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2017 Annual Student Exhibition

Paducah School of Art and Design/WKCTC is pleased to present its 2017 Annual Student Exhibition, featuring works by students enrolled in classes and community education programs at Paducah School of Art and Design in academic year 2016-2017. Works on display include paintings, drawings, design projects, ceramics, photography, metals and jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, fiber art, and multimedia. An opening reception and awards ceremony was hosted on Thursday, April 13, in the Bill Ford Gallery within PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street. Over $500 in cash and purchase awards were presented, with the award winning works by category being selected by Stacey Reason, executive director of the Yeiser Art Center. WKCTC president Dr. Anton Reece maintained the WKCTC President’s Purchase Award, a purchase award now in its sixth year. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and runs through April 21.

Award winners were: Honorable Mention: Andrew Hucklebery, This is Not a Revelation; Morgan Hadfield, Self Portrait Video Documentation, Joanne Wong-Hammonds, Cultural Pride. Best in Show by Category: Lilly Arterburn, 2D Design, Big Blue; Kristen Merges, 3D Design, Chair 1; Wayne Stebbins, Ceramics, Vulcan’s Pot; Mark Watkins, Photography, The Wall; Nathan Kelly, Drawing, Untitled; John B. Hayden, Jewelry/Small Metals, Tree of Life; Martha Hinton, Painting, Lily Pad Pods; Kaytlyn Collins, Sculpture, Plaster Leaves; Morgan Hadfield, Visual Communication/Multimedia, Self Portrait. President’s Purchase Award: Morgan Hadfield, Self Portrait.

SAQA: Made in Europe/AQS QuiltWeek

Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) is pleased to announce Made in Europe, an exhibition of 30 art quilts from makers in the Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) European and Middle Eastern Region. The exhibition is PSAD’s first sanctioned collaboration with the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) during its internationally renowned QuiltWeek in Paducah. An opening reception will be hosted on Wednesday, April 26, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., in the Bill Ford Gallery within PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and runs through May 18. Throughout the duration of QuiltWeek, PSAD and Made in Europe are included as a stop on the shuttle bus tour of AQS activities. Attendees should access the building and gallery through the public entry on Harrison Street. Read More…

Art and Design Club in Nashville

With funds raised through PSAD’s Annual Holiday Art Sale, the Art and Design Club supports student enrichment programs throughout the year. This group of students and faculty made a recent trip to Nashville that included visits to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the sculpture park at Cheekwood Estate, and a gallery crawl that included downtown and the evolving venues in the Wedgewood/Houston district.

PSAD Award Winners

Phyllis Russell’s photograph “La Paz, Bolivia”, is included in the 2017 Best of College Photography.

PSAD is proud to recognize students Phyllis Russell and Elizabeth Langham for inclusion in Serbin Communications’ Best of College & High School Photography 2017. Their photographs were selected from close to 13,000 entries from around the world and will appear in this year’s hardcover book. Phyllis is also the winner of First Place in the photography category of the 2017 Dogwood Art and Photography Contest sponsored by Paducah’s Civic Beautification Board. PSAD photo student Paul Grumley took First Place in the art category with a digital image more closely resembling a painting than its photographic source.

2017 Ceramics and Small Metals Invitational

Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) is pleased to present its 2017 National Ceramics and Small Metals Invitational, an exhibition of works by leading artists from across the country working in these studio disciplines. The Ceramics and Small Metals Invitational  will open with a reception event on March 2, 2017 and run 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 include 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 include 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. Read More…

2017 Master Artists Workshops Program

Early Bird Registration Discount! Save 10% when you register for a workshop through May 31, 2017.

PSAD is pleased to present our Summer Master Artists Workshop program for 2017. This year’s program has expanded beyond ceramics and metalsmithing to include painting, Joomchi papermaking, and Shibori weaving as well. It also includes the opportunity for studio and culinary artists alike to build their own 3D printers capable of creating computer generated forms in clay and edible materials. Please click on the workshop link above for full details and descriptions. Presenters, workshops, and dates are:

Tim JaegerColor and Expression: Paint What you Love • June 12-14, 2017

Rimas VisGirdaScreenprinting Decals for Ceramics, Glass and Enamel • July 7-9, 2017

Nash QuinnIntroduction to Chasing and Repoussé • July 14-16, 2017

Robert Ebendorf Lost and Found: Journey for Personal Adornment • July 28-30, 2017

Jiyoung ChungJoomchi and Beyond •July 6-8, 2017

Robin HallerWoven Shibori • July 13 -15, 2017

Matt LongThe Expressive Quality of Porcelain through Utilitarian Vessels • July 21-23, 2017

