American Art Awards Names The Best Gallery Or Museum In Kentucky: KMAC Museum

Thom Bierdz
7 min readApr 3, 2023

The American Art Awards has announced its selection of the 20 Best Galleries or Museums in USA for the year 2023, with KMAC Museum receiving the award for the best gallery in Kentucky. The board bases decisions on years established, industry reputation, online interest, location, size, aesthetics, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists and references, among other criteria.

AMERICAN ART AWARDS: “Each year we pick a variety of galleries in appearance and genres, and this year is no exception. In our Top 20 for 2023, we chose the largest gallery in the Southwest and the largest exhibition space in Florida and the largest in Austin, Texas. An Atlanta organization specializing in black art won in Georgia, a bold Vegas pop hotspot won in Nevada, and museums were chosen for Kentucky and South Dakota. We also selected one of New York’s only non-profit galleries, downtown Indianapolis’ premier event venue space and an enormous Kansas institution which is fulltime home to 35 artists. We decided on several galleries owned by notable painters, some women-run, and some specializing in Western impressionism, others in abstract, others in realism. Most our Top 20 represent contemporary paintings, sculpture, digital art and photography — but we do have businesses exhibiting old master works from Europe, Asia and the Americas.”

AMERICAN ART AWARDS: “Founded in 1981 as the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, in 2001 it relocated to the four-story cast iron structure located in downtown Louisville’s West Main Street Historic District. Three galleries on the museum’s first, second and third floors provide 27,000 sq ft for large-scale exhibitions. A 2016 renovation and rebranding as KMAC Museum (Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft), it showcases regional, national and international contemporary artists, and is committed to education and diversity outreach that fosters equity, purpose and facilitates accessibility.”

MORE ABOUT THE MUSEUM:

KMAC Contemporary Art Museum (“KMAC”) is Louisville’s premier contemporary art museum and is located in historic downtown Louisville on Museum Row. The Museum focuses on exploring the relationship between contemporary art and the craft process by identifying art as the “big idea” and craft as the intersection between process, materials, labor. Through exhibitions, education, and collections, the Museum connects people to contemporary art and creative practice through the exploration of these relationships. KMAC exists to spark curiosity, inspire meaningful connections, and foster a deep sense of inclusion, belonging, and purpose that ripples beyond the Museum’s walls. KMAC celebrates diversity and is committed to intentional, on-going work that fosters equity and facilitates accessibility. KMAC is deeply committed to providing art experiences for everyone.

STREET ADDRESS / 715 West Main Street / Louisville, Kentucky 40202

502.589.0102

HOURS: OPEN 10AM-5PM Wednesday — Sunday (Monday & Tuesday CLOSED)

American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2023 are:

BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Sparks Gallery

BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art

BEST IN FLORIDA: MAC Art Galleries

BEST IN GEORGIA: Black Art In America (BAIA)

BEST IN INDIANA: Gallery Forty-Two

BEST IN KANSAS: CityArts

BEST IN KENTUCKY: KMAC Museum

BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

BEST IN MAINE: Clarke Gallery

BEST IN MONTANA: Cawdrey Gallery

BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art

BEST IN NEVADA: Elena Bulatova Fine Art

BEST IN NEW MEXICO: Thornwood Gallery

BEST IN NEW YORK: Gallery 23 NY

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum

BEST IN TEXAS: AO5 GALLERY

BEST IN VERMONT: Helmholz Fine Art

BEST IN WYOMING: Gallery Wild

American Art Awards https://www.americanartawards.com/ annually awards 20 museums and/or galleries, and with their critique later in the year, awards nearly 500 deserving contemporary artists from 60+ countries: painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists.

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Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.