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Touring Kentucky art exhibit features work by Latina and Hispanic artists

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Mason Galemore
"Our Kentucky Home" at the Murray Tourism, Convention and Visitors Bureau in Murray, KY

A touring art show is showcasing the work of Hispanic artists throughout Kentucky on a months-long tour. “Our Kentucky Home: Hispanic/Latin American Visual Art in the Commonwealth” is organized by the Kentucky Art Council in Frankfort.

Twenty Hispanic artists and 36 pieces of artwork are featured in the exhibit. Several pieces use mixed media including the “Vive y Deja” painting by Clay Mata. Visitors can also view pieces like “An Interlude Under the Shade,” a sculpture created by Alma Martinez Torres, a resident of Clark, Indiana.

“There is truly something for everyone,” said Traditional Arts Director with the Kentucky Arts Council Mark Brown. “There’s both broad appeal to the exhibit as well as the specific connections that people will recognize and get a sense of a cultural expression that is both familiar and new to them.”

The Kentucky Arts Council reached out to artists with the help of the Spanish-language newspaper Al Día en América in Louisville and the non-profit organization Casa de la Cultura Kentucky.

According to the Kentucky Arts Council, panelists reviewed the work and chose the best pieces that used the most creativity and used recurring ideas. Some of those ideas include identity and inclusion.

The Murray Tourism, Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 206 S. 4th St., is hosting the exhibit through Jan. 28. After that it will make stops in Cynthiana, Danville, Burlington, Morgantown, Pikeville, Campbellsville and Frankfort before a closing exhibition in Lexington in November.

The Murray Art Guild in collaboration with the Kentucky Art council brought the exhibit to Murray. The Murray Art Guild Director Dani-Danielson says she is proud to have the exhibit in Murray.

Danielson says the exhibit has inspired many people in Murray to go see an art exhibit for the first time.

“The exhibit helped bring awareness to a diverse group of artists in the Commonwealth.” Danielson says, “That's hard to get that opportunity here in Murray.”

She thinks the Hispanic culture intrigued a wide audience partly because of cross cultural similarities. She says some of the themes of the artwork, like body positivity, also created common ground.

The Murray Tourism and Convention Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, visit www.artscouncil.ky.gov.

Correction: This story previously stated the exhibit would be hosted in Murray through Jan. 18. The exhibit will be hosted through Jan. 28.

Mason Galemore is a Murray State student studying journalism. He was the editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper. Since then has explored different publication avenues such as broadcasting. He hopes to travel as a journalist documenting conflict zones and different cultures. He remembers watching the Arab Spring in 2011 via the news when he was a kid, which dawned in a new age of journalism grounded in social media. His favorite hobbies are hiking, photography, reading, writing and playing with his Australian Shepard, Izzy. He is originally from Charleston, Missouri.
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