Jason Sturgill, "Backyard Sessions"

Jason Sturgill, “Backyard Sessions”

MUSIC SCENES examines the relationship between visual art and music, with selected artwork including paintings, photography, fiber art, collage, and mixed media.  Exclusively featuring artists throughout Kentucky, “Music Scenes” is an exhibition curated, organized by and presented in cooperation with the Kentucky Arts Council.

Primarily a performing arts venue, it makes sense to feature an exhibit of artwork at the Norton Center with each piece somehow connected to music.  As a whole, the show offers a depth of interpretation by a breadth of Kentucky artists.  Perfect for individuals, families, and groups, this exhibit is a terrific sensory experience.

More about Music Scenes

Can music be translated onto the page or canvas? How is music represented visually? How is the music scene depicted in artwork? This exhibit seeks to examine the relationship between visual art and music.

The selected works were part of a call for submissions from the Kentucky Arts Council earlier this year and feature over two-dozen artists from throughout the Commonwealth such as Katie Burke, Laura Lee Cundiff, and Walter Lay.  Katie Burke’s submission is a photo of musician and luthier Walter Lay. The photo will be used as the cover of Lay’s upcoming CD, “Black Jack Davey.”

Photography is not Burke’s main medium, but she said the theme of “Music Scenes” inspired her to submit her photo of Lay, a luthier and juried artist in the Kentucky Crafted program.

“I’m a full-time painter, but this one photograph I shot seemed to incorporate the artistic side and the musical side,” said Burke, also a Kentucky Crafted artist. “Walter Lay, who the photograph is of, is a big proponent of hand built guitars and specializes in Kentucky music. When I saw the call to artists for ‘Music Scenes,’ this seemed perfect.”

Laura Lee Cundiff, whose two pieces titled “Red Blues” and “Whirl” were chosen for the exhibit, said entering those pieces just made sense.

“It seemed like it just fit. I paint dancers. I love figures moving in space,” Cundiff said. “I like to paint musicians and singers.”

Most works in the exhibit are available for purchase.  Please contact the Norton Center directly for a price list. 

View the complete list of exhibiting artists

The artists, listed by city and title or titles of work, include:
(click each name to view exhibited work and artist statement) 

Tona Barkley, Owenton, “Barefoot Banjo
Debbie Billips, Jeffersonville, “Between the Waters
Amanda Briede, Louisville, “Untitled” (record print), “Untitled” (record drawing)
Katie Burke, Louisville, “Walter Lay – Black Jack Davey CD Cover
CeCe Butcher, Somerset, “Tribute to Bill Monroe
Robert Carden, Lexington, “Piano Monster #7
Allan Crain, Danville, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Laura Lee Cundiff, Versailles, “Red Blues,” “Whirl
Skylar Davis, Richmond, “Energy,” “Moon Taxi
Damon Farmer, Versailles, “Concert of a River Nymph
Cheree Federico, Bowling Green, “You Spin Me ‘Round
Ricardo Federico, Bowling Green, “A Six String Thing
Timothy Gold, Independence, “Blowin’ the Blues
Kristin Gunn, Stanton, “Echoes from the Past
Cissy Hamilton, Lexington, “Songwriters
Emily Hargrove, La Center, “The Art of Jazz
Cynthia Houston, Bowling Green, “Soundwave: Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Soundwave: My Old Kentucky Home
Lisa Hurst, Cynthiana, “Praises Raised to Heaven
Darrell Ishmael, Lexington, “Bass Beat
Brandon Jones, Louisville, “My Morning Picasso,” “Appalatin ‘Waterside’ Album Cover
Elaine Manning, Grassy Creek, “Piano Keys
Sharon Matisoff, Fern Creek, “Opus 7,” “Katherine
Kasandra McNeil, Nancy, “Waiting for Inspiration
Matt Pascucci, Lexington, “My Father, the Artist
Sonya Roark, Somerset, “Three Ukuleles
Judy Rosati, Louisville, “German Street Musicians, Regensburg
Brenda Salyers, Morehead, “Winchester Melody
Lisa Schneider, Danville, “Angel Band
Dianne Simpson, Heidrick, “Bad Moon Rising
Diane Smallwood, Morehead, “Surrounded by Sound
Anthony Stollings, Florence, “Jazz Metamorphic
Jason Sturgill, Lexington, “Washing Away a Long Day,” “Backyard Sessions
Joanne Weis, Louisville, “The Cuckoo-Appalachian Songbook

Most works in the exhibit are available for purchase.  Please contact the Norton Center directly for a price list. 

School Groups & Curriculum Connections

Music Scenes is a great exhibit for student of all ages. Music Scenes makes connections to music and visual art, interpretations, critical thinking and assessment, and Kentucky artists.

A student worksheet and lesson plan activities will be available soon.

Attending the exhibition is free and your class may even qualify for a transportation subsidy through the Kentucky Arts Council’s TranspARTation Grant program. More information may be found here.

Please contact Brittany Duvall in the Norton Center box office with questions or to arrange a visit. 

More about the Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, celebrates 50 years of service in 2015, which the Arts Council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky. For more information visit

June 8 – December 4, 2015
Norton Center Grand Foyer

This exhibit is now closed.

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