West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) first opened its doors to offer classes in August 2008 - 10 years ago. It started with just course three offerings - drawing, painting and digital photography. Now the art school, with its completed three-building campus, covers two blocks on Paducah’s Madison and Harrison Streets and offers more than 40 programs each semester.
To celebrate their tenth-anniversary PSAD is holding a Block Bash in its 2D Graphic and Design Building at 905 Harrison Street from 1 - 4 pm. The event will feature studio art and related activities with PSAD faculty and students throughout the day, including hands-on activities for youth in sixth grade to adults.
Come to downtown Paducah and see metalsmithing, ceramics, laser cutting, mold making, and plaster casting in the Ceramics and Sculpture Buildings located at 919 Madison Street. Vinyl cutting, Photoshopped self-portraits, animation demos, and collaborative mural and large-scale weaving projects will be offered in the 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street.
Younger children will also be able to have a great time at the Block Bash's Kids Zone which is being set up in the 2D and Graphic Design Building. Light refreshments will be available.
Block Bash visitors can see “Black and White”, an exhibition of works by PSAD faculty members Randy Simmons and Evin Dubois. They can also view an exhibition of student work from nine regional high schools, “Bright Futures 4”. Slide shows showcasing student and faculty artwork and events and activities at the art school since its inception in 2008 will also be on display.
“PSAD is pleased to host the Block Bash in celebration of our tenth year serving traditional and non-traditional college students and others within the region,” said Paul Aho, PSAD director. “We will have fun and exciting activities for everyone in our community who comes out to the event. It will provide a chance for adults and youth to try their hand at a number of art activities and to share in what we have accomplished over our first ten years. The Block Bash is our way of giving back to the community that has so generously supported our vision for a world-class art school and our mission to serve as an arts destination for the region.”
For more information on PSAD and this event please visit psad.westkentucky.kctcs.edu
Through a collaborative effort between the City of Paducah, WKCTC and many college and community supporters, the vision for PSAD became a reality. The first phase of the PSAD campus, the historic 6,700-square-foot Ceramics and Small Metals Building, was completed in January 2013. The 7,000-square-foot Sculpture Building, which opened in August 2014. The building features state-of-the-art studios for woodworking and metals fabrication, along with a wax and plaster room in support of an outdoor foundry.
The final milestone of the Lowertown campus, its 2D and Graphic Design Building, opened in March 2016. The 32,228-square-foot building includes studios for painting, drawing, digital photography, fiber arts, graphic design, multimedia, and a cutting-edge recording studio. The building is also home to Kitchen’s Café and the Bill Ford Gallery, named for local artist and community art supporter, Bill Ford.