Kentucky Folk Art Center
Kentucky Folk Art Center
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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jfadds
Naperville, IL4,759 contributions
Couples
Worth driving far out of your way to see this shrine to all the great Kentucky self taught artists.
Worth a trip just to see the incredible carvings by Edgar and Dony Tolson- a great father - son duo.
Ditto the wonderful cane collection and the Kinneys
Do yourself a favor and come visit a state treasure
Written May 1, 2017
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I'm happy your remarked on the Tolsons. They are the first family of folk carving. Please come back again.
Written July 19, 2017
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Friend_of_IEEE
Bedford, TX272 contributions
Friends
There are a lot of "artsy craftsy" places in eastern KY, but this one, only a few minutes from the more well-known "caves" is worth the stop if your passion is unique expression and "experience" art. I use the word experience advisedly. This art is not developed from art courses and "here's how you do it" lectures, but comes from the artists life experiences and is a real expression of feeling.

There are some quality works here. Just because it is primitive (in the sense of grandma moses) doesn't mean it isn't good and can't be understood. These artists speak to you about things that mean something. They are true in the sense of emotion, life, and feelings. Some have very good style, formal correctness, and accurate rendition ... but all have interesting stories to tell.

If you read art, and you want to know how it felt to live a life of hardship, wonder, and reward ... then you do yourself a dis-service bypassing this wonderfully constructed collection.

Not everyone will be moved, but I was. Just the Nan Phelps and Helen LaFrance did it for me. But there is a lot more awaiting the sensitive observer.
Written November 12, 2014
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h0telindustrypr0
Leesburg, VA7 contributions
Family
Two floors of amazing Americana - all artists from the immediate region with a few authentic pieces available for sale in the gift shop. Admission is free. Morehead State does an exceptional job to curate and maintain this exhibit.
Written June 10, 2018
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Thanks for the kind comment. Yes, we always strive for excellence in our collection and exhibitions programming. I'm glad you appreciated your time at KFAC.
Written June 11, 2018
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gho4
Amissville, VA161 contributions
Couples
This is one of the best small museums I have visited in many years. The art on the main floor is primitive but exciting. A little hard to find as the signage is not great but well worth the time. Allow about an hour to really look at all of the exhibits.
Written June 28, 2017
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Thanks for the kind review. We try to punch above our weight class. I'm glad you enjoyed your time here.
Written July 19, 2017
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Madis S
Mint Hill, Nc13 contributions
Outstanding celebration of the work of leading Eastern Kentucky artists. Too bad Governor Bevan is trying to destroy this heritage.
Written June 26, 2018
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Thank you for you visit and kind words. We are actually the state's repository for folk art from every corner of Kentucky, not just our home region.
Written July 3, 2018
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Kristina G
Newark, DE81 contributions
Friends
This place is weird, but it is fun to look through. Since it is free it's definitely worth a visit. The gift shop is full of conversation starters
Written September 13, 2017
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Yes, folk art can be weird, but we're happy you had fun.
Written March 14, 2018
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vtxcagesc
Morehead, KY28 contributions
Solo
Okay, I'm not a rabid fan, much less student, of any art and my museum experiences are the high end vacation type such as in Europe as a soldier or various Smithsonian vestiges in DC that all had tour guides to explain things. So this wouldn't be a first choice stop for me, but I had an hour to kill and I was bored. Thus, I stopped, parked and went in.

To start, I wasn't sure if I could have defined "folk art" before my visit and not sure I'd get it right if I tried now. But the desk folks were polite, if preoccupied, when I arrived. They gave me a postcard that explained folk art a little then left me to wonder the two small floors alone. They didn't admonish me not to touch anything and some things really invite a tactile experience.

After I was done the desk people asked what I thought and liked and we had a short discussion before I left.

My conclusion is that you don't need any talent or skill as such to create this art...the materials seem to be composing a piece from whatever is at hand in a manner you most enjoy or can work with without getting hurt.

The art part seems to be in what the creator sees while working or is attempting to portray with their end result. Frankly, some of it was no more impressive or impactful than my grandkids pasta mosaics...maybe less so. But there WERE a few pieces where, as I stared, touched and imagined making myself that I could nod and say, "I get this one. I can feel it's meaning," or at least why they bothered. A couple of pieces were even pretty.

If it's really hot or cold out and your bored, or between appointments, or need a quiet place to meetup or speak with someone without paying admission or feel like sitting down, this would fit the bill.

As for a destination, I'd really put some thought into that first. The three little groups that came in just before me or at the same time were all gone within 10 mins. I was there about 40 mins, bit I was trying hard to "get it."

I rated it average because I can't think of anyone I'd personally want to share it with and it left me with no lasting impression or desire to ever go back.

But, hey...what does an old Army grunt and biker know about art...? Your mileage might vary...greatly.
Written August 8, 2017
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Thanks for your visit and response. We didn't recommend that you not touch the artwork because you are an adult, and we assume that adults know not to touch things in museums. There are also numerous "no touching" signs in our gallery, which you may have, somehow, missed. Secondly, we don't offer unscheduled tours to individual visitors because admission is always free, and our museum is small with only two full-time staff members. The greeters are typically students from our university. However, if the Director or Educator are available, we are always happy to answer questions, and we do so several times each day. We also provide numerous informational panels for visitors. If you want to learn more about folk art and why it is important, particularly in Appalachia and the south, feel free to review the exhibition catalogs on our website. As a simple explanation, there are hotbeds for folk art scattered around America. The most notable are in Kentucky/Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, and the southwest. These are folk art hotbeds, because they are the most historically impoverished regions of our nation. People there who were interested in art never had the opportunity to pursue formal training, and most began making art in the second halves of their lives after a significant life change of some sort. This resulted in some (though not all) of the artists adopting primitive styles. Other times, as with some woodcarvers, stylistic decisions can be an outgrowth of community traditions. Therefore, when judging folk one should not always rely on the perceived technical proficiency of the artist, but rather examine the overall expressiveness of the work.
Written August 9, 2017
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TXGirlinKY
Kentucky119 contributions
Couples
Quirky, interesting, a nice diversion. Not very big, but still plenty to see. And, then there is the gift shop!
Written April 2, 2015
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twistabout
Ellijay, GA370 contributions
Family
This free view of folk art is oddly entertaining. It makes you realize that EVERYONE is capable of art...though it be a bit weird. Many of the he pieces have a religious a d devilish themes, an interesting mix! There are many beautiful pieces and great talent. After you take in all the art, stop by Pen Stattion for the yummiest of steak sandwiches and fries before you hop back on the interstate.
Written February 10, 2015
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edwardgwojdyla
Nashville, IN47 contributions
Couples
On a whim we drove 10 minutes off the highway. What an eclectic collection. Fantastic place. Just unusual and very nice set of art.
Written February 1, 2020
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