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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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School of Art & Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky

236 Bolivar Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone: 859-257-8151     visit website     view map

The School of Art and Visual Studies' award-winning renovated building, located at 236 Bolivar Street, preserves the local history of its 1899 origins as Leggitt & Meyers tobacco processing plant.  It possesses over 117,000 square feet dedicated to supporting the development of knowledge and creativity related to the visual arts AND the mastery of materials and processes that supports the making of art.

The SA/VS building houses a gallery, faculty and student studios, 6 computer labs, a multipurpose 3-D fabrication lab, a photography suite with B&W, Color and Alternative Processes Darkooms as well as a large format digital printing lab and 2 Lighting Studios, a Print Media shop, Fiber Studio, Large Drawing and Painting classrooms, Ceramics studio and kiln yard, 2D and 3D foundations classrooms and state of the art Woodshop. The metal shop and foundry remains located in its long-time location adjacent to the old Reynolds building.

Located just on the edge of campus, the Art and Visual Studies Building is close to the heart of an entertainment and restaurant row. It is a short walking distance from microbreweries, burger and pizza spots, diners, Korean, African, Mediterranean, and Indian bistros, just to name a few, and only a few blocks from downtown Lexington.

Lexington, Kentucky

Ah, Lexington! An iconic destination that showcases all the best Kentucky has to offer. See our legendary landscapes, meet our celebrity horses on tours of magnificent farms, taste our hand-crafted Bourbons on the very spot they were created, immerse yourself in our sophisticated farm-to-table cuisine culture... With our quaint Southern charm, quirky arts scene and picturesque setting, it's the kind of destination that belongs on any traveler's bucket list.


Blue Grass Airport is located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a 15 minute drive to downtown. And if you are staying at the Hilton there is a Complimentary shuttle from the Lexington Airport, please call the hotel to make arrangements ahead of time.

Cincinnati and Louisville airports are within a 90 minute drive to Lexington.


Complimentary shuttle from the Lexington Airport, please call the hotel to make arrangements ahead of time.


Taxis, Uber and Lyft all service the Lexington area 24/7


Complimentary Self Park with in and out privileges for all conference attendees staying at the Hilton

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