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Paducah School of Art Student Exhibition Winners

The Paducah School of Art and West Kentucky Community and Technical College recently announced the award winners for the 2011 Student Art Exhibition. The artworks in the exhibition were created during the 2010-2011 academic year by students in all studio classes and included 2-D and 3-D design, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.

Students who received the Awards of Excellence and a $50 prize were: Marshall County residents Ellyandra Rhea Cissell (ceramic sculpture), Karen Wilson Dodson (painting), Dennis Dreyer (digital photography), Rhonda Lynn Henson (digital photography), and Karoline Marie Hlinka (drawing).

Students from McCracken County won in the following categories: Yao Ying Jiang (sculpture), Jamie L Mourer (ceramics), Charles R. Schneider, Jr. (digital photography), and Lee D. Trickey (ceramics).

Samuel Todd of Lyon County also won for digital photography.

Photography student Betty Jones of Marshall County received the Director's Award and a $50 prize from the Paducah School of Art Director Harvey Sadow.

Over $500 in merit and purchase awards was presented at the opening reception earlier in April at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery on the campus of West Kentucky Community amp; Technical College.

The judge for this year's exhibition was Professor Brent Oglesbee, Chairman of the Department of Art at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In addition to his administrative and teaching duties, Oglesbee is a noted sculptor and the recipient of two Kentucky Arts Council Individual Artists Grants.

My selection of award winners began with the usual standards; solid composition, sensitive use of materials, and clear intent. Many of the works in the show met those standards and were enjoyable to view because of it. Those that drew me back for further study struck me as more intense investigations, or works that allowed the viewer to participate in its completion, admittedly subjective criterion, said Oglesbee.

The public is invited to see the award winning artwork, which is on display in the Clemens Gallery until May 2.
Gallery hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 am 2:00 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am. 3:00 pm
There is no admission charge for the Clemens Gallery.

For more information about the Paducah School of Art, located at 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah, contact Harvey Sadow at 270-408-4278 or