Best of Show: Nicario Jimenez
Award of Distinction: Craig McMillin
Award of Distinction: Yvonne Wells
Merit Award: Ben Caldwell
Merit Award: Susan Clayton
Merit Award: Helene Fielder
Merit Award: Amy Lansburg
Merit Award: Craig Little
Merit Award: Margaret Luttrell
Merit Award: Miriam Omura
Merit Award: Jorn and Kathleen Piel-Braunschweiger
Merit Award: William Richards
Merit Award: Bonnie Shanas
Merit Award: Theresa St. Romain
Merit Award: Steve Terlizzere
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2017 VIP Program:
With the shared goal of perpetuating folk art, Kentuck Art Center & Festival has joined with the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell to offer “The Kentuck Experience at the Alabama Folk School.” This exciting collaboration will give Kentuck Festival goers an opportunity to extend their Festival experiences by meeting Kentuck artists and learning their craft in a week-long workshop at the Alabama Folk School.
Workshops are open to all. No experience necessary.
Stay tuned for 2018 classes.
2017 Kentuck Artists in Residence included:
Fabulous Folk Art Florals
Didgeridoo From Scratch
Honey Bear Paintings and More!
The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell was founded in 2007 as a way to enrich lives and reconnect people to music, art, and each other. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for people to work creatively with their hands, minds, and spirits and to help preserve Alabama’s cultural heritage. The Alabama Folk School offers multi-day, residential workshops for all levels in folk art and music, including blacksmithing, banjo, fiddle, quilting, homesteading, and more. The Alabama Folk School is housed at Camp McDowell—a full-service camp and conference center situated on 1,140 acres just an hour from Birmingham.
Live musical and spoken word performances on two stages. Stay tuned for the 2018 line-up!
Our Program Artists are a special group. They include our Guest Artists, newly discovered folk artists and internationally recognized folk artists, and our Demonstrating Artists, who come to the Festival to demonstrate their art and craft.
Also included are our Kentuck Artists in the Schools, a group of artists who come a day early to share their work with local classrooms. Here are some links to lesson plans that can be used to enrich those student experiences: