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PSAD National Figurative Drawing Invitational

2016-drawing-invitational-smallPaducah School of Art & Design (PSAD) is pleased to present its 2016 National Figurative Drawing Invitational, featuring a selection of works by artists from across the country whose artistic practice focuses primarily on drawing. An opening reception will be hosted in the Bill Ford Gallery at Paducah School of Art and Design from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 20, 2016. The exhibition and reception event are free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on display through December 2.

Exhibiting artists include Tammy Beldue (Black Mountain, North Carolina); Hannah Maxwell Rowell (Bon Aqua, Tennessee; Michael Reedy (Ann Arbor, Michigan); Denise Stewart-Sanabria (Knoxvile, Tennessee); Chris Troutman (Beaumont, Texas); Rebecca Venn (Kenosha, Wisconsin); and Christine Wuenschel (West Lafayette, Indiana). Read More…

Saturday Intensives for High School Students

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PSAD is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Saturday Intensives for High School Students. These workshops meet for four sessions and are designed to provide high school students a serious environment in which to acquire or enhance skills in metalsmithing, figure drawing, ceramics, digital photography, fibers, and sculpture. Classes meet in PSAD’s state-of-the-art studios under the instruction of our faculty or leading regional artists. For full details and to register, visit

PSAD Hosts Mono No Aware

Workshop instructor Akiko Maruyama.

Workshop instructor Akiko Maruyama.

PSAD is pleased to have hosted MONO NO AWARE, of Brooklyn, NY, in presenting Direct Filmmaking and Super 8mm Filmmaking Workshops October 28 and 29, 2016. The workshops were presented by Maiden Alley Cinema and the films produced were screened on the opening night of its Rivers Edge International Film Festival, November 3, 2016 at Maiden Alley Cinema. Read More…

Paducah Fall Fiber Festival

pff_logoPaducah School of Art and Design is pleased to have collaborated with MAKE and the Yeiser Art Center in presenting the first Paducah Fall Fibers Festival, September 29-October 1, 2016. The festival featured an artist’s talk by Diana Wicai at the Yeiser Art Center at 6 p.m., Thurdsay, September 29. On Friday, September 30, the event featured a pop up exhibition of tapestries by Diana Wicai at the Yeiser; fiber arts workshops at MAKE and the Yeiser; and a reception and fiber arts panel discussion at PSAD at 5 p.m.. The final day, October 1, included Wicai’s exhibition and additional workshops at MAKE and the Yeiser.

Andean Adventures

YarnPaducah School of Art and Design is proud to announce that The 1857 Hotel is exhibiting Andean Adventures: Photos of the Peruvian and Bolivian Altiplano, featuring photographs by PSAD students Basil Drossos, Paul Grumley and Phyllis Russell. Paintings by Jane Bright will also be on display on the second floor. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception from 6-8 p.m., September 8, 2016. The 1857 Hotel is located at 210 Kentucky Avenue, in Paducah, Kentucky.

Shown: Phyllis Russell, Yarn, archival ink jet print 2016.

Meet the Artists

Final Card page 1Paducah School of Art and Design is pleased to have hosted Meet the Artists for 2016. Over 65 regional artists and their work were be on site upstairs at PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building for this celebration of art and community. The September 15 event was organized by Paducah Main Street through the City Planning Department. PSAD’s Annual Faculty Exhibition was also on display downstairs in the Bill Ford Gallery. The event was free and open to the public.

PSAD Art and Design Club

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PSAD hosted the first 2016-2017 meeting 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.  Congratulations to the elected officers for the coming year, which are Lillie Poindexter, president, Michael Galuszka, vice-president, and Sarah Hall, secretary/treasurer. 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.

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.

Shannon Duffy

shannon-duffyShannon Duffy is a metalsmith and adjunct instructor at PSAD where she teaches classes in jewelry making and small metals. Shannon has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Murray State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. Her teaching experience includes Murray State University, where she taught within the studio arts and the art education programs, as well as Appalachian Center for Crafts. Exhibitions of her work have been presented at galleries and institutions in Lexington, KY; Ashville, NC; Greensboro, NC; and Tempe, AZ; among other locations, and her work has been recognized through grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, as well as the North Carolina Arts Council.


Emily Esau

esauEmily Esau is an adjunct instructor of Visual Communications at Paducah School of Art and Design. She received a Bachelor of Graphic Arts degree from Nossi College of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2010, and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Advertising from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University in 2016. As a commercial designer, she has worked with numerous businesses in western Kentucky and middle Tennessee, and has served as both an art director and copywriter on teams from San Francisco, Nashville, Raleigh, and Montreal, on national and international brands. Her skills range from strategic thinking and brand identities to web design and page layout.


Erich Neitzke

erich-nietzke-hsErich Neitzke is a printmaker and adjunct instructor at PSAD, where he teaches Introduction to Art classes. Erich has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Southern Illinois Carbondale. His teaching experience includes St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY; State University of New York Potsdam; and Southern Illinois University. Nationally recognized, Erich’s exhibition history includes venues in Arizona, New York, Minnesota, Hawaii, and North Dakota, among other locales.


Tanya Neitzke

tanyagadbaw_headshotTanya Neitzke is an adjunct instructor who teaches painting and 2D design classes at PSAD. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from 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 State University of New York Potsdam and St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY. Tanya and her artist husband Erich Neitzke moved back to the region in 2015, where she has continued to pursue her career as a painter, building a collector-base and a national exhibition history.


JP Rhea

rhea-head-shotJP Rhea is an adjunct instructor within the Visual Communication:Multimedia program at PSAD. He earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Photography and an Associate of Arts in Mass Communication. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the Art institute of Atlanta and has worked as the senior web designer for Macy’s corporate advertising in Atlanta, Georgia, and as a senior creative consultant for, a top B2B consultant agency based in Boston, MA and as the Head of Creative/Art Director for in NYC.


Shane Ward


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.




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 or an Associate in Applied Science in Visual Communication:Multimedia degree.