Governor Beshear and First Lady Invite Photographers to Contribute to Team Kentucky Gallery

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Linda Thompson of Mayfield had this piece titled “Majestic” hung on Capitol Hill as part of the 2022 exhibit.

FRANKFURT, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2022) – Governor Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invite Kentuckians to lend their creative talents to the Kentucky Team Gallerywhich is located in a main hall of the State Capitol in Frankfurt.

The Beshears believe there’s no better place than the Capitol to showcase the voices of Kentuckians represented through art, and the spring 2023 exhibit will feature photography exclusively. Entrants are encouraged to showcase the people, architecture, and natural beauty of Kentucky, but may also submit photos that showcase their choice of lighting, composition, and other purely artistic qualities.

Selected photographs will be exhibited for a six-month rotation in the Capitol and on the Team Kentucky digital art gallery, where photographers can provide additional information. After the rotation, the photos will be returned to the artists. The current rotation runs until December 31, 2022. The next rotation will start on January 1 and run until June 30, 2023.

The deadline for submitting works for the Spring 2023 exhibition is Friday, December 2, 2022. Photos will be selected by the second week of December and photographers will be notified shortly thereafter.

Photo Submission Requirements

  • Photographers can submit a photo for review.
  • Photographs must be framed.
  • Photographs must have a minimum frame size of 14 inches by 16 inches and can be portrait or landscape oriented. The work cannot exceed 48 inches in width. The maximum depth allowed is 4 inches and the maximum weight is 25 pounds.
  • The following information must be included in your submission: your name; address, including city and county; phone number; E-mail; title of the work; and the size of the work (including the frame). You can also include the URL if you have a website where your art is displayed.
  • Photographers can note if the work is for sale. Photos will not be sold as part of the Team Kentucky Gallery, but interested buyers may contact the artists for information about a sale once the artwork is returned.

How to submit

  • Submit digital copies of your photo using the gallery app website.

The Beshear administration understands the significant impact Kentucky’s arts and humanities industry has on the state’s economy. Generating over $5.6 billion in economic impact, this industry plays a vital role in enhancing Commonwealth culture, education and tourism. The administration is committed to investing in the industry as part of Team Kentucky’s initiative to build a better Kentucky through tourism and economic development. In 2021, the Commonwealth has invested nearly $1.7 million in federal funding to support the recovery of the arts industry.

To learn more about visiting the Kentucky State Capitol building, capitol.ky.gov. The site includes information for visitors, facts about the construction of the Capitol and a historical overview.

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