The Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) is located in the Lower Town area of Paducah. It’s a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. PSAD is celebrating its tenth year with an exhibition entitled “Silver Celebration”.  It features work from West Kentucky PSAD Alumni. It's the first showcase of creative work from graduates of their Associate in Fine Arts degree in Visual Art courses and Associate in Applied Science degree in Visual Communication:Multimedia.

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The exhibition opens on Thursday, September 27, with a reception event between 5 pm and 6:30 pm, in the Bill Ford Gallery which is located inside PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street. The exhibition runs through November 1. Gallery hours are 9am - 4pm, Monday through Friday, and 10am - 4pm on Saturdays. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. All donations and a portion of gallery sales go towards the activities of the PSAD Art Club.  

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“The art is indicative of the courses we teach at PSAD and represents the success that our students have had while attending classes and after they graduate,” explained Randy Simmons, PSAD drawing professor and exhibition curator. “Drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking and an interactive installation sculpture will be on display. We will also showing an animation clip and trailers created by Shanden Simmons for his films. These will be shown as a continual loop on one of the gallery walls. Our very first AFA graduate, Allison Reynolds will be participating. Some of the art is available for purchase.”

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Artists selected for participation in the “Silver Celebration” exhibition include Lu Colby, Katyln Collins, Michael Copeland, Morgan Hadfield, Sarah Hall, Joanne Wong-Hammonds, Meg Mahoney, Ashlea McMillan, Carrie Parks, Lillie Poindexter, Allison Reynolds, Shanden Simmons, Rebekah Thuline, Jill Westerfield, and Grace Yocum.

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Randy Simmons

iLove the ArtsRandy Simmons is an Associate Professor of Drawing at Paducah School of Art and Design, where his teaching responsibilities include Drawing I, Drawing II, Life Drawing and Survival Skills for Artists. He studied art in England, Scotland & Wales, including King’s College in London, before receiving his BFA & MA in Painting at Murray State University and his MFA in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati.

Simmons is a former president of the Yeiser Art Center Board of Directors and is a recipient of two Kentucky Arts Council Grants. He has exhibited extensively and his work is represented in several public and private collections in the region. Among other recognition for his work, he was a Merit Award winner in the 57th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, IN. Randy also teaches for the KIIS Summer Studies Abroad program in Italy.

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PSAD is located at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah. At PSAD, a mix of traditional and non-traditional students, together with studio artists from the community, work side by side in the studios, sharing insights, experience, and ideas for the mutual benefit of all. PSAD offers classes in a wide variety of visual art studio areas and art history. Students may take beginning and intermediate classes for credit or recreationally or may choose to pursue an Associate in Fine Arts or an Associate in Applied Science in Visual Communication: Multimedia degree.

For more information please visit psad.westkentucky.kctcs.edu