193 North Limestone St
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Nonprofit INSTITUTE 193
Address 193 North Limestone St
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 327-0551
Contact Name Maïa Ferrari
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Institute 193 interior view with works by Shara Hughes
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2010
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2015 Audit 2015
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Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
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Mission Statement Institute 193 collaborates with artists, musicians, and writers to produce exhibitions, publications, and projects that document the cultural landscape of the modern South.

Founded in 2009, Institute 193 embraces the notion that groundbreaking contemporary art can and does emerge outside of large metropolitan centers.

Institute 193 provides artists from Kentucky and the Southeastern United States—selected not by commercial viability, but by the quality and relevance of their work—with exhibition and publication opportunities. It also endeavors to help these artists gain broader media exposure and foster connections in art markets across the globe.

Institute 193’s gallery space is located in Lexington, Kentucky, a mid-sized city that lacks a museum for contemporary art, despite its vibrant creative community. Institute 193 fills this void by hosting musical performances, film screenings, lectures, and other community-driven events in addition to visual art exhibitions.

Institute 193 also participates in art fairs across the country in a direct effort to expose innovative Southern artists to the world at large, serving as an ambassador for the region and ultimately providing a foundation for a contemporary art center in Lexington.

Background Statement
Institute 193 was founded in 2009 by Phillip March Jones. Noting the lack of museum or center dedicated to contemporary art in a city with a vibrant creative community, Jones filled this void by establishing an exhibition space in downtown Lexington to showcase the talents of artists from Kentucky and the southeastern United States. Institute 193 selects artists not by their commercial viability but by the quality and relevance of their work. It serves as a gateway for these artists to gain broader exposure in major metropolitan art centers.
Though Jones has turned over day-to day operations to director Cat Wentworth, he still maintains an active role as Institute 193's editor-in-chief. Jones now works as the director of Christian Berst Art Brut in New York City, a branch of the Paris-based gallery of the same name. Jones' New York presence has opened up a direct dialogue between Southern art and the voracious New York and Paris art markets.
Since its inception just five years ago, Institute 193 has hosted thirty-four free visual art exhibitions, twelve free music performances, and several other collaborations in its exhibition space of three hundred square feet. An average of two hundred people visit each exhibition, and all are open to the general public. It has also hosted a total of over 30 concerts and works of performance art in its gallery space, including a 2012 retrospective of work by the Lexington-based performance group ELandF Projects. In December 2013, Institute 193 staged a benefit concert featuring Kentucky-born Ben Sollee, Virginia musicians Anna + Elizabeth, and Alabama artist Lonnie Holley that brought over 700 people to the Lexington Opera House.
Impact Statement

This past year alone, we exhibited six artists, participated in the Outsider Art Fair in New York City, and issued several publications, including Institute 193: Volume One, Ben Sollee’s album The Hollow Sessions, and Making Pictures: Three for a Dime, which was featured in the New York Times. We also published two postcard sets with the UK Hospital Auxiliary and UK Arts in Healthcare featuring works by Robert Tharsing and James Baker Hall. This year, Institute 193’s pursuits were covered by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Ace Weekly, Burnaway, and others.

We are very proud of what we have accomplished thus far, and we have an exciting exhibition and publication program for the upcoming year. We are collaborating with the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft to organize an exhibition of works by Lloyd Mattingly and are partnering with the Lexington Film League to plan an exhibtion of films by James Baker Hall. Additionally, we will exhibit works by Lexington artists Matt Mentir, Erin Eldred, and Mike McKay. By the end of the year, Institute 193 will publish "Institute 193: Volume Two," a retrospective catalog that will highlight all the artists who have exhibited in our space over the past three years.  We plan to expand participation in art fairs across the country and to form new partnerships with relevant galleries, museums, art organizations, and media outlets in the South and beyond. Institute 193 also aims to extend its involvement with schools to include not only those in the Lexington-Fayette area but to those in rural parts of Kentucky that might otherwise have much less access to innovative contemporary artists.

