Four Kentucky artists whose careers have been recognized with an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council will discuss their work at a public gallery talk Jan. 9, as the arts council continues its 30th anniversary celebration of the fellowship program.
The Uncommon Wealth Gallery Talk is from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington. Three of the artists currently have work in the Uncommon Wealth Exhibit, on view at the Lyric Gallery through Jan. 11.
The participating artists, all Lexington residents, are:
Kurt Gohde, mixed media
Garry Bibbs, mixed media
Lori Larusso, painter
Leatha Kendrick, writer
The artists will discuss their work in the exhibit, their lives as artists and the effect the fellowship had on their careers. Kendrick will read selections from her work. The event is free and open to the public.
The Lyric Theatre is located at 300 N. Third St. in Lexington. Its gallery is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will remain open from 5-6 p.m. on Jan. 9, prior to the gallery talk.
The Uncommon Wealth exhibit features work by 62 visual and craft artists whose careers have been recognized with a fellowship from the arts council.
Since 1983 the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Program has supported Kentucky artists engaged in creating high-quality artwork and has recognized creative excellence in practicing, professional Kentucky artists. The $7,500 fellowships are given annually on a rotating basis by discipline. Fellowship recipients are selected by panels of out-of-state, discipline-based arts professionals.
The program is named after Smith, a Kentucky journalist who served as chair of the arts council board of directors from 1977-79 and 1981-84, and helped establish the program.
Fellowships are awarded based on the quality of the work submitted by the artist. Awards are unrestricted and may be used in any way to enhance the artist's career.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates 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.