COLLIDER artist-in-residence program

COLLIDER, the South Central Regional Library’s artist-in-residence program, connects the public with art and the people who create it. Special studio space within the Library allows artists to create on-site.

Generous funding from Councilwoman Madonna Flood makes the COLLIDER Artist-In-Residence program possible.

Click to view a list of our previous COLLIDER artists.


The COLLIDER welcome Artist-in-Residence Randy Gray as a 2021 virtual COLLIDER artist

Randy Gray, Cartoon artist

Randy Gray II began his career at a young age copying the cartoons he would see on tv and in the newspaper. He is a graduate of duPont Manual High School's Visual Art program and the University of Kentucky. His work includes My Quest for Cool and Lil Dude, while his comic book Lil Dude and Rooney Explore Black History was put into circulation at the JCPS library. Randy has extensive experience leading cartooning comic book creation workshops for summer camps and schools. He draws every day, illustrating children's books and creating caricatures.

Artist Zoom class: Caricature and Cartooning
Friday, March 26 at 3:00pm

Have fun drawing with Randy Gray, COLLIDER virtual artist-in-residence! During this Zoom class, Randy will discuss and demonstrate what he's learned about drawing and cartooning. Class participants can draw along with Randy, make requests, and ask questions. Time permitting, Randy can draw a cartoon version of some of the class participants. Since March is Women's History month, he will also share some of the artists whose work inspires him, including Vashti Harrison, Raina Telgemeier, and Ngozi Ukazu.

Registration is required via email to and participants will receive the class link and recommended supply list when they sign up. Ages 11+.


The COLLIDER welcomes back Artist-in-Residence Joan Brannon as a 2021 virtual COLLIDER artist

Joan Brannon, Percussionist

Joan Brannon is a Percussionist, Teacher and Drum Circle Facilitator based in Louisville, Ky. Joan respects the drum as a sacred instrument that utilizes rhythms for ritual, celebration and as a tool for strengthening community. She performs and teaches throughout the US and studied in Guinea, West Africa. Joan is a teaching artist with Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Joan facilitates dynamic rhythm experiences for organizations, community groups and in schools. She founded the group Sisters of the Sacred Drum, who perform rhythms of West Africa and original compositions. Joan has performed live and recorded with Sabari Bengoma, American Spiritual Ensemble, Sistah La La and a host of other artists.

Meet Joan Brannon, COLLIDER Artist

Djembe Lesson with Joan Brannon

Make a percussion instrument at home with Joan Brannon

The COLLIDER welcomes back 2019 Artist-in-Residence Liz Richter to be 2021’s first virtual COLLIDER artist

Liz Richter - Visual Artist

The COLLIDER welcomes back 2019 Artist-in-Residence Liz Richter to be 2021’s first virtual COLLIDER artist. Liz is a muralist, visual artist, and illustrator living and working in Louisville, KY. Born in Paducah, and raised in rural Southeast Missouri, Richter moved back to Kentucky in 2009 and taught art for over six years before pursuing opportunities as a freelance artist. Richter is primarily focused on painting and drawing, but also explores wearable art, printmaking and other mixed media. Look for several art tutorial videos from Liz coming soon to this page, then be sure to join us for her Zoom class on January 28.

Meet Liz Richter, COLLIDER Artist - a muralist, visual artist, and illustrator living and working in Louisville, KY

Liz Richter talks about her Smoketown murals and public art

Dyeing noodles with COLLIDER artist Liz Richter

Last Updated: 01/06/21