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Community-wide Art Contest Based on Orphan Train Book

Paducah School of Art and Design is developing a community-wide art contest as part of this years One Book, One Campus, One Community Read project at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC).

The contest, based on the One Book read of Orphan Train by New York Times best-selling author Christina Baker Kline, is free to enter and open to the public.

The art competition and exhibition complement other community-related One Book activities and the author's two-day visit and public programs at WKCTC on March 31 and April 1. Entries are due by February 17-18; art loan agreement must be completed by February 13.

The contest is sponsored by WKCTCs Arts in Focus Keynote Series and Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD), and will feature cash awards for first, second and third place winners with $100, $75, and $50 respectively. PSAD faculty members will select winners.

The contest and exhibition are open to 2-Dimensional works in all media. Readers are encouraged to create works of art that relate to Klines history-based novel which is staged during the period of 1859-1929 and recounts the practice of bringing orphan children by train from northern cities to cities in Americas heartland for adoption along the way.

Readers might illustrate a favorite scene from the book; create a portrait study from imagination of one of the characters; render or illustrate some aspect of train travel during the period; or any number of other sources of inspiration generated by the book. Visual resources can be viewed at

Entry forms, contest details and loan agreement and One Book information are available online at //Student_Life/OneBook.aspx.

An exhibition of all submitted works opens February 19 and runs through April 3, in the Clemens Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 WKCTCs campus; at 409 Broadway, in downtown Paducah; and at our LowerTown campus at 919 Madison Street.

For more information about the One Book art contest and PSAD class offerings, contact Paul Aho at (270) 408-4281,