102 West First Street
Contact Information
Address 102 West First Street
Phone (606) 783-2204
Fax 606 783-5034
Contact Name Matt Collinsworth
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1981
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donors may send checks to KFAC, 102 West First Street, Morehead, KY 40351 or call 606-783-2204
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) at Morehead State University is a museum that houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of self-taught art from Kentucky. The museum is committed to improving cultural opportunity across the Commonwealth. KFAC provides national class cultural services through exhibition programming, educational outreach, support of artists, and tourism development.
Background Statement

An outgrowth of the folk art collection that Morehead State University initiated in 1985, the Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) was opened in 1997 in a restored, historic railroad building to house and display the University’s growing collection of works by Kentucky’s self-taught, visual artists. Since that time, KFAC has witnessed substantial growth and has become a leading cultural center in the Kentucky mountains. Our permanent exhibition of Kentucky folk art and several annual changing exhibitions draw thousands of visitors each year. KFAC also sponsors festivals, craft fairs, literary events, and a speakers series.

With a growing permanent collection of more than 1,400 works by regional folk artists, KFAC strives to preserve and promote a broader understanding of traditional and contemporary folk art. The Garland and Minnie Adkins Gallery, on the center’s second floor, allows us to bring at least four new exhibitions to eastern Kentucky each year. These exhibitions range in content from folk art works, such as textiles or found object assemblages, to contextually related subject matter, including photography and regional traditions.  KFAC also produces original exhibitions, many of which travel. Most notably, KFAC received three recent grants from NEA for major touring exhibitions.

KFAC is the only art museum in the 51-county Appalachian region of Kentucky. According to the ARC, eastern Kentucky remains the poorest region of Appalachia. 43 of the counties have poverty rates between 20 and 38.3%, and 38 of the counties have per capita incomes of less than $15,866. While KFAC serves the entire state, our programs and services are focused in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, which has a total population of just over 1,000,000.
KFAC also operates a comprehensive museum education program to reach the region’s underserved public schools. This program includes traveling school exhibitions, traveling digital exhibitions using iPods, at-school presentations, teacher support, and free tours for visiting school groups. This program is supported through a recent grant from the IMLS.
Impact Statement
2013 Top Accomplishments
1.   KFAC curated two major exhibitions with catalogs.
2.   KFAC's educational outreach program served over 18,000 public school students.
3.   KFAC set all-time records for attendance and gift shop sales.
4.   Secured major NEA grant for upcoming exhibition of works by chair maker, Chester Cornett (1913-1981).
5.   Completed preliminary expansion plan and collection assessment.
Major Goals for 2014
1.   Open "Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky," the first-ever retrospective exhibition of works by the famed east Kentucky chair maker.
2.   Secure continuation funding for our educational outreach program, which has always been funded through grants and donations.
3.   Improve KFAC's signature events, including A Day in the Country folk art fair.
4.   Secure funds to enhance KFAC's exhibitions.
Needs Statement
1.   KFAC needs a minimum of $10,000 annually to support educational outreach programming.  Our current grant expires in August, 2014.
2.   KFAC needs $8,000 annually to support our exhibition program.  Currently, KFAC lacks the capacity to bring quality touring exhibitions to east Kentucky.
3.   KFAC needs $10,000 annually to support major acquisitions.  In recent years, KFAC has fallen short on several attempts to acquire major works of Kentucky folk art at auction, resulting in those pieces being lost to out-of-state entities.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
 The Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) at Morehead State University was founded as the commonwealth's official repository for folk art (self-taught visual art) from Kentucky. We stand as the only art museum in Appalachian Kentucky, and we are intensely focused on improving cultural life across our state and region.

KFAC is one of America’s hidden cultural gems and one of the brightest cultural lights in central Appalachia. We are of, by, and for Kentucky, and we are dedicated to preserving and promoting one of the best things that our state has to offer, self-taught visual art. When people talk about Kentucky and visual arts, that discussion often begins and ends with folk art. We are proud of that, proud of our museum’s impact and the work of our artists.

