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Veterans Art Exhibit will tour state
By Tom Musgrave
Frankfort, KY - The artwork of 41 artists, along with members of one American Legion post, has been selected for a Kentucky Arts Council exhibit that highlights the artwork of military veterans and their families.
The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit will be on display at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort through Nov. 28. Beginning in December, it will travel around the state until December 2019 for view in a variety of venues.
The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit features 44 pieces of art by military veterans and family members of veterans. The inspiration for the exhibit came from discussions the organization Americans for the Arts has been having with the U.S. Department of Defense's Creative Forces initiative. It also had its genesis in the conversations started at the arts council's 2017 Creative Industry Summit in Morehead.
"We wanted to do something to highlight the creativity of our own veterans while honoring their sacrifices and service to our country," said Chris Cathers, arts council interim executive director. "We're also working with the state veteran centers to develop meaningful healing arts programming."
"The artwork in this collection is first-rate, representing a wide range of subject matter and mediums. The subject matter ranges from very personal reflections on war and sacrifice as well as pride and patriotism," Cathers said.
"We wanted to give the artists the opportunity to express themselves without asking them to fit a theme, and the result is spectacular. What we received is an eye-opening reflection of what military service means for veterans and their families," Cathers said. "We can't wait to open this exhibit and then to send it on the road so that all Kentuckians can see the outstanding artwork by our veterans and their families."
The exhibit host venues will be announced later this month.
Veterans whose art will appear in The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit, listed by name, county, branch of service, title of work and artistic medium are:
In addition, family members of veterans were eligible to submit work for the exhibit. Family members of veterans whose art was selected, listed by name, county, relation to veteran, title of work and artistic medium, include:
A slideshow of work in The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit is available online at the arts council website: artscouncil.ky.gov.
This story was posted on 2018-11-24 08:50:42
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