Lyric Gallery & Museum

The Lyric's mission includes celebrating diverse cultures, with special emphasis on African American cultural heritage, through artistic presentation of the highest quality. With our rotating exhibits in our Gallery & Museum, The Lyric is able to highlight the talents of local, regional and national artists, all free of charge for the public to view and enjoy.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Group tours available by appointment - call (859) 280-2201 for more information.

In The Lyric's Museum

Rotating Display

In our Museum, The Lyric is extremely proud to feature works of community artists and artist groups who have donated their work to us. These artists represent the diversity and core of our mission, and we are proud to host their work for all of our patrons and supporters to enjoy. Current artists on display: Adan Utrero, Enrique Gonzalez, Agustin Zarate, Jared Owens, Mercedes Harn, 2016 'Artist's Eye' Program Participants.

Lyric Featured Artist

Esther Chin

Along with our community partners who donate work to The Lyric, we also feature rotating artists/groups of artists on our Lyric Featured Artist wall in our museum. 

On the current installation:

About the Artist:

I am a quiet, reserved, and meticulous individual, who is a native of the lush and scenic parish of St Mary, Jamaica. During my formative years of life my passion for art was encourage by my family and friends. My gram-ma and mother would encourage me to draw and express myself even allowing me to use the interior and exterior of our home as a canvas. My inspiration comes from what I see around me including my love for the environment; its flora and fauna, social issues, my cultural identity and personal experiences.

About the Exhibit:

Mother: A woman, who carries, cares, protects and nurtures. Transcendence is a body of work that takes you on a spiritual journey with my Mother and I. It is made up of four immersive installations. My work explores my mother’s transition over the course of three years, addressing her illness and transcendence from this earth. My devotion to my Mother manifests itself within my work. My artwork explores the contrasting balance of happiness lost and found. My pieces are manifestations of my thoughts. These thoughts are cultivated through the rigor and emotional upheaval of time and space. I engage a multidisciplinary approach to art making. Crushed silk, plants, plastic, and other material help to create metaphors, juxtapositions and associations which help to Materialize, express and share these thoughts on my Mother’s transcendence.

In The Lyric's Gallery

Lexington Camera Club: New Work

On Display October 13 - December 15, 2017

Next in The Lyric's Gallery


On the Current Exhibit:
This is the third exhibition of the reincarnated Lexington Camera Club which, like its predecessor, meets monthly and is open to all. 
Lexington Camera Club: New Work is dedicated to the memory of Nori Hall (1950 - 2017), an extraordinary and creative image-maker, and one of the founders of the new club which began meeting in 2014 after several members heard historian James D. Birchfield talk about the work and members of the original club and resolved to start the long dormant club.
The first meeting of the original Lexington Camera Club was held in December of 1936. Its members were professionals - doctors, lawyers, professors - pursuing their own creative visions. There were no professional photographers. The group's first formal exhibition was in 1940. 
The club, which was especially active in the 50s and 60s, essentially dissolved after the death of Ralph Eugene Meatyard in 1972. Renowned photographers Van Deren Coke and Meatyard were two of the club's leaders. Active members included Robert C. May and Cranston Richie. Guy Mendes joined the club when he was a student at the University of Kentucky. Jonathan Greene, who published Meatyard's first book, attended meetings and exhibitions. 
Unlike the current club, throughout its history the original club was overwhelmingly male.
The Original club encompassed different aesthetic directions and techniques. Unlike other photography clubs, there was never required adherence to specific guidelines or assignments. However, members often shared prints and shot and experimented together. 
The work of the original Lexington Camera Club was featured at the Cincinnati Art Museum as part of the FotoFocus 2016 Biennial and documented in the accompanying book, Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and ITs Community, 1954-1974.

On the Next Exhibit:

In The Lyric's Historic Lobby