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Paducah School of Art and Design
PSAD Ceramics


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.

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.

Sunshine Cobb – Discovering the NEW in the OLD

August 4, 2016 – August 6, 2016

919 Madison Street

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Sunshine Cobb

Sunshine Cobb graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from California State University at Sacramento, in 2004. In 2010 she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Utah State University, and in 2013 she was named as an emerging artist by both Ceramics Monthly magazine and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Sunshine is working as a potter and travels the country as a lecturing and demonstrating artist. She is currently focusing on functional ware, embracing the richness of red clay, and exploring the challenge of electric ring. She was a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana (2012-2014) and is currently running a studio in Sacramento, California.

Sunshine’s workshop will motivate you to experiment with new and old forms and methods of construction. It is geared toward creative expansion and a process-over-product mentality certain to inspire beginners and advanced students alike. Participants are encouraged to use these various hand-building techniques within a progress-over-perfection approach to clay. Demonstrations will include coil and pinch methods and hard and soft slab construction to generate working clay components. She will also speak to building surface through the making process and discuss the glaze and surface treatment of her work.

Sunshine Cobb • Discovering the NEW in the OLD

August 4-6 • Tuition $290 • materials and supplies are additional


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.

PSAD and Paducah Garden Club Present “Art in Bloom”

2016 Art in Bloom

Paducah School of Art and Design, in collaboration with the Paducah Garden Club, presented Art in Bloom, a multifaceted public event and flower show inspired by art and nature, on May 4 and 5. The event featured a traditional horticultural competition, a photographic contest, and a plant and flower sale with donated specimens from Garden Club members paired with vessels, vases, and pots created by PSAD students. All proceeds from the sale benefited PSAD’s ceramics program.

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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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David Carson at PSAD

Paducah School of Art & Design (PSAD) is proud to present, an exhibition of commissioned graphic design, photographs and other original works by world-renowned graphic designer David Carson that will be on display in the Ford Gallery through August 5, 2016.

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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.