The Lincoln County Public Library in Stanford, Kentucky is currently playing host to an unorthodox kind of art exhibit, one celebrating Word Art, as part of an effort by the Kentucky Arts Council, called the ‘The Illustrated Word’.

‘The Illustrated Word’ is an initiative by the Kentucky Arts Council celebrating word art across the state, with selected public libraries across the state display illustrated word art submitted by local artists from Kentucky, with the Word Art being artwork that connects visual art with written art; literature, like poems and the like.

Library director Amanda Gearhart has expressed that the library is proud to be part of this initiative, that it is proud to be the host for the Kentucky Arts Council’s ‘The Illustrated Word exhibit’. She states that the exhibit is unique due to its combination of both visual and written art, and that this uniqueness is a good way for the Lincoln County Public Library to connect and inspire the local community.

The exhibit opened last September 11, 2017, Monday, from 5 to 7 PM with an opening ceremony with live music provided by Jeff Cain as well as complimentary drinks.  The exhibit is currently running and will continue to do so until the 21st of October on the same year.

The Kentucky Arts Council’s Executive Director, stated that the exhibit was unorthodox and uncommon, due to the challenge of combining visual art and literature, but stated that the art that’s part of the exhibit managed to accomplish just that.

In addition to being exhibited in public libraries, ‘The Illustrated Word’ will also be displayed at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, from the 21st to the 23rd of April the following year at the Lexington Convention Center, after its display at the participating public libraries

The Lincoln County Public Library is located at 201 Lancaster St, Stanford, open to the public at the following times:

  • MWF, 9 AM – 6 PM
  • TTH, 9 AM – 8 PM
  • Sat, 9 AM – 3 PM

‘The Illustrated Word’ exhibit will also be on display at the Boyle County Public Library from May 3 – June 22, 2018.