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Bluegrass Biennial to showcase art of Kentucky

Jun. 01, 2008 @ 11:23 PM

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Showcasing the wealth of visual art in Kentucky, "The Bluegrass Biennial: A Kentucky Juried Exhibition" will be featured Saturday, June 7, through Friday, Aug. 1, in the Claypool-Young Art Building on the Morehead State University campus.

An opening reception and award presentation will take place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, with live music by MSU alumnus John Haywood, in conjunction with the Clack Mountain Festival.

Juror Tim Glotzbach, director of the Student Craft Program and former dean of the Kentucky School of Craft, has selected 46 artworks out of the more than 200 submitted for consideration.

"The strength of the exhibition truly rests in its diversity, from the types of artists included which run from self-taught to graduates of Master of Fine Art programs as well as the artworks selected, ranging from the traditional to the truly contemporary," said Jennifer Reis, gallery director.

Art media featured includes acrylic, oil and mixed media painting; printmaking; analog and digital photography; functional and sculptural ceramic, mixed media and found object sculpture, drawing, textile works and time-based video works.

The 33 accepted Kentucky artists include Mary Jane Allen, Louisville; Christine Barker, Morehead; Christina Bartsch, Brooks; Carolyn Bentley Boyd, Morehead; Linda Brewer, Morehead; Marianne Brown, Lawrenceburg; Victoria Byers, Olive Hill; Kurt Gohde, Lexington; Albertus Gorman, Louisville; J. Daniel Graham, Georgetown; Louise Halsey, Owensboro; John Haywood, Louisville; Dean Hill, West Liberty; Shayne Hull, Louisville; Lori Larusso, Lexington; Christine Levitt, Lexington; Kathleen Loomis, Louisville; Michael Maydak, Covington; Joe Molinaro, Winchester; Jeffrey Nichols, Morehead; Ann W. Olson, Olive Hill; Lee Ann Paynter, Lexington; Gibbs Rounsavall, Louisville; Joe Sartor, Morehead; Nancy Sartor, Morehead; Joan Schulte, Louisville; Michael Secor, Morehead; Diane Deaton-Street, Louisville; Travis Townsend, Lexington; Cathy Vigor, Ashland; Michael Wagner, Wallingford; Karine Wilson, Lawrenceburg; and Mary Yates, Louisville.

The exhibition is a collaborative effort of MSU's Arts and Humanities Council, Department of Art, Caudill College of Humanities, Clack Mountain Festival, Cave Run Arts Association and Morehead Art Guild Inc.

Scheduled for the summer of 2010, the next Bluegrass Biennial will include a juror from another region of Kentucky, and continue the same spirit of partnering with local and university organizations.

The gallery in Claypool-Young features contemporary art for the MSU community as well as the university's service region of Eastern Kentucky. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. There is no charge for viewing. Parking is available on Main Street and Elizabeth Avenue, behind Claypool-Young.

Additional information is available by calling Jennifer Reis, gallery director, at 606-783-5446.