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.
Paducah School of Art & Design is proud to announce the opening of its new 2D/Graphic Design Bulding, with the first class held February 1st under the instruction of Drawing Professor Randy Simmons.
Brent Baggett, sculptor of Austin, Texas and a visible presence in the public art arena will be presenting artists talks at PSAD at12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in Room 116 withing the Sculpture Building at 919 Madison Street in Lower Town. Currently on sabbatical from his position as associate professor of digital art and sculpture at Austin Community College, Brent plans to use his “quiet time” as a visiting resident at A.I.R. Studio Paducah to focus on new animation, creative compositing and CAD programs. Brent is a one-time Paducah resident and graduate of Murray State University.
Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) will host an opening reception for its annual showcase of works by nationally recognized master artists January 21.
The reception for this year’s exhibition titled, “Over the Top,” will be held from 5-7 p.m. the Clemens Fine Arts Gallery located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC). The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Audiences will get an advance preview of this summer’s Master Artist Program with the following master artists.
Tim Lazure will showcase works in jewelry and stonesetting. Lazure’s work is also in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, and the Gallery of Art and Design in Raleigh, N.C. Images of his work have been published in 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches, The Art of Enameling, and The Craft of Silversmithing.
Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) sculpture students hosted an opened for their exhibition “Re…” on Wednesday, December 9 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on second floor of the historic and renovated Coca-Cola bottling plant, located at 3121 Broadway Street.
“Re…” featured works by current PSAD Sculpture I students, and gave form to their final project in a class taught by PSAD Sculptor-in-Residence and Sculpture Instructor Cody Arnall.
Participating student artists were Aundi Bates, Lu Colby, Michael Copeland, Victoria Dycus, Kate Foley, Sarah Hall, Nikki Harshman, Jaden Keeling, Joe Kelly, Emilee Marsh, Kristyn Tabor, and Joanne Wong-Hammonds, who each created a sculptural work specifically for the project and the space.
PSAD student Jill Westerfield was one of two student speakers to address the Fall 2015 graduating class of West Kentucky Community and Technical College during the Fall Commencement Ceremony on December 14.
Jill developed her passion for art from her grandmother in their native Cologne, Germany. In fall 2013, she traveled to the United States to continue that passion at Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD).
Exposed to new creative outlets, she began to flourish as an artist. “I experienced art like I never had before, working with many mediums for the very first time. My life has forever been changed thanks to PSAD,” said the 21-year-old Westerfield. “I never thought I would get the opportunity to be a commencement speaker. It’s an honor and I am excited to share my story.”
Westerfield graduated with honors and an Associate in Fine Arts degree. She plans to transfer to a university in Germany to study art restoration or industrial design in the future.
PSAD is pleased to recognize WKCTC president Dr. Barbara Veazey for her continuing support of regional artists as seen through her personal collection of art and recent commission of The Luck, Prosperity, and Longevity Rug, a major felted floor piece by Paducah-based artist Lily Liu.