Bryan CzibeszDIY Ceramic 3D Printers • July 31, August 1-4, 2017


Little Princes Community Photo Contest and Exhibition

Little Princes Photo Contest-1.smallPaducah School of Art and Design has opened its annual One Book Read Photo Contest and invites the community to participate in West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s 2016-17 read of Little Princes by New York Times bestselling author Conor Grennan. The contest is free to enter and open to the public. The photo competition and exhibition complement other community-related One Book activities leading up to the author’s two-day visit and public programs at WKCTC March 28-29. Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) and WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center are sponsoring the contest that will feature cash awards for first, second and third place winners. Winners will take home $100, $75 and $50 respectively, and will be announced during Grennan’s opening reception March 28.  Read More…


legacy poster.smallPaducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) is pleased to present Legacy, an exhibition of works by and tribute to past and present middle and high school art educators within the region served by West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Legacy will open with a reception event from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on January 19, 2017 and run through February 23 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. Read More…

PSAD Sponsors Teen Spirit

Attendees at the opening reception of Teen Spirit at the Yeiser Art Center.

Attendees at the opening reception of Teen Spirit at the Yeiser Art Center.

PSAD is proud to have sponsored the 2016 Teen Spirit exhibition presented by Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center. The exhibition celebrated its 23rd year and attracted over 400 entries from nine regional high schools and home school associations. The exhibition ran from December 4-16 and was juried by PSAD’s jewelry instructor Shannon Duffy, who also selected the cash award winners. PSAD is also pleased to have awarded scholarships to its Pre-College Summer Art Program  to Logan Browning of Community Christian Academy and Shane Hookham of McCracken County High School. This two-week program features screenwriting, video making, ceramics and small metals classes from June 5-16.

Charged and Transfigured at Christmas in the Park

charged-smallPaducah School of Art and Design (PSAD)  once again partnered with Paducah Power System (PPS) to add a creative, video element to the traditional lighting displays exhibited each year at Noble Park during Christmas in the Park.

This year’s artwork Charged and Transfigured was created for Christmas in the Park by Shane Ward, PSAD’s new sculpture instructor. It featured a sculptural work that includes an oversized diamond form and inclined circular plane upon which images and words are projected through video mapping technologies and equipment. Each facet of the diamond is illuminated by videos featuring the play of light on actual diamonds, appropriated from commercial sources. The tilted circle serves to receive a running literary narrative that contributes to the work’s overall message on the transformative power of light.


To view a video of Charged and Transfigured, click on this link. Read More…

PSAD Visit by Ballard Memorial High Art Students

Throughout the year PSAD has the pleasure of hosting tours and hands-on activities with art students from regional high schools. One recent visit from Jenny Bittner’s art classes at Ballard Memorial High School in Ballard County allowed twenty students the opportunity to tour PSAD’s 46,000 square foot campus and work with PSAD faculty and staff to throw some pots in our clay studio and make some bling in our small metals studio.

PSAD Hosts Author Amy Wright

831fcb0d-dbd8-4a35-9d58-e7d37311de7aOn November 10, author and editor Amy Wright, creative writing coordinator at Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University, visited Paducah to share readings from her poetry, the first poetry reading to be held in the Paducah School of Art and Design’s Bill Ford Gallery.  Read More…

Faculty and Student Holiday Art Sale

Paducah School of Art & Design (PSAD) hosted its Sixth Annual Student and Faculty Holiday Art Sale at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC)on Friday, November 18 and Saturday.

PSAD’s Holiday Art Sale provides the opportunity to purchase unique works of art by students and faculty of Paducah School of Art & Design as gifts or collectibles. The sale included hundreds of artworks from which to choose, including ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, and fiber art. Sales support individual students, as well as student enrichment activities presented by PSAD’s Art and Design Club.  Thanks to all who assisted and to those who supported our students and faculty again this holiday season.

PSAD at Surplus Gallery

PSAD Faculty Exhibition at SIU-C's Surplus Gallery. Pictured are works by Todd Birdsong, Randy Simmons and Shane Ward.

PSAD Faculty Exhibition at SIU-C’s Surplus Gallery. Pictured are works by Todd Birdsong, Shannon Duffy, John Hasegawa, Lily Liu, Tanya Nietzke, Randy Simmons and Shane Ward.

At the invitation of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU-C)  PSAD presented an exhibition of works by its faculty members at the Surplus Gallery within The Glove Factory in Carbondale, Illinois. The exhibition opened October 31 and ran through November 11, with a reception event from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., November 11. Exhibiting artists included Paul Aho, Todd Birdsong, Shannon Duffy, John Hasegawa, Lily Liu, Erich Nietzke, Tanya Nietzke, JP Rhea, Anita Rodriguez-Fitch, Randy Simmons and Shane Ward. Surplus Gallery is located at 432 South Washington Avenue. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m; Wednedays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m; Thursdays 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m; and Fridays 11:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.

National Portfolio Day

st-louis2016-2-smallPSAD students and faculty members Shane Ward and John Hasegawa enjoying an Art and Design Club field trip to St. Louis for National Portfolio Day, Sunday, October 23. Students also enjoyed visits to the St. Louis Art Museum, Kemper Art Museum, and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

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.