The Kentucky Folk Art Center has been a staple of Rowan County since 1985, when it was originally housed on Morehead State University’s campus in two separate buildings. In 1997, the collection was moved to the historic Union Grocery building in the arts district, which now includes modern archival facilities, the Garland and Minnie Adkins Gallery for showcasing cultural events, the Edgar Tolson folk art library, Jimmie Ruth auditorium, and more. The Center features one of the best gift shops in the region and a permanent collection of over 1400 pieces, all from self-taught and folk artists throughout eastern Kentucky and around the state. The Lovena and William Richardson Gallery hosts a rotating exhibit of over 100 items from the collection.
Events of all types are hosted at the Center, from poetry readings by native poets to book signings by local authors. There is almost always something going on, so visitors can stop in to experience the rich traditions of Kentucky artists across the spectrum. Their works reflect the joys and sorrows of regional life, embodying hard times, mountain mythology, and the many layers of cultural creativity developed by centuries of Appalachian generational artistry: Woodcarving, sculpture, painting, furniture making, music, and more!
102 W 1st St
Morehead, KY 40351
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The Kentucky Folk Art Center is currently enduring hard times, thanks to budget cuts and subsequent staff layoffs. Support from our community is strong, but more visitors are always a good thing. Please be sure to stop by and see everything KFAC has to offer, so that our local and state governments, Morehead State University, and Morehead Tourism know that we want the Center to stay alive!