FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2016) —Self-taught mosaic artist Tracy Pennington had the honor this summer of installing her largest work ever, 12-by-8 feet, in the Kroger supermarket on Westport Road in Louisville.
The honors kept coming for the Louisville-based artist when she was selected for the Kentucky Arts Council’s Architectural Artists Directory in the fall.
The directory is an adjudicated marketing program for Kentucky’s finest architectural artists who have an established history of working on special architectural or design-oriented projects and installations, like Pennington’s work at the Westport Road Kroger.
“I’ve connected with the idea of doing work that’s big and permanent,” Pennington said. “It adds more meaning to my art. I’ve read about how public art can improve people’s general health and well-being, and I want to be a part of that.”
Pennington said being selected for the Architectural Artists Directory is a validation of her work as an artist.
“It’s very encouraging,” she said. “Having an arts council promoting our state’s creative values is very important to me, and any way I can be involved in representing the council through inclusion in this directory feels like a distinct honor.”
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.