2019-2020 Jerry E. Baker and Jack Lunt Memorial Art Exhibition

Baker/Lunt Memorial Exhibition (then Jack Lunt Memorial Exhibition), 2016


The Jack Lunt Memorial Art Exhibition began in 1987 as a collaboration between philanthropist Jerry E. Baker and the Capital Arts Alliance in Bowling Green, KY. For over twenty years, the exhibition was shown at the Capital Arts Center Houchens Gallery and featured a variety of artists from across the state. The Downing Museum, constructed by the late Jerry Baker in honor of Kentucky-born artist, Joseph Dudley Downing, is proud to serve as the parent institution for this exhibition. All art media will be accepted for consideration, including installation and video-based media.


Lennon Michalski earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Digital Media from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has since been working as an independent artist and a teacher in Lexington, Kentucky. Michalski recently exhibited at Walker Fine Art in Denver, Colorado showcasing his most recent abstract paintings. His two dimensional and digital works have exhibited in Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Maryland, and Washington, DC, and internationally in Mexico, Colombia, and China. His work is in the collection of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, the University of Kentucky Lewis Honors College, University of Kentucky Healthcare, Clark Regional Medical Center, and Eastern Kentucky University. He has completed two murals in the Lexington area—one for the Tate’s Creek Kroger, and another on York Street. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Creative Alliance for Art Education, a nonprofit organization in Lexington, Kentucky dedicated to instilling the importance of artistic curriculum in public schools.

Rules and Procedures

  • All artists must be 18 and over and reside within a 150 mile radius of Bowling Green, KY.
  • Artists may submit one piece of work for consideration.
  • All work must be less than five years old.
  • ALL WORKS ACCEPTED MUST BE EXHIBITION-READY. Two-dimensional works must be equipped with WIRE HANGERS OR WALL-MOUNTED CLEATS ONLY. The Downing Museum reserves the right to reject any work of art that doesn’t meet the hanging/dimension guidelines.
  • Two-dimensional pieces must be at or under 30” horizontal and 100” vertical. Indoor 3D sculpture must be at or under 36” x 36” base and 100” tall. Installation proposal should include a rough-dimension of project. Video-based projects will be displayed on a provided screen.
  • Proposals for installation and video-based media should be submitted no later than Nov 23 at 5PM. Please provide photos or sketches of your proposal and explain how your work will fit into and reflect upon the space within the Downing Museum. Unless otherwise noted, spaces for installation will be selected by the Director in accordance with the artist.
  • Works previously exhibited at the Downing Museum for ANY exhibition are not eligible. Exceptions to this policy must be arranged with Director prior to application deadline.
  • Entry form may be printed and mailed with photos of your work. Photos should be good quality and must be received no later Nov 23 at 5PM.
  • Artists will be informed of acceptance by Nov 30. Delivery of accepted works will be December 1-5. Alternative arrangements can be accommodated.
  • December 13, 6-8PM: Opening Reception, Award announcement at 7PM.
  • December 13-January 18, 2020: exhibition open during regular business hours.
  • Jan 22-26: Artwork pickup during regular business hours.


  • Best of Show:  $250
    Sponsored by Sarah & Harvey Johnston
    in Memory of Joe Downing
  • 1st Place:  $200
    Sponsored by the Jerry E. Baker Foundation
    in Memory of Jerry E. Baker
  • 2nd Place:  $150
    Sponsored by Nancy and Keith Carwell
  • 3rd Place:  $100
    Sponsored by Ann Ferrell and Brent Björkman
  • Honorable Mentions:  $50
    (up to three)
    Sponsored by Jill, JP, and Spencer Nixon & Jack LeSieur and Brent Cardin