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.

The Lyric Theatre 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:
Ye Ma

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 Ye Ma's installation:

Existence Gaze is inspired by Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development. In his research, Dr. Erik Homburger Erikson classified the human life into nine stages according to the age, particularly hope (0-23 mths), will (2-4 yr), purpose (4-5yr), competence (5-12yr), fidelity (13-19yr), love (20-39yr), care (40-64yr) and wisdom (65-death).

I am interested in exploring the similarity of human life’s experience from different age. Based on this intention, I collected my interviews with different people and later transferred them in to my installation. To create Existence Gaze, I picked 7 of my audio interviews and installed them into wooden boxes. Each box has a peephole that allows audience to look through, where I used salt

prints to create a suggestive scene

with a dim light source.

I believe human’s lives are largely identical, with minor differences. I hope this project can be useful as it allows people to see other’s lives and translate what they saw into a reflection of themselves.

'League of Art Legends: Community Art Show'

The Lyric Gallery 

On Display March 17 - May 19, 2017

This exhibit highlights LaVon Van Williams, Jr, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, and Sonja Brooks, three highly active and influential artists in Lexington. Through their varied influences and mediums, this show work to share their art perspectives collectively. 

Sonja Brooks creates textured collages that celebrate people, events, and social, cultural and environmental themes.  Like the subjects celebrated, the collages are multi-layered and complex, drawing the viewer in for a closer look, and, often, a surprise.  On the surface you see one thing, but what’s behind the theme, behind the scene? What’s the under layer—literally and figuratively?  Sonja suggests answers, but leaves you to explore and contemplate your own conclusions.

LaVon Van Williams, Jr. is known, in some circles, as a member of the University of Kentucky basketball team that captured the NCAA championship in 1978. To others, he is known for his art. In his studio, he chisels bold figures, which capture the interaction of couples, churchgoing folk, and partygoers as well as the physicality of dancers and musicians. Williams is a perennial favorite at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City. Among his credits, Williams’ work was included in the national touring show When the Spirit Moves: African American Art Inspired by Dance. In 2009 the Kentucky Folk Art Center assembled a 30-year retrospective exhibit of his work titled, LaVon Williams: Rhythm in Relief. The show traveled extensively throughout Ohio and Kentucky and was on display Oct. 2010 for the reopening celebration of the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington.

Arturo Alonzo Sandoval is a fiber artist whose experimental techniques and expressive interpretations have earned him an international reputation. A Professor of Art at The University, of Kentucky, Arturo has earned the respect of his students, as well as the admiration of his hometown of Lexington and its art community.

Bridging the Legacy: SOLHOTLex

In The Lyric's Main Lobby

March 13 - April 24, 2017

Bridging the Legacy is an intergenerational exhibit celebrating the ingenuity, influence, and creativity of East End based families, past, present, and future. Using a multimedia approach, this exhibit showcases the importance of family, how talents and skills are invested and passed down generation to generation. Discovering the parallels of artistic and cultural expressions of the selected artists frame the dozens and dozens of narratives found within the historic East End neighborhood. Unearthing the past to gain a greater understanding of our shared history and future is the basis of the work created for Bridging the Legacy. 

Embracing the lessons, values, and experiences modeled by previous generations, featured artists are challenged to produce a collection of work that showcases the legendary work of the past in relation to their contemporary interpretation.

Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths Lexington or more formally SOLHOTLex is an intergenerational collective of girls and women of color at William Wells Brown Community Center that uses the curiosity of girlhood and art to create a space to imagine freedom. We make art to answer questions about loving ourselves, loving our community and holding everyone accountable for freedom. When you view our art we hope you ask yourself, "When is the last time you asked a Black girl about her thoughts on police violence?”, "When is the last time you listened to a Black girl’s thoughts on education policy?”, "When is the last time you asked a Black girl about freedom?” "When is the last time you listened to a Black girl’s thought on anything?”


On Display March 13 – April 24th

Do you see what I see?—Photo Voice and Community Quilt Part 1

Designed as a way to tell stories via photography and quilts, our art tells a story about the people we love, the things that need to be changed in order for us to be free and our connections to Kentucky soil, sisterhood and solidarity.