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Kentucky Monthly June/July 2013 coverKentucky Monthly magazine has collaborated with internationally recognized artist Aaron Kizer of Owensboro to create its June/July 2013 issue cover. The ink and watered-down Valspar wall paint piece depicts a stylized portrait of bluegrass icon Bill Monroe and corresponds to a story about the International Bluegrass Music Museum. A feature story about Kizer also appears in the issue, which will be available on newsstands by June 4.

In celebration of the musical genre born in the Bluegrass State, Kentucky Monthly and Kizer will present 10 winners with signed and numbered prints of the cover artwork. The 10 limited-edition art prints will be given away during ROMP 2013: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival on June 27 – 29. The magazine this year is a sponsor of the three-day musical event, which is presented by the International Bluegrass Music Museum and held annually in Owensboro. In addition to the limited-edition prints, which only can be obtained by receiving a specially-marked ROMP handout or entering to win at the Kentucky Monthly booth, 500 prints will be available for sale at Kentucky Monthly’s booth at the festival.

“We are honored to have Aaron’s art grace our cover,” said Stephen Vest, Kentucky Monthly’s editor and publisher. “To be able to highlight a community-minded and philanthropic artist such as Aaron, in an issue that features stories related to his hometown and the region’s cultural heritage, and sponsor a festival dedicated to our state’s musical legacy—it is the embodiment of our company’s mission to celebrate the best of our Commonwealth.”

Kizer’s work received international attention in November 2011 when a videotaped performance of him speed painting the likeness of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs went viral online. This year, the artist received acclaim for his “Black Print” project, which culminated with proceeds from the sale of his work being donated to the mother of a child with terminal brain cancer. His recent work also includes “Painting Siva,” a portrait of Peyton Siva, point guard for the University of Louisville Cardinals, 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions. Visit to read the feature story about Kizer. For more information about the artist, visit

Established in 1998, Kentucky Monthly celebrates the people, places, events and culture of the Commonwealth. By highlighting the best our state has to offer, the magazine strives to unite Kentuckians everywhere and create a sense of pride and community. The magazine is published 10 times per year and covers a wide variety of topics, including travel, history, home, human interest, entertainment, outdoors, opinions, education, health and the arts. Vested Interest Publications(VIP), the parent company of Kentucky Monthly, was incorporated in Frankfort in 1998. In addition to the flagship magazine and its smartphone application, Travel Kentucky, VIP periodically produces books and special publications. VIP books include Sacred Places of Kentucky, Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas, Kentucky: A to Z and Seasoned Cooking of Kentucky.

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