Campbellsville native recognized at art exhibition

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Five University of Kentucky art students, including a Campbellsville native, were recently recognized as part of the Carey Ellis Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The art show, featuring work by graduate and undergraduate art students at UK, was presented in the Barnhart Gallery as part of the UK Department of Art and Art Graduate Student Association's Open Studio event on Dec. 3.

Campbellsville native Heidi Hastings, an art studio senior, was one of two students presented with the Theophilia Joan Oexmann Award.

The award is given by the faculty of the UK Department of Art to students who demonstrate promise through the originality and creativity of their work in studio art. Hastings received a $300 scholarship.

The Carey Ellis show is an important event for UK's art students, giving them an opportunity to display their work in a juried art exhibit but also teaching them how to mount exhibits.

"Each year, the graduate students in the Department of Art organize and run Open Studio. For many of the graduate students, it is their first exposure to the complexity of organizing a large public event. Their hard work results in one of Lexington's most important visual arts displays, allowing the public an opportunity to see what we do in the Reynolds Building. Visitors can buy finished works and see firsthand the quality of our best students," said Benjamin C. Withers, chair of the art department.