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Submission Deadline Extended for Inaugural Call for Art for Cornerstone Digital Media Wall

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2020) — A new innovation space on campus, The Cornerstone, has recently opened its doors, creating endless possibilities for students, faculty, and community members alike. 

One of the most distinctive features of the new building is the 55-foot-tall, first of its kind in Lexington, exterior digital media wall standing tall for all to see. Wrapping the corner of South Limestone and Winslow Street, the media wall is strategically situated on one of the university’s most downtown and community facing corners.

In keeping with The Cornerstone’s spirit of ingenuity and creativity, the University of Kentucky, in partnership with the Coca-Cola Co., has launched an inaugural call for digital artwork, in which students, faculty, staff and the community at large will have the opportunity to submit their artwork to be projected on The Cornerstone's digital media wall. 

Seizing the opportunity to reflect and celebrate our community — who we are today and who we want to become — the inaugural call is focused on the two themes below:

Black Lives in the Bluegrass:

In 2020, we saw renewed public outcry against systemic racism and calls for social change. In cities and towns across the state, protesters have taken to the streets to assert that Black Lives Matter. This call seeks images that acknowledge the deep legacy of racism in our country; recognize the pain it inflicts upon our communities of color; protest systemic injustice and represent a desire for change; underscore Black liberation and joy; and celebrate the ongoing vital contributions of our Black and Brown citizens to life in the Commonwealth. They may include but are not limited to photographs of protests, scans of posters, images of murals, portraits of Black leaders and works that point to a more just future.

Kentucky Confronting COVID-19:

During the global pandemic, Kentucky has rallied together to fight the disease, keep essential services available, and help our community stay strong. This open call seeks digital art that celebrates the contributions of frontline workers, mourns the loss of loved ones and addresses the complex array of feelings attendant to physical distancing, economic hardship and systemic inequities that the pandemic intensified. This series aims to show moments of struggle, strength and resilience in the face of the challenges that the pandemic has presented to our community. Works displayed in this series may include portraits of essential workers, scenes of daily life under quarantine and illustrations that capture moments of togetherness despite the necessity of social distance, among other possibilities.


The university invites creative submissions from Kentucky image-makers that define who we are and how we come together. Artists may be amateur or professional, affiliated or non-affiliated with UK and living anywhere in the state in order to maximize community participation. Works submitted may include digital photographs, illustrations, scans and other still digital content. 

An individual artist may submit one still image to each of the two open call series. Along with their image(s), they will be asked to submit their name, work title, work description and contact information.

Selection, Recognition and Awards

A jury of UK faculty, staff and community members will select finalists in each of the two open calls series. All finalists will be displayed in a slide show that runs throughout the spring semester.

Generously funded by a grant from Coca-Cola, 10 cash awards of $1,000 each will be awarded for artistic excellence (five in each open call series) in the following categories:

  • UK Student Award
  • UK Faculty & Staff Award
  • Kentucky Community Award (eligibility limited to non-UK students, faculty and staff)
  • Equity & Inclusion Award (eligibility limited to persons of color)
  • People’s Choice Award (online voting mechanism to select winner)

The deadline to submit is Feb 19, 2021.

For additional information on the call for entries and the submission form, click here.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.