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 original gallery space is located in Lexington, Kentucky, a mid-sized city with a vibrant creative community. Nevertheless, Lexington lacks a museum or a center for contemporary art. Institute 193 fills this cultural void by hosting musical performances, film screenings, lectures, and other community-driven events in addition to visual art exhibitions. In 2018, we opened a satellite location, called Institute 193 (1B) in Manhattan, serving as a bridge between the Southeast and the art world at large. 

We regularly partner with other institutions regionally and beyond to expand our cultural footprint and to serve as an ambassadors for artists from here. 


193 N. Limestone St.
To make an appointment outside of normal business hours, contact Paul Brown at paul@institute193.org

292 E. 3rd St. (1B)
To make an appointment outside of normal business hours, contact Maria Owen at mariaeliowen@gmail.com

Open Wednesday - Saturday, 11 AM - 6 PM and by appointment.

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