I can say, without hesitation, that no arts organization in America has done more with limited resources than has KFAC. Over the past decade, our museum has doubled the size of our collection, curated several major traveling exhibitions, run an impressive slate of fairs and festivals, and established a fine educational outreach program.

We have done all of this while our base-level state funding has been reduced repeatedly. We cut staffing. We cut marketing. We wrote grants. We improved our fundraising. And, much good work was done. However, the costs of everything else need to survive just keep increasing. Therefore, we must find more funding to maintain programming. Like many non-profits and governmentally-funded organizations, we will soon be left asking what we can cut that will hurt least.
For now, KFAC remains one of the finest, most unique small museums in America. We are mission driven and committed to making Appalachian Kentucky better for everyone. We provide many students with their first real experience with art. We help folk artists carve out a market and a place in the world. We bring people from across the world into east Kentucky and provide them with a fascinating experience. We save one of the best things about Kentucky for future generations.
Geographic Areas Served
KFAC serves all of Kentucky, with an emphasis on the commonwealth's Appalachian region.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

The Kentucky Folk Art Center does two very important things. First, we are the only art museum in Kentucky’s 54-county Appalachian region. Secondly, we are the official repository for Kentucky’s indigenous self-taught art. We are charged with doing a lot of work that no other organization is going to do. We take these responsibilities very seriously. Therefore, our museum is focused on five strategic priorities as we move forward over the next several years. These are:

1. Continue strategic expansion of permanent collection and focus on continual improvement of collection practices and facilities.