Needs Statement
Institute 193 welcomes any financial support related to our exhibitions, publications, or special programs. 
Donors of 100 dollars or more receive a one year membership, which includes a limited-edition poster, a 10 percent discount on all Institute 193 merchandise, and access to members-only events.
Institute 193 desperately needs some infrastructural changes. The years of hosting quality exhibitions have caused anticipated wear on our gallery walls. Institute 193 needs to replace the drywall in part or all of the main gallery. Only one half of our lighting track is in working condition, and it is very important that it be fixed or replaced altogether since it is very outdated. Both of these needs are far from superficial; doing justice to the work of talented Southern artists means providing them with a quality space in which their work can be displayed, documented, and disseminated.
Institute 193 is always in need of support for administrative expenses, which are difficult to sustain since they are not normally covered by grant funding. 
Assistance is also needed to renovate the small storage area in the back of the gallery. Institute 193 will outfit the space as a micro-bookstore, the first and only art book store in Lexington.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities /
Geographic Areas Served
Institute 193 is committed to enhancing the cultural landscape of Lexington, and we exhibit the work of many artists from Kentucky. However, our larger goal is to draw attention to the South in general as a region of creative production. Institute 193 also occasionally exhibits the work of renowned artists and architects who are not from the South, in an effort to introduce their work to the Lexington community and to place them in a discussion alongside Southern artists.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Institute 193 aims to broaden the geographic scope of artists it serves. To date, most of the artists, writers, and musicians that have collaborated with the organization have been from the Lexington or Kentucky area. But all Southern states are home to countless creative thinkers whose work is underrepresented.  In the coming years, we hope to receive more funding for travel so that we can represent more deserving and innovative creators working further from Lexington. Institute 193 strives to be a beacon for art in the South; we are working to connect with and be familiar to other galleries and art organizations worldwide.
We will continue to provide more artists and musicians with publication opportunities in order that they might document and expose their work.
We also plan to expand partnerships with schools to include not only those in the Lexington-Fayette area but also schools located in more rural areas of Kentucky that might not otherwise have access to innovative contemporary artists.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? In order to expand its reach, Institute 193 needs to connect with other geographic areas. Not only does it endeavor to bring artists from all over the South to its gallery space in Lexington, but it also aims to expose its artists to other parts of the country and globe. This can be accomplished by participating in art fairs, sending our publications to national and international book fairs, and establishing relationships with other galleries, art organizations, and media outlets, both in the South and around the globe.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
Networks, both digital and physical, are the most important resource Institute 193 has and needs in order to promote Southern artists. Larger audiences and expansive friendships with other like-minded galleries and organizations translate to more opportunities for artists of all kinds.
Institute 193 prides itself on its strong internet presence. We use social media heavily to connect with other like-minded artists and groups as well as to broadcast artists' work to the general public.
We continue to collaborate with many organizations in Lexington and Kentucky as part of a network of symbiotic relationships. LexArts, the Kentucky Arts Council, County Club Restaurant, Smiley Pete's Publishing, Latitude Artist Community, Sayre School, UK College of Design, UK Arts in Healthcare, and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft are just some of the many local organizations with which Institute 193 continues to partner to achieve mutual goals.
Institute 193 already has an extensive network outside of Kentucky as well, having established friendships with galleries and organizations in New York, Paris, Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans, Tokyo, Havana, and Oakland, CA, among many other locations. 
Such friendships have helped Institute 193 to advance to its current standing as a major Southern contemporary art organization. We aim to foster existing connections and create new ones.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Institute 193 monitors its success quantitatively, qualitatively and geographically. Numbers are a straightforward way to track how many people are engaged in the organization's mission. As of May 2015, Institute 193 has acquired over 800 Instagram followers, over 3,000 Facebook page 'likes,' and over 1,400 mailing list subscribers. We are constantly looking for new ways to build upon our already substantial following.  Though it is difficult to measure the success of art in a qualitative way, the general public is always welcome to rate and comment on the organization via our Facebook page, and this is something that we encourage and observe over time. Institute 193 also tracks progress geographically, since one of our main goals is to advance the careers of our artists by gaining them broader exposure. We note the locations where we have established friendships and partnerships, which include but are not limited to Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Chicago, Dallas, and Havana. But the organization isn't only concerned with establishing a presence in large cities; we will also know we are making progress toward educational goals if we are able to reach out to schools in more rural areas of Kentucky.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? We have successfully produced numerous publications, albums, prints, and other merchandise along with many exhibitions and music performances. To do so, we have collaborated with many artists from Lexington, from Kentucky, and from several places in the Southern United States. However, the exhibitions, performances, and publications heavily favor artists closer to Lexington. While Institute 193 is proud to support the many talented artists living and working in its hometown, we yearn to support more artists living further away. We also hope to instate a wider variety of programs so that artists working in a wider variety of mediums may have a platform for expression.
Board Chair
Board Chair Phillip March Jones
Company Affiliation March Projects
Board Members
Ms. Kelly Colasanti Philanthropist/CollectorVoting
Mr. Ben Cottrill Blue One Communications
Mr. Phillip March Jones Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Mr. Michael R. Jones Lexington Cardiology Consultants
Mr. Ben Self Blue State Digital, The Bread BoxVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Phillip March Jones
Term Start Oct 2009
Phillip March Jones is a curator, writer, artist, and the founder of Institute 193. He received his Bachelor's degree from Emory University in 2003.

