Friday, March 28, 2008

The Mark of Great Art

For over 50 years, Maker's Mark has handcrafted their product, from the hand selecting of grains, to the tasting of each barrel and the hand dipping of each bottle in its iconic signature red wax. Every bottle is considered a work of art.
And now Maker's is sponsoring a new, different project, one that gives Kentucky artists international prominence.

Called "The Mark of Great Art", Kentucky artists are invited to submit an application along with three examples of their artwork that will be considered by a jury, consisting a member of the Kentucky Arts Council, a prominent member of the Kentucky Art Community and a Maker's Mark representative.

Each artist selected will create unique new pieces of artwork inspired by the distillery at Loretto. Artists will have their works display at the distillery, as well as in a virtual on-line gallery show. People will be able to visit or log-on and vote for their favorite pieces. The top three artists whose artwork receives the most votes will be awarded a monetary bonus.
"We want to give local artists access to our historic distillery, in the hope that it will become an inspiration they can express through their art form," said Bridget Gasper, Director, Marketing Services. "Something that reflects the essence of not only our bourbon, but the distillery, the people and the brand in an artistic way."

After the event, all of the artwork will be sent to seven international cities, including London, Madrid and New York, where they will be featured for about a year.

All applications need to be submitted by Tuesday, April 15.

For further information, official rules and application, artists can call 502.459.7884 or go to the website:

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