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Monday, January 10, 2011

Lexington Art League teams up with Kentucky Arts Council for Artist Workshop

 LAL & KAC Present Free Technology Workshop for Artists

Professional Development Series Starts with Focus on Online Applications, Digital Image Preparation

The Lexington Art League, central Kentucky’s oldest and largest visual arts organization, has partnered with the Kentucky Arts Council to present a one-day technology workshop for professional artists. The workshop, which is one of three currently accepting enrollments, will cover topics such as how to effectively utilize electronic application software and how to properly prepare images for submissions to competitive juried exhibitions.
“The technological demands on artists have increased dramatically over the past few years,” said Becky Alley, LAL’s Exhibitions and Programs Director. “With the explosion of the internet and the accessibility of digital cameras, the days of sending in slides is officially over. LAL and KAC want to ensure that Kentucky’s artists are aware of professional expectations and have the know-how to remain competitive in the visual arts arena.”
Alley along with Julia Curiel (LAL Program Coordinator), Craig Kittner (KAC Arts Marketing Director), and Tamara Coffey (KAC Individual Artist Director) will lead the workshop, which will be held at LAL @ Loudoun House Sat., Jan. 22, from 1-4pm. The registration deadline is January 18; contact LAL at 859-254-7024 or visit for more information.
The workshop will include four presentations, with sections devoted to specific instructions on how to navigate Kentucky Arts Services OnLine (KASOL) and ZAPPlication, web-based application platforms used by KAC and LAL. Artists will also receive information regarding exhibitions at LAL and KAC’s Kentucky Crafted and Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship programs. Each presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The workshop ends with a works sample review, where artists who bring a CD of images will be given individual feedback on works presentation and suggestions for improvement that will increase their chances of being selected for future opportunities.
“As curators, marketers, and exhibition coordinators, we see the difference a well-made digital photograph makes during the jury process,” said Kittner. “We also see the divide between artists who are up on technology and those who haven’t had the opportunity to learn about the tools available to them and how to use them. This workshop will provide artists insight into what jurors and curators expect and give them the tools to meet those professional expectations.”
LAL is also offering a series of workshops to develop the creative skills of professional and amateur artists. Nude Figure Drawing with Dong Feng Li, professor of art at Morehead University, will be held on Wednesdays from 6-9pm, January 19-February 9, and on Saturdays from 10am-1pm, February 19-March 12. Nude Figure Painting with Sal Villagran, an American Artist Self-Portrait Competition winner, will be held on Saturdays from 9am-12pm, January 22-February 12, and on Wednesdays from 6-9pm, February 16-March 9. Workshops are $70 for members, $85 for potential members; the deadline to register is January 12.
“Being an artist requires incredible self-motivation, and with the demands of producing work, professional development often gets put on the backburner,” said Curiel. “With these workshops, artists have the opportunity to learn and grow and are supported in their efforts to create art that is now to central Kentucky.”

About LAL

The Lexington Art League is Lexington's oldest and largest visual arts organization. LAL envisions visual art as the lens through which central Kentucky will distinguish itself as a progressive, inclusive and vibrant region. LAL presents original and creative programs, with a reputation for thought-provoking content, that illuminate the role of visual art in contemporary life. Please visit for more information.

About KAC
The Kentucky Arts Council is the state government agency responsible for developing and promoting support for the arts in Kentucky. As the state’s arts agency, we create opportunities for people to find value in the arts, participate in the arts and benefit from the arts through programs, grants and services. For more information, visit


Concurrent LAL Exhibitions

LAL @ Loudoun House – Nude, now in its 25th year, features 50 works of art by contemporary artists from 22 states and British Columbia. The exhibition refocuses our gaze on issues of modern life, modern identity and the social and sexual politics that impact us all. The exhibition is open Jan. 15-March 13, 2011.

LAL @ Loudoun House Lawn – Nexus: Toward New Land Art, a woven network of wooden tunnels sprawling across the lawn of LAL @ Loudoun House, began construction in August and will be completed Oct. 16. Constructed by volunteers under the leadership of Kansas artist Matt Burke, the massive sculpture will remain on site thru June 2011.

LAL Project Space In A Place for Tears, Lexington artist Elissa Morley transforms the newly relocated Project Space into an emotional haven where one may express sorrow or joy without embarrassment or ridicule.  A fountain of tears, made from drawings on tracing paper, pours forth in mid air, creating a space where the conventional idea of tears as silly or shaming are subverted and given a place of sacredness, beauty, honor and respect. The installation is open January 15-March 13, 2011.

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