Jones is the former director of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the largest collection of African-American vernacular art in the world. During his tenure with Souls Grown Deep, he co-curated exhibitions that traveled to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville, TN), the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

He is also the head curator for the University of Kentucky Arts in Healthcare program, which displays the work of internationally known artists in the newly expanded A.B. Chandler Hospital.
Jones has independently curated exhibitions at a variety of galleries and organizations all over the world, including: Andrew Edlin Gallery (NYC); Galerie Christian Berst (Paris, France); Conduit Gallery (Dallas, TX); Creative Growth (Oakland, CA); Land of Tomorrow Gallery (Lexington, KY); and Ecole du Patrimoine (Porto Novo, Benin).
His most recent book, Points of Departure: Roadside Memorial Photographs, was published in 2012 by the Jargon Society. An exhibition of photographs from that book is on display at 21C Louisville from October 2012 to February 2013.
Co-CEO Catherine Leigh Wentworth
Term Start Jan 2015

Cat Wentworth received her B.A. in Architecture from the University of Kentucky and has also studied architecture and art in New York City and Barcelona. While at UK, she was a Gaines Fellow at the Gaines Center for the Humanities, served on the Beaux Arts Committee for the Beaux Arts Foundation, and was a member of the UK Art Museum Student Advisory Board.  She has worked in architecture and design offices across the country.

Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 2
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
A collaboration between Institute 193 and Latitude Artists Community, the One Nail Gallery builds connections between regional contemporary artists and the artists at Latitude, who are "thought by some to have disabilities." 
Institute 193 selects artists to display work on a dedicated wall at Latitude, deliver a lecture about their creative process, and spend a day interacting with Latitude artists. 
Budget 5000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, ,
Institute 193 is committed to creating publications about the artists we exhibit in our gallery space. This past year alone, we produced a wide variety of publications:
Institute 193: Volume One archived all of the exhibitions held at the gallery in its first three years. It was published in part with funding from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Grant Foundation. Since the Institute is nearing its sixth year, the second volume of Institute 193 will be published by the end of the year.
We recorded a vinyl album with Ben Sollee called The Hollow Sessions for which Ben played cello covers of artists ranging from The Zombies to Fiona Apple to Howard Finster.

We published two postcard sets with the UK Hospital Auxiliary and UK Arts in Healthcare featuring works by Robert Tharsing and James Baker Hall.

In collaboration with Atlanta's Dust-to-Digital, we published Making Pictures: Three for a Dime, which was featured in the New York Times. 
Budget 20000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Media & Communications
Population Served , ,
Institute 193 maintains a gallery space in downtown Lexington where we exhibit work by contemporary Southern artists with an emphasis on artists living in Kentucky. In the past year, Institute 193 has produced six solo exhibitions by Ralph Euguene Meatyard, Shara Hughes, Jordan Speer, The Massengill Family, T. A. Hay, and Stephanie Dowda. 
Institute 193 also exhibits at art fairs in major metropolitan areas in a direct effort to expose innovative Southern artists to the world at large. It was the only organization to represent Kentucky in the 2015 Outsider Art Fair alongside galleries from across the world.
Budget 10000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments Publications are an excellent way to disseminate talented Southern artists' names and work. Small and inexpensive relative to original art, they can be shipped worldwide easily as well as purchased by local Lexington supporters. Because a publication lasts for more than one fiscal year, local grant funding does not typically support publication costs.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Galerie Christian Berst, LexArts, Land of Tomorrow Gallery, University of Kentucky College of Design, WRFL, WUKY, WEKU, Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Dallas Art Fair, Latitude Artist Community, Dust-to-Digital, Art Papers, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Burnaway, Garden and Gun Magazine, Sayre School, Outsider Art Fair
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $61,000.00
Projected Expenses $60,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$6,288$7,150
Individual Contributions$14,383$32,079$17,000
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$3,378$11,500
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,340$31,188$33,250
Administration Expense$30,815$16,000$22,000
Fundraising Expense$500$2,893$6,000
Payments to Affiliates$1,745$38,952--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.011.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses9%30%54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%4%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$120$51,079$19,053
Current Assets$120$1,079$19,053
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$129$51,079$19,053
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments Institute 193 received its tax-exempt status in December 2010 and filed its first 990N in 2011.  
Foundation Staff Comments
 Due to its size, this organization files the 990N, which does not contain any financial information. Financial information included in this portrait is unaudited and was provided by the organization itself.
Address 193 North Limestone St
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 327-0551
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Phillip March Jones
Board Chair Phillip March Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation March Projects