’s mission to promote literacy and learning, the SkyDome Gallery showcases a diverse range of new and established artists. We believe that promoting unique perspectives not only welcomes upcoming artists into the vibrant Lexington arts community, but also promotes empathy and appreciation for the various artistic disciplines that have shaped our culture. The SkyDome Gallery is located on the second floor of the Carnegie Center and is open during normal business hours as well as the LexArts HOP. The LexArts HOP, commonly known as Gallery Hop, takes place on the third Friday of every other month between the hours of 5 and 8 pm. For more information about the LexArts HOP, please visit www.lexarts.org/discover/lexarts-hop.

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US | JULY 1–31

This July, Carnegie’s SkyDome Gallery will be showcasing a diverse group of talented artists in celebration of Disability Pride Month! The exhibit will be open through the month of July. 

Join us on July 19, 5:00-8:00 PM for LexArts Gallery Hop. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Our accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are on the Mill St. side of the building. For visitors who use wheelchairs, be advised that our elevator dimensions are 41” x 58” and the elevator doorway is 32” wide.

MEET THE ARTISTS

MATTHEW HARSHBARGER

As an individual that presents with cerebral palsy, Matthew Harshbarger has ever been the creative and athlete. After graduation, Matthew took his therapeutic athleticism to another level, including his commitment to horsemanship. The artist’s work also transitioned from marking-based drawings to textural collage work. Matthew’s early aesthetic is known for his strong intentional markings creating rich saturated color spaces.

Today, Matthew’s work has evolved into working in haute relief using colors and textures to communicate his intentions. Drawing, painting, cutting and pasting, the artist creates his emotive work. As an artist, Matthew is known for his harmonic hum as he creates work fully present in the moment, his voice reflecting the work of his hands. This is Matthew’s debut exhibition. As an emerging artist, the artist has multiple artworks in private collection.

VYNIQUE MOON

Vynique Moon is a disabled fiber artist and writer currently based in Lexington, KY. They started crocheting in April of 2020 during graduate school and opened their business (now called Niq Moon) for something to do during lockdown. The business and its presence on instagram specifically grew as did their skills. They picked up knitting in 2022 and they've been combining both skills to create new pieces and expand their artistry. Finding inspiration from anything colorful to experiment with the way a piece made with certain stitches drapes on the body keeps Vynique excited about planning new designs and motivated to keep making them. Their art can be found on instagram @byvynique and on their website.

LILY OWENS

I'm Lily Owens and I'm 16 years old. I am an acrylic artist and the only girl in a family of brothers. I started painting approximately 2-3 years ago then discovered full and bold painting. I've decided is it my passion in life and my getaway. I hope you like my art!

ISAAC POWELL

Powell's work has been exhibited at the prestigious Armory Show in New York City. His painting titled "Seam" was featured in the 2010 VSA Revealing Culture exhibit at the International Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2005, Powell was awarded $20,000 for a piece titled "Growthplate," which was displayed at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, also at the Smithsonian Institution.

Powell earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington State University. He was an assistant professor at Northwestern State University in Louisiana for two years before joining the EKU faculty in 2009.

Born without a right forearm, Isaac Powell was at first reluctant to reflect his disability in his art. Slowly over time, the Eastern Kentucky University art professor began to "confront that fear" by painting and drawing hands, bodies and even his prosthetic, developing his own "creative vocabulary."

LUCAS RAY

Lucas Ray is a transgender non-binary artist born in Illinois but has lived in Lexington Kentucky for the majority of their life. They are self taught artist ranging in a variety of medians. Painting has been their longest and most constant artform. As stereotypical ADHD autistic person they have no idea what they are doing with their life so they just continue to paint.

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EDEN ESTES

Eden Estes is a multifaceted artist known for their distinctive approach to photography, blending elements of high fashion, art, portraiture, and commercial aesthetics. Born and raised between Winchester and Lexington, Kentucky, Eden currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, though they are temporarily back in Kentucky while dealing with a challenging disability that has necessitated multiple surgeries.

