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Cumberland Student Competes in Lexington Art Show


Baugh’s teapot print will be on display at the University Open organized by LexArts to identify emerging artists across Kentucky.

Williamsburg, Ky. - Current University of the Cumberlands (UC) student, Natalie Baugh (London, KY), has a piece of her art work being displayed at a gallery in Lexington, KY. LexArts’ Gallery Hop and ArtsPlace in Lexington, Ky. are the exhibitors of the 6th Annual University Open winners.

Artists were selected from colleges across Kentucky with acclaimed artist Phillip March Jones acting as curator. The exhibit launches at Gallery Hop, April, 15th, 2011 5pm – 8pm, with a special reception and awards ceremony April 29th, 2011 5pm – 8pm.

Baugh is a junior at UC majoring in art education major with a minor in both Spanish education and psychology. Upon graduation she plans on pursuing an MFA in painting so she can teach art on the collegiate level.

“I have always been a crafty person and it was my grandmother who taught me many skills when I was younger, but it was not until college that I took my first art class and I fell in love with it immediately,” said Baugh.

A simple printmaking assignment in class turned out to be a very good thing for Natalie. Inspired by a collection of teapots she owned, Baugh created a beautiful teapot print that her teacher recognized as special. Mr. Weedman, associate professor of art at UC, encouraged Natalie to enter one of her pieces of art to the University Open. 189 entries were received and Baugh was one of 33 that earned this elite honor.

The University Open is organized by LexArts to identify emerging artists across Kentucky. It is a juried competition and exhibition between fine arts majors attending Kentucky universities. Students compete to be featured in the exhibit and for cash prizes. The Best of Show winner will take home $500, second prize is $300, and third prize wins $100. An award ceremony will be held on April 29, 5pm – 7pm at ArtsPlace, exhibiting artists and university representatives will be invited along with the general public to hear the awards announced and meet the guest curator.