Louisville artist, curator and gallery director, John Begley (BFA with Distinction, University of New Mexico, 1969; MFA, Indiana University, 1975) currently heads the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute galleries and leads its Critical and Curatorial Studies program. The founding director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art and an eighteen-year director of the Louisville Visual Art Association, Begley has produced hundreds of exhibitions, including shows that have toured the Midwest and South and internationally to Scotland, Germany, France and Taiwan.
The recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany and Getty Museum Management Institute Fellowships, Begley oversaw the growth of the Art Association to a multi-function exhibition, education and advocacy art center. He has also been an active advocate for the visual arts in Louisville, the state and the region. Begley also maintains an active individual studio practice in drawing, printmaking, book arts, installation and intermedia combinations that examine the nature of seeing, making and thinking about the world of art.