FRANKFORT, Ky. — Twenty-one Kentucky artists have been accepted into the Kentucky Crafted Program, the Kentucky Arts Council's marketing assistance program that supports artisans by providing opportunities to expand their professional careers and market reach.

Artists are adjudicated into the program based on artistic excellence and market readiness as determined by an independent panel of art and craft industry professionals.

"Artists in the Kentucky Crafted Program have kept the state on the forefront of the country's art and craft scene for more than 30 years," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "I congratulate the new artists who were accepted into the program and look forward to seeing how their individual careers enhance the program in the future."

The new artists are:

  • Rod Austin, Calhoun
  • Roger Ballard, Versailles
  • Leslie Bowers, Louisville
  • Katie Burke, Louisville
  • Katie Clark, Lexington
  • Julie Warren Conn, Lexington
  • Kathy Conroy, Pleasureville
  • Richard Douglas Jr., Campbellsville
  • Seth Green, Morehead
  • Rick Griebenow, McKee
  • Sarah Havens, Louisville
  • Dean Hill, West Liberty
  • Debra Klopp, Corbin
  • Robert Love, Lexington
  • Chris Plummer, Alexandria
  • Walter Roycraft, Nicholasville
  • Alexey Stiop, Georgetown
  • Diana Thomas and James Rich, Georgetown
  • Susan Vanstone, Richmond
  • Fritz Wolff, Nicholasville
  • Jennifer Heller Zurick, Berea

In addition to marketing assistance, the Kentucky Crafted Program provides business training and exhibit opportunities to its members, such as inclusion in its online directory and exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, the arts council's award-winning annual fine art and craft showcase.

Kentucky visual and craft artists can apply to be considered for the Kentucky Crafted Program on an annual basis. For more information about the program, contact Ed Lawrence at ed.lawrence@ky.gov or 502-564-3757 ext. 473.

The Kentucky Arts Council is the state arts agency, creating 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: Contact information and websites for new participants in the Kentucky Crafted Program are listed below. Print quality photos of sample works are available by clicking the thumbnail images.

Rod Austin

Rod Austin, Rod Austin Carpentry
Contact: rodaustin.carpentery@hotmail.com
Online: www.RodAustinCarpentry.com
Paul Ballard

Roger Ballard, Paul Roger Ballard Photography
Contact: roger@paulrogerballard.com

Online: www.paulrogerballard.com

Leslie Bowers

Leslie Bowers, Peace of the Earth
Contact: Leslie@PeaceoftheEarth.com
Online: www.PeaceoftheEarth.com
Katie Burke

Katie Burke, paintings
Contact: kburkestudio@gmail.com
Katie Ann Clark

Katie Ann Clark, jewelry
Contact: Rosebirdmosaics@gmail.com
Julie Conn

Julie Warren Conn, Conn Fine Art & Design
Contact: juliewarrenconn@aim.com
Online: www.juliewarrenconn.com
Kathleen L. Conroy

Kathleen L. Conroy, scratchboard art
Contact: kathleensr@bellsouth.net
Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas Jr., Lehigh Valley Woodworking
Contact: lvww@windstream.net
Seth Green

Seth Green, Seth Green Pottery
Contact: greenpottery@msn.com
Online: sethgreenpottery.com
Rick Griebenow

Rick Griebenow, Kentucky Ingrained
Contact: rlg40@yahoo.com
Sarah Havens

Sarah Havens, Sarah Havens Millinery
Contact: sarahshats@gmail.com
Dean Hill

Dean Hill, photography
Contact: hilld@mrtc.com
Online: www.DeanHillPhotography.com
Debra Klopp

Debra Klopp, Klopp Studio
Contact: kloppkersey@yahoo.com
Robert Love

Robert Love, 2-D metal art
Contact: rlove@twc.com
Online: www.robertloveart.blogspot.com
Chris Plummer

Chris Plummer
Contact: cplummerart@fuse.net
Online: www.cplummerart.com
Walter Roycraft

Walter Roycraft, Walt Roycraft Photography
Contact: Walt@wrphotography.com
Online: www.Roycraftart.com
Alexey Stiop

Alexey Stiop, BigEye Photography
Contact: alexeystiop@gmail.com
Online: www.bigeyephotos.com
Diana Thomas

Diana Thomas and James Rich, Bspoken Designs LLC
Contact: bspokendesigns@gmail.com
Online: www.bspokendesigns.com
Susan Vanstone

Susan Vanstone, Steampunk and More
Contact: steampunkandmorellc@gmail.com
Online: www.steampunkandmorellc.com
Fritz Wolff

Fritz Wolff, Stone Fence Pottery
Contact: gustavwolf@aol.com
Online: www.stonefencepottery.com
Jennifer Heller Zurick

Jennifer Heller Zurick, basketry
Contact: jen@jenniferhellerzurick.com
Online: www.jenniferhellerzurick.com

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