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US Bank Celebration of the Arts

The 2022 US Bank Celebration of the Arts show returns to in-person at the Kentucky Museum! 

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 4, 2022
  • Drop off artwork: Friday, February 11, 2022, from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Opening Reception: February 25, 2022 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Show open to the public: February 26 - April 8, 2022
    • Note that the Museum will be closed for WKU's Spring Break, March 16-19.
  • Pick up artwork: April 9, 2022


Artists must register by 11:59pm CST on February 4, 2022

Artists - Click Here to Register

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please call Lynn Claycomb at 270--745-6094.

Artwork Label - Click Here to Download a printable label. This must be attached to your work before drop-off.

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


One may enter as a Professional or Amateur artist:

  • Professional Artists include college students, persons with significant art training, and persons who regularly sell their work.
  • Amateur Artists include persons with limited art training who enjoy art as a hobby. 


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 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: $500.00
  • Best of Show: $250.00
  • ArtWorks Merit Award: $200
  • World’s Greatest Studio Tour Merit Award: $100.00


Prizes will be awarded within each category:

  • 1st Place:
    • $175.00 (Professional)
    • $75.00 (Amateur)
  • 2nd Place:
    • $125.00 (Professional)
    • $50.00 (Amateur)
  • 3rd Place:
    • $100.00 (Professional)
    • $25.00 (Amateur)

An experienced art professional 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, US Bank show employees, and US Bank Committee members.

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 30 days after the exhibition closes. 

Accepted work must remain on exhibition between February 25 - April 8, 2022. 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 2022 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 4, 2022.



Artwork label form

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 Last Modified 1/18/22