The Louisville (Junior) Art Gallery collection is arranged in six series: 1. General (Administrative) Records, 2. Minutes of the Board, 3. Publications, 4. Exhibits, 5. Scrapbooks, and 6. Photographs. The collection focuses on exhibits for children. Boxes one through six contain working files for nearly every exhibit and show sponsored by the art gallery from 1950 through 1982. (See the folder title list for details.) Series five - scrapbooks, dating from 1950 to 1970, complements the exhibit material by providing review articles from the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times. Press coverage also contains interviews with art gallery members and the artists exhibited and photographs.
Series one, two, and three (boxes 9-16) are the administrative records of the organization. Most of the published items advertise exhibits and shows and promote the gallery programs. They date from 1950 to 1988. Also included are copies of a printed history of the art gallery's first five years of incorporation. Box seventeen contains the minutes of the meetings of the art gallery's board of directors (with a card index) for the years 1949 to 1988. The general records also include newsletters, membership lists, articles of incorporation and by-laws, budgets and other financial records, correspondence, some information about exhibits, shows, and classes, annual reports, and some employee information.
Collection is open to researchers without restrictions.
Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville and there are no additional restrictions.
26.625 linear feet (21 records center boxes and one flat box)
The Junior Art Gallery (JAG) began in 1949 as a project of the Louisville Junior League, based on a proposal made by the Art Center Association. The Junior League provided funding for the first two years, to enable the Junior Art Gallery to hire a director and offer exhibitions and art classes in the Louisville Free Public Library. The gallery opened in 1950 and offered a range of exhibitions, initially primarily aimed at children. Art classes were available, although initially these were segregated, with separate classes for white and Black children. In 1981, the Junior Art Gallery changed its name to the Louisvlle Art Gallery, as more adults were included in its audience. In 1988, the Louisville Art Gallery merged with the Water Tower Art AAssocation to form the Louisville Visual Arts Association.