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Local Emerging Artists Featured at New Shows Opening at Carnegie

Studio Open 2 and Then, There and Now, two shows highlighting the talented emerging artists in our region, open in The Carnegie galleries on Friday, Dec. 1 with a free reception from 5-8 p.m.

Studio Open exhibits work by recent graduates of fine arts programs from universities across the region, including Nicole Norman, who graduated from Northern Kentucky University earlier this year and Jaime Maley of Thomas More College.

Opening concurrently in the Hutson Gallery is Then, There and Now: Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Scholarship Winners, including the work of Maddie Schowalter, Dixie Heights High School.

“This region is filled with talented artists on both the collegiate and high school levels,” said Carnegie Exhibitions Director Matt Distel. “As a curator, it is very satisfying to provide opportunities for artists to get their work out into the world and test new ideas.

“Reaching out into parts of this region that we do not normally get to is also an important aspect of shows like this one. We are featuring works from 14 arts programs which really makes this a great showcase for what is happening here and in nearby arts communities. 

Distel also wants to give visitors to The Carnegie “a chance to catch emerging artists as they are just beginning their professional careers.”

NKU grad Norman agrees. “I'm excited for this exhibit because it's a wonderful opportunity for young artists (like me!) to come together, network, and enjoy some great artwork.” 

She’s currently living in Covington and applying to graduate schools to study for an M.F.A. in photography.

For Open Studio 2, Norman has chosen pieces from her body of work A Lesson in Loss. “Each of the images you'll see, along with the extended body of work, were created early this year, during the most difficult and painful experience of my life so far.”

Loss is “an interactive art project documenting the things people lose,” that, Norman says, “follows suit with concepts that I have explored previously, including loss, grief, and identity. I continue to explore these themes in my current work.”

At the website, Norman’s ‘loss’ is a series of newsletters (documented at, where interested readers can also find the story behind her images) left in public spaces to be found by someone else.

As part of Loss, Norman invites anyone who wants to share their loss to submit text, photos or whatever best tells their story.

Continuing are two season-long displays in the upstairs galleries, continuing through July 1, 2018. Andrey Kozakov: Trading Room, is a fantastical, interactive environment in secret rooms that expand into more rooms and compartments that hold curios and surprises. My Arms are Like Joy Joy Joy Joy! is curated by visiting artist Derek Franklin.

Studio Open 2/Then, There and Now, through Feb. 4. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Opening reception from 5-8 p.m. includes a gallery talk at 6 p.m. with exhibit participants, led by Matt Distel. Gallery hours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.  For more information, call (859) 491-2030 or visit

Written by Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts

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