The Artisan Center received state funding in 1998, and by 2000 the blueprints for the building were being drafted. Finally, in 2000, representatives from Berea College held a ground sweeping ceremony to initiate the start of construction fro the facility. The result of the construction was a large, multi-room facility with a limestone exterior that measures 25,000 square feet. On July 30, 2003, the facility opened for the public as the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, headed by an advisory board made up of local and state partners, artists, and donors.
Located on Artisan Way in Berea, the facility houses over 700 local artists and their respective featured works. The artwork featured in the center ranges from paintings and drawings to wood carving, instrument and jewelry making, and clothing design. The public is invite to walk through the Artisan Center and admire the work that is on display while also having an opportunity to explore the artwork that is for cell in the facility's various shops. In addition to admiring the artwork housed in the facility, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea often hosts events for the public centered on teaching them crafting techniques.