The ceramics and shibori fabric of Elmer Lucille Allen will be at the Jewish Community Center‘s Patio Gallery from May 11 until June 23. The opening reception is May 11 from 2-4 p.m.

To learn more about the Jewish Community Center’s Patio Gallery, click here.

About Allen

The following was taken from the University of Kentucky’s Notable Kentucky African Americans Database:

Allen was born in Louisville, KY. She is a 1953 chemistry graduate from Nazareth College [now Spalding University], and in 1966 she became the first African American chemist at the Brown-Forman Company in Louisville. Allen was one of three women employed at the company, where she held the title of senior analytical chemist. She retired from the company in 1997 and returned to college to earn a MA in creative arts in ceramics from the University of Louisville in 2002.

Allen’s art work has been displayed at various galleries in Louisville, Indiana, Kansas, and many other locations. She was the first recipient of the Community Arts Lifetime Local Achievement Award in 2004, and that same year was also recognized as a Woman of Distinction. In 2007 she was one of the “Women of Spunk” honorees. Allen is also actively involved as a community volunteer with organizations such as the Louisville Western Branch Library Support Group, Inc.