Free Time with Kayla Bischoff

November 20, 2018

WHAS11 News

Author: Will Weible

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kayla Bischoff is a Louisville artist working primarily in acrylic paint. Bischoff describes her art as semi-abstraction, characterized by “whimsical figures simplified and distorted to stylizations with psychological undertones." In addition to her artwork, Bischoff is the gallery manager of Kaviar Forge & Gallery, director of communications for LOOK: Louisville Art Inc. and a contributing visual arts writer for Galerie Hertz. Bischoff keeps a schedule packed with art gigs, but she squeezed us in to talk about her time away from work. Here’s what she had to say:

Kaviar Forge & Gallery explores modern feminism in exhibit featuring 18 artists

November 28, 2018

Insider Louisville

Author: Sara Havens


Feminism as a movement is always changing and evolving. Feminists in your mother’s day were championing for different causes than feminists these days.

In 1980, the activist, writer and art critic Lucy R. Lippard recognized the ever-changing ideology and applied it to the art realm. She noted that feminist art is “neither a style nor a movement but instead a value system, a revolutionary strategy, a way of life.”

Inspired by that quote and wanting to curate a show based around local feminist art, Kaviar Forge & Gallery Manager Kayla Bischoff decided to partner with the Kentucky Foundation for Women and, more specifically, its Artist Enrichment grant recipients for an exhibition.

Staff Pick: Bob Lockhart And Kayla Bischoff

LEO Weekly


PYRO Gallery member Bob Lockhart invited one of his former Bellarmine University students, Kayla Bischoff, to show with him. Expect a lot of color!...

Vignette: Kayla Bischoff

February 14, 2018

Louisville Visual Art: Artebella

BY: Keith Waits 

When Kayla Bischoff cites her influences, Jean Dubuffet seems to be the clearest line: the utter denial of perspective and the embrace of his ‘art brut’ aesthetic, which celebrated the idea of art produced by ‘non-professionals.’ Bischoff certainly is no amateur, but her dense, kinetic compositions are filled with figures and faces rendered in a deliberately unsophisticated style, as if anybody could draw them.

Yet a laymen’s vision of what is accomplished art would arguably still be colored by an ambition to create form and space with detail and depth built from craft. What Bischoff gives us instead are simple images layered one upon another, forcing relationships and building depth through a density of marks that threatens to overwhelm the viewer; except she knows when to pull up. Her world is all surface, but what a busy, busy surface it is.

A Q&A with visual artist Kayla Bischoff

August 11, 2017

LEO Weekly


Kayla Bischoff ( is one of the hardest working young artists in Louisville. Unless an artist is lucky to get a full-time art job (as plentiful as unicorn sightings), they have to piece together their livelihood. But she is a visual artist foremost, one who already has representation (quite an achievement for a young artist) at Galerie Hertz.

Worth the climb: Upstairs exhibits at CAC not to be missed

March 28, 2017

The Advocate Messenger


Community Arts Center

Visitors to the Arts Center should always venture to the second floor. The marble stairs can be a bit intimidating, but it’s well worth the effort to explore the upstairs galleries.

The Farmers National Bank Gallery on the second floor currently features artwork by four artists from Louisville. While the downstairs exhibit — ReInterpret: Contemporary Landscapes by Billy Hertz — features vivid aerial landscapes, the upstairs exhibit presents an eclectic collection of mixed media contemporary artwork, including paintings, assemblage and ceramic works.

The four artists featured in the upstairs gallery are all represented by Galerie Hertz in Louisville.

• Kayla Bischoff is a contemporary painter, whose artwork is characterized by surreal arrays of whimsical figures, often distorted to semi-abstraction with psychological undertones.

Bischoff says “Initially, my paintings appear light-hearted; by overlapping and cluttering the surface with detailed disorder, I invite the viewer to peer closer as the abstracted figures within experience some inner trepidation.”  

Looking at these works, the viewer gets a sense of being in a crowd and experiences all the dynamics that come along with it.  As with most great art, different viewers will see different things. Extroverts are likely to see a party, while introverts may see an overwhelming mass of emotions.

Vignette: Kayla Bischoff

January 26, 2017

Louisville Visual Art: Artebella

BY: Keith Waits 

Masks have been a crucial element in religious iconography, particularly in primitive cultures, and by extension, visual art, which is, of course, how we know about those ancient worlds. Kayla Bischoff’s paintings are filled with faces rendered in simple terms that are nonetheless highly expressive. It is the most immediate way of identifying her work, and these most recent pieces reveal an ever-developing subtlety and variation in her painting. The artist describes it this way: “Gaping mouths, shrugging shoulders, flailing arms, and cackling faces occupy the surface in an overcrowded frenzy. On the surface my paintings are vibrant and playful; however, I invite the viewer to peer closer into the cluttered surface of detailed disorder to discover many of the abstracted figures experiencing some inner trepidation.”

“The style in which I paint is a balance of abstraction, representation, spontaneous expression, and conscious decisions. The characters are hurriedly drawn in frenzy, and then built upon with several layers of paint to enhance the depth of the surface. I convey my ideas in paintings because the immediacy allows for uninhibited mark making. The tactile nature of the paint feels authentic while connecting me to the earliest form of human visual expression.”

20 artists receive funding from Great Meadows Foundation

October 24, 2016

The Lane Report

A newly formed arts-granting organization has awarded funding to several Kentucky artists during its inaugural grant cycle. The Louisville-based Great Meadows Foundation recognized 20 Kentucky artists, including four recipients of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, with Artists Professional Development Grants. The grants allow artists to travel to conferences, major exhibitions and art fairs to network with professionals in the field whose expertise can help them develop their practice.

Great Meadows is a grant-giving organization, launched in 2016 by contemporary art collector and philanthropist Al Shands, a winner of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts Milner Award. Its mission is to strengthen and support the visual arts in Kentucky by empowering the commonwealth’s artists and other visual-arts professionals to research, connect and participate more actively in the broader contemporary art world.

Other artists receiving grants from Great Meadows Foundation include: Kayla Bischoff, Louisville; Mary Carothers, Louisville; Brian Harper, New Albany, Ind.; Kenneth Hayden, Louisville; Jacob Heustis, Louisville; Amira Karaoud, Louisville; Jonathan McFadden, Lexington; Neli Ouzounova, Bowling Green; a collaboration between Stacey Reason and Andrew Cozzens, Louisville; Kristin Richards, Louisville; Nathan G. Smith, Louisville; Skylar Smith, Louisville; Richard Sullivan, Louisville; and Sarah West, Mt. Sterling.

For more information, visit the Great Meadows Foundation website,

LVA ‘Metamorphosis’ Exhibit Gives Nod To A Changing Neighborhood

September 30, 2016

By: Ashlie Stevens


...Artist Kayla Bischoff instead turned her eye to the actual metamorphosis that takes place all the time on a biological level.

“My painting, ‘Floaters’ plays with space, color, and depth using abstract biomorphic shapes and stylized figures,” Bischoff says. “Inspired by organisms in a Petri dish, the amorphous forms float and transform as they interact among their surroundings.”

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