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Interim Director of Paducah School of Art Named

Veteran artist Paul Aho has been named interim director of the Paducah School of Art, school officials announced today. Aho, photography and digital imaging instructor at the school, succeeds Harvey Shadow who stepped down as director on November 18. The Paducah School of Art, located in downtown Paducah, is a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Aho, a native of Milwaukee, WI, has held administrative positions as chief program officer for the PalmBeach Photographic Centre; dean of the School of Art at the Armory Art Center and North American sales representative for International Fine Arts Expositions. He has also served as director of visual art services and public art programs for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Floridas largest private cultural agency. Prior to moving to Kentucky, he was an adjunct professor of art at Florida Atlantic University from 2004 through 2010 and at Palm Beach Community College from 1980-1998.

Aho was the first recipient of the Palm Beach County Cultural Councils Ubertalli Award for Artistic Achievement and is a two-time recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortiums Visual and Media Artists Fellowship. Additionally, in 2010 he was awarded an individual artists fellowship from The Santo Foundation through an international call to artists. Aho graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida.

His work is in the permanent collections of Sioux City Art Center, Iowa; Mandarin Hotel, Miami; MGM Mirage, Las Vegas; Suki Art Fund, Houston; Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino and Four Seasons Hotel and Resort, Marrakech, among dozens of others. Representation for his work includes Soho Myriad, Atlanta; BostonArt, Boston and Kinzelman Art Consultants, Houston, among other leaders in the field.

Aho recently completed Rio de Ais, a thematic installation supporting environmental awareness of the Indian River Lagoon, commissioned by the Florida Art in State Buildings Program at Florida Atlantic University.

The Paducah School of Art opened its doors in 2007 and has grown to an enrollment of more than 400 students. Four full-time and five part-time faculty members currently teach at PSA.

A national search for a new director will begin in the spring.