PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building is currently hosting Legacy 2 and Freda Fairchild: beyond expectations. The gallery is located at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. The Lower Town exhibition will be presented in the Bill Ford Gallery and the Fairchild memorial exhibition will be presented in the art school’s first floor alcove gallery and upstairs in the PJC Gallery. Both exhibitions are on display through November 8.
Legacy 2 includes works in a wide variety of media by over 40 artists. It is representative of the diversity of work created by the artists who live, or lived, in Lower Town. In most cases, these artists came to Paducah in response to the City’s nationally recognized Artists Relocation Program.
Founded in 2000, this City initiative to revitalize its oldest historic neighborhood proved a major success. It brought artists from across the country to Paducah with the promise of low-cost properties and an opportunity for a new life within a distinctive creative community. At its peak, the Art District boasted close to 70 live/work spaces and galleries, converting a neighborhood in disrepair to its former glory.
Freda Fairchild, a leader among Lower Town’s art community, passed away in June 2017. Fairchild was an enthusiastic and prolific multi-media artist who maintained a studio/gallery at Studio Miska on Madison Street. She worked primarily in fiber arts, costume design, and a non-toxic printmaking process, which she enjoyed sharing with other artists.
A compilation of her work, Freda Fairchild: beyond expectations is running concurrently through November 8 with PSAD’s Legacy 2–The Lower Town Arts District exhibition.
For more information about the exhibits, visit https://paducahschoolofartanddesign.org.
Fairchild, who passed away on June 29, was an enthusiastic and prolific multi-media artist. A Kentucky native, Fairchild earned a bachelor’s degree in Art at Berea College. After attending graduate courses in art at San Francisco State University, she remained in California studying printmaking and teaching, before eventually devoting herself entirely to making art.
She returned to Kentucky in 2001 to participate in the “At Home Project” with Judy Chicago at Western Kentucky University. She ventured to Paducah one weekend during that time, bought a home, and became one the first participants in the city’s Artist Relocation Program.