Estes' artistic journey is as diverse as it is inspirational. Initially trained in comedy and writing, they discovered their passion for photography unexpectedly during a pivotal moment in their life. Newly sober and seeking a creative outlet, Estes picked up a camera offered by a friend and found an innate talent. What started as a simple favor quickly evolved into a full-fledged career, prompting them to leave a stable job to pursue photography full-time.

In 2021, Eden established a studio in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, where they initially focused on studio photography but later found a love for capturing moments outside controlled environments. They became known for their ability to create compelling images in unconventional urban settings, capturing the essence of their subjects in unexpected places.

The trajectory of Estes' career took a significant turn in 2022 when they undertook a major production role shooting for Vizzy Alcoholic Seltzer. However, on March 15, 2023, their life changed dramatically following a serious fall while working at a comedy club. This incident resulted in debilitating injuries, leading to a prolonged period of recovery marked by physical and emotional challenges.

Despite these setbacks, Estes has drawn strength from their artistic pursuits, writing, comedy, and the support of their community, including their brother Jaime, godson Silas, best friend Jordan, and caretaker/mom Lisa. They remain determined to heal and return to their passions, including photography and perhaps even skateboarding.

Eden Estes' resilience and commitment to creativity serve as an inspiration to many. They advocate for embracing one's abilities, exploring the world, creating art fearlessly, and engaging in civic responsibility. As they continue on their journey of recovery, Estes remains grateful for each day and encourages others to cherish their talents and make a positive impact on the world around them.

KRIS GRENIER

Artist and backpacker Kris Grenier explores the profound connection between identity and environment by interpreting landscapes in two-dimensional, 100% wool feltings. Having logged nearly 10,000 miles in the backcountry and earned her BA in Environmental Studies, Grenier considers her role as an artist to go beyond the visual interpretation of wild lands and aspires to kindle a conservation ethos in viewers of her work. A juried artist in the Kentucky Crafted Program, Grenier was awarded a 2022 Emerging Artist Grant by the Kentucky Arts Council. Her work has been showcased in solo exhibitions around the region, was part of the 47 th Mid-States Craft Exhibition at the Evansville Museum, and will be featured in the UK Arts in HealthCare program later this year.

As an artist and backpacker, I explore the profound connection between identity and environment by interpreting landscapes in two-dimensional, 100% wool feltings. In nearly 10,000 miles of backcountry adventures, I’ve collected countless photographs, sketches, and stories that inform and inspire my ecofeminist art practice. Using wool, an organic material, I create artwork that invites viewers to consider their relationship to the rest of the natural world.

My artistic adventures begin where my travels end: back at my family’s farm in rural Kentucky. Using both needle- and wet-felting techniques, I apply dyed wool onto a background of wool shorn from my family’s pet sheep, imbuing my work with a sense of place and gratitude to the natural world.

Guided by my background in environmental studies, I began felting as a way to relive my experiences and inspire a conservation ethos in viewers of my work. For the last several years, I have focused on large-format feltings that evoke the grandeur of expansive natural landscapes, awaken a sense of wonder and reverence, and transport viewers to the backcountry.

My artistic explorations have evolved to delve into questions of identity and the intersection between personal experience and the natural world. As a neurodivergent person with a history of chronic illness, I find solace and empowerment in the wilderness. My newest body of work explores what it means to navigate the backcountry through the lens of an individual perspective, contemplating the complex interplay between landscape and personal identity. Through my work, I aspire to create a space for dialogue, introspection, and advocacy about what it means to be human in a world that keeps geologic time.

Britney Kershaw is an artist, educator, and houseplant enthusiast from Lexington, KY. She has a passion for cultural diversity and equal education. After graduating from the University of Kentucky’s School of Art and Visual Studies, she spent the last five years teaching Art and English in Japan. Upon her students’ successful completion of the newly implemented International Baccalaureate Diploma program, she returned to the United States. Before her time abroad, Britney was an active member of Lexington’s art education community. Previously, she has taught local art classes at Sayre School, the Carnegie Center, and within several Fayette County schools. She hopes to inspire creative thinking and self-expression as well as develop a sense of civic and cultural responsibility within students and fellow community members. Email Britney Kershaw at bkershaw@carnegiecenterlex.org.

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