Art from our Creative Community

Wastelanders 2017 Summer Exhibition

For the first time the Wastelanders exhibition is being held in the Bill Ford Gallery, located within PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building in the Lower Town Arts District. The Wastelanders 2017 Summer Exhibition will open with a reception event from 5 -7 pm, on July 29, 2017, and run through August 6.

Exhibiting artists for this show include E.J. Abell, Paula Danby, Mark Donham, Nancy Flowers, Juanita Neal Gilliam, Jason Hargrove, LaNelle Mason, Sandra Pfeifer, Jane Viterisi, and Ben Walker.

“PSAD is pleased to host our first exhibition featuring works by the Wastelanders” says PSAD dean Paul Aho. “This group of native talents continues to represent a creative community that existed before Paducah’s Artists Relocation program. It champions the region’s strength of place alongside the success of Lower Town as an arts district and other individuals and institutions in West Kentucky. As one might expect in such a group exhibition, there is a diversity of work to be seen and the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of its members.”

The Bill Ford Gallery is located in PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street in Lower Town, Paducah. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am - 4 pm; Saturday 10am -4pm. For more information, call 270.534.3901.

Paducah Wasterlanders

The Paducah Wastelanders are a group of artists from in and around Paducah.  The group was founded in 2007 by a group of area artists who had been here prior to the “Artist Relocation Program” and the renovation of the Lower Town area of Paducah into an artists’ community. 

An important leader in formation of the group was the late Sarah Roush. Roush was a visionary artist who was at the forefront of renovation of the historic Market House Square. Every day her work is seen by people in downtown Paducah through the colorful handmade ceramic tile facades that she created and installed on two buildings. Roush provided the exhibition space for the first four years of Wastelander exhibitions.

Since Roush passed away they have lost two other important members, Jerry Watson, and Kristi Hanson. Watson was an accomplished painter. Hanson was well known for her gourd sculptures and paintings.  She worked tirelessly to help the Wastelanders succeed.  The group continues its work in honor of their lives and contribution to the visual arts in our community.

The Wastelanders have exhibited on New Year’s Eve and on the Summer Solstice since 2007—exhibitions that feature new work. The Wastelanders have also featured guest artists from the region in every show. 

Paducah School of Art and Design

Paducah School of Art and Design, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree in Visual Art and an Associate in Applied Science degree and certificate programs in Visual Communication: Multimedia, as well as studio art classes for students of all levels and disciplines. Classes are offered on WKCTC’s campus; at 905 Harrison Street; and at 919 Madison Street.