West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah School of Art and Design is pleased to present Freda Fairchild: beyond expectations, a memorial exhibition recognizing the life and work of this internationally recognized artists and Lower Town pioneer. The exhibition opens in the PJC Gallery and Downstairs Alcove Gallery at West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art & Design (PSAD) 2D/Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street on Thursday, October 12, with an opening reception from 5-7 PM. Beyond Expectations is running concurrently through November 8 with PSAD’s Legacy 2–The Lower Town Arts District exhibition, featuring artworks by over forty previous and current Lower Town artists.
Fairchild, who passed away on June 29, was an enthusiastic and prolific multi-media artist who maintained a studio/gallery at Studio Miska, 627 Madison in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. She worked primarily in fiber arts, costume design, and a non-toxic printmaking process, which she enjoyed sharing with other artists.
A Kentucky native, Fairchild earned a bachelor’s degree in Art at Berea College. After attending graduate courses in art at San Francisco State University, she remained in California studying printmaking and teaching before eventually devoting herself entirely to making art. She returned to Kentucky in 2001 to participate in the “At Home Project” with Judy Chicago at Western Kentucky University. She ventured to Paducah one weekend during that time, bought a home, and became one the first participants in the city’s Artist Relocation Program.