Frazier History Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions

 Linda Fifield, McKee, Kentucky Craft Luminary

Linda Fifield, McKee, Kentucky Craft Luminary

Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories
November 19, 2018 – March 24, 2019 

In collaboration with Kentucky Craft History and Education Association (KCHEA), the Frazier History Museum will present the exhibition Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories featuring 18 craft artists who have been previously interviewed as part of KCHEA's ongoing oral history project. The exhibit will feature the artworks and stories of some of the state’s most recognized craft artists, and include basketry, furniture, weaving, pottery, glass, quilting, wooden folk art, and stringed instruments. The exhibiting artists are only a sampling of more than 90 who have been interviewed over the last decade 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.

Funded in part by: Kentucky Craft History & Education Association, LexArts PNC presents Gallery Series, Marsha & David Rose, Susan B. & Steven J.Goldstein Charitable Trust, Emory & Glara Wilson.

The purpose of this 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.

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A Kentucky Christmas at the Frazier
November 9, 2018 – January 3, 2019

Rich in tradition and surrounded by sights and sounds of the holidays, A Kentucky Christmas at the Frazier offers guests a warm and wonderful escape from a cold winter’s chill. With youth choirs or live music performances every weekend, visitors will also experience an artisan marketplace for shopping and family-friendly activities celebrating Kentucky’s culture. Hot Wassail and cookies will greet each guest as they carefully plan various photo opportunities worthy of being the image on the family Christmas Card.

Featuring multiple live holiday-themed performances every day from our actors, A Kentucky Christmas at the Frazier also celebrates the Commonwealth’s rich makers’ tradition. From hands-on gingerbread house-making tutorials to Make-it take-it crafts, every visitor will get a chance to not only see, but also do. Frazier guests will also get to meet and learn from the talented makers featured in our artisan marketplace. And if guests are looking for a little Kentucky Bourbon to add to Grandma’s homemade eggnog, the Frazier’s museum store is stocked with over 60 varieties of premium Kentucky Bourbon.

With the recent opening of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Welcome Center, the holidays are the perfect time to visit the Frazier. A Kentucky Christmas is rooted in the rich craft and maker traditions in our Commonwealth. Featured exhibitions include The Spirit of Kentucky®, a new multi-million-dollar permanent exhibit about the people, industry, and culture of America’s native spirit and Kentucky Craft Luminaries, sharing the stories of artists and crafts people including the work of more than 25 featured artists in basketmaking, quilts, pottery and other traditions.

 The holidays are the perfect time to visit the Frazier, where the world meets Kentucky for Christmas!


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Untitled River Landscape with Steamboat, 1930s
© Bill Caddell, photographed by David Aaron Marshall

Harlan Hubbard Watercolors
February 20 – May 5, 2019

The least-known, but arguably the best, of Harlan Hubbard’s artistic media are his watercolors. Fresh, improvisational, and spontaneous, Hubbard’s watercolors are visual equivalents to the lively, brief descriptions of the natural world found in his journals. Like Hubbard’s observations of the natural world, the watercolors are notable for their immediacy and for the artist’s enthrallment with the sights he encountered in his life along waterways. This will be the largest exhibition of Hubbard watercolors to date.


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Olmsted’s Louisville: 1891 to the Present
April 10 – September 15, 2019

This exhibition will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, created to preserve the ultimate park system of Frederick Law Olmsted’s career. The Louisville system is one of only four completed park systems in the world designed by Olmsted, who is best known for his work on Central Park in New York, the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and the Biltmore Estate grounds in Asheville, North Carolina. Featuring historical documents, architectural plans, photographs and interactives, Olmsted’s Louisville will pay tribute to this famous landscape architect, exploring his legacy through his impact on the people, the neighborhoods, and the natural features of Louisville.


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Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff
April 30 – September 2, 2019

This exhibit will explore Louisville’s native son, Hunter S. Thompson’s, and his bid to become sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado. Thompson’s writing for the campaign and the art created to accompany it are among the most notable and passionate works he ever produced. The show will feature 125 limited edition silkscreen prints, offset lithographs, reproductions of historical newspaper articles, documentary photographs, as well as a 30-minute BBC documentary on the campaign and additional rare and historic footage.


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Michael Jones Celebrating the Sounds of Kentucky
April 30, 2019 – May 17, 2020

Music is an art-form that transcends boundaries. A popular song can cross national, racial, social, and economic lines to become part of a greater common culture.

Kentucky is often credited for its role in the development of bluegrass music, but the state has produced seminal figures in nearly ever significant movement in American music from ragtime to country, folk to blues, jazz to R&B and classic rock to hip hop.

This exhibit is a celebration of the rich, mostly untold tale of Kentucky music. The Bluegrass state deserves a place on the American music pantheon along with Mississippi, Louisiana, and all the other celebrated musical capitals.


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65 Years of White Christmas
November 19, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Irving Berlin’s classic holiday film White Christmas celebrates its 65th anniversary this year as one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved musical films of the Christmas season. Loosely based on Irving Berlin’s 1942 film Holiday Inn, White Christmas follows the romantic journey of two song-and-dance teams, one of which involves two World War II veterans, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, and the other, two sisters, Betty and Judy Haynes. The two groups travel together to the Columbia Inn, a Vermont ski lodge, and over the course of their stay team up to perform a Christmas show to help the lodge owner — Wallace and Davis’s former commander, General Waverly — save his lodge from bankruptcy.


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Women Vote 100 Celebration
March 2020 – January 2021

On August 18, 1920, Congress ratified the Nineteenth Amendment allowing women the right to vote. The Frazier Museum will coordinate Louisville suffrage effort, launching a major community celebration including more than 100 different partner organizations, and is working with the Louisville Office of Women to make sure the celebration is inclusive, and will examine and explore what suffrage looks like today. The exhibition will place Kentucky’s suffrage movement within the context of the national movement, while exploring the specifics of our state’s particular journey, its stars and its villains, its triumphs and defeats.