freshART 2018 Call to Artists

Applications Due July 16 for Behringer-Crawford’s Annual Gala & Auction

Local artists, take your marks, get set . . . paint! Or sculpt. Or carve. Or craft. Or sew.

Behringer-Crawford Museum (BCM) is seeking artists of all genres to participate in its 26th annual freshART event. Artists selected from a pool of applicants will be invited to spend September 15 and 16 in Covington’s Devou Park working en plein air to create original works to be auctioned at the freshART gala and auction, one of the region’s premier annual art events. The gala will take place at the museum from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 16.

All art media are welcome – watercolors, oils, charcoal, ceramics, fabric art, sculpture et al. 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 through BCM’s educational programs. Submitted artworks will be judged by a panel of experts, with $1000 in cash prizes awarded to the first, second and third-place entries by the William & Patricia Applegate Fund.

In addition to freshART, the event also will include a silentART auction of works previously completed in the past 12 months, of any size or media. The silentART auction opens to the public for bidding at the museum on Saturday, August 18 and continues through September 16. A silentART reception, with an opportunity to meet the artists, takes place at BCM from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, September 1. 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 There is a $25 registration fee for freshART and the application deadline is Monday, July 16.

The application deadline for silentART is Monday, July 30, and artwork is due to BCM by Thursday, August 9. There is no application fee for silentART.

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, the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation.


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1600 Montague Road - Devou Park
Covington, Kentucky 41011

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