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LexArts announces University Open Fine Arts Exhibition Open to showcase emerging talent

LexArts is once again conducting its University Open, showcasing the state’s emerging talent.

Now in its eleventh year, University Open is a juried competition and exhibition between fine arts majors attending Kentucky colleges and universities.

The exhibit will be on display at ArtsPlace Gallery May 18 – July 1. LexArts will host a special opening reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 17 from 5:3-7 p.m.

“University Open provides an exceptional opportunity for Kentucky’s emerging artists to be critically judged amongst their regional peers,” said Nan Plummer, President & CEO of LexArts. “It is exciting to see the wealth of talent that exists in this next generation of Kentucky artists.”

Students compete to be featured in the exhibit and for cash prizes. The Best of Show winner will be awarded $300, Second Prize is $200 and Third Prize is $100. Exhibiting artists and university representatives, along with the general public, are invited to the awards ceremony where they will also have the opportunity to meet the guest curator.

LMatt Collinsworth is this year’s guest juror. Collinsworth grew up on White Oak Creek in Magoffin County, Kentucky, and now serves as the Director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead.

“Pursuing a career in the arts has always required a little bit of courage, a little dose of arrogance, and a dash of crazy. However, nearly 30 years ago when I entered college, I cannot remember being personally criticized for my interest in the arts. Sure, relatives said, “Why don’t you become a doctor?” But, elected politicians weren’t telling me that my ideas and talents were valueless or that I should pay more for my literature classes than my fellow students who were majoring in business or engineering.

“Now, in 2017, every painting painted, every poem written, every song sung is viewed as a political act. Being an artist in America today requires more bravery, more smarts, and more toughness than it has at any time since the era of McCarthyism in the early 1950s.

In addition to the awards ceremony and reception, the exhibit will also be featured on the May 19 LexArts HOP, giving students yet another occasion to show their work to a well-versed arts audience.

May 18 – July 1

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
May 17 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The LexArts HOP
Friday, May 19 | 5 – 8 p.m.

From LexArts Communications

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