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Kentucky Arts Council     Kentucky.gov

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

April 1, 2016
Media Contact: Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

Purchase awards a success at
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Eleven Kentucky artists and one publishing house benefited from a new purchase award sponsorship program early this month at Kentucky Crafted: The Market in Lexington.

The Kentucky Arts Council secured purchase commitments from eight Kentucky entities interested in investing in Kentucky art by one or multiple Kentucky artists at The Market.

“This is the first time we’ve done this at The Market—it’s a unique and different way to do business,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “We found it was an effective way to engage business community leaders in this important event for Kentucky artists.”

Among the purchase award recipients were mixed media artist Raymond Papka, owner of R Papka Art Studios in Versailles, and wood furniture artist Mark Whitley, owner of Mark Whitley Studio in Smith’s Grove. Purchase award sponsor UK Arts in HealthCare bought work at the event by both artists.

“It’s really nice to have support at The Market that helps artists expand their businesses,” said Papka, an artist in the Kentucky Crafted program. “It puts your art in a very noticeable place and validates what you’re doing if a major organization wants to buy a large piece of your art.”

“I know UK HealthCare has a long history of collecting art from around Kentucky and to be added to that collection is a great honor,” said Whitley, a Kentucky Crafted artist and a 2011 recipient of the arts council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship. “I’ve won a lot of awards at shows and Kentucky Crafted: The Market, but this purchase award is a little more special. It means people are willing to invest in you by saying, ‘We want to add your work to our collection.’ That, to me, is the important part.”

The 2016 Purchase Award Sponsors were:

  • Alltech (purchased from University Press of Kentucky)
  • Berea College (purchased from Gallery 123, Rebecca Lowery Ceramics and Clay House Pots)
  • Fourshee Building Supply (purchased from McDonald Fine Art)
  • Friend of the Kentucky Arts Council (purchased from Robbie Mueller: Folk Art Kentucky)
  • Gray (purchased from Joe Molinaro)
  • Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (purchased from Dean Hill Photography and Grace Wintermyer)
  • Parthenon LLC (purchased from M.S. Rezny Studio & Gallery)
  • UK HealthCare Arts in HealthCare (purchased from R Papka Art Studios and Mark Whitley Studio)

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. In 2016 the arts council celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment by the Kentucky General Assembly.

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