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Adair Co. art teacher honored in Frankfort

By Laura Marcum

Darlene Campbell, Art teacher at Adair Country Primary Center, applied to have her work included in an exhibit entitled Native Reflections, which was put together by the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission. To be eligible for inclusion in the exhibit applicants had to have Native American heritage and produce art of high quality.

The exhibit was scheduled to tour the state of Kentucky for one year, but, due to COVID 19, some of the showings had to be cancelled and the tour was extended to last throughout March of 2022.

This past week, participating artists were invited to the capitol rotunda to meet with Governor Andy Beshear, who met with and personally interviewed each artist. Governor Beshear then spoke about the importance promoting the Arts in Kentucky and the importance of preserving Kentucky's history.

Darlene says, "While I was at the capitol building, I heard the capitol staff talking about the LWC singers coming and I was like, "Wow, this is a great day for seeing Columbia recognized in Frankfort. I dream of the day when Columbia, Kentucky, is a name that people associate with the Arts and Education. We already have the top-notch high school band in the state. We have some amazingly talented teachers and students. I would love to see Adair County, in particular--Columbia, become the Art Capital of southern Kentucky. Every town needs to be known for something. Why can't we be known for our commitment to the Arts?"

Darlene plans to have her Kindergarten through Second grade students work on display around the Public Square by December 4, and wishes to thank every business who said, "Yes," to highlighting the kids of Adair County and displaying their work.

Video: Native Reflections - Visual Art by American Indians of Kentucky

This exhibit schedule is available at

It is scheduled to be displayed in the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave., Frankfort, KY, from November 2 through 29, 2021, on Mon.-Fri., 7amCT to 3pmCT daily Monday through Friday.

The exhibit will then move to Louisville Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St., Louisville, KY, from December 2021 through March 2022. Metro Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30amET to 4:30pmET.

This story was posted on 2021-11-22 09:58:50
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Governor Beshear and Adair teacher/artist Darlene Campbell

2021-11-22 - Frankfort, KY - Photo courtesy Laura Marcum.
Governor Andy Beshear discusses Darlene Campbell's native art pieces as part of the Native Reflections Art Exhibit currently featured in Frankfort, KY.

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Native artists meet with Governor in Capitol Rotunda

2021-11-22 - Frankfort, KY - Photo courtesy Laura Marcum.
Artists chosen to participate in the traveling exhibit, Native Reflections, at the rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky, with Governor Andy Beshear. Tribes represented were Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Navajo, Saponi-Catawba-Tla Wilano, Seminole, Lakota, and Abenaki.

Darlene Campbell, Art teacher at Adair Country Primary Center, was among the artists chosen to display their work in the exhibit.

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