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"Art is a business, and artists should run it." - Elizabeth Hulings
About Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen
The KGAC is a 501(c)(3) statewide visual arts organization. Founded in 1961 and established as a leader in the arts and craft movement, KGAC is a key contributor to the state’s international reputation for art and fine craft. KGAC provides opportunities to learn through workshops, fairs, demonstrations, exhibits, publications, and galleries. Our next-phase revitalization includes The Kentucky Guild Arts and Craft School, which will offer classes with hands-on equipment and materials. Berea, Kentucky is a beautiful place with a rich history. Come visit us off I-75, exit 76.
The mission of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. is to establish art and craft as a vital influence by promoting excellence through education, collaboration, leadership, marketing and service.
Our mission throughout our almost sixty-year history has always been to help visual artists during their entry into the world of creative arts and crafts, especially as a business venture. Twice a year, the guild offers two juried sessions to include artists who can meet the standards for their medium—in both craftsmanship (technical expertise) and design (creativity).
The Kentucky Guild collaborates and partners with several local, surrounding businesses and state visual art organizations. The main objectives in collaborating are to circulate information to all areas of Kentucky about the valuable benefits of belonging to a statewide membership organization, and to work together to meet our shared goals to benefit artists and their livelihoods.
The activities that the Kentucky Guild presents to the public each year are not only for their enjoyment, but also to give our communities, small towns, and larger cities the opportunity to support artists and craftspeople. These events range from musical concerts, to one, two, and three-day art fairs and shows held across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where artists and artisans provide an array of beautiful handmade products of baskets, metal, fiber, wood and many more art and craft products.
The KGAC fairs have been a tradition since the 1960s, when the fair was one of the few opportunities for artists and craftsmen to sell their work to the public. The KY Guild Fall Fair is still held at the Historic Indian Fort Theatre in the forest in Berea,KY on the second weekend of October, and is an annual tradition to which many across Kentucky and surrounding states look forward.
The history of art education in Kentucky proudly includes the “Guild Train” that traveled throughout the state from 1961 until 1967. L and N Railroad pulled the cars to different towns, where the community and school students came out to learn, build their skills, and continue traditions in multiple art and craft disciplines.
Within its 5,500 sq. ft. of space, The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen houses the Rude Olsonick Gallery and Peoples Bank Gallery. These two galleries provide space to sell our members’ work and also to hold art exhibits for the public. The KGAC also houses the beginning of our Kentucky Guild Arts and Craft School. The classrooms, when completely furnished, will offer classes in basket making, sewing, quilting, jewelry, cabochon cutting, pottery, glass beads, glass fusing, weaving, 2D and 3D mediums, and much more.
The Guild offers many additional opportunities to the membership, including participating in Saturday demonstrations of their work, and teaching classes to the public and other working artists who are building skills or exploring new disciplines. We also offer members the chance to sell their work at the KGAC online store and in our “bricks and mortar” gallery at 116 N. Broadway, Berea KY 404043. They can participate in any or all of the “Stop, Shop, Buy and Give” small shows, as well as all of the outside and inside shows scheduled during the calendar year. Last, but not least, we continue the Guild Train tradition by offering ongoing learning opportunities that are accessible to artists and craftsmen throughout the state. The KGAC is very appreciative of the Clark Hulings Foundation for offering their art-business training to our membership.