2. Enhance changing exhibition schedule.

3. Provide quality educational outreach opportunities for K-12 students in Kentucky’s public schools.

4. Continue to grow in service to the region as a top tourist attraction and engine for economic development.

5. Build increased public support and awareness.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
KFAC continues the expansion of its permanent collection through both gift and purchase acquisitions.  In 2012, KFAC raised $25,000 to purchase a work of significance before it could leave the state.  In 2013, KFAC used a gift/purchase agreement to acquire another piece valued a more than $10,000.  All the while, we have added numerous less valuable works to the collection, primarily through gifts. 
Over the past ten years, the size of our collection has doubled.  In 2013, KFAC adopted new collection policies, which more strictly limit what we will acquire to only significant works made by Kentucky folk artists.  Additionally, we will soon deaccess over 200 non-Kentucky works to create much needed storage room for our Kentucky collection.
After 2008, KFAC reduced the number of changing exhibitions we presented each year from six to four.  In doing so, we have worked dilligently to enhance the quality of exhibitions that we do present.  Over the past decade, KFAC has produced more major, travelling exhibitions than any other museum in Kentucky. 
KFAC's educational outreach program served more than 18,000 students in 2013 at dozens of Kentucky schools.  We are currently in the final year of a three years grant from the IMLS, which pays for most of our school programming.  New grants have been submitted for future years, but no decisions regarding those applications have been made.
As the only art museum in east Kentucky, KFAC serves as a gateway to cultural tourists visiting the mountains.  In FY 2013, KFAC set all-time records for visitation and gallery sales.  Our major events also create hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic activity each year in our region.  We plan to continue to enhance our activities and find new ways to promote out museum in a cost-effective manor.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
KFAC has an excellent, cross-trained staff.   We produce more than many other institutions our size because of our people.  Whether it's painting the walls, building exhibition displays, or producing exhibition catalogs, we find a way to do almost everything in-house, which saves significant amounts of money.  We are also very cost-conscious when designing our programs. 
However, we realize that we must constantly increase our external support just to hold the line.  Our recurring budget does not permit for major collection acquisitions, off-site educational programs, or significant exhibition production.  We must rely on grants and fund raising to make these activities possible.
KFAC is widely recognized as a state and national leader in many areas, including educational outreach, exhibitions, our research library, and our permanent collection.  We are often called upon to advise collectors, researchers, and other institutions both in the region and across the nation. 
However, our fund raising has always been limited due to geography, and we recognize that we cannot move forward unless we find more freinds to help us.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
KFAC tracks many different categories of data.  We obviously track visitation and sales.  We track track school programming and survey participating teachers.  We measure artist sales at our events.  And, we keep careful track of how many people view our collection's traveling exhibitions and traveling works of art.  We assess nearly all of these factors on at least a quarterly basis, and we make adjustments in the areas where the data indicates a need for program modifications.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
FY 2013 was a banner year for KFAC in many areas.  Our gift shop set all-time sales records, and our museum was visited by the largest and most diverse population in our history.  KFAC's collection has outgrown it's space, and we are beginning prelimianry plans for expansion.  Our educational offerings are in such high demand that we can barely keep up.  In recent years, we have produced some of the finest exhibitions of folk art ever mounted by any museum.  And, we have brought dozens of artists into the national spotlight.  The past decade has been marked by many successes and steady progress.
However, where we have failed at something, it has always been due to a lack of resources.  KFAC has significantly less funding available that it did ten years ago.  We have fallen short of several major acquisitions, because we couldn't find funds on short notice.  We have been forced to reduce our hours.  We have cut our part-time staff by 50%.  We recognize that our museum, like many other publicly funded entities, has fully exploited all available efficiencies.
Board Chair
Board Chair Larry Poe
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Members
Grant Alden CoffeeTree Books
Sue Andrews Retired
Leslie Beatty Fayette County PVA
Barry Crume Bluegrass Bracing
Kay Freeland Retired
Roberta Harding University of Kentucky School of Law
Larry Isenhour Architect
Dr. Michael Karpf University of Kentucky Health Care
Richard Mook Retired
Larry Poe Retired
Genie Potter Retired
Josephine Richardson Courthouse Cafe
Arturo Sandoval University of Kentucky
James Shaw Morehead State University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 71%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Matt D. Collinsworth
Term Start Mar 2003
Matt Collinsworth holds his MFA from Ohio State.  He had significant experience in both the public and private sector before coming to KFAC.  He is a native of east Kentucky.
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Garry Barket 1997 - 2003
Garry Barket 1997 - 2003
Jill Reed 1994 - 1997
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments
With only five full-time staff, four of which also share duties at other units at Morehead State University, we are always challenged for time and resources.  However, KFAC is arguably the highest profile arts institution in the state, and we have many opportunities to improve the cultural life of Kentucky.  However, the challenge lies in finding the resources to turn our plans into reality.

Since the mid-1990s, the Kentucky Folk Art Center has built one of the finest collections of contemporary folk art in America and the finest collection of Kentucky folk art to be found anywhere. Currently, KFAC has more than 1,400 works in its collection, 80% of which are from Kentucky artists. KFAC uses its small annual collection budget to acquire a few works each year, primarily from artists. However, more than 60% of the works in the collection have come to the museum through donations.

In recent years, KFAC has worked diligently to "keep it in Kentucky," to acquire major works before they go elsewhere. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have sometimes been successful. However, we have failed to acquire several major works at auction due to our extremely limited resources.

Budget 8,000
Population Served , ,
The Kentucky Folk Art Center presents four new exhibitions each year in our second-floor gallery.  Nearly all of these exhibitions are curated at KFAC, and major exhibitions include catalogs and often travel to other venues.  Few small museums in America can match KFAC's rate of exhibition production.  While our budget allows that little money be spent for fees, supplies, or other expenses, a considerable amount of staff time is devoted to exhibition planning and installation.
We would like to find the funds to allow us to bring at least one, quality traveling exhibition to east Kentucky each year.  However, since most traveling exhibitions require fees in excess of $10,000, they are typically out of our reach.
Budget 125,000
Population Served , ,

For the past eight years, the Kentucky Folk Art Center has operated one of the most efficient and effective museum educational outreach programs in America. The program was built and sustained largely through grants. During this time, we have provided service to more than 100,000 students in Kentucky's public schools. 80% of those students are served in their schools, because there is typically insufficient funding for them to come to Morehead.

