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Call for Artists - Abound Credit Union Celebration of the Arts

This competitive exhibition is open to all residents 18 years of age or older, living in a Kentucky county which falls within a 65-mile radius of Bowling Green. The exhibition is located at the Kentucky Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. 

Important Dates:

  • Entries due: Friday, February 10, 2023 by 11:59 pm CST online
    • If dropping off a paper form, must submit at the Kentucky Museum by 4:00 pm on February 10.
  • Artwork drop off: Friday, February 17, 2023, from 9 am to 6 pm
  • Awards Ceremony: March 3, 2023 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Show open to the public: March 4 - April 14, 2023
    • Note that the Museum will close for WKU's Spring Break, March 13-18.
  • Artwork pick up: April 15, 2023, from 9 am to 2 pm.

How to Enter

Step 1: Do you live within 65 miles of 1444 Kentucky Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101? If yes, continue. If no, you are not eligible to enter this show.

Step 2: Read the Terms and Conditions outlined in the accordions below.

Step 3: Ensure your work meets the guidelines set forth in the "Artwork Conditions" and "Hanging Specifications" sections. Click Here to download a printable label. This must be attached to your work before drop-off.

Step 4: Click here to register and submit ONE work to the show. The registration fee is $20. 

Click here to download a PDF flyer of the important dates, terms and conditions. To receive an entry form you can download and print off, email Mary Lynn Claycomb at mary.claycomb@wku.edu.


All residents 18 years of age or older, living in a Kentucky county within a 65-mile radius of Bowling Green.



Artwork substantially based on existing imagery such as movies, television, literature and all other forms of media will not be accepted. No copies of other artists' work.

Greenware, utilitarian kits and over the counter craft items are not eligible.

All works created from natural materials must be stable, well seasoned and insect and
contaminant free.

No installations accepted.

No substitutions, changes in title, or changes in eligibility status for Purchase Award accepted after entry is received.

Exhibit organizers reserve the right to determine appropriate categories and to disqualify work from consideration that does not meet acceptable standards, poses installation issues or is deemed unsafe for the museum environment.

No promotional materials accepted.

No packaging or transportation containers may be left at the museum.

  • Ceramics and Glass
  • Drawing/Illustration
  • Fiber Art
  • Graphic Design/Digital Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Watercolor


One work will be selected for each of the following special awards:

  • Kentucky Museum Purchase Award: $700.00
  • Best of Show: $400.00
  • ArtWorks Merit Award: $200
  • World’s Greatest Studio Tour Merit Award: $100.00


Prizes will be awarded  within each category:

  • 1st Place: $200
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $100 

An experienced art professional from outside of the region will judge the works in all categories listed above. All awards are made at the discretion of the judge.

The following individuals are ineligible for awards: Kentucky Museum employees and board members and Celebration of the Arts Committee members.

No works requiring access to electricity will be accepted.

All framed entries must be prepared for hanging with properly-sized eyelets and wire. Other works intended to hang must have appropriate hanging devices.

All entries must be accompanied by a completed label (click here to download) and affixed to the work.

Entries not properly prepared or those presenting handling or installation issues will not be accepted.

Please inquire for works with special installation requirements.

*NOTE: Plexiglass is strongly recommended for works larger than 24 inches.

All works must be hand delivered and picked up by the artist on the dates listed on the Celebration of the Arts Calendar. No early drop offs or pickups allowed. No work will be released to anyone other than the artist without permission from the artist.
Reasonable precautions will be taken in handling entries, but the Kentucky Museum is not responsible for the loss of or damage to submitted works. Artists should arrange for their own insurance. Unclaimed artwork becomes the property of the Kentucky Museum 14 days after the exhibition closes. 

Accepted work must remain on exhibition between March 3 - April 14, 2023. The exhibition committee reserves the right to reject any work that does not meet the criteria set forth in the brochure. Organizers reserve the right to reproduce any work submitted for educational or promotional purposes. Submission of any entry to the 2023 Abound Credit Union Celebration of the Arts Exhibit will be understood to indicate agreement on the part of the artist with all conditions set forth on this page.

Entries must be received no later than Friday, February 10, 2023.



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 Last Modified 2/2/23