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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 master artist can practice any traditional art form (music, dance, craft, ceremonial art, storytelling, etc.) learned in his or her community.

Emerging Arts Leaders of Eastern Kentucky

Emerging Arts Leaders of Eastern Kentucky is hosting a “Restore KY Arts Funding Arts Advocacy Event” at CoffeeTree Books on Wednesday Feb 7 from 4 - 6 pm. 

The free and open to the public event will include speakers, opportunities to write and/or call state representatives, and a social media station. 

Lori Meadows, former Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council, will be one of the event speakers scheduled between 4:00 – 5:00 pm, as well as Matt Collinsworth, Executive Director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center and Ashley Gilliam, Rowan County Arts Center Director. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center “A Day in the Country 2017” was held Saturday, June 3, at the Morehead Conference Center.

The event brought more than 50 self-taught artists from more than 10 states together to display and offer their work for sale. Visitors to the show experienced wood carvings, stone carvings, painting, and more.

This year featured exhibition is “Bruce New: The Night Is Only a Dream” which presents more than 60 works by the Somerset artist.

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.

Kentucky Folk Art Center Opens New Exhibition

Feb 20, 2017
Kentucky Folk Art Center

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its upcoming exhibition, “Joe Sartor: Morehead Mind Games.”

The opening reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The exhibition presents four dozen of the artist’s paintings which draw inspiration from the people, places and landscapes of the local area. Many works will be offered for sale.

Kentucky Folk Art Center

On January 23, the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University presented an art supply kit to Mr. John Ramey, the art teacher at Bath County High School. The museum will present similar kits to nine other high schools with certified art teachers in eastern Kentucky.

Valued at nearly $600, each kit contains dozens of items for use by art students at each high school. This program is part of KFAC’s ongoing educational outreach program, which has served more than 100,000 public school students in Kentucky over the past decade.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center will host its annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at the Laughlin Health Building, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With more than 100 artists and craftspeople from Kentucky and other states, arts and craft fair is the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the region.

The Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair offers visitors a wide and varied selection of regional arts and crafts, ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge, including many holiday decorations and gifts.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its upcoming exhibition, “The Devil Made Us Do It: Depiction of Satan in Kentucky Folk Art.”

When the first European immigrants stepped onto the shores of North America, they brought the devil with them. From the Salem witch trials to bluesmen at the crossroads to modern horror movies, Satan has always been a leading character in American folk and popular culture. This exhibition examines how the character of the devil has been portrayed by generations of self-taught Kentucky artists. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center invites you to “A Day in the Country 2016” Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center on First Street in Morehead.

The event brings more than 50 self-taught artists from more than 10 states together to display and offer their work for sale. Visitors to the show can expect to find wood carvings, stone carvings, paintings, and more.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its upcoming exhibition, “Mark Francis: Time and Chance.”

The opening reception will be held Friday, June 3, from 5 until 7:30 p.m. The reception is a central part of the activities surrounding KFAC’s A Day in the Country folk art fair, which will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its upcoming exhibition, “Playing Chicken: The Rooster in Kentucky Folk Art.”

Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition presents more than 60 rooster-themed works by a dozen Kentucky folk artists. The exhibition will remain on display from March 4 through May 21. There will be no formal reception to open the exhibition.

Morehead State University

The Arts Company, 215 Fifth Avenue of the Arts, North, Nashville, in collaboration with Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center will present “Contemporary Urban Folk Art from Kentucky: End of the Agrarian Tradition.”

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has worked with The Arts Company in Nashville, Tennessee, to curate and present a major exhibition of works by Kentucky folk artist LaVon Williams.

The exhibition opens at The Arts Company located at 215 5th Avenue of the Arts, North, in downtown Nashville on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 6 until 9 p.m. The show will run through Sept. 10.

Copious Notes

Among the more than 200 artists who are exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market March 7-8 at Lexington Convention Center are 14 Kentucky Crafted program artists who are new to the show.

The Market is the largest gathering of Kentucky artists under one roof and is the Kentucky Arts Council's signature event for artists in the Kentucky Crafted program to display and sell their work to a broad base of consumers and wholesale buyers.

Kentucky House Republicans

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $149,060 to the Kentucky Historical Society.

KHS will use the grant funds to help fund a complete inventory of the museum collections, which numbers an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 individual pieces, and help make information about and images of those items accessible online. The inventory is expected to take three to four years to complete.

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its newest exhibition, “Kentucky Memories: Memory Paintings by Kentucky Folk Artists.” 

The exhibition will remain on display through March 29. 

Kentucky Memories features more than 30 paintings by ten different folk artists, including Joan Dance, Charley Kinney, Helen LaFrance, Hagan McGee, Janice Harding Owens and Hugo Sperger. 

All the works in the exhibition were drawn from KFAC’s permanent collection. 

MSU

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center will hold its annual “A Night in Horse Country” on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Signature Club of Lansdowne in Lexington. 

Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. 

All funds generated from the event will go toward KFAC’s collection acquisition fund. 

The current exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center showcases paintings and drawings by an artist known for portraits, landscapes and scenes of everyday life in eastern Kentucky.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story…