The symposium, organized by UofL’s Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Club on the Belknap Campus.

The morning speaker will be artist and social activist Mel Chin, interviewed by Miranda Lash, Speed Art Museum’s new modern and contemporary art curator who recently organized Chin’s retrospective “Rematch” exhibit at New Orleans Museum of Art (now at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis). Chin’s wide-ranging work in a variety of media explores social justice issues and community connections; for example, his nationwide Operation Paydirt project to publicize lead-contaminated soil problems stemmed from his New Orleans Safehouse work in an evacuated house. 

Panelists on the expanding role of campus art will be Kathy Barrie, museum consultant and director of Case Western Reserve University’s Putnam Collection; Marion Wilson, sculptor, associate professor and director of Syracuse University School of Education’s community initiatives in the visual arts; and Mary Carothers, UofL fine arts associate professor and photographer.  

           The afternoon session about Louisville public art will feature William Morrow, independent curator and former 21c Museum director; Theo Edmonds, I.D.E.A.S. 40203 co-founder; Yasmeen Siddiqui, UofL’s interim galleries director and critical and curatorial studies program director, with Sarah Lindgren, Louisville Commission on Public Art administrator, moderating.

Symposium registration is $25 for the general public and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is encouraged by Sept. 22 as seating is limited; university students and faculty may attend free if they register by Sept. 22. To register, contact Janna Tajibaeva at or 502-852-2247 or check

For more information, contact Peter Morrin, director of UofL’s Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, at 502-852-2361 or

Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.