FRANKFORT, Ky. — Art students attending the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University and Berea College will exhibit their work during Kentucky Crafted: The Market's public retail days March 2-3 at the Lexington Convention Center, as part of an effort by the Kentucky Arts Council to prepare young artists to succeed as professional artists after completing their education.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council's annual fine art and craft showcase featuring thousands of handcrafted items created by the Commonwealth's best artists. The show also includes music on the Kentucky Stage, Kentucky publishers, artisanal food producers, hands-on activities, special exhibits and more.

"Exhibiting at one of the oldest and most successful art and craft shows of its kind in the country gives Kentucky's college students real-life experience beyond the classroom," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "I hope visitors to The Market will stop by their exhibit and get acquainted with the students who represent the future of the arts in Kentucky."

The "Emerging Student Artists" exhibit features more than 20 artists from art departments at three institutions of higher learning. Students will sell their work at the exhibit. Participating students are:

University of Kentucky

  • Megan Sauter, ceramics
  • Laila Schafermeyer, ceramics
  • Nina Hobbs, ceramics
  • Barbara Steinrock, ceramics

Berea College

  • Kyle Yess, painting and printmaking
  • Destiny Lane White, ceramics
  • Jonathan Clark, painting
  • Hans Lambert, fibers/surface design
  • Brittany Mathis, mixed media
  • Dean Justice Leeper, ceramics
  • Nicole Fischer, ceramics
  • Cassidy Franklin-Dutton, watercolor illustration

Morehead State University

  • Jarrid Scott, drawing and painting
  • Matthew Jent , drawing and painting
  • Marvin Puckett, ceramics
  • Voilet Vago, printmaking, drawing, stained glass
  • Penny Johnson, jewelry
  • Maria Blevins, printmaking, jewelry
  • Cecily Howell, printmaking, drawing and painting
  • Caitlin Slover, ceramics
  • Marina White, drawing and painting
  • Ryan Smith, jewelry, printmaking, ceramics

Participating students attend Kentucky Crafted artist workshops to get firsthand knowledge about marketing and pricing, booth design, promotions, interacting with clients and creating products that sell.

"We are so glad to have students from UK, Morehead and Berea joining us this year," said Meadows. "The Market is excellent training ground for their futures."

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is open to the public March 2-3 at the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington. The Market hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Advance tickets can be purchased online until Feb. 27. One-day tickets are $8 online, $10 at the door. Two-day tickets are $12 online, $15 at the door. Children 15 and younger are admitted free of charge with a paying adult. For more information, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/2013Market.htm.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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