Welcome to the LexArts HOP!

For over a quarter century, downtown Lexington has come alive and artful, as galleries and museums, artists’ studios, and other creative spaces have opened their doors on the third Friday of every other month.

HOP is LexArts’—and Lexington’s—signature event. We and the 40-plus partner venues you’ll find listed in these pages welcome you to our inspired downtown!

HOP began as a way to encourage everyone to look at and buy art—and that is still its mission. Affordable, unique pieces in many media and in every genre are on view at HOP sites. Often you can meet the artists themselves and learn about their work first hand.

Collecting need not be mysterious or expensive. You can own beautiful objects on any budget. And discover fascinating friends and fresh ideas as well.

No one has yet to visit every HOP venue on a single Friday night. We don’t recommend trying! Visit as many or as few as you like—and please come back the next time to experience the new exhibitions and new sites. This guide will tell you when the sites have regular hours as well.

We’re thrilled to welcome Republic Bank as our new HOP Sponsor. With their help, we’re not only able to produce this comprehensive 2020 HOP Guide, but also continue to bring an up-close and personal experienceof the visual arts to Lexingtonians and visitors alike . Visit LEXARTS.org/HOP for more information.



The LexArts HOP is managed by LexArts as a service to the visual arts community in Lexington,and is made possible through the generous support of Republic Bank, with major support from the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Lexington.

LexArts is a nonprofit community organization that works for the development of a strong and vibrant arts community as a means of enhancing the quality of life in central Kentucky. Through its annual Fund for the Arts, LexArts raises millions of dollars in support of local arts. In turn, LexArts underwrites the operating expenses for a variety of Partner Organizations, awards grants through its Community Arts Development, Creative Venture Fund and Professional Development programs, and offers affordable exhibition and performance space for arts organizations. Major support for LexArts programs and services is provided by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to LexArts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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