Throwback Thursday – ‘The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art exhibit’

For over 20 years, the Kentucky Arts Council has been documenting folk art apprenticeships across the state. Archived by the Kentucky Folk Life Program, a traveling exhibit dedicated to these artists’ achievements is now on display at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) in downtown Bowling Green. 

Called “The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships,” the exhibit is on display now through the end of August. This exhibit features more than two decades of studying master artists and their apprentices across the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Arts Council awards grant funding to folk art apprentices pursuing a deeper knowledge of traditional community art, ranging to every form from music to craftsmanship.

The masters and apprentices featured in this exhibit are excellent storytellers who helped provide videos, demonstrations, and interpretive ways to share the history of their local art. This exhibit has been displayed in nearly 40 locations across Kentucky to date, including museums, galleries, libraries and special events. 

The Kentucky Arts Council is part of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and is publicly funded through the General Assembly and the federal government’s independent National Endowment for the Arts agency. The Council’s goals are to engage Kentuckians across every community in ways to inspire creativity and innovation. The Arts Council showcases the arts in many ways, opens doors to entrepreneurship, and strives to keep communities vibrant.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. SKyPAC visitors can see the display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.