Upcoming Temporary Exhibits


The Muhammad Ali Center is already gearing up for our 7th annual Shining a Light Photography Contest and Exhibition.


Yesterday (June 4) in 1919, Congress passed the 19th amendment. In 2020 and in support of the Frazier History Museum’s initiative and the city of Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center will host Shining a Light: Women’s Fight for the Right celebrating the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The exhibition will focus on women’s suffrage on a global scale in hopes that it will honor the women around the world who have fought and continue to fight for the right to vote without bias, without discrimination, without violence, and without fear. It will also explore the narrative of suffrage, and reflect on women who have fought, throughout history and all over the world, for political representation and the right to participate in politics in general.


Below is the link to our online submission form. Please share with anyone you know who would be interested in participating. The call for submissions will be open until December 31, 2019.

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Temporary Exhibits

Picture Ali

The Courier Journal newspaper of Louisville, KY began reporting on Muhammad Ali, when he was still Cassius Clay, on November 5, 1954. This would be the first of many times that Cassius Clay and Muhammad Ali would show up in print in this publication. The Courier Journal followed Muhammad Ali’s career, his public humanitarian efforts later in life, the creation of the Muhammad Ali Center, and the global and local impact his passing.

Picture Ali showcases the photographers of The Courier Journal that were always ever present documenting the many movements of Ali, both in and outside of the ring, giving us a glimpse of the life and legacy of the champion.

Shining A Light: (The) Many Faces of Homeless Women

Now Open

Photo by: Matt Kemp mattkemp.com

“Shining a Light” is an annual international photography contest and exhibition hosted by the Muhammad Ali Center which leveraged its existing capacity to increase awareness around issues of human rights and social justice on local, national, and international stages in 2013.  Annually, the “Shining a Light” contest focuses on an aspect of gender equality, curates an exhibition of those photographs that opens in conjunction with International Women’s Day every year, and offers educational programming about the selected topic in order to enhance the audiences’ experience.

Photo by Shahab Naseri

Photo by: Sirsendu Gayen

This year, for the 6th annual contest and exhibition, the Muhammad Ali Center has chosen to focus on homeless women and the nuances of the issues they face daily. To examine the complexity of this subject, the annual contest asked photographers around the world, both professional and amateur, to look around them, in their cities or on their travels, to aim their lens at an issue that is in our own backyards. Answering this call were nearly 300 submissions from countries all over the world: Baku, Turkey, Poland, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Spain, Britain, Nigeria, and America. Each photograph chosen for exhibition has a unique story to tell.“Shining a Light: (The) Many Faces of Homeless Women” will open March 8, 2019.

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