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The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville will host the exhibition Uncommon Wealth, a retrospective of past visual arts recipients of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship award, including artists who have just received the commonwealth’s prestigious award. The exhibit features sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, fiber art, ceramics, glass, mixed-media and experimental works by Kentucky’s leading contemporary artists. The opening at Actors’ is Friday evening, November 2, 2007, during Louisville’s gallery hop, 316 W. Main Street, Louisville, Ky.

Uncommon Wealth will be on display in Louisville through February 2, 2008 and will continue on tour in various configurations in Richmond (February 18 – April 18, 2008), Pikeville (February 18 - April 28, 2008), Danville (May 1-30, 2008), Louisa (May 5-June 27, 2008) and Cadiz (May 10 – June 22). Uncommon Wealth originally opened in Lexington in 2006 and was reorganized for the 2007-2008 tour beginning in August at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.

The Kentucky Arts Council has been serving artists in Kentucky since 1966, and awarding fellowships to artists since 1984. Visual art fellowships are selected on a bi-yearly basis and are based on the artistic merit of the artist’s work. Past and present Kentucky Arts Council visual art fellowship recipients (currently living in Kentucky) were invited to participate in Uncommon Wealth.

"The Arts Council is dedicated to the promotion and support of individual artists," says Lori Meadows, the arts council’s executive director. “Many of these artists have work in private and public collections throughout the nation. They bring a very positive recognition for Kentucky.”

Uncommon Wealth was partially funded with a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as part of the American Masterpieces program, which seeks to introduce Americans to the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians through the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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