Liminal Identities

The recent works of Sarah Ahmad and Jerry Phillips are featured in the show Liminal Identities. Join them for an opening reception on August 19, 5 - 7pm. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through September 30.

A process for identity

Synthesizing the present with remnants of their respective pasts, Pakistan-born Ahmad and Palau-born Phillips seek to understand and define the process of identity formation through their art practices. Ahmad and Phillips employ representational imagery drawn from their personal histories to unveil the multiplicity of identity.

Ahmad’s installation Groundless III takes over the gallery and creates an immersive visual field that generates narratives of transcendent identity and cosmic unity within the context of harmonious realities in a global age of conflict.

Phillips’ use of origami in Operation Stalemate II is a whimsical nod to his Pacific Island heritage that explores the conflicting thoughts of opposing cultural viewpoints.

Fiber as a physical material

This exhibition was selected to coincide with the Fall Quilt Week, and explores fiber as physical material, conceptual practice, and historical theme through the selected works. Phillips’ sculptures use fiber as a medium; the geometric patterns in Ahmad’s installation and beaded works reference a rich textile industry.

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Sarah Ahmad

Sarah Ahmad’s artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers throughout the United States and in the United Arab Emirates. She received an MFA from the Memphis College of Art, MA Education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and BA Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan.

Expressing a synthesis of her diverse experiences and multiple roles, her artwork is also a quest for an identity that combines all aspects of her life into new realities – representing hope and renewal, explorations, and new discoveries. 

Mixed media works and installations are created from fragments of carvings that she designs from geometric patterns. The carvings are broken apart and then redesigned into structures that represent creating new, positive realties from destructive experiences. Islamic geometric patterns, from the art and architecture of a region where she grew up, represent her cultural heritage and aesthetic traditions. In recent works, she juxtaposes these with patterns found in nature and in the cosmos echoing a cosmic interconnectedness. 

Jerry Phillips

Jerry is an artist living and creating in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the building manager, studio assistant, and gallery coordinator for the Vanderbilt University Department of Art. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Drawing from Murray State University in 2007 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Drawing from Bradley University in 2010.  Jerry has exhibited work in various exhibitions across the United States and was included in a group exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.

Jerry comes from a long line of pacific islanders and his work investigates his relationships to his family and the culture of the Republic of Palau.  As he straddles the line of what it means to be a Palauan-American, he creates to makes sense of the conflicting thoughts of opposing cultural viewpoints. He works primarily on paper, but has recently began to appreciate and experiment with installation.


Located in downtown Paducah, the Yeiser Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization celebrating sixty years of serving the community through exhibitions and education throughout the Tri-State Region. The Yeiser Art Center is wheelchair accessible. YAC is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm.