African American Art Exhibition



The African American Art Exhibition is one of the leading national shows of its kind.

The 26th African American Art Exhibition will be on display from January 8 through February 23, 2020. The annual exhibition celebrates African American history, culture and art, and features the multi-disciplinary work of local and national artists.

Join us Friday, Janaury 24 for a reception and an award ceremony to honor the artists of the 26th African American Art Exhibition. Enjoy live music, award presentations and delicious food from Milkwood.
         5:30 — Reception
         6:45 — Award Ceremony

Actors Theatre is a not-for-profit professional regional theatre located in the heart of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands view the exhibition annually, which has become a popular highlight of the region’s visual arts season.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Friday
5:30 – 10 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 
1 – 10 p.m.

Closed Mondays and Non-Performance Dates

This Year's Jurors:

Amethyst Beaver | William M. Duffy | LaNia Roberts 

About the Jurors

William M. Duffy

William M. Duffy, a native Louisvillian, has been teaching art for more than 35 years.  He has worked with young people from all social and economic backgrounds by teaching in neighborhood community centers and public and private schools. In February, 1997, he received an official commendation from the Board of Education for "sharing his outstanding artistic gifts with students and staff in the Jefferson County Public Schools".

A self taught and quite accomplished stone carver, Duffy has shown his figurative and abstract sculptures in exhibitions throughout the United States. He’s been commissioned to do sculptures for public, corporate and private collections. Phillip Morris Tobacco, Brown-Forman Corporation, Kentucky Fried Chicken (now YUM!), National City Bank, Humana Inc., Red Geranium Enterprises of New Harmony, Indiana, The Louisville Orchestra, The Bingham Foundation for Women, Farmington Historic Home and Louisville’s J.B. Speed Art Museum own his work. He was commissioned by the Kentucky Arts Council to create the awards for the 2007-08 Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts.With a BFA in Painting from the Louisville School of Art and an exceptional gift in drawing, Duffy, a master artist, has a wide range of skills.  He uses these skills to expose his students to the many forms and techniques of art.

Duffy was a Children’s Fine Arts (CFAC) teacher with the Louisville Visual Arts Association for more than 10 years, teaching elementary, middle and high school students drawing and stone carving. 

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Amethyst Rey Beaver

Amethyst Rey Beaver is the Assistant Curator at 21c Museum Hotels where she works closely with Museum Director, Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites on the curatorial programing at all eight, soon to be nine, 21c locations. From 2012-2016 she worked at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin on the Latin American and Modern & Contemporary curatorial teams on exhibitions, publications, and public programming. In 2010, Amethyst lived, worked, and studied in Valparaiso, Chile as a Fulbright Fellow. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. in Modern & Contemporary Latin American art history from the University of Texas at Austin.

How to Enter


Submissions are now closed.

The exhibition is not theme-specific and accepts submissions from a variety of art forms.

Artists submitting to the exhibition should self-identify as descendants of the African diaspora.

Artwork should be properly matted, framed and in ready-to-hang condition, if applicable.

All artwork must be original.

All artwork must be available for display and sale during the exhibition.

Up to six works may be submitted per artist. Each work should be submitted in a separate image. Please provide one image for each two-dimensional piece and three different images (showing different views) for each three-dimensional piece. NOTE: 

Gallery Requirements:
The Roanne H. Victor Gallery cannot support any artwork that has an installation requiring mounting to a wall for display. Mixed media artwork and sculptures must weigh no more than 75 pounds and must be no more than 7 feet tall. Artists may submit work with special display requirements only if artist is available to install and remove. NOTE: The Roanne H. Victor Gallery reserves the right to refuse any work that presents complex installation problems and/or is not acceptable for presentation.



Include a reference sheet with the information below:

– Artist’s name
– Title of work
– Arrow indicating top
– Medium
– Framed/finished dimensions (height, width and depth)

50-word artist biography and 50-word artist statement must be included with entry.

Each image should be labeled with the title of the piece. If submitting digitally, please name image file with title of work.

Images must definitively reflect the artwork submitted.

Submission imagery needs to be high-res (300 dpi) if submitted digitally. The quality of your slides/images will influence the Juror’s decision.

Slides or digital images will be accepted. Images pasted into the body of an email will NOT be accepted.



Mail Entry Packet to:
African American Art Exhibition
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218


Email Entry Information to:


Fill Out the Online Entry Form

NOTE: Actors Theatre reserves the right to refuse any work that does not meet all requirements listed above.


Accepted Work

Artists are responsible for round-trip shipment of their artwork to and from Actors Theatre in Louisville. Return postage MUST be included with accepted artwork package. (Further details will be provided following acceptance).

For local artists, self delivery can be scheduled by appointment. Contact Charlotte Stephens at (502) 584.1265 x3145 or to schedule. (Further details will be provided following acceptance.)

Accepted work will be insured while on Actors Theatre of Louisville's premises through the run of the exhibition. NOTE: If artwork is shipped, Actors Theatre of Louisville is not liable for packages during transit to and from the exhibition.

Payment of awards will be distributed after artist has signed and returned any/all necessary forms.

NOTE: Actors Theatre retains 40% commission on the sale of all artwork.