Exhibit dates: September 09 - October 30, 2021
Deadline to apply: August 16
Application fee: $25 (includes copy of "Horsepower")
Let your freedom build slow like the death of a star. ~ Joy Priest, “American Honey”
In partnership with award-winning poet Joy Priest, LexArts seeks Kentucky-based visual artists to display their work in an upcoming LexArts Gallery exhibit. $25 application fee will include a copy of Joy Priest’s poetry collection,"Horsepower."
Joy Priest’s "Horsepower" overflows with visuals. Her poetry collection transports the audience through time, space, family, identity, and the complex fabric of Louisville’s culture and despairing racial dynamics. Priest conveys these themes through muscle cars, horses, dichotomies of skin, chain-link fences, tires peeling down interstates, bees, the curled flowers of dying spiders, the invisible lines of Louisville, and many more compelling descriptions that engage the senses.
Horsepower is bold in content, presenting poem after poem of vivid imagery that grips the imagination. In “Pegasus,” Priest writes, “When you release your wings / They swing wide as a gate / & the air lifts the snakes from my shoulders.” We are looking for artists who can be inspired by; who can encounter the truths of Horsepower, resonate with them, and transcribe them from the page to the canvas and beyond.
Artworks will be curated into an exhibit for LexArts Gallery located on the first floor of ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill Street in Lexington, KY. The exhibit will be on display from September 10 through October 30.
Each artist may enter up to three artworks for consideration. Artworks do not have to be for sale. If an artwork sells during the exhibition, LexArts retains 30% commission.