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Kentucky Arts Council

June 8, 2018

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The Illustrated Word Exhibit

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

“The Kentucky Crafted program has provided exposure not only to a larger audience but also to galleries and retail shops. The arts council staff goal is to provide every opportunity for the artists to be successful like reciprocal agreements with Indiana and Ohio arts organizations to allow Kentucky artists to exhibit. It is an honor to be associated with the quality artists in the Kentucky Crafted program.”

That’s a testimonial from Kentucky Crafted artist Dave Shadwick, owner of Wilmore-based Pod’s Forge. Dave is one of more than 350 artists who have been adjudicated into the state’s premier arts marketing program. He benefits from the many opportunities afforded to members of the exclusive program.

If you’re interested in being on this roster of Kentucky’s best visual and craft artists, or if you know an artist who needs to apply, the Kentucky Arts Council will begin taking applications on June 15. Acceptance into this program also means access to marketing materials promoting your participation in Kentucky Crafted, and inclusion in the Kentucky Crafted online directory.

“I've had many contacts from the directory over the years. Last fall I was contacted by a gallery to place an order for my baskets,” said Lexington basketmaker Elizabeth Worley. “He saw my work at another gallery and found me online through the Kentucky Arts Council's Kentucky Crafted Directory.”

In addition to the prestige and marketing advantages, membership in Kentucky Crafted makes an artist eligible to participate in The Kentucky Crafted Market, the celebrated event showcasing the work of many fine Kentucky Crafted artists.

What does adjudicated mean? A panel of experts in arts and arts entrepreneurship evaluate not only an applicant’s work, but their artist statement and business strategy. Applications are scored on those and other criteria, which you can find on our website, and the panel makes its recommendation about who to invite into Kentucky Crafted.

Who should apply? If you’re reading this, you may already be in Kentucky Crafted, but you can still help us identify artists who need to apply. You know who can handle the application process, makes good work and knows their market. If you’re an artist who is ready to take your work to the next level, Kentucky Crafted may be for you.

Give the Kentucky Crafted program guidelines a look and check out the Kentucky Crafted online directory to see who’s already in. Each directory page has contact information for the artists, so feel free to ask them what they like about being brand ambassadors for Kentucky Crafted and how it has helped their creative endeavors and their business.

We hope you’ll apply, or that you’ll convince an artist friend to apply. This important program benefits from a diverse array of creative Kentuckians.


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Interim Executive Director


Kentucky Arts Council Board to Meet June 15 in Lexington
The Kentucky Arts Council second quarter board meeting will be noon, June 15 at the University of Kentucky Art Museum, 405 Rose St. in Lexington.


June 15 - Application deadline
Kentucky Peer Advisory Network Consultancies

June 15 - Application period opening
Kentucky Crafted

June 30 - Application deadline
Specialists With Arts Tactics

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

July 4 – Independence Day


Ray Papka: Juxtapositions Exhibit on Display at Kentucky Artisan Center
The Kentucky Artisan Center is showcasing the work of Versailles artist Ray Papka. This exhibit showcases 19 colorful and intriguing mixed media works that spring from a central idea into a juxtaposition of color, found materials, techniques and formats. Papka’s exhibit will run through Oct. 31.

Show & Tell – 15 Years (2003-2018) Demonstrating Artists Featured at
Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces a new exhibit to celebrate the Center’s 15th Anniversary in 2018. This exhibit recognizes 39 artists from across the state who over the years have shared their talents by giving demonstrations at the Center and bringing the creative process to life for visitors.



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