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Paducah School of Art and Design
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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 or an Associate in Applied Science in Visual Communication:Multimedia degree.

Legacy 2–The Lower Town Arts District

West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) is pleased to present Legacy 2–the Lower Town Arts District, an exhibition of artworks by past and present artists who pioneered or continue to have an association with Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. The exhibition is complemented by a memorial exhibition for Freda Fairchild, a leader among Lower Town’s art community who passed away in June 2017.

Legacy 2 and Freda Fairchild: beyond expectations will open with a reception event for the public from 5 – 7 p.m. October 12 in PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. The Lower Town exhibition will be presented in the Bill Ford Gallery and the Fairchild memorial exhibition will be presented in the art school’s first floor alcove gallery and upstairs in the PJC Gallery. Both exhibitions will be on display through November 8. Read More…

Freda Fairchild: Beyond Expectations

West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah School of Art and Design is pleased to present Freda Fairchild: beyond expectations, a memorial exhibition  recognizing the life and work of this internationally recognized artists and Lower Town pioneer. The exhibition opens in the PJC Gallery and Downstairs Alcove Gallery at West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art & Design (PSAD) 2D/Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street on Thursday, October 12, with an opening reception from 5-7 PM. Beyond Expectations is running concurrently through November 8 with PSAD’s Legacy 2–The Lower Town Arts District exhibition, featuring artworks by over forty  previous and current Lower Town artists. Read More…

PSAD Adds Printmaking Studio

PSAD is proud to have added a new studio and equipment within the 2D and Graphic Design Building to support screenprinting and intaglio programs. Studio equipment includes a Takach 2648 floor mount etching press, an Accu-glide Serigraphic Press, and NuArc combination screen and plate exposure unit, along with a full array of oversize rollers and other needs. The studio opened with Community Education classes in Fall 2017 and provided tuition waivers for regional high school students to study screenprinting with PSAD adjunct instructor Erich Neitzke. Intaglio classes with Michael Crouse, retired professor emeritus, University of Alabama-Huntsville, begin November 4. For a full schedule on these and other PSAD Community Education programs, please visit http/ws.kctcs.edu/westkentucky. Then select Paducah School of Art and Design.

Pride of Place-UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts and Folk Art

West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) joined other regional organizations to celebrate the UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts and Folk Art members’ meeting in Paducah this week. Pictured is Mayor Chu, of Icheon, South Korea, gifting ceramic artworks by Icheon artists Lee Hyang-Gu and Kim Yeong-Su to Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless during the opening reception for the exhibition Pride of Place. Pride of Place was organized by PSAD to showcase works of art and craft representative of each of the member cities. Paducah was proudly represented by resident fiber artist Helene Davis, whose hand-dyed contemporary art quilts are pictured center stage on the far wall.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Paducah School of Art and Design is pleased to participate in National Hispanic Heritage Month by presenting Old World Spain and New World Cuba. The exhibition features a selection of photographs taken by PSAD drawing professor Randy Simmons in Span this past Summer and by PSAD student Phyllis Russel, taken during a West Kentucky Community and Technical College trip to Cuba earlier this year. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with WKCTC’s Diversity Committee and seeks to promote inclusion and a knowledge and respect for others. It accompanies Australia Wide Five, an AQS QuiltWeek sanctioned quilt exhibition in the Bill Ford Gallery within PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street. The exhibition opens with a reception event from 5-7 pm, September 14, 2017 and is free and open to the public.

2017 Master Artists Workshops Program

PSAD is pleased to present our Summer Master Artists Workshop program for 2017. This year’s program has expanded beyond ceramics and metalsmithing to include painting, Joomchi papermaking, and Shibori weaving as well. It also includes the opportunity for studio and culinary artists alike to build their own 3D printers capable of creating computer generated forms in clay and edible materials. Please click on the workshop link above for full details and descriptions. Presenters, workshops, and dates are:

Tim JaegerColor and Expression: Paint What you Love • June 12-14, 2017

Rimas VisGirdaScreenprinting Decals for Ceramics, Glass and Enamel • July 7-9, 2017

Nash QuinnIntroduction to Chasing and Repoussé • July 14-16, 2017

Robert Ebendorf Lost and Found: Journey for Personal Adornment • July 28-30, 2017

Jiyoung ChungJoomchi and Beyond •July 6-8, 2017

Robin HallerWoven Shibori • July 13 -15, 2017

Matt LongThe Expressive Quality of Porcelain through Utilitarian Vessels • July 21-23, 2017

Bryan CzibeszDIY Ceramic 3D Printers • July 31, August 1-4, 2017 • SOLD OUT • Please call 270.534.3901 to be put on a waiting list.


PSAD Fall 2017 Community Education Programs

PSAD is pleased to offer a broad selection of classes through its Community Education Programs. Simply click on Classes and then Community Education in the menu above to see a full listing of available classes for Fall 2017. These classes provide the opportunity to explore new media and techniques without the time requirements and commitment to a full academic term. Course offerings also include Saturday Intensives for High School Students and studio classes for children ages 6-10 and 11-15. All classes are hosted in our state-of-the-art studios by nationally recognized artists and educators. Please view programs or register online please visit:

http://ws.kctcs.edu/westkentucky  Then select Paducah School of Art and Design.

To register by phone, call 270.534.3335

Art and Design Club in Nashville

With funds raised through PSAD’s Annual Holiday Art Sale, the Art and Design Club supports student enrichment programs throughout the year. This group of students and faculty made a recent trip to Nashville that included visits to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the sculpture park at Cheekwood Estate, and a gallery crawl that included downtown and the evolving venues in the Wedgewood/Houston district.

PSAD Award Winners

Phyllis Russell’s photograph “La Paz, Bolivia”, is included in the 2017 Best of College Photography.

PSAD is proud to recognize students Phyllis Russell and Elizabeth Langham for inclusion in Serbin Communications’ Best of College & High School Photography 2017. Their photographs were selected from close to 13,000 entries from around the world and will appear in this year’s hardcover book. Phyllis is also the winner of First Place in the photography category of the 2017 Dogwood Art and Photography Contest sponsored by Paducah’s Civic Beautification Board. PSAD photo student Paul Grumley took First Place in the art category with a digital image more closely resembling a painting than its photographic source.

PSAD Visit by Ballard Memorial High Art Students

Throughout the year PSAD has the pleasure of hosting tours and hands-on activities with art students from regional high schools. One recent visit from Jenny Bittner’s art classes at Ballard Memorial High School in Ballard County allowed twenty students the opportunity to tour PSAD’s 46,000 square foot campus and work with PSAD faculty and staff to throw some pots in our clay studio and make some bling in our small metals studio.