405 Rose Street
Lexington KY 40506
Contact Information
Address 405 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40506
Phone (859) 257-5716
Fax 859 323-1994
Contact Name Lyndi Van Deursen
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1947
Former Names
University of Kentucky Art Museum
The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky
Other Documents
2012 Budget
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The  University of Kentucky Art Museum is an encyclopedic museum that promotes the understanding and appreciation of visual art from a range of cultures and historical periods.  We present significant temporary exhibitions, lectures and educational programs throughout the year, and selections from our permanent collection of more than 4800 works are always on view.  The collection features paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints and decorative arts by acclaimed artists, including Ansel Adams, Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Francisco de Goya, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Andy Warhol. 
Background Statement

The museum, established in 1976 by a vote from the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, evolved from the University’s growing collection of art, including the acquisition of important old master prints in the 1930s to over 150 prints and drawings by Works Progress Administration artists during the 1940s and 50s. Today, the permanent collection numbers over 4,800 objects in all media and representing a wide range of geographic locations and cultures including Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and strong holdings of regional Kentucky art.

Exhibitions are the museum’s primary tools of education and inclusivity and our principal goal is to provide frequently changing exhibits of interest to the university, local, and state communities. The museum’s objective is to present a balanced schedule encompassing all areas and aspects of the visual arts and culture.

Impact Statement
The University of Kentucky Art Museum provides significant art exhibitions and educational endeavors for thousands of Kentucky adults, families and students.  We create educational training opportunities for numerous teachers in the Kentucky school system, and provide hundreds of school tours throughout the year. University students are served through a variety of programs including the annual Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, internships, work study and volunteer opportunities.
Needs Statement
The University of Kentucky provides the Art Museum building and staff salaries, however, all exhibitions and other educational programs are maintained through generous patrons, grants, fundraisers and gifts.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

The University of Kentucky Art Museum is a transformative institution, relevant for its preservation of historical art works as well as its curatorial insights into the art of today.

We strive to engage a wide range of stakeholders and art-lovers of all ages, and value excellence, collaboration and creativity. The museum is a free admission institution on the University of Kentucky campus, connected to the community, and part of the larger global community of art and education institutions. 

Geographic Areas Served
The University of Kentucky Art Museum reaches visitors in the Lexington community as well as the university campus. Additionally, we serve constituents across the state, as well as national and international visitors.
Board Chair
Board Chair x x
Company Affiliation x
Board Members
Jim AlbisettiUniversity of Kentucky
Price BellCommunity Volunteer
Ian BerryTang Teaching Museum
David CoomerCornett Advertising
Melody FlowersUniversity of Kentucky
David HelmersMoontower Music Festival
Lucy JonesCommunity Volunteer
Ruby LernerCreative Capital
Linda McNayCommunity Volunteer
Melynda PriceUniversity of Kentucky
Wendy RowlandCommunity Volunteer
Brooks ScudderTrek Advancement
Deirdre SkaggsUniversity of Kentucky
Alice Gray Stites21c
Kenneth TroskeUniversity of Kentucky
Frank WalkerUniversity of Kentucky
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 0%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO Comments
The University of Kentucky Art Museum is overseen by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.  See 
Members listed above are part of the UK Art Museum's Director's Council, an advisory group.  
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Stuart Horodner
Term Start June 2014

Stuart Horodner was previously artistic director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. He has held positions as visual arts curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Ore.; director of the Bucknell University Art Gallery, Lewisburg, Pa., and was co-owner of the Horodner Romley Gallery, New York. He has taught classes at Bucknell University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University and the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. Horodner founded and co-directed the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, an intimate art fair in Portland, Ore.; and has organized and participated in symposia and educational initiatives at The Armory Show, College Art Association, Concordia University, Kansas City Art Institute, New York University, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, UK, University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others. He has served on a number of review panels and nominating juries and as advisor to organizations including Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Creative Capital, Hallie Ford Family Foundation and The MacDowell Colony. His writing has appeared in periodicals including Art Issues, Art Lies, Art on Paper, Bomb, Dazed & Confused, Sculpture and Surface. Horodner's book, "The Art Life: On Creativity and Career," was published in 2012, and addresses the philosophical and practical issues that affect art-making and the marketplace.

