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Community-Wide Photography Contest

West Kentucky Community and Technical College invites the community to participate in a photography contest in support of its OneBook, One Campus, One Community Read featuring Jeannette Walls book Half Broke Horses. The photography competition complements the college sponsored community read of Half Broke Horses and its Arts in Focus Keynote Series, which includes the author's two-day visit and public programs on Thursday, March 14 - Friday, March 15, 2013.

The One Book, One Campus, One Community Read is a community effort to focus on the importance of reading and to promote literacy in the region said Gail Robinson-Butler, Clemens Fine Arts Center director. We are excited about this photo contest and the images well get to showcase in the Clemens Fine Arts Center. This contest is a perfect fit for Jeannettes book, Butler said.

The book is about the spirit of human determination as exemplified by the main character, Lily Casey Smith. From the ages of six to fifteen she helped on her fathers ranch, breaking wild horses before leaving home alone on her pony in pursuit of a teaching job in a frontier town 500 miles away. She married, ran her own ranch, endured The Great Depression, and survived considerable hardship and tragedy.

The Half Broke Horses' photography contest, sponsored by the Paducah School of Art, focuses on horses and/or images including horses in recognition of their formative role in the development of the main characters childhood and the life she would go on to lead said Paul Aho, Paducah School of Art dean.

The contest is open to all members of the community and all submissions will be exhibited in the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center from Thursday, March 7 - Thursday, March 28. The opening and announcement of winners will coincide with the opening of the PSAs Photography Invitational, 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013.

PSA faculty members will select winners and present three Honorable Mention awards, two Merit awards with $25 cash prizes and one Best in Show award with a $50 cash prize.

Entryforms and details are availableonline. There is no entry fee for the contest and entries are being accepted until Monday, February 4, 2013.

While on campus on March 14-15, Walls will give three presentations for WKCTC students, faculty and staff, ninth-twelfth grade students, and a public presentation. All presentations are free. The public performance will be held on March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clemens Fine Arts Center.

For more information the photo contest, contact Liz Dodd at (270) 408-4278, liz.dodd@kctcs.edu. For more information about Walls visit to the WKCTC campus, contact Gail Robinson-Butler at 270-534-3213, gail.robinson@kctcs.edu.