KENTUCKY ARTS COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE
|Jan. 29, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Media Contact: Tom Musgrave
502-564-3757, ext. 489
FRANKFORT, Ky. The hallways of the Capitol Annex are vibrant with art, as the
Kentucky Arts Council’s exhibit “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol: Fifty/50” is on display through April 22.
The exhibit is usually limited to artists currently in Kentucky Arts Council programs, either as participants in Kentucky Crafted or as Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients. But in the spirit of the arts council’s 50th anniversary in 2016, 50 program artists selected for the exhibit were asked to nominate emerging Kentucky artists as possible participants in Visions this year.
“Artists adjudicated into the Kentucky Crafted Program and those who receive an Al Smith Fellowship represent the best of the best in Kentucky art,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “We were excited to give them the opportunity not only to show their work at the Capitol Annex, but to also select one of their peers to exhibit alongside them.”
The annual exhibit features 98 pieces of artwork by 54 Kentucky artists.
Georgetown photographer Bruce Frank, who has been in the Kentucky Crafted Program since 2005, has been featured in the exhibit for several years, and has three pieces in this year’s exhibit.
“It’s a real honor because I know there are a lot of other artists who don’t get into the exhibit,” Frank said. “I’m happy to be a part of it.”
The artist Frank recommended was Lexington painter Stephen Moore.
“He’s pushing himself to get his work out there,” Frank said. “He’s thrilled to be involved and I knew he’d be a good candidate.”
Michelle Hayden of Richmond is another participant who was recommended by a Kentucky Crafted artist, Kathleen O’Brien.
“I’ve been making art for close to 30 years and doing encaustic the last several years, but it’s been in the last five that I’ve started getting my work out there,” Hayden said. “To be respected as a fellow artist is exciting, and to be able to bring some light into the legislative offices is great, especially if it can ease their stress. It’s exciting to be part of the arts council in an active way.”
The 54 artists represented in the exhibit, their media and county of residence are:
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, 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. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.
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