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US Bank Celebration of the Arts 2016

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Eligibility for the 2016 Show - Registration opens in November 2015 and continues through Feb. 12, 2016

All Kentucky residents 18 years of age or older, living in a Kentucky county which falls within a 65-mile radius of Bowling Green, Kentucky may submit a maximum of two works in any acceptable category (see below) as either a professional or amateur artist. WKU art and photography students, or students trained in related areas, enter in the Professional Division.

All entries must be original and completed during the past two years. Greenware, utilitarian kits and craft items are not eligible. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify from consideration any work which does not meet acceptable standards or poses installation problems and to determine appropriate divisions.

Professional Artists

Includes college level students and persons with significant art training, as well as persons who regularly sell their work.

Amateur Artists

Includes persons with limited art training who enjoy art as a hobby.


A maximum of two works may be submitted by one artist
in one or a combination of the following categories. Both
works will be exhibited.

Works on Paper
Mixed Media
Fiber Arts
Ceramics & Glass
(no video, slide, CD presentation or installations)


2016 Purchase Award
Best of Show - $250
World's Greatest Studio Tour Merit Award - $100

In each of the above eight categories:

Professional Awards

1st - $175
2nd - $125
3rd - $100

Amateur Awards

1st - $75
2nd - $50
3rd - $25


The Kentucky Museum will retain a 25% commission on all
sales directly attributed to this exhibition with a portion
providing scholarships for the Western Kentucky University
Visual Arts Department.


Accepted work must remain on exhibit February 27 - April 2, 2016. The exhibition committee reserves the right to reject any work that does not meet the criteria set forth in the prospectus. Organizers reserve the right to reproduce any work submitted for educational or promotional purposes. Submission of an entry to this exhibition will be understood to indicate agreement on the part of the artist with all conditions set forth in the prospectus.


Reasonable precautions will be taken in handling entries, but the Kentucky Museum is not responsible for the loss of or damage to submitted works. Artists should arrange for their own insurance. The Kentucky Museum is not responsible for works left behind at the close of the exhibition. Unclaimed artwork becomes the property of the Kentucky Museum 30 days after the exhibition closes.


All framed entries must be prepared for hanging with properly sized eyelets and wire. Other works which hang must have appropriate hanging devises. Entries not properly prepared or those presenting impossible handling or installation problems will not be accepted. Please inquire for works with special installation requirements.
Note: Plexiglas is strongly recommended for works larger than 24". Please inquire for works with special installation requirements.


All works must be hand-delivered and picked up by the Artist on the dates listed on the Celebration of the Arts Calendar. No work will be released to anyone other than the Artist without written permission from the Artist.



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Celebration of the Arts

2016 Calendar

Friday, February 12 - Deadline for submitting entry forms at the Kentucky Museum

Friday, February 19 - 9am-7pm - Artists hand deliver artwork to the Kentucky Museum

Friday, February 26 - 6pm-8pm, Awards at 7:00 -Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for artists, family, friends and the community at the Kentucky Museum

February 27 - April 2 - Exhibition open to the public
(see Museum Hours)

Saturday, April 2 - 5:00-7:00 pm - Artists pick up work


2015 purchase award

2015 Kentucky Museum Purchase Award
Smoking Spaniard by C. David Jones

Artists may enter online or complete the Entry Form
and return with a non-refundable $20.00 entry fee to:

Kentucky Museum Friends, Celebration of the Arts Committee
The Kentucky Museum
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092
Bowling Green, KY  42101-1092

Entry fee covers all works submitted by one artist.
Entry registration must be received by:
Friday, February 12, 2016.

Absolutely no corrections or substitutions. Artists please think carefully about your title, price and category before you submit your entry.

Entry forms will be available at US Bank locations, the Kentucky Museum and on this website.
For addition information contact Donna Parker at 270-745-6083 or

2015 Award Winners

The exhibit is sponsored by US Bank, Dorothy Grider Art Exhibit Fund and Kentucky Museum Friends

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