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 and may choose to pursue an Associate in Fine Arts degree.
With funding from an agency bond through the State 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 known locally as the Kitchens Building. Demolition of a portion of the building and the entire interior of the remaining 25,000 square feet have been underway, setting the stage for actual renovations to begin in late October. The building is scheduled to open in January 2016and will house PSAD’s painting, drawing, photography, design, and multi-media programs.
In addition to PSAD’s Open House Community Celebration on September 30, the art school has also hosted visits from the Kentucky Art Teachers Association during their annual meeting in Paducah, as well as a group of thirty National Art Honors students from Calloway County High School since opening our new sculpture building in August. Following a tour of the studios, these students broke out into groups for hands on activities in sculpture, ceramics and metalsmithing. Special thanks to Calloway County art instructor Sandy Sasso for providing her students an introduction to PSAD, our faculty, and our programs.
PSAD is pleased to present its 2014 National Painting and Drawing Invitational, which opens in the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery at WKCTC October 2 and runs throughNovember 20. The exhibition was co-curated byPSAD painting and drawing faculty BiLan Liao and Randy Simmons, and includes works by Lauren Levato Coyne, Vance Farrow, Timothy Fisher, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, and James Viewegh, along with the Liao and Simmons. The exhibition showcases a variety of approaches to contemporary realism.
PSAD students Elliot Schiff and Rhonda Henson have been selected as finalists in the 34th 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. Schiff and Henson are among 100 finalists in the college student category, and their work will appear in the hard cover publication Best of College and High School Photography 2014, published by Serbin Communications. Rhonda Henson has the further distinction of receiving an Honorable Mention for her photo of two family members sharing a precious moment.
Paducah School of Art and Design is pleased to announce that Cody Arnall will be assuming a newly established position as sculptor in residence. Arnall will assume the position as PSAD opens its new 6,700 square foot sculpture building in the coming term, and will teach sculpture and other classes as a condition of his residency. Arnall has a MFA in sculpture from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and has a teaching history that includes Vanderbilt University; Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film; and Murray State University, where he also served as art technician and gallery preparator. Cody will be giving a slide presentation in the sculpture building at noon, August 5. Students and the public are welcome.
PSAD’s newest facility expansion, a 6,700 square foot sculpture building opened for classes in August 2014. Equipped with studios for woodworking, metal fabrication, clay modeling, and moldmaking, and also a foundry for bronze casting, the facility marks a significant step forward for PSAD and a valuable new resource for the community. Located adjacent to Madison Hall in LowerTown, the building was designed by RossTarrant Architects and built by A&K Construction.