Showcasing the Arts

Our Kentucky Home: Hispanic/Latin American Visual Art in the Commonwealth

Traveling exhibit

Nov. 2021-Oct. 2022

Call for Entries

Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2021

The Kentucky Arts Council (KAC), in partnership with Casa de la Cultura Kentucky and alDía en América, announces a call to Hispanic/Latinx/Latin American artists in Kentucky to submit visual art for consideration in a new traveling exhibit. Goals of this exhibit are to share Hispanic/Latinx/Latin American experiences in the commonwealth today, and recognize the amazing expressions these individuals, families and communities contribute to Kentucky’s cultural landscape.

Artwork will be chosen by a panel of Hispanic/Latinx Kentuckians and other cultural specialists. This exhibit will travel to galleries, museums and other sites across the commonwealth from Nov. 2021 to Oct. 2022.

Eligibility

This call to artists is open to Kentuckians who identify as Hispanic, Latinx, or Latin American.

Artwork may be two-dimensional pieces, such as painting and photography, or three-dimensional, such as wood, textile or beadwork. 2D and 3D pieces must be installation-ready for wall hanging. Each piece must be no larger than 48 inches in height or width, 6 inches in depth, and no more than 30 pounds.

Exhibit Details

  • There is no submission fee.
  • To apply, the artist or a representative of the artist must fill out the online application form - English or the online application form - Spanish, and email digital images of their artwork, 300 dpi resolution or greater, to kyartscouncil@gmail.com.
  • Slides, printed photographs, photocopies of artwork and original artworks will not be accepted for the selection process.
  • The artwork must be original and completed within the last 10 years. Limit of three submissions per artist.
  • Dimensions—including frame, if any—should not exceed 48 inches in height or width, and no more than 6 inches in depth. Weight should not exceed 30 pounds.
  • Each art piece chosen for the exhibit will include a label with the title of the piece, artist’s name, county, and either the price or “not for sale.”
  • The artist may decide whether to offer their artwork for sale. Buyers should wait until the end of the exhibition in Nov. 2022 to pick up their artwork in Frankfort.
  • If pieces are accepted, the artist should deliver or ship the artwork to the arts council office in Frankfort (or another regional location if necessary, to be determined).
  • Before submitting a piece for consideration, please make sure you can provide the appropriate packaging for the piece to be transported between exhibit locations. The arts council will transport the artwork. Staff at each venue will unpack and repack the piece. To protect the artwork during transport, all pieces must be wrapped in bubble wrap, or other protective wrapping, and then completely enclosed in a box. Please do not use packing peanuts or shredded paper as packing material.
  • An exhibit loan agreement form will be sent to all artists whose pieces are selected for this exhibit. Each artist or their representative should sign and return the form to the arts council with their artwork.
  • All pieces will be insured by the Kentucky Arts Council.

Important Dates

Application deadline
Sept. 30
Panel review
Week of Oct. 4
Artists notified of selection
Oct. 11
Artists deliver or ship artwork to the KAC
Oct. 11-22
Exhibit travels around Kentucky
Nov. 2021-Oct. 2022
Artists pick up artwork from KAC office (or alt. locations TBD)
Nov. 2022

Application Process

  • Complete the online application form - English or the online application form - Spanish. Save or print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.
  • Label image files using your last name, followed by the code KAC21, then the title of the piece. For example, if Jane Doe submits a piece titled “Spring Meadow,” the file name would be DoeKAC21SpringMeadow.jpg. If you submit more than one piece that is untitled, label them sequentially: DoeKAC21Untitled1, DoeKAC21Untitled2, etc. Please do not use spaces or underscores in the file name.
  • Email the image file or a link to download the image file to kyartscouncil@gmail.com.
  • Within two to three days, you will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and images.

Acceptance

Artists will be notified of acceptance to the exhibit via email around Oct. 11, 2021.

Delivering Your Artwork

  • Artwork must be packed appropriately for traveling. The exhibit will travel for approximately 11 months and the artwork will be handled by many individuals. The artwork must be wrapped in foam or bubble wrap and packed in a cardboard box. Do not use packing peanuts or shredded paper. Complex or elaborate packaging should include instructions for repacking.
  • You may deliver or ship (via USPS, UPS or FedEx) the accepted pieces to the arts council office, open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern, or regional location to be decided.
  • The KAC office is in the Mayo-Underwood Building in downtown Frankfort. The mailing address is:
    Kentucky Arts Council
    500 Mero St., Fifth Floor
    Frankfort, KY 40601

For more information, contact Mark Brown, arts council folk and traditional arts director, at mark.brown@ky.gov or 502-892-3115.