Key program activities include traveling tabletop exhibitions, digital exhibitions on iPods, student photography projects, educational musical performances, and customized activities. However, since KFAC has no fixed budgetary resources to devote to the program, we are constantly faced with the challenge of securing resources to continue and update the program.

Budget 60,000
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments



KFAC continues to push the envelope in terms of exhibition development. No other museum in America, with a budget under $500,000, can match our record of producing high quality exhibitions, especially traveling exhibitions. In the end, a museum is only as good as what it puts on the walls, and we are committed to continuing our long tradition of producing America’s best exhibitions of self-taught art.


Demand for our educational outreach services has only continued to grow, and we have been able to find outside funding for these programs. Recently when we received a $50,000 grant from the IMLS, we believed that we would have sufficient funds to meet all requests from schools for three years. This year the requests are coming in fast, and demand may exceed our available resources. With changes made in SB 1, we expect this trend to continue.


As KFAC has raised its public profile, we are beginning to get the attention of people across the country who have the means to help us. Fund raising has historically been difficult since our location does not make it easy to appeal to people for major gifts.

But, through many years of consistent effort, this is beginning to shift. We are building new relationships in this area now.


KFAC set all time sales records in 2013 for attendance and gift shop sales. Part of this is due to a slowly recovering economy, but most of it is due to exhibitions and redesigning our store and inventory.



New changes to the structure of our budget will make it harder to make ends meet heading into the next fiscal year. We are working hard to address this issue through gifts, sales, and other forms of revenue generation. KFAC is as lean and efficient as it can be.


Due to the extraordinary growth of KFAC’s collection, our storage facilities are reaching their maximum capacity. Also, the size of our galleries limits our abilities to make our collection available to the public. In the short term, we have to dispose of some unneeded works in a way that conforms with AMA’s code of ethics and state law. Over the long term, we plan to expand, and preliminary work has been done in this area.


KFAC has always been understaffed. Our museum lacks a registrar and preparatory staff. In addition, two of our five staff members are hourly employees, and others of us have taken on duties in support of other units at our parent institution. We have lost 85% of our institutional student work force to budget cuts over recent years. To date, we have addressed this issue through cross-training and hard work.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
American Association of Museums - Member2002
Governor's Award in the ArtsOffice of the Governor, Kentucky2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2014
Projected Revenue $443,914.00
Projected Expenses $435,644.00
Endowment Value $26,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$303,462$0$319,517
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues--$885--
Special Events$15,085$116,596$18,592
Revenue In-Kind--$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$286,987$253,826$235,989
Administration Expense$182,665$181,818$171,520
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.021.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%58%58%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$92,321$93,581$115,929
Current Assets$52,025$50,392$76,238
Long-Term Liabilities$31,180----
Current Liabilities$586$3,202--
Total Net Assets$60,555$90,379$115,929
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
The Kentucky Folk Art Center is a unit of Morehead State University, as such we are not subject to an independent audit.  Our finances are audited annually as part of the larger university audit. To view MSU Foundation's financials go to

Most of the challenges that our organization faces are tied directly to declining state support for higher education.  We are poised for growth in several programmatic areas, but funds must be secured to allow for that progress.
Currently, we have submitted grants to several organizations requesting support for educational and exhibition programs.  A large NEA grant was just awarded to support a major upcoming exhibition.  We are also working with the university's Department of Development to enhance our fundraising strategies and develop and long term plan.
Foundation Staff Comments The Kentucky Folk Art Center is under the umbrella of the Morehead State University Foundation. 990s belong to the MSU Foundation. However, graphs and financial information on the portrait apply to the Kentucky Folk Art Center only. Numbers were supplied by the organization and are unaudited.
Address 102 West First Street
Primary Phone 606 783-2204
CEO/Executive Director Matt D. Collinsworth
Board Chair Larry Poe
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired