Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) has announced its upcoming exhibition, “Bruce New: The Night Is Only a Dream.” The opening reception will be held Friday, June 2, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition presents more than 60 of the Somerset artists collages, drawings and paintings.

New was born in 1970 and raised in Somerset, about a 90-minute drive south of Lexington. After many years in Richmond, he recently moved back to his hometown.

Office of the Kentucky Governor

On Wednesday (April 19), Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin visited Ashland’s Paul Blazer High School, where they surprised one of the First Lady’s Derby Poster Contest finalists, Anistyn Conner.

Gov. Bevin and Mrs. Bevin also toured the school and stopped in several other classes to visit with students. They were also joined by Boyd County Judge-Exec. Steve Towler, State Sen. Robin Webb and Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore.

BFA Art and Design Exhibition, April 26-May 10

Apr 19, 2017
The Trail Blazer

The Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University will host its "2017 Annual BFA Art & Design Exhibition", April 26 through May 10.   The second annual show is an opportunity for MSU Department of Art & Design B.F.A. candidates to exhibit as emerging artists in a large group exhibition.  The exhibition opens with a reception featuring live music by The Canninghams and complimentary refreshments on Wednesday, April 26 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Kentucky’s two-dimensional artists who work in large formats are invited to submit entries for the new exhibit program Reveal at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

This new exhibit program will select one artist to showcase from January 7 – April 30, 2017, in the center’s lobby. Reveal exhibits will become a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists.


George Ella Lyon’s term as Kentucky Poet Laureate has only a few months remaining, but the Harlan County native’s story collection project, “‘Where I’m From’: A Poetry of Place,” will live beyond her tenure as the state’s literary ambassador.

Lyon’s goal with the project is to collect, from each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, individual stories fashioned on “Where I’m From,” her iconic 1993 poem that has been used as a model for poetry writing in communities around the world.

Morehead State University

Poet Rose McLarney received the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Achievement in Appalachian Writing Tuesday, Oct. 11, in a ceremony held at the Kentucky Folk Art Center.

Currently an assistant professor of English at Auburn University, her second book “Its Day Being Gone” was selected as a National Poetry Series Winner in 2015 and published by Penguin Books.

A native of North Carolina, she also serves as co-editor-in-chief and poetry editor of Southern Humanities Review.

Appalachian State University

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has selected five individuals and five organizations whose contributions have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in the state as recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

“Just as the wheels of commerce and industry are important to moving Kentucky forward, so too are the arts,” said Gov. Bevin. “Each work of art tells a story and is a reflection of its maker's unique journey through life."