SKyPAC to host VSA’s National Juried Exhibition Sustaining/Creating

Post By: The SKyPAC
Date: February 22, 2013

Visual Art Exhibition to Display Works from 15 Emerging Artists with Disabilities
By: Faith Holley, SKyPAC Communications Manager

Bowling Green, KY (February 20, 2013) – The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center will exhibit the works of 15 emerging artists with disabilities organized by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability and an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This national touring exhibition will be in the Houchens Gallery of the Capitol Arts Center from March 4th through April 19th.

This year’s artists, ages 16-25, were asked to address the theme “Sustaining/Creating” by creating work that illuminates innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity. Beyond its scientific definition, sustainability references notions of responsibility and stewardship of our natural world in all facets of human interaction-from the environmental to the cultural. Sustainability also indicated the capacity to endure.

In their 11th year of collaboration, VSA and Volkswagen Group of America teamed up to recognize emerging artists with disabilities who demonstrate promise in the visual arts. The 15 award recipients were awarded a total of $60,000 and will display their work in the touring exhibition that began at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution.

“We are honored to present the VSA Exhibition: Sustaining/Creating with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The selected artworks support ideas of sustainability and personal voice.  Each selected artist encourages the viewer to look more deeply into the ideas of sustainability, environment and endurance.  Although you can’t take any of the artwork home; each visitor will want to make return trips to the gallery and will receive a free full color catalog,” said SKyPAC’s Education and Visual Arts Director Andee Rudloff.

Several workshops will also be offered in conjunction with this exhibit.  For information about the exhibit or to schedule a tour of the exhibit, visit or contact Andee Rudloff at or 270-904-5015.