the wealth of visual art in Kentucky, "The Bluegrass Biennial: A Kentucky
Juried Exhibition" will be on exhibit through Aug. 27 at Morehead State
University’s Claypool-Young Art Gallery.
A closing reception and juror’s talk will be held Wednesday, Aug.
27, from 5-7 p.m.
Andrea Fisher, director of the Morlan Gallery at Transylvania
University, was the exhibition juror. Fisher selected 50
works out of the more than 150 submitted for consideration.
Inspired by both the quality and quantity of visual art created in
the state, the exhibition seeks to display the range of artistic production
from across the Commonwealth. The strength of the exhibition truly rests in its
diversity, from the types of artists included which run from self-taught to
graduates of Master of Fine Art programs, to the range of artwork media and style
The four artwork awards selected by Fisher for aesthetic excellence
Best in Show Award: Dobree Adams,
Frankfort; MUSUBI (Engaging the
Power of Creativity), 2012; Fiber, 76 x 24;"
Merit Award: Steve Armstrong, Lexington; Heartland, 2011; Carved and painted wood, 39 x 36 x 24;”
Merit Award: Cecily Howell, Morehead; Failed Marriage, 2013; Monoprint, 22 x 28;”
Merit Award: Barry Motes, Prospect; Water & Spirit, 2012; Oil on canvas, 24 x 30.”
The 36 accepted artists
include: Adams, Armstrong, Howell, Motes, Philis Alvic, Lexington; David
Bartlett, Morehead; Rita Cameron, Louisville; Stacey R. Chinn, Lexington;
Michael G. Crouse, Paducah; Pat DaRif, Louisville; Brad Devlin, Louisville;
Constance Grayson, Nicholasville; Elizabeth Foley, Lexington; Bruce Frank, Georgetown;
Tyler Griese, Park Hills; Nathan Hendrickson, Louisville; Deborah Levine,
Louisville; Christine Levitt, Lexington; Kathleen Loomis, Louisville; Larry
May, Clay City;
Michael McCardwell, Shelbyville; Mike
McCarthy, Louisville; Jonathan McFadden, Lexington; Ann W. Olson, Elliott
County; Carol Peachee, Lexington; Wendell C. Perry, Lexington; Marti Plager,
Louisville; Joe Sartor, Morehead; Barrett Shaw, Louisville; Melissa Shelton,
Lexington; Joshua B. Smith, Lexington; Margaret Park Smith, Lexington; Sarah
Cobb Spradlin, Paris; Cathy Vigor, Lexington; Russell Weedman, Williamsburg;
and Joanne Weis, Lexington.
The event is sponsored by the art gallery, MSU’s Department of Art
and Design and Arts and Humanities Council.
Scheduled for the summer of 2016, the next Bluegrass Biennial will
again invite a juror from Kentucky to curate an exhibition representing the
contemporary spirit of art in the Commonwealth.
The Claypool-Young art
gallery, an educational resource of the art and design department and the
University, features contemporary art for the Morehead State University
community and its service region. The gallery, open Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment, is free and open to the public. Parking is
available on Main Street and across campus after 5 p.m.
is available by calling Jennifer Reis, gallery director, at 606-783-5446.
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