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Celebration of Fellowship program continues with events in Lexington

Thursday, 11 07, 2013

Emily B. Moses
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 472
emilyb.moses@ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Two events in Lexington this month will continue the Kentucky Arts Council's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Program.

The arts council will host a public reception from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 15, for artists exhibiting in the "Uncommon Wealth" exhibit at the Lyric Theatre. The reception will take place during Lexington's November gallery hop. Light refreshments will be served.

The "Uncommon Wealth" exhibit features work by 62 visual and craft artists whose careers have been recognized with a fellowship from the arts council.

In recognition of literary artists who have received a fellowship, an "Uncommon Wealth" reading featuring five Kentucky writers will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. The reading will feature Willie Davis, Lisa Williams, George Ella Lyon, Kathleen Driskell and Jim Tomlinson.

"The events we have planned are another way the arts council can recognize artistic excellence and creativity among Kentucky artists who have benefited from the fellowship program," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "We hope the public will join us as we create opportunities to enjoy the work by these artists, work that is an important part of our state heritage and culture."

Since 1984 the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Program has supported Kentucky artists engaged in creating high quality artwork and recognized creative excellence in practicing, professional Kentucky artists. The $7,500 fellowships are given annually on a rotating basis by discipline. Fellowship recipients are selected by panels of out-of-state, discipline-based arts professionals.

The arts council has created an online directory of Kentucky artists who have received fellowships from 2010-13. The directory features biographical information about the fellowship recipients, and photos and descriptions of the artists and their work. It also has an index of all artists who have received fellowships in the past 30 years. The directory is online at http://artscouncil.ky.gov/ASF/AlSmithFellowsAll.htm.

"Uncommon Wealth" activities will take place across the state through August 2014, and will include the work of some of the 383 fellowship recipients in the visual arts, literary arts, media arts, composing and choreography.

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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