KFW Announces Elmer Lucille Allen 2019 Sallie Bingham Award Winner

Elmer Lucille Allen, an award-winning fiber and ceramic artist, is the recipient of the 2019 Sallie Bingham Award. Allen graduated from Central High School in 1949, Nazareth College (now Spalding University) with a Bachelor of Science in 1953, and University of Louisville with a Masters of Studio Arts in 2002. She took her first ceramic class in 1977 and began creating her own work. She has had several exhibitions of both her ceramics and silk shibori art works. From the beginning, Allen has had a passion for creating art and also for supporting other artists, especially women artists, new artists and people of color.


She began to pursue her art full time after retiring from Brown Forman in 1997 after 31 years as Senior Analytical Chemist, where she was the first African American chemist, and one of only five women when she started.


In the 1980s, while she was still working at Brown Forman, Allen was the president of the Kentucky Coalition for Afro-American Arts, Inc., which… read more