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Arts Champions

Barbara and John Grider

Scott Gilbert and Beth Hester

Mike and Julie Hinson


Arts Patrons

Ellis-Walker Gallery

McWhorter Chiropractic

Nancy Baird

Ray Buckberry

Sharon Kreke

Tom and Portia Pennington


Arts Allies

WKU League of Sculptors

Marcia J. Brown

David and Laura Lee

James and Anna Jo Johnson

Brent and Holly Oglesbee


Award Sponsors

Art Matters The New School

ArtWorks, Inc.

Ellis-Walker Gallery

Kentucky Forge Council

McWhorter Chiropractic

The World's Greatest Studio Tour

WKU League of Sculptors

Dorothy Grider Art Exhibition Fund

Marilyn Anderson

Kristina Arnold and Charles Hurst

Nancy Baird

Brent Bjorkman and Ann Ferrell

Marcia Brown

Craig and Deborah Browning

Drs. Sam and Mary Evans

Connie and Tom Foster, in memory of Virginia "Ginny" Miller

Charles and Carolyn Hardcastle

Michael and Tiffany Isselhardt

James and Anna Jo Johnson, in memory of Ann T. Travelstead

Sharon Kreke

George and Laurie Kwok

David and Laura Lee

Brent and Holly Oglesbee

Yvonne Petkus and CJ Johansen

Ron and Cathy Rhoades

Joe and Amy Ross

Dr. Bruce and Mrs. Donna Schulte

Nicole and Michael Talley

Richard and Leslie Weigel

2021 Celebration of the Arts Exhibit


US Bank Celebration of the Arts

Online Exhibit HERE

Award Reception Youtube Video HERE

The Kentucky Museum presents a unique art exhibit which is truly a celebration of this region’s art. Any Kentucky resident over the age of 18 and living within 65 miles of Bowling Green was eligible to enter a piece of their original artwork that will be on virtual exhibit for this special show. We are grateful that title sponsor US Bank covered all artists fees for this year's exhibit. Artists submitted their work using an online form and emailed images of their artwork. The work was juried from the digital images artists submitted and monetary awards are given in eight amateur as well as professional categories. 

The artwork will only be on exhibit virtually. There will be no artwork on exhibit at the Kentucky Museum.

Thank you to the 227 artists who made work and entered the 2021 Celebration of the Arts during this difficult time of Covid-19. You took time to register and submit your images in a new way. This year’s show includes 83 amateur and 146 professional works. WKU alumni are  represented with 41 entries. Twenty eight WKU faculty and staff and 40 WKU students have their work on display as well. The remaining 118 works are from artists in Bowling Green and the surrounding community.




Best of Show


Yvonne Petkus


World's Greatest Studio Tour Merit Award

All Tore Up

Brenna Pepke


Kentucky Museum Purchase Award

Carnival Variation

Neil Peterie



1st Ceramics and Glass

Salute to Frank Lloyd Wright

Lynn Hines


2nd Ceramics and Glass

Heart of Passion

Bernadette Rivette


3rd Ceramics and Glass

Garden of Flowers

Joanna Fransen-Gilliam


1st Fiber Arts

Quilt Sampler in Blue

Shelley Stauffer


2nd Fiber Arts

Window of Worship

Jill C. Vaught


1st Mixed Media


Rhonda Pryor


2nd Mixed Media

Bad Timing Winter Jude

Jenna Dold


3rd Mixed Media

Game Changer

Leigh Peyton Mikovch


1st Painting

The Old Deacon

Gary Bewley


2nd Painting


Cynthia Chaney


1st Photography

An October Dawn

Saundra Amos Cornett


2nd Photography

Short Eared Owl in Flight

Julie Barrick


3rd Photography

Back Alley

Richena Holbert


1st Sculpture

Blooming Iron

Brandon Flowers


2nd Sculpture


Steven Haggbloom


3rd Sculpture

Genuine Native American made Traditional Coharie Necklace for "Black Feather" Bone, Red Tiger Eye, Jasper”

Vickie Ahlers


1st Watercolor

Lilly Meets Slurp

Brenda Roberts


2nd Watercolor

Desert Sunset

Pamela Schmaltz


3rd Watercolor

Appalachia Dreaming

Sharon Wasson


1st Works on Paper


Jeffrey Purvis


2nd Works on Paper


Julia Patterson


3rd Works on Paper

Does Anybody Hear Us?

Holly Oglesbee













1st Ceramics and Glass

I Want to be Free

Paul Johnson


2nd Ceramics and Glass


Cecilia Morris


3rd Ceramics and Glass

Hope Survives

Kelly Zachary


1st Fiber Arts


Beth Hester


2nd Fiber Arts

To leaf or not to leaf

Laura G. McGee


3rd Fiber Arts

Rays of Sunshine

Shelby Riley


1st Mixed Media


Tara Shade


2nd Mixed Media

Apart Together

Alla Gilbert


3rd Mixed Media

Masked Isolation

Ashlyn Crawford


1st Painting


Johnai Lerner


2nd Painting


Christina Scott


3rd Painting

Farm Labor

Alan Vance


1st Photography

Memories Remain

Lesley Montgomery


2nd Photography

Sedona Sunset

Sheila Reeves


3rd Photography


Margaret Crowder


1st Place Sculpture


Andrew Wielawski


2nd Place Sculpture

Seven Peaks Above the Lake

Jessica Snodgrass


3rd Place Sculpture


Scott Gilbert


1st Watercolor

Madonna and Child

Jay Dougherty


2nd Watercolor

Santa Maria dei Frari

Samuel Clay Hunt


3rd Watercolor

Farm Fresh

Katy Scherr


1st Works on Paper

Ghost Pony with the Green Orb

Jonahs Coel


2nd Works on Paper

Vaishnavi (Beauvoir 1949)

Leslie Nichols


3rd Works on Paper

Map of the World

Cynthia Schott





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