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Community Invited to Participate in Photo Contest Based on WKCTC's One Book Read of New York Times Bestseller

Published on Jan 19, 2018

PADUCAH, KY (01/12/2018) West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) has opened its annual One Book Read Photo Contest and invites the community to participate in WKCTC's 10th anniversary read of The Age of Miracles by New York Times bestselling author Karen Thompson Walker. 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 13-14.

The college's PSAD and 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 Walker's opening reception March 13.

Readers are encouraged to create works of art that relate to Walker's book about coming of age against a backdrop of a suddenly altered world. Photographers might simulate a scene from the book; create an image or portrait study that speaks to changing relationships; first love; isolation, inner strength; 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 director. "We encourage everyone to start developing their ideas for their photos now. In addition to the annual photo contest, this year we will also include ten photos selected from a One Book Read social media contest.

Works will be accepted February 27-28 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 8. The exhibition will be on display in the gallery through March 23.

Entry forms, contest details, loan agreement and One Book information are available at

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.

WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree, an Associate in Applied Science degree in Visual Communication and Multimedia, as well as certificate programs and 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.