Paducah School of Art and Design once again hosted its One Book Read Photo Contest in support of West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s 2016-17 read of Little Princes by New York Times bestselling author Conor Grennan. The contest was 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 sponsor the contest and offer cash awards for first, second and third place winners. Winners were Mark Watkins, First Place, Phyllis Russell, Second Place, and Paul Grumley, Third Place. Honorable mentions included Stephanie Young and Jeannie Drossos.
Readers were encouraged to create works of art that relate to Grennan’s book about the breaking and mending of children and families in the remote Himalayan country of Nepal. Photographers could simulate a scene from the book; create an image or portrait study that speaks to the challenges of separation or broken families; explore the promise of mending and the power of love; discovery or personal growth through travel; or any related source of inspiration generated by the book.
This year’s One Book Read was funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.