Kentucky Museum opens annual exhibit

Trey Crumbie

US Bank and the Kentucky Museum will come together once again to celebrate the arts.

For the next month, the US Bank Celebration of the Arts Exhibition will showcase more than 400 pieces of art created by over 200 artists in the Kentucky Museum. The artists in the show come from within a 65-mile radius of Bowling Green.

Donna Parker, exhibits curator for the Kentucky Museum, said the annual event has been going on for more than 25 years.

Timothy Mullin, head of the department of library special collections, said the show allows everyone to see the artistic talent around the region.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the general public…,” Mullin said. “There’s something for everyone there.”

Parker said there are two levels of competition: amateur and professional.

Each level will contain eight separate categories of different art mediums for judging. This year a new category, mixed media, was added to the show.

An awards ceremony and opening reception will occur tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Museum. A cash prize for first, second, and third will be given out during the ceremony. Additional honors such as ‘Best of Show’ and a ‘Merit’ award will also be given out as well.

The judging is done by a committee of one and is picked by the art department. The judge is someone outside of the community so that they are free of bias.

Parker encourages all to come.

“I think everybody will enjoy it,” Parker said.

The show begins on March 1 and will end in early April.