Upcoming Exhibit at Boone Library April 2-28: Kyians Featured in Works by Hispanic/Latin American Artists;

Though she says her Guatemalan heritage hasn’t been the focus of her work, Campbellsville artist Azucena Trejo Williams was intrigued by the prospect of a traveling exhibition featuring works by Hispanic, Latino and Americans and Latinos from Kentucky.

“It’s a side of who I am, and I’ve never had the opportunity to do that before,” she said. “I’m honored to be part of a group that bears similarities to my own background, an exhibit that represents our cultural difference and celebrates our Kentucky home.”

The exhibit, titled “Our Kentucky Home: Hispanic/Latin American Visual Art in the Commonwealth,” features 36 works by 20 Hispanic or Latin American/Latinx artists, representing a variety of subjects and mediums. The exhibit opened in November at the Carson Center in Paducah and is now at the Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau until January 28. in Frankfort, where “Our Kentucky Home” will be exhibited from September 12 to October 12. 5, 2022, during Hispanic Heritage Month.

It arrives at the Boone County Public Library April 2-28.

The goals of this traveling exhibit are to share the Hispanic/Latino/Latino experiences of Kentucky, to demonstrate diversity through various media, styles and themes, and to recognize the dynamic expressions that these Kentuckians contribute to the cultural landscape.

The work by Trejo Williams is called “I was told I was taking up too much space”. and is a vinyl letter installation piece.

“It was something that was told to me,” Trejo Williams said. “I couldn’t give up. It was marginalizing. He had a negative tone. I started researching marginalization.

As an installation piece, the content may evolve as the exhibit travels across the state, depending on the location and what Trejo Williams feels needs to be said. The general message, however, is one of marginalization.

“The language of the installation is that I give voice to marginalized people,” said Trejo Williams. “With this piece, there is a discussion, a teaching involved. You have to consider what I say and work backwards from there. Where is he from? What am I talking about?

In addition to having worked in the exhibition, Trejo Williams will also be hosting the exhibition through the University of Campbellsville, where she is an associate professor of art and design. Our Kentucky home will be at the university’s Pence-Chowning Art Gallery from August 16 through September 16. 8.

The university has hosted the arts council’s Makings of a Master exhibition in recent years, and Trejo Williams said it will continue a cooperative relationship the university is grateful to have.

“It’s always great to partner with the Kentucky Arts Council and recognize the support we have from the state,” she said. “This particular exhibition helps us diversify the people we show in our galleries.”

She said the school would also use the exhibition tour as a teaching tool.

“We like to work across multiple disciplines with other departments, like the School of Music, Drama, Political Science, and the Language Department,” Trejo Williams said.

The larger goal of “Our Kentucky Home” is to exhibit the work of artists in all regions of Kentucky, as well as to raise awareness of diversity in the Commonwealth. It’s a lesson Trejo Williams said she hopes the exhibit offers at every stop along the way.

“I hope this exhibit will illustrate the contributions of Hispanics to Kentucky culture and help raise awareness of both the experiences of an often marginalized community and the injustice of marginalization.”
The artists whose works will appear in “Our Kentucky Home”, listed by name, county, work titles and medium, are:

• Isabella La Rocca González, Boyle, Untitled 1 and 3 from the series “En los tiempos del coronavirus”, archival pigment photographic print
• Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, Rowan, “Then & Now: Toothpaste and Toothbrush”, organza, linen, photograph (photo credit: AFP/Archivo Bohemia)
• Cintia Segovia, Calloway, “Queso”, “2564 Millas al Sur” and “Piña Navideña”, photography
• Mercedes Harn, Fayette, “Red Horse” and “Guacamayo”, acrylic on canvas

• Manuel Hernandez Sanchez, Jefferson, “Mi abuelita y la familia” and “Corazón Mestizo”, oil on canvas
• Leandro Lozada, Jefferson, “Milk”, photography
• Luis David Fuentes, Franklin, “Roof of the Cathedral of Havana” and “Three Cuban Women”, photography
• Thomas Meyer, Jefferson, “City of Louisville Skyline” and “Louisville meet Maya”, pen and ink, digital
• Sydni Crass, Madison, “Abuela’s Fabric” and “Shades of Orange”, paint, watercolor, marker
• Clay Mata, Jefferson, “Ocelotl” and “Vive y deja morir”, acrylic, spray paint, artificial flowers on canvas
• Isabel González, Jefferson, “Tranquility” and “Alyssa”, photography
• Rachel Nuñez, Jefferson, “Para Una Vida Mejor/For a Better Life” and “Hasta Pronto/Until Next Time”, printed illustration
• Sebastian Duverge, Jefferson, “Three Dancers”, watercolor on mosaic tiles
• Deyanira Esmeralda Martin, Fayette, “Affied” and “My Colorful Horse”, fabric, sequins, metal, crystals, plastic flowers, thread, paint, tie fabrics
• Mari Mujica, Shelby, “Girasol #2 and #3”, digital photography
• Isvara Torres, Jefferson, “Beauty, passion, poverty”, oil and acrylic on canvas
• Azucena Trejo Williams, Taylor, “I was told I was taking up too much space.” installing vinyl letters
• Edwin Ramirez, Jefferson, “Corazón de el Ohio/Heart of the Ohio”, PLA, researched natural materials on dry foam
• Uhma Janus, Jefferson, “Ether’s Mollusk Raid”, “Witnessing Canopy” and “Spiny Meanderings”, acrylic ink on paper
• Alma Martinez Torres, Jefferson, “An Interlude under the Shade” and “Sunkissed”, ceramics, fabric, wood

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