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Institute 193 collaborates with artists, musicians, and writers to produce exhibitions, publications, and projects that document the cultural landscape of the modern South.
Founded in 2009, Institute 193 embraces the notion that groundbreaking contemporary art can and does emerge outside of large metropolitan centers.
Institute 193 provides artists from Kentucky and the Southeastern United States—selected not by commercial viability, but by the quality and relevance of their work—with exhibition and publication opportunities. It also endeavors to help these artists gain broader media exposure and foster connections in art markets across the globe.
Institute 193’s gallery space is located in Lexington, Kentucky, a mid-sized city with a vibrant creative community that, nevertheless, lacks a museum for contemporary art. Institute 193 fills this void by hosting musical performances, film screenings, lectures, and other community-driven events in addition to visual art exhibitions.
Institute 193 also participates in art fairs across the country in a direct effort to expose innovative Southern artists to the world at large, serving as an ambassador for the region and ultimately providing a foundation for a contemporary art center in Lexington.
193 North Limestone Street / Lexington, KY 40507
Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM and by appointment.
To make an appointment outside of normal business hours, contact Chase Martin.