Architectural Artists Directory Guidelines


FY2018 Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

The Kentucky Arts Council strongly encourages you to read and understand the Architectural Artists Directory guidelines before accessing the application.

Like all programs of the Kentucky Arts Council, the Architectural Artists Directory is guided by the arts council’s core values. Successful applications will embody these core values, and all applicants are strongly encouraged to read and reflect upon them before submitting an application.

Core Values of the Kentucky Arts Council

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Architectural Artists Directory is to promote select, premiere Kentucky artists whose work includes architectural elements, custom-made fixtures, uniquely crafted building materials and design elements.


Who May Apply

Professional artists age 21 or older may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S. Applicants must have been full-time Kentucky residents for at least six months prior to the application deadline.

Program Description

The Architectural Artists Directory is an adjudicated directory of Kentucky artists who have an established history of working on special architectural or design-oriented projects and installations. The directory is intended for use by homebuilders, architects, interior designers, landscape architects and private clients as a resource for identifying artists who have the capacity to create unique products to the clients’ specifications.

This program is intended for artwork that is an integral part of a room, building, outdoor space or other structure.

Examples of products may include (but are not limited to):

Performance Expectations

Applications will be assessed using the following performance expectations.

  1. Artistic Excellence (70%)
  1. Marketability and Experience (30%)

You may wish to refer to the Panelist Assessment Sheet to better understand how your application will be evaluated.

Participation Requirements

In order to maintain eligibility, participants in the Architectural Artists Directory must:

Program Timeline

Application deadline

Review of applications by panel

Applicant notification

Program agreement form due
Sept. 15, 2017

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017


Program Benefits

The Kentucky Arts Council will offer the following support to ensure the program standards and goals are met:

Application Deadline

Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15, 2017, or hand delivered to the Kentucky Arts Council office no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on that date. Print and sign the application in red ink and mail or deliver it to the arts council by the deadline with any required documents and supporting materials, in accordance with the program guidelines. The application must be: 1) officially postmarked by U.S. Postal Service, or 2) delivered by a shipping service (e.g., UPS, Federal Express, etc.) with a paid receipt on or before the deadline date, or 3) hand delivered to the arts council office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. If the arts council does not receive the printed and signed application with attachments by the deadline date via one of the three delivery options above, your application will be considered ineligible. Packages dated with internal postage meters and applications sent by FAX or email will not be accepted. Please be aware that your post office may not automatically use a dated postmark. It is highly recommended that you request hand cancellation with the date included. Note: Due to postal regulations, all packages weighing more than 13 ounces must be given directly to a postal clerk at a post office, not dropped in a postal box.

Following the deadline, your application will be reviewed by the program director, who may contact you if clarification is needed.

Accessing the Application

Click to download the application form [closed]. If you have Internet access and the latest version of Adobe Reader®, you can open the application through the arts council's website, fill it out and print the form using your computer. (Adobe Reader can be updated or downloaded free by visiting the Adobe website at http://get.adobe.com/reader.)

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number

The arts council requires all applicants to have a DUNS number. Dun & Bradstreet keeps track of more than 70 million businesses worldwide through its Data Universal Numbering System. In recent years, the DUNS number has become increasingly important as an arts advocacy tool for both federal and local governments (e.g., the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council) and national arts organizations (e.g. Americans for the Arts). Organizations use data from DUNS number applications to demonstrate the power of the arts to stimulate economic activity and create jobs. To learn more about the DUNS number, click below to visit the Americans for the Arts website:


To apply for your free DUNS number, click below to access the Dun & Bradstreet website:


Kentucky Sales and Use Tax Registration

You must have a current sales and use tax account with the Kentucky Department of Revenue for your art or craft business, or have submitted a Form 10A100 Kentucky Tax Registration Application in order to complete your application. If you do not yet have a Kentucky Sales and Use Tax permit number, a copy of the completed Form 10A100 must be included with the paper copy of your application.

Digital Images of Work Samples

Work sample images must represent at least two architectural projects completed in the past ten years (since January 2007) and two completed in the past four years (since January 2013). Submit up to three images of each project, showing alternate views and/or details. Submit no more than 18 images.

Work sample images must be submitted on a CD, along with the work sample index. Images should be JPEGs, sized at exactly 1920 by 1920 pixels (at a resolution of 72 pixels per inch). Images should be labeled with your last name and the number corresponding to the correct entry on the work sample index (for example: Jones01; Jones02; Jones03). The work sample CD will not be returned.

Work samples are the primary means by which panelists assess artistic and professional quality. Carefully consider your choice of work samples in relation to the program’s performance expectations. Images should not include anything that detracts from or interferes with the main subject of the image. The most effective image presentation is one that shows panelists a cohesive, consistent, developed body of your latest work. Select images representative of your style, and sequence them in a way that will enhance the panelists' understanding of the direction of your work and draw their attention to your most significant pieces.

Professional Resume

Your resume should include:


The one page narrative should include your artist statement and a description of your architectural work, including the media and processes. The goal of this brief statement is to promote and sell your work.

Optional Supporting Materials

Applicants may submit supporting materials to be included with the application, but it is not a requirement. Supporting materials should only relate to your architectural or design work, not other types of work. Submit items that give the panel a better understanding of your work. The following items are examples of optional supporting materials:

Submit one copy of each. Photocopied materials should be on standard-size (8 ½ by 11 inches), single-sided, white paper. Supporting materials will not be returned.

General Format Requirements

Please note: Format requirements enhance the readability of your application for the panelists. Failure to follow these requirements may result in your application being returned or portions of your application being unreadable due to hole-punching, copying, etc.

Residency Requirements

Professional artists age 21 or older may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S. Applicants must have been full-time Kentucky residents for at least six months prior to the application deadline. For proof of residency, applicants must submit a copy of two of the following at the time of application:

Panel Meeting

A panel of arts professionals in the areas of art, architecture, home building and interior design will review all applications to the Architectural Artists Directory according to the performance expectations.


There are no appeals in this program.

Program Agreement Form

Successful applicants will receive a Program Agreement Form (PAF), detailing their benefits and responsibilities as a participant of the Architectural Artists Directory program. Successful applicants must agree to the terms, sign the form and return it to the arts council within 15 days if they choose to participate in the program.

Architectural Artists Creative Industry Report

At the end of each fiscal year, all Architectural Artists Directory program artists must submit a Creative Industry eport, which demonstrates active production of architectural art. Artists will be asked to provide visual documentation of at least one project completed within the previous two years. A link to the form will be emailed to participants each year. If an Architectural Artists Directory artist fails to submit the required form, the arts council will accept no future applications from that artist and the artist’s online directory page will be suspended until an acceptable Creative Industry Report is received.

For More Information

The arts council welcomes all questions regarding this program. For more information, please contact:

Chris Cathers
Program Branch Manager
888-833-2787 (toll free)


Page last updated: September 18, 2017
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