Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council announces Emerging Artist Award recipient

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Calloway County sculptor Wyatt Dagla Severs has been awarded an Emerging Artist Award by Kentucky Arts Council for demonstrating excellence and creativity early in his artistic discipline.

This $1,000 award recognizes practicing, professional artists who create original work and are in the first 10 years of their arts careers.

“The Emerging Artist Award helps us identify and publicly recognize burgeoning talent in the state,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “It’s a wonderful thing to support Wyatt as he continues to develop his craft, and we look forward to seeing how this award influences his work.”

For this round of Emerging Artist Awards, panels considered entries from visual artists and composers.

Emerging Artist applications are accepted for the visual artist category every two years and the composing category every four years. Applications for emerging artists in the fields of choreography and literary arts (fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry) will be accepted for fiscal year 2017. The deadline to apply will be Feb. 15, 2016.

For more information, visit the Emerging Artist Award page on the arts council’s website, or contact Tamara Coffey, arts council individual artist director, at or 502-564-8110, ext. 479.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.

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