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Paducah School of Art Design Celebrates Opening of New Sculpture Building

The first classes at Paducah School of Art amp; Designs (PSAD) new sculpture facility began last month offering students like Lillie Poindexter the chance to begin her education doing something she loves.

This is my first sculpture class, and this building is very nice; I like it a lot, said 18-year-old Poindexter, who graduated from Livingston County High School in May. I want to learn every element of art and earn my associate degree. This is the place for me to start to build my art skills and find my best potential. Im excited about my future as an artist.

On Tuesday, September 30, Poindexter plans to join in an open house and celebration for the opening of the 7,000-square-foot sculpture facility which houses studios for clay, wood working, welding, and metal fabrication, as well a foundry for bronze casting.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at 919 Madison Street and will commemorate the completion of the first two phases of PSADs Lowertown campus which includes the new sculpture facility and the adjacent 6,700-square-foot ceramics and small metals building which includes studios for ceramics and the jewelry and metals programs.

In addition the celebration will kickoff the final phase of the PSAD campus project which will result in the renovation of the former Kitchens, Inc., building at 905 Harrison Street. Once completed in January 2016, the historic building will provide 29,400 square feet of studio space for 2-dimensional design, painting, drawing, graphic design, and digital photography, as well as office and gallery space and a cafe. PSAD is a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC).

As dean of Paducah School of Art and Design, I am delighted at the progress we have made toward the completion of a comprehensive campus for our programs and the support we have received from the community, said Paul Aho. The completion of our new sculpture building will allow for significant growth in that discipline and provides a new and outstanding resource for our degree-seeking students as well as regional audiences interested in expanding their creativity and exploring the rewards of making art.

Speakers for the days celebration include Dr. Barbara Veazey, WKCTC president, and Dr. Michael B. McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The celebration will also include recognizing Dr. McCall for his dedication and service to WKCTC and PSAD, as well as the other 15 KCTCS colleges since the system was created in 1997. Dr. McCall will retire as KCTCS president in January 2015.

Tours of the sculpture and ceramics buildings and faculty demonstrations of PSAD programs will be available during the celebration.