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Exciting news for artists in Kentucky! The fol­low­ing is a press release from the office of Kentucky gov­er­nor Andy Beshear.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invite Kentuckians to lend their artis­tic tal­ents to the Team Kentucky Gallery, which is locat­ed in two main halls of the state Capitol in Frankfort.

The Beshears believe there is no bet­ter place than the Capitol to high­light Kentuckians’ voic­es as rep­re­sent­ed through art.

“As we begin to put the pan­dem­ic behind us and more of our peo­ple vis­it the Capitol, they are able to see their sto­ries and their com­mu­ni­ties rep­re­sent­ed through the amaz­ing art of their fel­low Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “Every day, as I walk the halls of this build­ing, I am inspired by the spir­it of Kentucky that these art­works have captured.”

Selected art­works will be dis­played for a six-month rota­tion in the Capitol and on the Team Kentucky Digital Art Gallery, where the artists can pro­vide addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion. After each rota­tion, art­works are returned to the artists. The cur­rent, inau­gur­al rota­tion runs until Dec. 31, 2021. The sec­ond rota­tion will begin Jan. 1 and run until June 30, 2022.

The dead­line to sub­mit art­work for con­sid­er­a­tion for the sec­ond rota­tion is Nov. 29, 2021. Artworks will be select­ed by the sec­ond week of December, and artists will be noti­fied short­ly thereafter.

“I have seen the trans­for­ma­tive pow­er of art and wit­nessed how it has helped so many young peo­ple to reflect and to heal,” said First Lady Beshear. “But art helps all of us – young and old alike. Whether it’s cre­at­ing it or view­ing it, art is a pow­er­ful tool to help us see the beau­ty in our world and in each other.”

The First Lady has long sup­port­ed Kentucky artists and cre­at­ed the Hope Gallery when Gov. Beshear served as attor­ney gen­er­al. The Hope Gallery gave voice to Kentucky chil­dren fac­ing adver­si­ty and pro­mot­ed art ther­a­py pro­grams in the commonwealth.

Art Submission Requirements

  • Artists may sub­mit two art­works for con­sid­er­a­tion but must com­plete sep­a­rate appli­ca­tions for each.
  • Artworks must be a min­i­mum size of 18-by-20-inch­es (includ­ing frame) and can­not exceed 48-inch­es in width. The max­i­mum allow­able depth is 4‑inches and the max­i­mum weight is 25 pounds.
  • Artworks should be framed if practicable.
  • Artworks can be land­scape, por­trait or abstract.
  • The fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion should be includ­ed with your sub­mis­sion: your name; address, includ­ing city and coun­ty; phone num­ber; email; title of art­work; and size of art­work (includ­ing frame). You can also include the URL if you have a web­site where your art is displayed.
  • Artists also can note whether the art­work is for sale. Artworks will not be sold as part of the Team Kentucky Gallery, but inter­est­ed buy­ers will be able to con­tact artists for infor­ma­tion about a sale once the art­work is returned.

How to submit

Submit pho­tos of your art­work using the appli­ca­tion on the gallery’s web­site.

The Beshear admin­is­tra­tion under­stands the sig­nif­i­cant impact that Kentucky’s arts and human­i­ties indus­try has on the state’s econ­o­my. Generating more than $2.3 bil­lion annu­al­ly in eco­nom­ic impact, this indus­try plays a crit­i­cal role in enhanc­ing the commonwealth’s cul­ture, edu­ca­tion and tourism. The admin­is­tra­tion has been com­mit­ted to invest­ing in the indus­try as part of Team Kentucky’s ini­tia­tive to build a bet­ter Kentucky through tourism and eco­nom­ic development.

Through the Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky has sup­port­ed arts orga­ni­za­tions through­out the com­mon­wealth by pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal fund­ing to sup­port artists and sta­bi­lize the arts indus­try fol­low­ing the spread of COVID-19. The com­mon­wealth has dis­trib­uted $454,000 in CARES Act fund­ing and $665,750 through the Kentucky Arts Council ARP grant to arts orga­ni­za­tions in com­mu­ni­ties statewide.

To learn more about the Kentucky state Capitol build­ing vis­it, capitol.ky.gov. The site includes vis­i­tor infor­ma­tion, Capitol build­ing facts and an his­tor­i­cal overview.