Lexington arts organizations awarded more than $208,000 during annual Arts Day in Kentucky

State arts leaders gathered Feb. 20 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s arts community and the vital roles it plays in the state’s livelihood. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council. On Feb. 20, arts leaders from Lexington celebrated...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for folk and traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until Feb. 15 for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. This $3,000 grant helps master folk artists teach the skills, practices and culture of Kentucky’s living traditional arts to less experienced artists who are part of the same community. Master artists and apprentices must apply together and both be residents of Kentucky. A...

Constance Alexander: Governor’s Award for the Arts recipients should be allowed public ceremony

In 2014, as the recipient of a Governor’s Award in the Arts for my work in the Media, I participated in a public ceremony at the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda, honoring me and eight others who were – according to the press release from July 9, 2014 – “…chosen for their significant contributions to the arts in the Commonwealth, across the country and around the globe.” The formal awards ceremony...

Kentucky artists to gather in Louisville March 2-4 for 36th annual Kentucky Crafted Market

The best opportunity to purchase Kentucky artwork will be when the largest number of Kentucky artists gather for the 36th Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature event for Kentucky Crafted artists to display and sell their work to a broad base of retail shoppers and wholesale buyers. Nearly 200 Kentucky...

Campbellsville University, Taylor County Library to host the Ky Folk Art apprenticeships Exhibit Feb. 1-22

By Josh Christian Special to KyForward Campbellsville University is the second post-secondary institution in Kentucky that will be hosting a special exhibit of the Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships in partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and Taylor County Public Library. “The Makings of a Master” is the title of the exhibit that runs Feb. 1 through 22...

Seventeen Kentucky artists will have work displayed in Capitol Annex during legislative session

The work of 17 Kentucky artists will grace the hallways of the Capitol Annex during the legislative session. The Kentucky Arts Council exhibit “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol” will be on display 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through April 6 at the Annex. The exhibit features 55 individual pieces by Kentucky Crafted artists, Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients and members...

Glasgow watercolor artist selected as Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for January and February

Glasgow artist Steve Clay takes in the sights and sounds that resonate with him, translating them into work that will resonate with those who view his art Steve Clay of Glasgow has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for January and February. Clay, a watercolor artist, is an adjudicated member of the arts council’s Kentucky Crafted program. “As I create art today, I focus...

Recipients named for 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts; ceremony set for Feb. 2 at state capitol

The 2017 award is a framed magnolia photo collage created by Lexington artist Mary S. Rezny Six individuals and five organizations whose contributions have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in the state have been named recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. This year’s awards include two new categories. The Emerging Artist award recognizes up-and-coming artists...

Kentucky Artisan Center to open third ‘Reveal’ exhibit featuring David Stratton, Trent Altman January 13

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces its third exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.” This exhibit will open Jan. 13 and continue through April 30, 2018, in the lobby of the center. Both artists work in large two-dimensional formats. “The Bog” by David Stratton David Stratton is a professor of art and graphic design at Brescia University...

Bivens to present plenary session at Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Creative Industry Summit

Retired Brig. Gen. Nolen Bivens will present the plenary session at the Kentucky Arts Council’s fourth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit on Dec. 5 in Morehead. Bivens’ presentation, titled “Building an Arts and Military Community, Health & Wellness Ecosystem,” will focus on national efforts to promote opportunities for artists, arts organizations and communities interested in supporting...

Alexander sworn in as new president of Kentucky Historical Society Governing Board

Constance Alexander, a writer and business consultant from Murray, was recently sworn in as president of the governing board of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). After she took the oath of office, as administered by Judge Phillip J. Shepherd, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort, she outlined her goals for the coming year emphasizing the connections between poetry and...

Master storytellers Sexton, Barrett to share traditional Ky. ghost stories at Bath County Memorial Library

Kentucky storytellers Octavia Sexton and Mitch Barrett will help usher in the spirit of Halloween Oct. 30, sharing traditional Kentucky haint tales, or ghost stories, at the Bath County Memorial Library. The program is part of Owingsville’s annual Halloween celebration and accompanies the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” traveling exhibit, which is in Owingsville...

Kentucky Arts Council announces TranspARTation Grants awarded to 12 Kentucky Schools

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded 19 grants to 12 Kentucky schools to fund student transportation to and from arts-related field trips for students through the popular TranspARTation Grant. The TranspARTation Grant is awarded annually by the arts council. The program is now in its fourth year. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue...

Jeff Rubin: Key to creating jobs, retaining businesses? A stronger connection to the arts

How to create jobs, retain business, and attract new industry are major concerns to many communities, large and small, across the Commonwealth and around our nation. That’s why what the American Planning Association, The American Arts Council, The Kentucky Arts Council, Berea College and similar organizations are doing to address it is worth writing about here. It starts by encouraging a stronger...

Constance Alexander: Accordion book project allows participants to share a few of their favorite things

No one mentioned raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but David confessed a preference for TV westerns, while Benjamin admitted football and bowling were among his favorite things. The other participants – Taylor, Bobby, Brian, Delbert, John, Margaret and Rita Ann – were also eager to talk about what they enjoyed as they prepared for a bookmaking workshop last week at Murray’s WATCH, Inc. A...

EKU’s Giles Gallery to host exhibit, programs on Kentucky’s holocaust survivors

A dozen years after its first showing, a unique historical Holocaust exhibit has been revived for one month at the Giles Gallery at Eastern Kentucky University. The exhibit, “This Is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors,” runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 25 and is free and open to the public. The opening reception on Wednesday night, Oct. 4, includes a talk by John Rosenberg, one of the...

Constance Alexander: Mosaic garden project helps ensure that adults with disabilities are not overlooked

Debi Henry Danielson places a box of 3 by 6-inch blocks on the table and says, “I can’t wait to start piecing it together.” Neither can her volunteers from Murray’s WATCH Inc., a local organization that assists adults with disabilities in becoming fully integrated into the community. They are working on pieces of a community mosaic — a garden of sorts — that will be on permanent...

Work of artists Sims, Vitorovich featured at Campbellsville’s Pence-Chowning Art Gallery

Artists Jesse Ray Sims and George Vitorovich will display paintings and prints, respectively, in the Pence-Chowning Art Gallery through Sept. 15. The gallery is located at 205 University Drive, Campbellsville, and is open to the public free of charge. A reception for the artists will be Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the gallery is open to the public as well. Sims, owner of Sims...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Architectural Artists Directory through Sept. 15

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Architectural Artists Directory through Sept. 15. Participation in the directory is intended for artists whose work is constructed as an integral part of a room, building, outdoor space or other structure. Examples include cabinetry, murals, light fixtures, sinks and stained-glass windows. Artists in the directory are frequently sought by...

State Arts Council now accepting applications for Kentucky Crafted marketing program

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Sept. 14. The adjudicated arts marketing program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the brand...