Complementing its National Drawing Invitational earlier this year, Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) presented its 2017 National Ceramics and Small Metals Invitational, an exhibition of works by leading artists from across the country working in these studio disciplines that opened with a reception event on March 2, 2017 and ran through April 6 in the Bill Ford Gallery, located within PSAD’s new 32,000 square foot 2D and Graphic Design Building in the Lower Town Arts District.
Exhibiting clay artists included Brian Czibesz, assistant professor of ceramics at SUNY, New Paltz; Stephen Grimmer, Alto Clay Works, Alto Pass, Illinois; John Hasegawa, associate professor of ceramics, Paducah School of Art and Design; Matt Long, associate professor of art, University of Mississippi, Oxford; and Rimas VisGirda, Champaign, Illinois.
Jewelry and metals artists included Kat Cole, Dallas, Texas; Shannon Duffy, adjunct metals instructor, Paducah School of Art and Design; Robert Ebendorf, Belk Distinguished Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina (retired); Nash Quinn, adjunct metals instructor, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey; and Laura Wood, Asheville, North Carolina.
The exhibition was co-curated by John Hasegawa and Shannon Duffy.
The Ceramics and Small Metals Invitational exhibition was complemented by Bright Futures 2, a selection of McCracken County High School student works which will was on display in PSAD’s alcove galleries at the same time and dates.
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.