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.

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.

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