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US Bank ‘Celebration of the Arts’ exhibition begins Feb. 27

The US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibition begins Feb. 27 at the Kentucky Museum and runs until April 2. Entering its 29th year, the open exhibition will be showcasing artwork from professional and amateur artists from all over the region.

ArtShowInvite4.5x6According to Kentucky Museum Director Brent Bjorkman, The Celebration of the Arts show remains one of this region’s premiere events showcasing the exceptional artistry alive in our community. “The museum looks forward each year to joining with our special long-time partner U.S. Bank to present both seasoned as well as up-and-coming artists,” Bjorkman said. “It is truly a one-of-a-kind annual event celebrating the creativity and talent of so many.”

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.

Donna Parker, Associate Professor and Exhibits Curator at the Kentucky Museum, has worked with the art show since its move to the museum in 2004 from the original bank location. “I most enjoy working with the artists—getting to know them personally and working with them year after year. It’s a real treat to see the pieces they enter each year,” Parker said. “It’s so important to hold this community event; it gives our region’s artists another venue to show their work. We have so much talent in the area.”

This year, visitors will see close to 400 art pieces that are divided into eight categories: Painting, Mixed Media, 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 opening artist reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 with remarks and award ceremony at 7 p.m. For information, visit wku.edu/kentuckymuseum/artshow.php or call (270) 745-6083.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, jennifer.wilson@wku.edu or (270) 745-6977

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