Horodner received his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, N.Y., and his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 5
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Each year, through support from the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, the Art Museum brings four world-class photographers or photography professionals (curators, critics, educators) to the University of Kentucky for a public lecture.  Lectures focus on techniques, topics and photography theory.  An exhibition of the photographer's work is often on view at the Art Museum concurrently--to give students and the public a first-hand view of the artists' work. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Audience Services
Population Served Adults
Program Long term Success
This program began in 1998, and has achieved a national reputation with photography enthusiasts.  Each lecture draws between 250-400 audience members, and many visit the museum before or after the lecture, to view exhibitions.  The program has allowed University of Kentucky students (and the general public) an opportunity to hear from some of the most noted working photographers of the day.
Educator Workshops is an annual series of 2 to 3 events focusing on how teachers can integrate museum collections and exhibitions into classroom curriculum. Workshops offer valuable networking opportunities as well as time to interact with professional art educators and artists, discussing successful strategies of student engagement. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short Term Success

Short term achievements include providing professional development hours to local educators.

Program Long term Success

The ultimate contribution of Educator Workshops is the integration of arts into local classrooms. Particularly, a knowledge of the University of Kentucky Art Museum collections and resources. The continuation of this project has allowed educators (particularly classroom teachers) to become more comfortable with varied techniques and strategies for student projects and classroom enthusiasm.  Varied mediums, subject matter, local and regional traditions are stressed.

Program Success Monitored By
Success is monitored by attendance and program evaluations.
The University of Kentucky Art Museum offers families an opportunity to learn about collections, exhibitions and to have a hands-on art making experience.  These activities are a fun way for children and parents to learn more about creativity and personal expression.  Special tours geared for families are developed with each exhibition, offered by the museum curator, director, docents, etc.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served Families
Program Long term Success
These programs offer  children and adults (parents, grandparents, caregivers) an opportunity for personal relationship building as well as expanding cultural knowledge outside of a formal classroom or home setting. They build awareness and pride in the museum's relevance for our community, and art's importance in daily life.
Each year, the Art Museum offers gallery tours of special exhibitions and the museum's permanent collection for a variety of audiences.  Thousands of k-12 students from across Central and Eastern Kentucky are served annually by museum staff and volunteer docents.  For many students, a tour of the University of Kentucky Art Museum is their first exposure to original works of art and a museum setting. The opportunity to be in a new setting with passionate educators enhances the student's experiences in dynamic ways.
Adult tours serve the university community and a range of religious groups, residential groups (nursing homes, adult care centers, and women's shelters), area businesses, and government agencies. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults
Program Long term Success
The Art Museum has been offering tours since 1989.  They have made a profound impact on continuing education and student engagement.
Program Success Monitored By
Success of museum tour programs are monitored and evaluated by Museum Director, Education staff.
Each year, the Art Museum offers a wide variety of public lectures many scheduled in conjunction with special exhibitions or celebrations.  Lectures feature artists, collectors, curators, and scholars and are meant to enhance knowledge about varied traditions and contemporary art and culture.  The museum often works with community or university partners to increase experience and promotion to all potential audiences.  Open to the public and free of charge, the museum draws from 30-100 guests during each lecture. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Education
Population Served Adults
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is monitored by lecture attendance.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation2009
President's Award for DiversityUniversity of Kentucky2007
Commendation for best exhibition over $100,000Southeastern Museums Conference2007
Recognition for Partnership "Miniature Worlds"Bluegrass Indo-America Civic Society2008
Recognition for "Masterworks by Kentucky PaintersKentucky Historical Society2009
Commendation for best exhibition over $100,000Southeastern Museums Conference2011
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $824,610.00
Projected Expenses $824,610.00
Endowment Value $1,089,051.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4%
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$535,786$623,024$607,809
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$45,968$43,680$27,073
Membership Dues--$101,674$69,837
Special Events$42,870$94,762$116,351
Revenue In-Kind----$13,630
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$217,851$116,123$288,285
Administration Expense$543,382$623,014$485,000
Fundraising Expense$97,909$62,363$58,126
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.821.141.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses25%14%35%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets------
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$56,851$224,263$188,411
Form 990s
2015 UKRF990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
For University of Kentucky audited reports see:
Foundation Staff Comments The Art Museum is part of the University of Kentucky and as such does not file separate tax returns. A link has been provided by the Museum to the University's tax returns and audits. Financial information for the Museum was provided by the Museum.  
Address 405 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40506
Primary Phone 859 257-5716
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stuart Horodner
Board Chair x x
Board Chair Company Affiliation x