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PSAD Opens Community-wide One Book Read Photo Contest Based on New York Times Bestselling Author’s Book

Published on Jan 10, 2017

Paducah, Kentucky (January 10, 2017) Paducah School of Art and Design has opened its annual One Book Read Photo Contest and invites the community to participate in West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s 2016-17 read of Little Princes by New York Times bestselling author Conor Grennan. The contest is free to enter and open to the public.

The photo competition and exhibition complement other community-related One Book activities leading up to the author's two-day visit and public programs at WKCTC March 28-29.

Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) and WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center are sponsoring the contest that will feature cash awards for first, second and third place winners. Winners will take home $100, $75 and $50 respectively, and will be announced during Grennan’s opening reception March 28.

Readers are encouraged to create works of art that relate to Grennan’s book about the breaking and mending of children and families in the remote Himalayan country of Nepal. Photographers might simulate a scene from the book; create an image or portrait study that speaks to the challenges of separation or broken families; explore the promise of mending and the power of love; discovery or personal growth through travel; or any related source of inspiration generated by the book.

“We welcome photographers of all skill levels to enter the contest, and hope to see both traditional and nontraditional photo entries,” said Paul Aho, PSAD dean. “We encourage everyone to start developing their ideas for their photos now.”

 Works will be accepted February 28 at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery on the WKCTC campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An exhibition of all submitted works will open in the Clemens Gallery March 16. Entry forms, contest details, loan agreement and One Book information are available at, click on the Little Princes 2016-17 tab.

This year’s One Book Read is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Paducah School of Art and Design, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree, as well as studio art classes for students of all levels and disciplines. Classes are offered on WKCTC’s campus, 905 Harrison Street and 919 Madison Street in historic Lower Town. For more information about PSAD, call (270) 534-3901.