Visiting Artist Program

C.Ryan Patterson: Artist-In-Residence

March 18- April 25, 2013

Through the Visiting Artist Program, Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University is hosting Artist-In-Residence C. Ryan Patterson from March 18- April 26, 2013. During his residence, Patterson will teach the course Community & Collaboration. In this course students will work in the urban neighborhood of Smoketown, exploring the history, theory and practice of  “socially engaged” art making through the creation of The Smoketown Social Club, a temporary project housed in St. Peter Claver Parish, that will offer a month long series of unpredictable social experiences and public cultural programs, in collaboration with local organizations Women in Transition, Network Center for Community Change, and Youthbuild. The goal of the Smoketown Social Club is to generate and document a substantial amount of memories, conversation and ideas about the neighborhood of Smoketown. The Smoketown Social Club is part of a six-week community arts project sponsored and organized by the Kentucky School of Art. For real-time updates on the project please visit:  Scheduled events include a public artist talk, a neighborhood block party, and an art exhibition. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 11,  6pm, Artist Talk: “What is Socially Engaged Art?’

C. Ryan Patterson will give a presentation on ‘socially engaged’ art practices and his work as Artist-In-Residence.

Kentucky School of Art 849 South Third St. 40203

Wednesday, April 24, 6pm, Neighborhood Block Party: BBQ, Music, and Art hosted by the Smoketown Social Club.

St. Peter Claver Parish  516 Lampton Street, 40203

Friday, April 26, 6pm, Opening Reception, Community and Collaboration.

Artwork and relevant documentation of the Smoketown Social Club Project. April 26 – May 12, 2013.

Kentucky School of Art 849 South Third St. 40203


About the artist:

C. Ryan Patterson is a multi-‐disciplinary artist, curator and community-arts consultant based in Baltimore, Maryland. His practice incorporates diverse artistic tools including sculpture, illustration, design, conversation, and puppetry to promote awareness, conversation and action around social and environmental issues important to urban communities. Patterson was named a Leader in the Field of Community Arts by the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and is France Merrick Community Arts Fellow.


For inquiry, please contact: Skylar Smith, 502.873.4369,

About the Program

During their stay, artists present a public lecture and meet with Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University students and local artists for individual critiques. Artist lectures are free and open to the public. The Visiting Artist Program has collaborated with local community and arts organizations including 21c Museum, Kentucky Center for the Art, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Speed Art Museum, University of Louisville, Louisville Visual Arts Association, and others.



Established in 2009, the Kentucky School of Art Visiting Artist Program hosts professional artists who have a demonstrated record of excellence and show a commitment to working with students and communities. The program showcases both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media.


For more information, please contact Programming Director, Skylar Smith:


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