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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 degree.

PSAD Art and Design Club

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PSAD will host the first meeting for 2016-17 of the Art and Design Club in the 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 24. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Among other business will be the election of officers and travel to National Portfolio Day in St. Louis on October 23. Funds for club activities are generated through the annual Student and Faculty Holiday Art Sale and the Art and Design Club is open to all WKCTC students.

2016 PSAD Faculty Exhibition

2016 faculty.smallPaducah School of Art & Design (PSAD) is pleased to present its 2016 Annual Faculty Exhibition, featuring a selection of works in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, photography, and design by its fine art and visual communication faculty. An opening reception will be hosted in the Ford Gallery at Paducah School of Art from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2016. The exhibition and reception event are free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on display through September 30.

Paducah School of Art and Design faculty members include Paul Aho, Todd Birdsong, Shannon Duffy, Emily Esau, John Hasegawa, Alan Jackson, Sarah Kandell-Gritzmaker, Tanya Gadbaw-Nietzke, Erich Neitzke, Beverly Quimby, J.P. Rhea, Anita Rodriguez-Fitch, Randy Simmons, and Shane Ward.

“It is always a pleasure to begin the new academic year with an exhibition showcasing the diversity and quality of work produced by our faculty,” says art school dean Paul Aho. “This year’s faculty show will be the first to be exhibited in the Ford Gallery in PSAD’s new 2D and Graphic Design Building, and is also an opportunity to see work by two new faculty members, full-time sculpture instructor Shane Ward, and painting instructor Tanya Gadbaw-Nietzke. As always, the exhibition provides incoming students and the larger public an overview of the caliber of work produced by our faculty and their contributions to the region’s creative community.”

The Bill Ford Gallery is located in PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street in Lower Town, Paducah, KY . Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


New PSAD Faculty


Shane Ward, Banner, cast aluminum and stainless steel

Shane Ward, Banner, cast aluminum and stainless steel

PSAD is pleased to announce that Shane Ward will be joining our faculty as a full-time sculpture instructor, and that Tanya Gadbaw-Nietzke will serve as a new adjunct instructor, teaching 2D Design and painting classes. Both were selected through national searches and PSAD is pleased and proud to have them join our noted faculty in serving the College and our students. Shane and Tanya will be presenting artists talks in Room 208, in the 2D and Graphic Design Building, 905 Harrison Street at 6 p.m., Monday, August 1.

Shane Ward has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree summa cum laude from University of Kentucky and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Chicago. He is relocating to Paducah from Walla Walla,Washington, where he has been a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College, teaching both sculpture and drawing classes. Shane has additional teaching experience at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago. Recognition for his work includes the prestigious Edes Prize for Emerging Artists from University of Chicago, among other fellowship awards; as well as a variety of residencies– including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE. Shane has a broad set of skills as an artist and technician, and has exhibited across the country and overseas.

Tanya Gadbaw has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The State University of New York Potsdam, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After earning her MFA, Tanya returned to New York where she taught at The State University of New York Potsdam and St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY. Tanya and her artist husband Erich Nietzke moved back to the region in 2015, where she has has continued to pursue her career as a painter, building a collector-base and a national exhibition history.

We are confident that Tanya and Shane will earn the support of the College and community. Please join us in welcoming them to our faculty.

Adding Dimension – PSAD Community Education and Public Programs

Lily Liu with The Luck, Prosperity, and Longevity Rug, in progress and before bonding.

Lily Liu with The Luck, Prosperity, and Longevity Rug, in progress and before bonding.

Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) is pleased to announce that artist Lily Liu is our new community education and public programs coordinator, a part-time position assisting with the development and presentation of community-based activities serving the region. These include expansion of our community education programs and services for children and youth. Lily will also be teaching a new community education class Introduction to Fiber Arts beginning in October. Click on Classes and then Community Education in the menu bar above to view a full listing of summer and fall  offerings.

With PSAD’s new 2D and Graphic Design building complete, West Kentucky Community and Technical College president Dr. Barbara Veazey has committed to maximizing the building’s value for the community and to fulfilling PSAD’s role as a community resource and economic driver. Lily Liu’s position will expand our role in the community and support the City’s economic development plans as presented recently by Avalanche, a nationally acclaimed consultancy firm that advocates and recognizes the role of the arts in Paducah’s development.

2D and Graphic Design Building Celebration

PSAD 2D/Graphic Design BuildingWest Kentucky Community and Technical College hosted an open house and celebration of Paducah School of Art and Design’s (PSAD) 2D and Graphic Design Building from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., March 31, at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah’s historic Lower Town Arts District.

The event marked the completion of the final phase of PSAD’s Lower Town campus with the 32,228 square-foot building housing the schools painting, drawing, photography, visual communications, and multimedia programs. Well over 400 individuals turned out to share their support and enthusiasm for this milestone in PSAD’s development.

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2016 Master Artist Workshops Announced

Ceramics, Jewelry and Metals


PSAD workshops 2016Tim Lazure
Yoshi Fujii
Elaine Henry CANCELED.
Jill Baker Gower CANCELED.
Sunshine Cobb

With the launch of our Master Artists Workshops program in the Summer of 2014, PSAD positioned itself within a national context and set the stage for the years ahead with an exciting selection of workshops in ceramics and metals. Our inaugural year featured artists Susan Beecher, Jessica Calderwood, Harris Deller, Martha Grover, Doug Harling, Tova Lund, John Neely, and Craig Rhodes. Our second workshop program in Summer 2015 offered an equally impressive selection of experiences and presenters including Chris Baskin, Fong Choo, Jason Hess, Victoria Lansford, Tim Lazure, Sharon Massey, Lisa Naples, and Jen Townsend.

This year’s program once again focuses on ceramics and small metals, featuring intensive workshops with nationally recognized artists and experienced workshop presenters Sunshine Cobb, Yoshi Fujii, Jill Gower, Elaine Henry, and Tim Lazure, who is returning for a second year.