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2019 Governor's Derby Celebration

May 1 – June 1, 2019

[Application Closed]

The Kentucky Arts Council invites all Kentucky visual artists to submit work for consideration in the upcoming Governor’s Derby Exhibit May 1 – June 1, 2019. The works selected for the exhibit will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda, available for viewing by all visitors to the State Capitol.


All Kentucky visual artists 18 and older are welcome to submit up to two entries for consideration. The work must be original; two-dimensional; include hanging hardware and with a depth of no more than 6 inches. The overall dimensions, including frame, may not exceed 36 inches in height or width, nor be heavier than 25 pounds.

Theme: We Are Kentucky

Kentucky is a unique state, full of interesting places and colorful people. Pieces submitted for “We Are Kentucky” should reflect something – a person, a place, a memory, an experience – that has always made you proud to call the Bluegrass State your home.

Exhibit Details

  • There is no submission fee.

  • To apply, artists must fill out the online application form and submit digital images of their work.

  • Digital images should be JPEGs at 300 dpi, with the longest side of the image approximately 10 inches. Slides, photographs, photocopies of artwork and original artworks will not be accepted for the jury process.

  • The artist may decide whether or not to offer their work for sale. There will be no commission taken on sales. Potential buyers will be given the artist’s contact information, so the artist may deal directly with the potential buyer.

  • Titles or prices of artwork may not be changed after the work is accepted for the exhibit.

  • Dimensions, including frame, may not exceed 36 inches in height or width and shall not exceed 25 pounds.

  • If works are accepted, it is the responsibility of the artist to deliver or ship the artwork to the arts council office in Frankfort between April 22 and April 26, 2019.

  • The arts council will transport the artwork to and from the arts council offices and the Capitol. In order to protect the artwork during transport, all work MUST be enclosed in bubble wrap, or other protective wrapping, and packed in a box. Do not use Styrofoam peanuts or shredded paper as packing material.

  • An exhibit loan agreement form will be sent to all artists whose works are selected for this exhibit. This must be returned to the arts council with the work.

  • All works will be insured while in the possession of the arts council.

  • Artwork must remain in the exhibit for the entire duration, even if sold.

Important Dates

April 10

Application deadline

April 15

Deadline to submit images

April 19

Artists notified of selection via email

April 22 - 26

Works delivered or shipped to the Kentucky Arts Council office in Frankfort

May 1 – June 1

Exhibit on display in the Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort

June 5 - 21

Works picked up from the Kentucky Arts Council office in Frankfort

Application Process

For all submissions:

  • Complete the online application form. Do not press the Enter/Return key while filling out the form, as this will submit the form prematurely. If this happens, you will have to start over with a new form. Save or print a copy of the confirmation page for your records. You will not receive an email confirmation.

  • Within three days of completing the application, you will receive an email inviting you to submit digital images of the artwork listed on your application.

  • Title the image files using your last name, then code GD19, followed by the title of the piece. For example, for a piece by Jane Doe titled “Spring Meadow,” the file name would be: DoeGD19_SpringMeadow.jpg. If you submit more than one piece that is untitled, label them sequentially: DoeGD19_Untitled1, DoeGD19_Untitled2, etc.

  • Within two to three days, you will receive an email confirming receipt of the images.


Artists will be notified of acceptance to the exhibit via email by April 19.

Delivering Your Work, April 22 - 26

You may deliver or ship (via USPS, UPS or FedEx) the accepted works to the arts council office, open  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Our office is located at 1025 Capital Center Drive, on the third floor. Shipped artwork must be insured and include return postage.

Remember to securely wrap and package your work in a box for transport.


For more information, contact Dave Blevins at



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