FRANKFORT, Ky. — Four Kentucky visual artists and one media artist have been awarded $1,000 each as recipients of the Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Emerging Artist Awards are given to emerging professional artists in the early stages of their work – up to 10 years – who demonstrate a high level of excellence and creativity. Emerging artists possess some professional experience but may not yet have established reputations as artists.

The five Kentucky artists are:

  • Ashley Stinson, Jefferson County, photography
  • Sarah Brown, Fayette County, printmaking
  • Lyndsey Fryman, Bourbon County, sculpture
  • Regina Summers, Fayette County, experimental
  • Jason Gray, Kenton County, video

"The arts council is glad we are able to continue to support individual artists early in their careers when they can especially use assistance while working to establish their professional careers," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director.

In alternate years, the Emerging Artist Awards are available to writers, composers and choreographers. The next application deadline is Feb. 15, 2014.

For more information about the Emerging Artist Award program or other Kentucky Arts Council opportunities for artists, contact Individual Artist Program Director Tamara Coffey at tamara.coffey@ky.gov or 502-564-3757, ext. 479.

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.

Note to editors: To request biographical or contact information for a specific artist, contact Emily B. Moses, Arts Council communications director, at 502-564-3757, ext. 472.

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