Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“I am grateful to be connected to continuing Kentucky’s cultural traditions and proud to
be a practicing craftsman in our Commonwealth.”
— Matthew Gaddie, creator of the 2016 Governor’s Award in the Arts
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2016) Recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the
Arts, the state’s highest honors in the arts, will each receive a handmade platter created by Kentucky Crafted
artist Matthew Gaddie of Bardstown.
Gaddie, who owns and operates The Meadows Pottery on his 315-acre family farm in Nelson County, has been a full-time studio ceramic artist since 2007. He was an adjunct professor of art at St. Catharine College in Springfield from 2007 until its recent closing. In 2003, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Evansville and in 2016 completed the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Ceramics at Hood College, in Frederick, Maryland.
“In a time of mass produced uniformity, my ultimate goal is to create works that are unique, each piece having faithfully recorded its own tale of creation, of struggle, of success, of failure, of imperfection and of hope. A human tale told in clay and preserved through fire,” Gaddie said. “I am deeply honored to be a part of this award ceremony. I am grateful to be connected to continuing Kentucky’s cultural traditions and proud to be a practicing craftsman in our Commonwealth.”
The Governor’s Awards in the Arts are coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council and honor those who have made significant contributions and achievements in the arts throughout the Commonwealth. Each year, the arts council commissions an artist to create a piece of original artwork to be presented to the recipients during the awards ceremony.
The 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts will be presented at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Capitol Rotunda, with a public reception to follow on the mezzanine. For more information about the awards ceremony, visit the arts council’s Governor’s Awards in the Arts web page.
||Bardstown artist Matthew Gaddie created eight versions of this platter to be given to the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients.|
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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.