West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) is pleased to present Legacy 2–the Lower Town Arts District, an exhibition of artworks by past and present artists who pioneered or continue to have an association with Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. The exhibition is complemented by a memorial exhibition for Freda Fairchild, a leader among Lower Town’s art community who passed away in June 2017.
Legacy 2 and Freda Fairchild: beyond expectations will open with a reception event for the public from 5 – 7 p.m. October 12 in PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. The Lower Town exhibition will be presented in the Bill Ford Gallery and the Fairchild memorial exhibition will be presented in the art school’s first floor alcove gallery and upstairs in the PJC Gallery. Both exhibitions will be on display through November 8.
Legacy 2 includes works in a wide variety of media by over 40 artists representative of the diversity of work by the artists who live or lived in Lower Town, and in most cases came to Paducah in response to the City’s nationally recognized Artists Relocation Program. Founded in 2000, this City initiative to revitalize its oldest historic neighborhood proved a major success and brought artists from across the country to Paducah with the promise of low-cost properties and an opportunity for a new life within a distinctive creative community. At its peak, the Art District boasted close to 70 live/work spaces and galleries, converting a neighborhood in disrepair to its former glory.