Visual Elegy

Curated by Nicole Hand

June 18 – July 23, 2016

Opening Reception: June 18, 2016 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Sponsored By: Paducah River City Business & Professional Women


Nicole Hand

Visual Elegy: Collaborative Printmaking Exhibition in Response to bell hooks’ Poetry

Yeiser Art Center is proud to be hosting the collaborative printmaking exhibition, Visual Elegy, June 18 – July 23, 2016. The prints in this exhibit are inspired by the poetry collection Appalachian Elegy and its author: acclaimed social activist, feminist theorist, artist, and native Kentuckian, bell hooks. The 26 printmakers who have contributed to this project offer a variety of beautiful and compelling interpretations of hooks’ work; they are artists who believe, as hooks writes, that “(t)he function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible.”

This diverse group of women artist are of national reputation and reside in 20 different states. The artists were asked to make a print that was inspired by a single poem or the book as a whole, combining this inspiration with their own unique mark and voice as an artist and feminist. This is a collaborative project between Nicole Hand, Professor of Art and Carrie Jerrell, Associate Professor of English and was partially funded by a Professional Development Grant from Murray State University’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The Opening Reception for Visual Elegy will be Saturday, June 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Yeiser Art Center. Admission is free. Visit for more info on this and other upcoming events and exhibitions.

List of invited artist

  • Janet Ballweg
  • Susan Belau
  • Jean Dibble
  • Lydia Diemer
  • Lari Gibbons
  • Nicole Hand
  • Anita Jung
  • Karen Kunc
  • Melissa Harshman
  • Michelle Martin
  • Phyllis McGibbon
  • Sandra Murchison
  • Heather Musie
  • Ashley Nason
  • Yoonmi Nam
  • Nancy Palmeri
  • Johanna Paas
  • Kathryn Polk
  • Althea Murphy Price
  • Kathy Puzey
  • Tracy Templeton
  • Lenore Thomas
  • Rochelle Toner
  • Cerese Vaden
  • Melanie Yazzie
  • Rina Yoon