Kentucky

Bourbon and horses always come to mind when thinking of Kentucky, but the Bluegrass State is full of even more treasures. The artistic culture of Kentucky shines through with various murals that are painted across the state. These murals provide the opportunity to explore and appreciate the culture of Kentucky in great open-air environments that allow for social distancing.

Danville Murals

The City of Danville embraces its history and unique culture through artistic murals that decorate the city. Each one is individual and tells a different story, from the Color Waves mosaic to the charming Diversitea mural. The displays throughout Danville evoke curiosity and beckon visitors to engage with the art.

Danville Community Mural / 126 N. 3rd Street (side elevation)

Created by Andee Rudloff – who found inspiration for this dynamic mural through community responses to her survey question “What Makes Danville Historically Bold?” Nearly 500 community members participated in the project through the survey and a community paint day in 2018. The Danville Community Mural was commissioned and funded by the Heart of Danville and AARP-Kentucky in 2018. The mural is installed on a side wall adjacent to a public parking lot and is easily accessible to the public.

Diversitea  135 N. 2nd Street (side elevation)

Created by Dee Craig who came all the way from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland as part of an artist exchange program. During the three-week residency, Craig painted this vibrant mural on pieces of canvas before it was installed on the side wall of the Elmwood Inn Fine Teas headquarters. The mural features young people of different backgrounds laughing and sipping tea together. This mural celebrates the cultural diversity of Danville. In honor of the mural, Elmwood Inn has created a “diversitea” blend inspired by the mural. It is described as a complex combination of world-class green, white, and oolong teas paired with delicious bits of mango, lychee, and goji berries.

Art Local / 111 N. 4th St. (side elevation)

Created by Brandon Long. This bold mural was installed in Danville as part of the Art Local movement. Art Local is a grassroots movement whose purpose is to promote pride in, and support of, local and regional art and artists. The Art Local movement highlights the importance of engagement with the arts on a local level. You can find other representations of the Art Local graphic at Plank on Main (219 W Main – Interior) and Harveys restaurant (120 S. 4th Street – Interior). The Art Local mural is installed on the side elevation of the Sherwin Williams building, adjacent to the parking lot for Art Center of the Bluegrass.

Color Waves / 401 W. Main Street

Created by Tracy Pennington. This stunning mosaic installation can be seen on the side of the Art Center of the Bluegrass. Color Waves looks like a retro puzzle of bold colors and geometric figures and it shows detail up close. Tracy Pennington designed the mosaic and worked collaboratively with students from the Kentucky School for the Deaf to bring it to life. The Color Waves mural is installed on the side elevation of the 4th Street entrance ramp to Art Center of the Bluegrass.

William “Bunny” Davis/ 103 S. Second St.

The William “Bunny” Davis mural commemorates William “Bunny” Davis, a local African American icon. Davis was an all-state forward in basketball and selected to play on the All-American Negro High School basketball team of 1936. It is thought that he was the first African-American basketball player to be named an All-American. The mural was created by street artist ARCY during the 2018 Soul of Second Street Festival to honor William “Bunny” Davis and the importance he had on the African-American culture. The mural is installed on a brick wall overlooking the parking lot for 103 S. Second St. which was once the heart of Danville’s African-American business district.

Oldham Murals

Mike Prather Designs

Mike Prather is a professional artist based in La Grange, Kentucky. He specializes in unique murals that add character to a town or neighborhood. His murals not only give town members the chance to watch the work come to life, but they are given a beautiful display to treasure for generations. Mike is also commissioned to paint the Derby winner each year for the Derby Museum. One of Mike’s murals is located just off I-71in an attempt to get travelers that are exiting the interstate to continue past the gas stations to the historic town of La Grange.

Paducah Murals

Wall to Wall; Portraits of Our Past / 100 Water St.

Created by: Herb Roe, Robert Dafford and members of the Dafford Mural Team. Visitors can dive into the past and take in the rich history of Paducah through this popular art attraction. This colorful display paints the city’s history against the backdrop of the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. The murals on this UNESCO Creative City’s floodwall stretch across more than twenty panels and were painted by Herb Roe and Robert Dafford, as well as members of the Dafford Mural Team. For more information, please visit: https://www.paducahwalltowall.com/the-murals

Quilt City USA, Murals / 415 Park St.

As the home to the largest membership quilting organization in the world, the American Quilter’s Society, and The National Quilt Museum of the United States, Paducah is an international destination for quilters and quilt enthusiasts. Paducah celebrates the importance of quilts through the Quilt City USA Murals Project, by connecting cultures through creativity. The stunning mural is a series of quilts reproduced to showcase the unique craftmanship of the quilters and visual artists. The project has space for 19 to 38 quilt images across the 19 floodwall panels. It can be viewed on the floodwall facing the Schroeder Expo Center and Carroll Convention Center at 415 Park Street, Paducah, KY 42001.

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