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Paducah School of Art and Design Exhibits Student Artwork from Survival Skills Class

PADUCAH, KY (April 18, 2016) Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) will exhibit artworks by students currently enrolled in its Survival Skills for Artists class beginning with an opening reception April 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Maiden Alley Cinema in downtown Paducah.

PSADs Professor of Drawing Randy Simmons teaches the Survival Skills for Artists class. Participating students are Aundria Bates, Lu Colby, Michael Copeland, Victoria Dycus, Sarah Hall, Barry Johnson, Mitchell Matheny, Lillie Poindexter and Carolyn Roof. The exhibition will include 2-D and 3-D works in photography, drawing, ceramics, jewelry making and small sculptures.

The class has been offered for the past five years and is designed to prepare students for their transition into emerging artists. Students learn how to prepare portfolios and exhibit their work professionally in a public venue. They also acquire other professional skills such as how to best photograph their work, safe studio practices and art marketing.

Instructor Randy Simmons said its always a pleasure to teach this class and see immediate benefits in the way students prepare and present themselves as artists.

As a two-year school, where a number of our students will conclude their studies with an Associate in Fine Art degree, this class functions like a senior seminar class in a four-year college, providing career and professional development skills not covered directly in studio classes, said Simmons. For artists living in the region, it allows an opportunity to enhance their professional practices and strengthen their careers.

Visitors can see the exhibit at Maiden Alley Cinema from April 23 - July 17.

PSAD, 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 main campus, 919 Madison Street and 905 Harrison Street.

For more information, call (270) 408-4281.