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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

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Tom Musgrave
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tomr.musgrave@ky.gov

Kentucky Arts Council’s ‘The Illustrated Word’
Exhibit on Display at Kentucky Crafted: The Market

“I’m absolutely astounded by the talent in Kentucky, and The Market is an incredible showcase. To have my work there, too, is amazing.” — Mary Claire O’Neal, Lexington artist

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2017) — The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit, “ The Illustrated Word,” will take a brief detour from visiting Kentucky libraries to be featured at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center.

“The Illustrated Word” connects visual art and literature with work by 28 Kentucky artists. The artwork in the exhibit ranges from visual interpretations – both literal and metaphorical – of poetry and literature, to artwork that incorporates text as a design element.

One of those artists is Mary Claire O’Neal of Lexington. O’Neal said she is honored to have her work on exhibit at the state’s premiere arena for Kentucky-made art and craft.

“I’m absolutely astounded by the talent in Kentucky, and The Market is an incredible showcase,” O’Neal said. “To have my work there, too, is amazing.”

O’Neal’s piece, titled “Inspired by Walt,” incorporates excerpts from two poems by American writer Walt Whitman, “Passage to India” and “Song of the Redwood Tree.”

“Whitman is one of my favorite poets. I love the American transcendental writers. They believe in more than the physical reality, that we are part of something bigger,” O’Neal said. “Whitman’s poetry is full of transcendental experiences. It’s so wonderful to be able to tie something so dear to my heart – literature – into my art. It was the perfect opportunity.”

Visit the Kentucky Arts Council website for a slideshow of the work on exhibit.

The Market doors open to the general public April 22-23. Hours for The Market are:

  • April 22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • April 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door and are $12, with a $2 discount for seniors ages 62 and over, military members with identification and Kentucky state employees. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Matthew Gaddie

Lexington artist Mary Claire O’Neal is one of 28 artists whose work will be on exhibit in “The Illustrated Word” at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center. O’Neal’s piece, “Inspired by Walt,” incorporates the text of two Walt Whitman poems into the artwork.

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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.