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Paul Aho

Paul Aho

Paul Aho is Dean of Paducah School of Art and Design, where he also teaches digital photography. Paul was the first recipient of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s Ubertalli Award for Artistic Achievement and is a two-time recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship. In 2010 he was also awarded an individual artist’s fellowship from The Santo Foundation through an international call to artists.

Paul graduated magna cum laude with a BFA degree from Florida State University and earned a MFA degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa. He has held administrative positions as chief program officer for Palm Beach Photographic Centre, and dean of the School of Art at the Armory Art Center. He has also served as director of visual art services and public art programs for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

Prior to moving to Kentucky, he was an adjunct professor of art at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of Surfing Florida: A Photographic History, published by University Press of Florida.




(2014) Mixed media on wood panels, 60" x 60"

The Things That You Do

(2015) Archival ink jet print, dimensions variable

Petticoat Palm, Fairchild Gardens

Todd Birdsong

Todd Birdsong

Todd Birdsong is an Adjunct Photography Instructor for Paducah School of Art and Design. He earned his MFA in the Mass Communication and Media Arts College at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale; where his broad studies have emphasized the use of New Media, Generative, and Live Art techniques; executed using traditional and installation approaches to his work. His current research investigates the digital aesthetic of the machine and Glitch Art specifically. Todd has exhibited his photography nationally and internationally through both juried and solo exhibits. Beyond his skills in digital imaging, Todd also uses alternative and historical processes in his image making, and connects the two worlds of the digital and the analog through the use of digital negatives. Todd also creates time and sound based media works originating in the transmission (radio) arts and creates both folk and electronic instruments.



(2014) 8"x8"; digital glitch

Bat Glitch Crazy

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.



Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson has a Bachelor in Science degree in Radio-TV, Journalism from Murray State University and over 30 years of experience in video production, graphic design, website development and multimedia presentations. He is owner of Ad-Vantage Multimedia and video editor at S&W Productions.

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.




Beverly Quimby

Beverly Quimby

Beverly Quimby is Program Co-ordinator and Professor of Visual Communication and Multimedia for Paducah School of Art and Design. She is also Chair of the Multimedia System Curriculum Committee, which guides the AAS degree in Visual Communications/Multimedia. She came to the college with a print industry background and has been teaching for WKCTC for over 25 years, keeping abreast with the many radical transformations impacting the communications and media industries and practices. She teaches a broad range of topics ranging from computer illustration to strategic concepts.






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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 C-bridge.com, a top B2B consultant agency based in Boston, MA and as the Head of Creative/Art Director for Webstakes.com in NYC.




Anita Rodriquez-Fitch

Anita Rodriquez-Fitch

Anita Rodriquez-Fitch is an adjunct instructor and painter who teaches Introduction to Art and Art History survey classes for Paducah School of Art and Design. She received a MFA from and a BFA from California State University– Long Beach. Her paintings, drawings and mixed media works are in private collections in California, Illinois and Kentucky.







(2013) Acrylic on Canvas; 12"x12"








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.





John Hasegawa

John Hasegawa

John Hasegawa is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics for Paducah School of Art and Design. Previously, John taught as a full-time Instructor of Ceramics and 3-D Design at Emporia State University; Studio Manager and Ceramics Instructor at University Massachusetts Dartmouth; and  Artist-in-Residence/Ceramics Instructor at Worcester Center for the Crafts. He has exhibited regularly since 1996 and serves as curator for Paducah School of Art’s National Ceramics Invitational.  During the summer of 2013 he participated in a one-month artist residency at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen China, where he launched a new body of work using slip-casting techniques. He has been invited to present Soda for Surface, a four-day soda firing workshop at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ in summer 2015.


Jar 1  Jar 2




Randy Simmons

Randy Simmons

Randy Simmons is an Associate Professor of Drawing at Paducah School of Art and Design, where his teaching responsibilities include Drawing I, Drawing II, Life Drawing and Survival Skills for Artists. He studied art in England, Scotland & Wales, including King’s College in London, before receiving his BFA & MA in Painting at Murray State University and his MFA in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati. Randy is a former president of the Yeiser Art Center Board of Directors and is a recipient of two Kentucky Arts Council Grants. He has exhibited extensively and his work is represented in several public and private collections in the region. Among other recognition for his work, he was a Merit Award winner in the 57th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, IN. Randy also teaches for the KIIS Summer Studies Abroad program in Italy.



2011-Brave-New-World-38x50  2013 Escape Artist