27 Kentucky artists chosen for Governor's Derby Exhibit

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Twenty-seven artists from across the Commonwealth will have work included in the 2014 installment of the Governor's Derby Exhibit coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council, part of the annual Governor's Derby Celebration in the capital city.

The exhibit will open to the public March 31 and remain on view until May 5 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. The building is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Rotunda will also be open Saturday, May 3, during the Derby Celebration for visitors to view the artwork.

"The arts council is proud to coordinate the Governor's Derby Exhibit each year on behalf of the Governor and First Lady as part of the Derby festivities," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "This exhibit continues to serve as an introduction to working with the arts council for many of the state's artists and is a great opportunity to showcase the wealth of artistic talent that can be found in Kentucky."

Unlike other arts council exhibits open only to adjudicated program participants, any Kentucky visual artist 18 years old or older could submit work for consideration in the exhibit. This year, 74 artists submitted entries. Together, those artists submitted a total of 130 artworks. Artists who have work included in the exhibit, and their county of residence, are:


  • Billy Tackett, Boone
  • Patrick Fretz, Boyle
  • Matthew Steffen, Campbell
  • Betty Liles, Christian
  • Patricia Ritter, Cumberland
  • Hayley Black, Fayette
  • Rebecca Flanery, Fayette
  • Ellen Guyer, Fayette
  • Aubrey Nibert, Fayette
  • Helene Steene, Fayette
  • Augustin Zarate, Fayette
  • Michele Daigle, Franklin
  • Brittain Skinner, Franklin
  • Carol Jones, Hardin
  • Catherine Bryant, Jefferson
  • Judith Egerton, Jefferson
  • Sonya Penn, Jefferson
  • Joanne Weis, Jefferson
  • Timothy Gold, Kenton
  • Margie Lakeberg, Kenton
  • Ken Page, Kenton
  • Carolyn Gibson, Knott
  • Sharon Asher, Lee
  • Donna Burr, Oldham
  • Tona Barkley, Owen
  • Bettye Brookfield, Washington
  • Kathy Jackson, Grant
  • First Lady Jane Beshear will greet and congratulate the exhibit artists, and other Kentucky Crafted Program artists who will participate in the Derby celebration, at 1 p.m. April 4 in the Capitol Rotunda. The event is open to the public.

    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.


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