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.