At Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD), a mix of traditional and non-traditional students and studio artists from the community work side by side in the studios, sharing insights, experience, and ideas for the mutual benefit of all. PSAD, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC), offers classes in a wide variety of visual art studio areas and art history. Students may take beginning and intermediate classes for credit or recreationally or may choose to pursue an Associate in Fine Arts degree.
October 1 – November 20 at Clemens Fine Arts Center,
Opening Reception this Thursday from 5-7 p.m.
The 2015 Paducah School of Fine Art Jewelry and Small Metals Invitational, co-curated by Lily Liu and Sarah Renshaw, brings the work of nationally recognized artists from across the country to regional audiences, focusing on contemporary and cutting edge approaches to metalsmithing.
Paducah School of Art and Design is proud to recognize former students Euncil Leem and Elliot Schiff, as well as PSAD drawing professor Randy Simmons, for their inclusion in the Twenty-Sixth Cedarhurst Biennial currently on view in the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Simmons is also to be congratulated for having received a First Place Award and significant cash prize for his 2013 charcoal drawing Escape Artist. LowerTown artist and former PSAD instructor Michael Crouse was also included in this prestigious regional juried exhibition, on view until October 4.
With funding from an agency bond through the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Kentucky Community and Technical College System, along with matching funds raised from within the region, West Kentucky Community and Technical College is moving forward with renovations to the historic property formerly known as the Kitchens Building. The building is scheduled to open in Spring 2016 and will house PSAD’s painting, drawing, photography, design, and multi-media programs. The project also includes the addition of a bistro cafe which will provide a much needed resource for the school and Lower Town, in addition to offering culinary workshops for residents and visitors. The design team is RossTarrant Architects of Lexington and Pinnacle is serving as general contractor.
Phyllis Russell has been recognized with a Honorable Mention in the 35th Annual College and High School Photography Contest, an international competition featuring student photographers from around the world and totaling 16,600 photographs. The contest is co-sponsored by Serbin Communications and Nikon, USA. Phyllis joins Elliot Schiff, Rhonda Henson, and Mark Watkins as previous finalists in the college student category, and her work will appear in the hard cover publication Best of College and High School Photography 2015, published by Serbin Communications.