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Calling All freshARTists – Applications Open for Behringer-Crawford’s Annual Art Gala 

Each September, an elite group of artists gather to create en plein air for the annual freshART gala and auction at Behringer-Crawford Museum, and support the museum’s youth education programs. 

This is the 27th year for the event, which will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 14.  Artists of all genres – painters, sculptors, jewelry designers, fabric artists, photographers – are invited to submit an application to participate.  

Selected artists will spend September 13 and/or 14 in Covington’s Devou Park creating original works to be auctioned live at the gala. A portion of the sale price of each auctioned piece will go to the artist; the balance will be donated to the museum, benefiting area children. Artwork will be judged by a panel of experts, with $1000 in cash prizes awarded to the top three entries by the William & Patricia Applegarth Fund.

Artists who are unable to participate in freshART are encouraged to submit artwork previously created within the past 12 months for a silentART auction. silentART opens for bidding at the museum with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m.,  Saturday, August 3, and continues through September 14.   A portion of the purchase price of silentART auction items will be donated to the museum’s youth education programs.

Artists may apply to participate in either freshART or silentART, but not both.  Interested artists aged 18 and older should contact the museum at (859) 491-4003 and/or download the application forms from http://bcmuseum.org/activities/freshart. Applications must be received by Saturday, August 3. Selected artists will be notified by August 6.

Since freshART began in 1992, more than a half million dollars has been raised, bringing educational and cultural activities to nearly a quarter-million Northern Kentucky children. 

Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members, the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council, and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation. 

For more information, call 859-491-4003, or go to www.bcmuseum.org.

Behringer-Crawford Museum celebrates the unique arts, heritage and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley. The museum is located in Covington’s Devou Park, 1600 Montague Rd., Covington. For more information about BCM, call (859) 491-4003, email info@bcmuseum.org or click here.

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