STERLING — The Rice County Arts Council will sponsor the 44th Annual Prairie Art Exhibition in the Studio 96 Gallery, located at 121 S. Broadway St. in Sterling. The show will run from March 24 through April 8.

The Prairie Art Show will accept artist’s entries from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 17, 18 and 19 at Studio 96.

The show accepts original works that have not previously been entered in the Prairie Art Show and have been created in the last two years. An entry fee of $20 will allow submission of up to three pieces per artist. All two-dimensional work must be suitably framed and ready for hanging. Artists must be 18 years of age and must be a Kansas resident. RCAC gives out $1,400 in cash awards plus Purchase Awards.

Judith Mackey will serve as juror for the 44th Prairie Art Show. She is known as the Flint Hills Painter of the Tallgrass prairie.

Mackey is a member of the Juried National Oil Painters of America and was the first woman inducted into the American Royal Western Art Association.

Mackey’s work has been displayed at the White House, for the prestigious Arts for the Parks competition and the American Women Artists National Show. Her work has been published in numerous magazines including Persimmon Hill, the official publication of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and was a featured artist in the New York Times article “Sowing Art on the Kansas Prairie.”

The chosen exhibit will be open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends from March 24 through April 8.

For additional information, contact Rice County Arts Council President Brian Foster at 620-204-1977.