Lafayette artists earn Best in Show prizes in Bluegrass Regional


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In the 2021 Bluegrass Regional High School Art Exhibition, the


Best in Show Overall award went to Colton Simmons of Lafayette High School for a wood sculpture titled “Horn,” and Best in Show 2D went to Taylor Horsfall of Lafayette for the painting “Queen Bee.

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These two entries advance to the Kentucky Art Education Association’s All-State Art Competition, along with the first-place category winners.


1st place: Isabelle Swisher of Henry Clay, “Women in the Breeze”

Graphic Design

1st: Missy Talbert of Paul Laurence Dunbar, “Celebration”

2nd: Nina Daman of Dunbar, “We All Bleed the Same”


1st: Kaycee Francis of Henry Clay, “Queen of the Night”*

2nd: Rachel Manns of Henry Clay, “Building Façade”

Mixed Media

2nd: Ainsley Kurtz of Lafayette, “Texture Relief Still Life”


4th place: Sophia Landfield of Henry Clay, untitled

Ordinarily, teens from some two dozen counties enter the Bluegrass contest, which is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Art Education Association (KAEA) and Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Art & Design. As with many programs, participation was down this year because of COVID-19 restrictions.