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US Bank Celebration of the Arts opens March 2 at Kentucky Museum

The US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibition begins March 2 at the Kentucky Museum. The open art exhibition, which runs through April 6, is the largest of its kind in south central Kentucky.

The US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibition will be on display March 2-April 6 at the Kentucky Museum. An opening reception for artists and friends will be held March 1.

The US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibition will be on display March 2-April 6 at the Kentucky Museum. An opening reception for artists and friends will be held March 1.

“We look forward to this show every year,” said Timothy Mullin, director of the Kentucky Museum. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the talent from our region.”

The art show originated in US Bank’s downtown office several years prior to its current location at the Kentucky Museum. According to Regional President Craig Browning, it had outgrown the facility and needed a new venue large enough to house the growing display of art. With the capacity to hold larger exhibits, Browning approached Kentucky Museum officials about the possibility of taking ownership of Celebration of the Arts. The exhibit has been housed at the Kentucky Museum ever since.

According to Donna Parker, Exhibits Curator for the Kentucky Museum, there have collectively been more than 3,300 works of art exhibited at the Kentucky Museum through the art show. “We’re pleased that so many artists continue to display their work year after year. We often see about 200 artists with close to 400 works at a show. It’s a true reflection of the number of individuals with a sincere art interest within the region,” Parker said.

Parker said art show patrons will see a wide variety of art pieces that are divided into seven categories: Painting, Watercolor, Works on Paper, Fiber Arts, Ceramics and Glass, Sculpture and Photography. All artwork will be judged in amateur or professional divisions in each respective category.

US Bank Celebration of the Arts is an open art exhibition for Kentucky residents, 18 and older, within a 65-mile radius of Bowling Green. Select works from the exhibit will be available for purchase. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Kentucky Museum and the WKU Visual Arts Department Scholarship Fund.  The deadline for entries is 4:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 15).

The opening reception will be held March 1 for the artists and friends to enjoy the kick off and announce the top winners for each category.

For information, visit www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum/artshow.php or call (270) 745-6083.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745-6977.

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