Golding-Yang Art Gallery at MSU

Dedicated May 4, 2018, Golding-Yang Art Gallery is located within the Claypool-Young Art Building at Morehead State University and has quickly become a core feature of the Department of Art and Design and of the community. The gallery showcases the work of contemporary artists in curated exhibitions, including faculty and sophomore/senior student exhibitions. Three levels provide approximately 2500 square feet space for display, plus a screening room to display new media.

The gallery was named in honor of the late Deeno Golding, a longtime faculty member of the Department of Art and Design, his wife Yanya Yang, and brother-in-law Neng Yang. Golding was beloved by students and taught for programs such as the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and the Arts Academy in Guanxi, China. Yanya worked as a graduate assistant in the gallery while completing her Master of Arts degree at MSU, before going on to teach art and design classes for the university. Her brother Neng also received an MA from Morehead State, and likewise served as a graduate assistant in the gallery before moving on to teach for Art and Design, as well as working in the Office of International Student Services. Mr. Yang was commissioned to paint the official University portraits of all former MSU presidents, from Dr. Frank Button to Dr. Ronald Eaglin.

The family established three endowments to support scholarships and the campus art gallery; it was in recognition of their many combined years of support, service, and dedication that the gallery was named to honor their commitment to art education and to MSU students. Golding-Yang Art Gallery now hosts programming such as readings and book signings, interdisciplinary events, student performances, workshops, and more, on top of exhibitions that rotate about once per month. Notable visitors to the gallery include artists and scholars like Nick Cave, Lynda Barry, Faith Ringgold, Judy Baca, Eleanor Heartney, Steve Prescott, and Chip Kidd. Artworks on display are diverse, ranging from interactive designs to installations, mural projects, traditional art, and beyond. Golding-Yang also hosts MSU’s annual Halloween costume contest and October screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a time-honored tradition among students that draws a loving cross-campus and community audience. Constant collaboration with the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance means there is always something engaging available to visitors of the gallery.


During exhibitions (closed between exhibitions)
Monday—Friday, 8am—3:30pm


211 Claypool-Young Art Building, University Blvd
Morehead, KY 40351

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