All McGrath events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located in Wyatt Hall on Bellarmine Boulevard off Norris Place, near the intersection of Norris Place and Princeton Drive. Hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday noon - 4 p.m., when the Bellarmine campus is open. Upcoming schedule is below. Visit our Past Exhibits page archival information.
Enid Generations of Women Sculptors
- September 7- October 5
Reception: Friday, September 6, 5-7 p.m.
About the exhibition: October 2019 marks the 150th birthday of Louisville-born and nationally-renowned sculptor Enid Yandell (1869-1934). In honor of this significant occasion, the cultural cornerstones of Louisville, including: Bellarmine University’s McGrath Gallery, 21c Museum Hotel, The Filson Historical Society, Speed Art Museum, Louisville Free Public Library, The Frazier History Museum, and many more invite you to celebrate her life of art and activism at special exhibitions and programming throughout the year.
Special thanks to Caren Cunningham for organizing this exhibition for the McGrath Gallery.
Louisville Photo Biennial: Ashley Johnson “Mark Yourself Safe”
October 11 - November 8
- Reception: Friday, October 11, 5-7 p.m.
About the artist: Ashley Johnson is an American artist and photographer who first came to public recognition with her deep portraits from the WOVEN series. She earned her BAs in English and Media Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work uses photography, performance, textile and live floral, woven and braided masks to navigate intra-racial conflict, identity evolution, generational impact, southern femininity, and studies of relative time as it relates to African American/feminine beauty practice.
Noted for asking complex questions on black identity through highly stylized portraits, Johnson was recognized in 2018 by Click Magazine as 20 Women Changing Photography. Recent performances and solo shows include Reach: A live exhibition on hair identity and southern womanhood attracting over 300 guests and Through The Lens in partnership with Soho House. Johnson currently lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Jennifer Palmer: After the Storm
November 15 - December 15
- Reception: Friday, November 15, 5-7 p.m.
About the artist: The last few years have been a journey without a known destination. This series of work is about mapping the path to finding beauty in the chaos of life. This collection of artwork is about finding the light from the darkness and coming to peace with oneself. These artworks explore the concept of mapping in a non-traditional approach. By utilizing mixed media these artworks are a way to document life that map abstractly the emotional process that has become a meditative exploration in finding myself.
Life is full of challenges and finding my footing after the death of my mother from cancer has been a journey. And the peace I find is from the healing powers of the creative process. It is about being at home with oneself.
Exhibitions will highlight our graduating seniors.