Lexie Millikan has a lot going on at the moment. As well as being the fiber artist-in-residence at Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD), this local artist is also the Executive Director at the Yeiser Art Center. She relocated to Paducah from Kansas City, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Fiber Department of the Kansas City Art Institute and afterward served as Technician and Lecturer.
As artist-in-residence at PSAD, Milikan teaches fiber art classes in its Community Education Program and continues to support other community activities at the art school. The show’s title, Living Room, is a play on “A Room of One's Own”, and also refers to the home and gender roles in her work.
"Growing up in the mountains of southeastern Idaho and the Black Hills of South Dakota, I was greatly influenced by my rural surroundings." Lexie says. "...I was taught to reuse, use up, and make do."
Lexie Millikan uses traditional textile processes to examine her own family structure and her place within it. Working with clothing discarded by friends and family, she carefully deconstructs and reconstructs the material by sewing and weaving it back together. Her collected textiles are fraught with history and meaning, retaining fragments of the people who used them. Piecing together snippets of their histories, Millikan composes abstract portraits of those she has loved, loves, and those who have been lost somewhere in between.
This solo exhibition is complemented by an exhibition in PSAD’s Alcove Galleries of artworks by participants in the McCracken County 21st Century Program. Included are 21st Century Community Centers at Heath Middle, Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary, Lone Oak Middle, Reidland Elementary, Reidland Intermediate, Reidland Middle, and McCracken County High schools.
Both exhibitions will remain on display through April 18. Gallery hours are 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. Admission is free.
“As with other exhibitions this year celebrating our tenth anniversary, Living Room continues our focus on individuals and groups with ties to the art school,” says PSAD director Paul Aho. “Lexie came to Paducah to spend more time in the studio and has been a terrific fit with the community and an asset to PSAD. We are proud to host this exhibition and present a decidedly contemporary approach to fiber art in the Ford Gallery.”
The Bill Ford Gallery is located in PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street in Lower Town, Paducah.
For more information, visit psad.westkentucky.kctcs.edu