Historic Locust Grove Introduces Jerome Bias as Artist-in-Residence

For Immediate Release

For 5/21/2024

Contact: Kaitlyn Tisdale

Director of Interpretation


502.897.9845 x105


Historic Locust Grove Introduces Jerome Bias as Artist-in-Residence

Louisville, KY – Historic Locust Grove proudly announces its 2024 Artist-in-Residence Program, featuring artist and craftsperson Jerome Bias, of North Carolina.

From June 3rd – 8th, this week-long series of programs aims to foster creativity, celebrate cultural heritage, and engage the community in the importance of Black perspectives in historic material culture.

Jerome Bias, known for his explorations of the cross-sections of identity and history, will occupy the grounds of Historic Locust Grove, drawing inspiration from the natural landscape and wealth of history present on the property.

Naming his residency A Celebration of Food, Family, & Furniture, Bias will showcase his skill in carpentry and hearth cooking, intricately weaving together narratives of culture, memory, and belonging. Visitors will have unique opportunities to participate in workshops, led by Bias, in hearth cooking and woodworking.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jerome Bias this June,” said Kaitlyn Tisdale, Director of Interpretation of Historic Locust Grove. “His expertise in historic craftsmanship and his exploration of art as a tool of healing brings a unique perspective historic sites have long overlooked.”

The week kicks off with a true Kentucky welcome for Jerome in an evening soiree, called Juleps with Jerome, which will feature catering and cocktails by Unbreakable Bonds Catering, live music by the local Bluegrass ensemble, The Song Sparrows, and opening remarks by Jerome and Locust Grove staff, all amidst the scenic backdrop of Locust Grove’s new pavilion. Julips with Jerome will take place on June 4th from 6pm to 8pm.

Bias will also engage with the public through specialty lectures and tours of the property. In addition, The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky will be hosting two genealogy workshops and each day at 10:00 AM, Locust Grove Director of Interpretation Kaitlyn Tisdale will lead their newest tour Imprinted Legacies: Slavery at Locust Grove.

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Historic Locust Grove promises to be a cornerstone of cultural enrichment and artistic exploration, inviting visitors to rediscover the past through the lens of art. As Jerome Bias brings his unique vision to life amidst the historic splendor of Locust Grove, the stage is set for an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss.

For more information about Historic Locust Grove’s Artist-in-Residence Program and upcoming events featuring Jerome Bias, please visit www.locustgrove.org or contact Kaitlyn Tisdale at ktisdale@locustgrove.org or by calling (502) 897-9845.

About Locust Grove: Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark that encompasses the 55-acre estate of William Croghan and final home of Louisville founder George Rogers Clark. Locust Grove is committed to preserving and interpreting the historic landscape and buildings of Locust Grove and telling the stories of all the individuals who lived and worked here, both free and enslaved, with the goal of cultivating a deeper understanding of the present through a richer understanding of the past. Locust Grove offers a variety of tours, events and programs throughout the year for all age groups and interests. To start your journey where Louisville begins, visit locustgrove.org.

Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane (between Brownsboro Road and River Road), Louisville, KY 40207. For more information, please contact Kaitlyn Tisdale, Director of Interpretation, at ktisdale@locustgrove.org or call 502.897.9845 x105.