Exposure Series

The Exposure Series enables audiences and artists to explore ideas about our world with an interdisciplinary and mission-based approach. These events are free to the public.

Clemens Fine Arts Center Stage
October 1 
7:30 PM

Walking On Cotton - Brenda

Walking On Cotton is a new dramatic play about women and children living with domestic violence, a silent epidemic in our society, our community. The short play includes personal stories and incidents of abuse and the affect that the abuse has had on the victims even after they are considered survivors. It will also give the audience an opportunity to see some of the affects that domestic violence have on children. This art form was chosen, along with song and movement, to give voice to the women and children that are unable or too afraid to speak.  Although the play is not all inclusive, domestic violence can affect any one of us, there is no precipitous for it, no ethnicity, gender, class or socioeconomic group. 

Clemens Fine Arts Center Stage
November 10
7:30 PM
Radio Piano - by Jay Needham

Radio Piano is a composition for extended piano and concert hall that involves the use of discrete FM transmissions from within and around a grand piano. Each performance is unique as the composition is created by gathering live radio signals and remixing their energies and content for transmission to the audience.

Jay Needham is a sound artist, electro-acoustic composer and teacher. He is an artist who works across multiple creative platforms. His sound art, works for radio and visual art have appeared at museums, festivals and on the airwaves worldwide. Through applied aspects of his research, Needham strives to affect positive change and bridge the gap between the arts and the sciences. Needham’s continued investigations of sound, ecology, and demilitarized landscapes has culminated in the creation of a large-scale sound installation on permanent exhibition in the BioMuseo, Panama’s new museum of biodiversity, which was designed by architect Frank Gehry. His works have appeared at critically acclaimed festivals such as Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt Gemany; Pixel Ache, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland;Third Coast Audio Festival, Chicago, USA; Radiotesla, Tesla, Berlin, Germany; International Festival of Antarctic Arts and Culture in Buenos Aires Argentina. dLux Media Arts, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia and the Rapid Pulse International Festival of Performance Art, Chicago, USA.

He has been invited to speak at many noted programs including the Department of Techno-Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, The School of the Art Institute Chicago and California Institute of the Arts. His writings appear in the journals Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Leonardo Music Journal, Exposure and in the book Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time, Culture, He is a member of the boards of the World Forum of Acoustic Ecology, the Institute for Neotropical Conservation serves as president of Carbondale Community Arts. Needham received his MFA from The School of Art at California Institute of the Arts.

February 19
6 PM
Location: Paducah School of Art & Design

Truth & Trust in Media - Panel Discussion

We live in the real world and truth is about how things are and what reality is like. This panel discussion will attempt to address the trend of indifference towards the truth in modern media and how that undermines the fundamental principle of trust in society. Please join our panelist for this revealing discussion.

Kevin Qualls has enjoyed careers in media, law, and higher education. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Kentucky Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar.

He earned a Juris Doctorate from Liberty University, a Master's in Journalism from Marshall University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication from the University of Kentucky.

In the late 1980's and early 1990's he produced the nationally syndicated outdoor television series, "The Great American Outdoors." He later produced video for corporate and broadcast clients with a company he owned and operated, "Digital Age Recording."

He has worked as a trial attorney and expert witness regarding pre-trial publicity. At the U.S. Attorney's office in the Western District of Virginia, he assisted in the prosecution of cases involving false advertising and cases where evidence was media-based.

Participation on previous panel discussions include the live televised “Blogging and the potential limits of the First Amendment” moderated by West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brend Benjamin, and “An Outgrown Paradigm: Are Core News Values of Yesterday Still Applicable in our Digital Age” at the Broadcast Education Association.

He joined the faculty of Murray State University in 2008. Prior teaching posts were at Francis Marion University, Marshall University, Paducah Community College, and Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts.

Dr. Tim Vance is a veteran of the advertising and Public Relations industries. Over the years he has worked with corporate clients, not-for-profit organizations, higher education, and political campaigns. Now he is enthusiastically passing along his knowledge and experience to the next generation of mass communication professionals at Murray State University. 

Dr. Vance’s research interests include media literacy, political campaign communication, and the effects of mass media on the electorate.

Dr. Bob McGaughey is Professor and chairman emeritus of the Murray State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Murray State and the doctorate in Mass Communication from Ohio University.

He was the Max Carmen Outstanding Teacher in 1984 and was named the Distinguished Professor by the Alumni Association in 1990. IN 2015 he received MSU’s “Golden Horseshoe Award” for outstanding service to the University. He was elected eight time to attend the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) faculty-industry seminar in New York City, and was named the Frank Stanton Fellow of the IRTS in 1987.

McGaughey has logged more than 40 papers and presentations to national conferences of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, The College Media Advisers/Associated Collegiate Press, and the Public Relations Student Society of America. A retired U.S. Army major after 18 years with the 100th Division, Army Reserve, his medals include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Vietnamese Service Medal.

He served two terms as the educational representative to the Kentucky Press Association and was for 10 years the executive director of the West Kentucky Press Association. Honored with a special award upon his retirement in 1997, he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2012.

Robert Valentine joined the faculty of Murray State University in 1974 after teaching at the University of Kentucky where he received both the B.A. in history and an M.A. in communication. At Murray State, he coached his speech and debate teams to national championship, and also served as Director of Reader’s Theatre and Head of College for Elizabeth Residential College.

He has written and performed for stage, film and television and premiered his one-man play, “Edison: A Man” at the TVA Adventure Theater at the 1980 Knoxville World’s Fair. He has been associated with advertising firms Farthing & Associates, Joe Rigsby, and TAE/Marketing Consultations which he serves today as Principal. His clients have included local, regional and national businesses and government agencies.

He is director of basic studies for MSU’s Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communication and also serves on the Advertising faculty. He has been named Regent’s Teacher, the Max Carmen Outstanding Teacher, and has spoken to a number of groups in government, non-profit industry, and education concerning the millennial generation.