StewARTS exhibit featured at Capital City Museum - Stewart Home & School

StewARTS exhibit featured at Capital City Museum

MARCH 23, 2023



FRANKFORT, KY. –Capital City Museum announces a temporary exhibit featuring artists from Stewart Home & School’s program StewARTS.

StewARTS, the art studio program at Stewart Home & School, is a hands-on program designed to encourage individuals with intellectual disabilities to communicate and express themselves in and through the art-making process.

The exhibit opens April 1 and is installed for one year. Capital City Museum staff worked in collaboration with Stewart Home & School staff and artists to display the work of Michael Mode, Stuart Brown, Abby Foster, Anna Murray, Aris Voyazis, Carin Cheek, Janie Buxman, and Jon Buxman. Pieces on display span a vast array of mediums and approaches: acrylic paint, wood working, wet felt, collage, and weaving, to name a few.

“It is such a joy to see our artists grow and flourish in a community of acceptance and support,” says Stewart Home & School Co-Director, Dr. Kara Davies. “What an honor to be able to work with such talented and amazing people. We are so pleased to partner with Capital City Museum to showcase some of the impressive talent at Stewart Home & School.”

Speaking of the exhibit, Museum and Historic Sites Supervisor, Eleanor Hasken-Wagner, Ph.D. says: “The legacy of the Stewart Home & School is as historically relevant as it is contemporary.” She adds, “Centering the work of current students and talented artists tells the story of Stewart Home & School beyond historical documents and artifacts. The creativity and emotion in the artwork speaks for itself.”

“Since its inception, the Stewart Home & School has participated in community activities. Its founder, Dr. John Q. A. Stewart, whose picture is in the Capital City Museum, was an historic figure who as governor-appointed Director of the Kentucky State Institute for the Intellectually Disabled—located in Frankfort from 1878 until 1893—was one of our nation’s first advocates for vocational training and community integration for those with disability but with capability,” shares Dr. John D. Stewart, II. Dr. Stewart is part of the fifth generation of Stewart’s guiding the success of Stewart Home & School. “That was one of the founding principles of the school he began in 1893 and it continues today with its work program as well as activities, and art, music and theater.”

The exhibit is on display at the Capital City Museum in the Russell Hatter Library. The exhibit is open to the public during museum operating hours, Monday – Saturday, 10 – 4. Admission is free. The museum is located at 325 Ann Street, Frankfort KY 40601. For more information on exhibits at the museum visit or their social media pages, @capcitymuseum.

Press Release also released on the front page of the Frankfort State Journal

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