Institute 193



Lexington, KY

193 N. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Open Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm

To make an appointment outside of normal business hours, contact Paul Brown:


New York, NY

292 E. 3rd Street (1B)
New York, NY 10009
Open by appointment

To make an appointment outside of normal business hours, contact Phillip March Jones:



Institute 193 collaborates with artists, musicians, and writers to document the cultural landscape of the modern South.


Founded in 2009, Institute 193 embraces the notion that groundbreaking contemporary art can and does emerge outside of large metropolitan centers. 

Institute 193 provides artists from Kentucky and the Southeastern United States—selected not by commercial viability, but by the quality and relevance of their work—with exhibition and publication opportunities. It also endeavors to help these artists gain broader media exposure and foster connections in art markets across the globe.

Institute 193’s original gallery space is located in Lexington, Kentucky, a mid-sized city with a vibrant creative community. Nevertheless, Lexington lacks a museum or a center for contemporary art. Institute 193 fills this cultural void by hosting musical performances, film screenings, lectures, and other community-driven events in addition to visual art exhibitions. In 2018, we opened a satellite location, called Institute 193 (1B) in Manhattan, serving as a bridge between the Southeast and the art world at large. 

We regularly partner with other institutions to expand our cultural footprint and to serve as ambassadors for artists from here. 

Board of Directors

Phillip March Jones
Mike Jones
Chris Byrne
Tariq Baloch
Jacqueline Hamilton