2023 Jerry E. Baker and Jack Lunt Memorial Art Exhibition

Highlighting artistic excellence in southcentral Kentucky for over 30 years

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 as a tribute to Baker’s late partner, Jack Lunt. 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.


Garrett Hansen is an Associate Professor and Director of the MFA Program in Art Studio and MA Program in Art Education at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies. Garret graduated from Grinnell College, where he studies economics and political science. He completed his MFA in photography at Indiana University and has taught at several universities in the United States and in Asia. Garrett’s work deals primarily with issues of place and how we grow to know and understand the world around us. Garrett has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Japan.


  • Best of Show:  $250, Sponsored by Harvey & Sarah Johnston, In Memory of Joe Downing
  • 1st Place:  $200, Sponsored by the Jerry E. Baker Foundation
  • 2nd Place:  $150, Sponsored by Otto & Laura Hilliard
  • 3rd Place:  $100, Sponsored by Nancy & Keith Carwell
  • Honorable Mention: $50, up to three total, Sponsored by Jack LeSieur, In memory of Bryan LeSieur, and In Memory of Myra Dwyer, and Ann Ferrell & Brent Björkman


  • All artists must be 18 and over and reside within 100 miles of Bowling Green, KY.
  • Artists may only submit one piece of work.
  • All works must be exhibition ready. Two-dimensional works must be equipped with hangers/wire or wall-mounted cleats. The Downing Museum reserves the right to reject any works that do not meet these guidelines.
  • Two-dimensional pieces must be at or under 50” x 50”. Three-dimensional pieces must be at or under 30” x 30” (base) and no more than 100” tall. Installation proposals should include a rough-dimension and detailed description of the project. Video-based projects will be displayed on a provided screen.

Entry Procedures

  • Please include a catalog-ready, high-resolution overall photo of your artwork and include a photograph showing frame/display/etc. as well as any details you would like to include.
  • Mailed entries: Please include all required photographs of your work. You may also drop off form and photographs at the Downing Museum before October 28. Please call ahead if you plan to have us photograph your work for you.
  • All entries (online and mailed) must be received by Saturday, October 28 by 11:59PM.
  • All works must be less than 4 years old.
  • Works previously exhibited at the Downing Museum for ANY exhibition are not eligible. Exceptions to this policy must be arranged with the Director prior to application deadline.
  • Artists will be informed of acceptance or rejection by email on Thursday, Nov 2nd. Please do not email or call about your entry until after this time.
  • Timeline:
    • October 28, 11:59PM: Deadline for all entries
    • November 2: Acceptance/rejection emails sent
    • November 3, 4, & 7, 10AM-3:30PM: Delivery of accepted works. Deliveries outside of this time MUST be approved in advance. (Sunday availability by appointment only)
    • Saturday, November 18, 6:30PM: Opening reception and awards ceremony
    • November 21—December 30, 2023: Exhibition open to the public during regular business hours (Tue-Sat, 10-4).
    • January 2-6, 2024: Artwork pick-up from 10-3:30PM

Download the 2023 Prospectus and paper form HERE

Baker/Lunt Form

  • Please select the most appropriate answer.
  • Please list all media used.
  • Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 50 MB.
      PLease upload at least one overall, cropped photo of your work, as well as an image of the frame (if applicable) front and back. You may include additional detail photos if necessary. Max file size is 64MB. If upload fails, you may email your images to [email protected]
      Terms 1. I understand this exhibition is a juried art show. Submission of work does not guarantee acceptance. The Downing Museum and it’s staff are not responsible for the jurying process. 2. The Downing Museum reserves the right to reject works of art that are ineligible for jury, including artwork that is vulgar and/or in poor taste or pieces that do not otherwise meet the exhibition requirements outlined on this form. 3. I understand that the Jerry E. Baker Foundation, dba the Downing Museum cannot handle transactions, however, they will contact me with interested buyers if my work is for sale. 4. If my work is selected for exhibition, I give the Downing Museum permission to exhibit my work from November 18 to December 30, 2023. I will drop off my work at the Downing Museum on November 3, 4, or 7 between 10AM - 3:30PM, unless prior arrangements are made with the director. 5. After the close of the exhibition, I agree to pickup my work January 2 - 6, 2020 between 10AM-3:30PM. The Downing Museum must have written permission to release any piece of work to anyone other than the artist. 6. I agree that photographs and/or descriptions of my work taken by the Downing Museum may be used for marketing, education, and programming. This includes sharing of promotional and marketing materials on social media platforms with proper credit to the artist. 7. I agree that the insurance value of my work listed on this form is valid.
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    2022 Entries. Please click on image for better resolution.