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Make WUKY one of your Local Arts destinations. Along with WUKY's state-of-the-art studios, you can now check out our gallery of local artist(s).

Standard Gallery Hours:  Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm. To schedule a viewing of the exhibit, please call (859) 257-3221.

Would you like to exhibit at the WUKY Gallery? Please submit an application.

Urban Art Gallery Flyer. Text reads: Urban Art Collective Art Exhibition Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
• 5:30 pm: VIP Art Gallery Preview
• 6:00 pm: Urban Art Collective
Galery Open
• 6:30 pm: Urban Art Collective
Performance Showcase
• 7:30 pm: Closing
Latonia Dishueme-Bangudi
Shakyrah Hightower
Johnetta Knight
The Gallery at WUKY
2640 Spurr Rd
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 40511

On Display Now

Project Ricochet: The Urban Art Collective

Join us at the WUKY Gallery for Project Ricochet’s Urban Art Collective “The Crown” Exhibit. Experience the WUKY Gallery on a personal tour with the artists, as you walk through their exhibit of artwork and hear them talk about their works on display, as well as their process.

Where & When

The Gallery at WUKY
2640 Spurr Rd
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40511

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Urban Art Collective “The Crown” Gallery Opening at WUKY: Tuesday, May 7th, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  • 5:30 pm: VIP Art Gallery Preview
  • 6:00 pm: Urban Art Collective Gallery Open
  • 6:30 pm: Urban Art Collective Performance Showcase
  • 7:30 pm: Closing

Featured Artists

  • Latonia Dishueme-Bangudi
  • Shakyrah Hightower
  • Johnetta Knight

Curator's Statement: Dr. Abeni El-Amin

Project Ricochet provides a number of activities throughout the year to accomplish our goals. One of which is the Urban Art Collective. This initiative provides the landscape to promote public health issues because of humanity’s shared global experience with covid, such as mental health, depression, and miseducation about covid disease. For more information visit: www.projectricochet.org.

Urban Art Collective Curator: Dr. Abeni El-Amin
Urban Art Collective Gallery Engineers: Andrew Cohen and Colin Cook

Artist’s Bios

Latonia Dishueme-Bangudi is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and has been deeply inspired by the inherent beauty of the natural world since childhood. Her mantra "Life is Art, Art is Life" isn't just a slogan; it encapsulates the very essence of existence. Themes such as "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" has found expression in Latonia’s sketches, laying the groundwork for her artistic journey. Her art reflects inner and outer realms, transcending physical boundaries to tell stories on canvas. Drawing from experiences and observations, Latonia captures moments that evoke emotion and provoke contemplation. Her art is a testament to the boundless possibilities of expression, a celebration of life's beauty in all its forms.

Shakyrah Hightower is a self-taught portrait artist, born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She finds joy in creating both fantasy and realism portrait art, utilizing a variety of painting mediums such as oil, acrylic, matte acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. Her artistic journey was heavily influenced by her mother, who is also an artist, Latonia Dishueme-Bangudi, instilling a deep appreciation for creativity from an early age. Since the beginning, Shakyrah has harbored a profound love for art. Her passion drives her to continually explore new techniques and mediums, pushing the boundaries of her craft. As she continues to evolve as an artist, Shakyrah remains committed to sharing her unique perspective with the world. Through her art, she hopes to inspire others to embrace their creativity and find beauty in the everyday.

Johnetta Knight creates art that is a celebration of the vibrant essence that resides within each of us and the world around us. Through her work, she aims to explore the intricate interplay between the tangible and intangible elements of existence, revealing the beauty and complexity of life's journey. Her artistic process is a deeply personal and introspective journey, a dialogue between her inner self and the external world. It is a quest for meaning, a search for truth, and a testament to the transformative power of creativity. Each piece is a testament to the human spirit's resilience, an ode to the inherent beauty of imperfection, and a reminder of our shared humanity. 

Some of the works on display:

Artist: Latonia Dishueme-Bangudi

Art by Latonia Dishueme-Bangudi. Painting of a woman with long purply hair dancing and swirling in outerspace.
Art by Latonia Dishueme-Bangudi. Painting of two figures at the base of a tree sitting on a lotus flower.

Artist: Shakyrah Hightower

Shakyrah Hightower painting. Woman staring at reflection in mirror.
Shakyrah Hightower painting. The head of woman centered inside of an abstract rendering of a bisected fruit similar to kiwi or avocado.

 Artist: Johnetta Knight

Johnetta Knight painting of a colorful solar system.
Johnetta Knight painting of colorful abstract landscape