A new art installation called, “Defining Paducah: Honoring the Outstanding Legacy of Local African Americans," will be unveiled on February 2 at 203 Broadway in Paducah. The building, which has been recently renovated, is located next to Simply B boutique.
The installation will feature portraits of notable African Americans from Paducah’s rich history. They include B. A. Hamilton, a veteran businessman and community leader, Oscar Cross, the founder of Paducah’s Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club, and Maggie Steed, the founder of Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah. Students from West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Student Art & Design Club are painting the portraits that will be displayed in the large front windows of the building.
An unveiling of the portrait exhibit will be held at 3pm on Saturday, February 2. The unveiling kicks off with speakers right outside the art installation, including Dr. Anton Reece, President at WKCTC.
After the unveiling, the public is invited to visit the Yeiser Art Center, located across the street. There will be spoken word performances, and will include poet Samuel Hawkins performing his work. The reception, will also include refreshments and will end at 5 pm. The portraits will remain on display on the windows at the 203 Broadway location throughout February. There is no admission fee.
"The Student Art and Design Club is looking forward to bringing forth history,” PSAD instructor Tanya Neitzke told me. “In conjunction with Black History Month, we are honoring 22 African Americans of Paducah in a public art installation. By embarking on this project, we are bringing a part of the diverse local history into the community in a creative, colorful way. PASD is committed to continuing to provide learning experiences and collaborations between students, the college and the community."
Student Art and Design Club
The Student Art and Design Club (SADC) at WKCTC is geared toward creative students of all disciplines, including fine art, video production, graphic design, creative writing and culinary arts. Club activities are designed to stimulate students outside of the classroom to challenge their creativity and to grow their skills. Events such as artist talks and creative workshops connect club members to industry experts. The SADC hosts meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the Paducah School of Art & Design 2D and Graphic Design building.
At West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD), a mix of traditional and non-traditional students and 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. Find out more at psad.westkentucky.kctcs.edu.