CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS

By: Jennifer Wilson - iReporter Email
By: Jennifer Wilson - iReporter Email

The US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibition, featuring works from area artists, will be on display at the Kentucky Museum beginning Feb. 25.

One of the largest exhibitions in the state, art enthusiasts will see a display of nearly 200 artists with more than 350 works of art.
“We are looking forward to another great show,” said Craig Browning, Regional President for US Bank. “With the large number of artists participating, the Kentucky Museum is an ideal venue for this Celebration of the Arts. We wish to thank all participating artists, WKU, the Kentucky Museum, related WKU staff, and all volunteers for partnering with us to create such an extraordinary event for our community."

Visitors can view the art and also purchase many of the pieces. A portion of the proceeds from art sales benefits WKU art students. “We have had enough funds from art sales to provide scholarships to art majors,” said Brent Oglesbee, head of the WKU Art Department. According to Oglesbee, two students received scholarships this year from this fund.
Lauren Lott, a junior graphics design major, was one of the recipients. “I was a transfer student so I lost my scholarships when I left Tennessee…every bit of extra money helps,” said Lott. “It’s certainly an honor to receive a scholarship from something so many people are a part of, including the art faculty. I feel blessed to have been chosen for it.”
Chen Huang, an art education major from China, also received a scholarship. “I heard about it from the art department and received this scholarship to help cover my tuition,” said Huang. “It brought me more confidence to continue my study. I feel that my effort got paid back. I really appreciate the scholarship.”

The open art exhibition offers seven categories: Painting, Watercolor, Works on Paper, Fiber Arts, Ceramics and Glass, Sculpture, and Photography at both amateur and professional levels. “This particular show is unique as it allows all artwork entered to be exhibited and juried.” said Sandy Staebell, Museum Collections Curator. “Artists often say this is one of the reasons they enjoy this show.”

According to Timothy Mullin, Director of the Kentucky Museum, an artist from outside our area comes to jury the exhibition. “The art community, like any other area of specialty, is tight and many of the artists know each other as well as their works. To offer an objective opinion, we bring in an expert from outside the area,” said Mullin. “This year Boris Zakic, Associate Professor of Art from Georgetown College, will be the juror.”
Zakic received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and has held teaching appointments at Georgetown College, University of New Orleans and KIIS programs in Athens and Rome. He has been at Georgetown since 2000.

The exhibition will be on display at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus until March 31. The Kentucky Museum, located at 1444 Kentucky St., is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more, visit http://www3.wku.edu/library/museum/usbank.php


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