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Kentucky Arts Council

May 3, 2019

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Kentucky Writers' Day

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Governor's Derby Exhibit

Governor's Derby Exhibit

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Can you hear the bugler playing the call to the post? It’s May and Derby is fast coming upon us. The Kentucky Arts Council is proud and grateful to have an annual place in the Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort.

Beginning May 2 at the Capitol Rotunda, the Governor’s Derby Exhibit opens. This exhibit features the work of visual artists from across the Commonwealth, representing a variety of styles and disciplines. The exhibit will run through June 1, so we invite you to Frankfort to see the work for yourselves, or you can view it in our online slideshow.

On Derby Day, May 4, come to downtown Frankfort to enjoy plenty of activities for the whole family, and visit with some of the state’s best visual and craft artists, located under the Kentucky Crafted tent. The artists will be showing and selling their work, and are happy to answer questions about what they do, how they do it and just about anything else you’d want to know about their art.

Looking ahead, our sister agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will host the eighth annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art May 17-July 31. Artists in the exhibit represent United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal. The public is invited to a free opening reception 5 p.m. May 17. The International Society of Scratchboard Artists will have its annual conference May 17-19 at the center. For more information, visit the International Society of Scratchboard Artists website or call the artisan center at (859) 985-5448.

We thank all of you who came to Frankfort April 24 to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day and to see Jeff Worley be inducted as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2019-2020. If you were unable to attend that event, but you’d like to learn more about Jeff and his work, you’re in luck. We recently had Jeff and former poet laureate Richard Taylor on our podcast, KyArtsCast. You can listen to them talk about poetry and the mission of the poet laureate, and do it at your convenience. Download the episode today.


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Kentucky Crafted Artists Show Their Work at Derby Celebration
Seventeen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

Governor’s Derby Exhibit Runs May 2-June 1
Work by 43 Kentucky artists will hang in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council.


May 2-June 1
Governor's Derby Exhibit

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

May 27 – Memorial Day


International exhibition of scratchboard art
International artists working in the medium of scratchboard come together at the Kentucky Artisan Center to exhibit exceptional works of art. Works by 51 members of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, including artists at the Masters level, will be on display from May 17–July 31 at the center. Artists selected hail from all over the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal.

Realism, Abstraction, Fantasy and Fun Kentucky Artisan Center
Opens ‘Reveal’ Exhibit

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces the exhibit “Reveal,” showcasing the work of Sabra L. Crockett, Damon Farmer, Felipe Molina and Robbie Mueller. This exhibit will run March 16-June 16 in the Center’s lobby and foyer. All four artists work in large two-dimensional formats.



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Arts E-News is a publication of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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