SEPT 20–NOV 10, 2019



Louisville Photo Biennial

The eleventh Louisville Photo Biennial takes place September 20, 2019 to November 10, 2019 throughout Louisville Metro and its surrounding communities. Our photography exhibitions – spanning traditional to contemporary, local to global – are mounted at museums, galleries, universities, and cultural institutions. The Biennial also presents accompanying workshops, public lectures and panel discussions to stimulate learning and reinforce visual literacy. Since photography is the most widespread art form, our goal is to educate via meaningful dialogue to help bridge understanding in our diverse world through this dynamic medium.

One very important aspect of the Louisville Photo Biennial is that almost all of the exhibits and activities may be enjoyed for free. It is very important to our participating artists and organizations that the cultural richness provided by the Louisville Photo Biennial is accessible to everyone.


Started in 1999 by four East Market Street galleries, the Louisville Photo Biennial has grown to encompass more than fifty photographic exhibits at venues throughout Metro Louisville, southern Indiana, and central Kentucky. This amazing cooperative effort between galleries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural institutions celebrates the medium of photography through a rich variety of exhibits including fine art, documentary, design, historic and even everyday snapshot photography. We are pleased to present works by photographers of national and international fame, as well as our extremely talented local and regional photographers.

Louisville Photo Biennial Welcomes Charles Traub

Mr. Traub will be the guest of honor at the 2019 Louisville Photo Biennial Opening Celebration held at the 21c Museum Hotel Atrium on Friday, September 20 from 8:00 – 11:00 pm.

Best known for his ironic, real-world, witness-color photographs, Traub has dedicated himself to photography and photographic education for half a century. Traub has been a chairperson at the School of Visual Arts in NY for 30 years. He has served on a number of non-profit educational boards, and is the president of the Aaron Siskind Foundation. He has had more than 60 major exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the world, including one-person shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Speed Art Museum, Hudson River Museum, and Historic New Orleans Collection. Traub’s work is in the permanent collections of more than two dozen major museums worldwide. The author of more than a dozen books, his most recent work, Taradiddle, was published in 2018. Selections from this work will be on display at the Paul Paletti Gallery for the Biennial.

Event Schedule

Support Us

The Louisville Photo Biennial has been the major initiative of the Louisville Fund for the Visual Arts, Inc. since 2011. The Louisville Fund for the Visual Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2010. Its mission is to establish the Louisville Metro region as one of the premier creative centers of the United States through the funding and promotion of the visual arts.

The Louisville Photo Biennial is produced and staffed entirely through volunteers. Please feel free to offer your support and appreciation by making a contribution to The Louisville Fund for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Please make your checks payable to the Louisville Fund for the Visual Arts, Inc. with a notation that the funds are designated for the Louisville Photo Biennial.

Our mailing address is Louisville Fund for the Visual Arts, Inc., 713 East Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. For any questions, contact Paul Paletti at (502) 589-9254.

Thank you!

Special Thanks

These great organizations make it possible!

Paul Paletti Gallery