The Arts at KET

Kentucky Muse Features Murray Artist Dale Daniel Leys

Kentucky Muse

The next edition of Kentucky Muse features visual artist Dale Daniel Leys. Leys was raised in Sheboygan, Wisc., close to shore of Lake Michigan. Nature has always been a place of wonder and inspiration for him. He started drawing as a toddler with the encouragement of his parents, and his talent for art and detail was obvious.

Later, as Leys collected specimens such as seagull skulls and fish bones from the shore of Lake Michigan on walks and hikes these objects began making their way into his drawings.

Leys was hired at Murray State University (MSU) in 1977, immediately after finishing graduate school. Being so close to the Land Between the Lakes, with miles of beautiful shoreline and many natural areas, made Leys feel right at home.

As a drawing teacher, Leys has inspired many students who have stayed in the art field as art teachers, gallery owners, and artists. He believes that keeping in touch with his students is important and many have remained lifelong friends.

Leys recently celebrated a 40-year retrospective of his work hosted at the Yieser Art Center, Maiden Art Cinema, and Ruth Baggett Gallery in Paducah. He has created many works and they are all very different from each other, but carry a very strong signature style and continuity. Looking at Dale’s work, some have said, is like meeting Dale Leys.

Wednesday, April 16 at 9:30/8:30 pm CT on KET2

See a complete listing of this week's arts programs.

Arts and Culture e-Book Now Available on iTunes

The KET Visual Arts Toolkit contains a variety of resources exploring the role the visual arts play in preserving, transmitting, and celebrating cultures around the world.

The Arts & Culture section from the Visual Arts Toolkit is now an e-book. It contains information to assist educators in teaching students about the arts of various cultures. This attractive new e-book is now available for free on iTunes.

Articles include "Teaching Appreciation & Respect," "Ideas for the Classroom," and "A Closer Look at Folk Art."

A World of Arts

Learn about music and dance around the world at the Arts Toolkit website. Two popular resources from the Toolkits are now available online. A World of Music offers a music world tour plus videos and activities to explore instruments, the element of music, and song writing. World of Dance and Music is an interactive resource showcasing music and dance from many cultures.

Arts Anniversary

Artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452. He is famous for his paintings The Last Supper and Mona Lisa; his drawing Vitruvian Man; and numerous conceptual inventions, such as the helicopter and the calculator.

Find out what happened in the arts today and every day in the Arts Toolkit's This Day in the Arts calendar.

State of the Art

PRESS: Artist & Machine runs through June 1 at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) in Louisville. Through photos, books, prints, sculptures, and contemporary art installations, KMAC examines a series of labor processes that have informed and shaped culture for centuries.

Anchoring the show is an exploration of the historical use of the printing press and its ongoing relationship to art, music, literature, and material culture.