Upcoming Exhibits

Scheduled Exhibits
  • En Plein Air – August-October 2020
    featuring all-new artwork by the Plein Air Artists of Central KY.
  • Holiday Market – November-December 2020
    a curated shopping experience featuring handcrafted gift from local and regional artists.
  • The Art of Being Black: Conversation and Experience – January-March 2021
    a multi-faceted exploration of the Black experience in Kentucky
  • Kids Art Show of the Bluegrass – April 2021
    a celebration of young artists in our region

Call to Artists

Call and Response: Reflections on the African-American Experience

Overview:  The Art Center of the Bluegrass is seeking artists of all ages to exhibit works that reflect the African American experience.  All medium will be considered (visual arts, music, written word, experiential…). Works accepted into “Call and Response” will be featured as part of a larger exhibition, The Art of Being Black:  Conversation and Experience, to be held January – March of 2021 at the Art Center of the Bluegrass.  The “Call and Response” exhibit is one of three exhibits presented in this show.

Calendar:

November 15 – Deadline to submit entries (images and commentary)
November 18 – Notification of Accepted Work
November 30 – Deadline for delivering work to the Art Center. Mailed works also due on this date.
April 2 – Pickup of hand-delivered works. Mailed work will be returned within 2 week of the end of the show.

Selection of Works:

Artworks will be selected at the discretion of the Art Center of the Bluegrass and an advisory committee comprised of black leaders in our community.  Not all work in the exhibition will be visual art, as the intent of the exhibition is to showcase a wide range of artistic interpretation. While a priority will be placed on the selection of works of African American Artists, the Art Center will include racial diversity in the selection of the artists accepted into the exhibition.  In this exhibition, the perspective of the artist and their cultural commentary is equally as important as the artistic quality of their artwork.  This exhibition is open to artists of all ages and ability levels.  Not all works that are submitted will be accepted.

Please click here to download and read the full prospectus for additonal details regarding submission, sale of artwork, and limitation. To submit your work, send up to three high quality .jpg images and a one-paragraph artist’s statement about each work to respond@artcenterky.org. If submitting video or audio files, please send links to files to the same address.