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Paducah School of Art Winners

Eleven Paducah School of Art students received recognition for their artwork at the 2012 Student Exhibition held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College April 5. The artwork included 2-D and 3-D design, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture.

During the opening reception in the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Gallery, over $500 in merit and purchase awards was presented to the winners, including Paducah resident Mokihana Blanding who won the inaugural WKCTC Presidents Award. I am so shocked to have been selected for this award, Blanding said. But I am super excited that my hard work has finally paid off."

Blandings painting, Come, Fall, is the first in a permanent collection for the WKCTC campus," said Paducah School of Art Interim Director Paul Aho. This award is another indicator of Dr. Veazeys (WKCTC president) commitment to the Paducah School of Art and its students, Aho said.

Five students received Best in Show and a $50 prize in the following categories:

  • Juanita Gilliam,Paducah, Lizard Gathering -- ceramics
  • John Cannon, Paducah, In the Name of God I Command You -- drawing
  • James Hardy, Paducah, The Imposters -- painting
  • Taylor Moore, Untitled -- photography
  • Ellyandra Cissell, of Benton, won Best in Show for her sculpture Inner Scream.

The following students won a Merit Award and a $50 prize:

  • Evita Lynne, Paducah Self Portrait: Mind -- 3-D design
  • Rebecca Harned, Paducah, Pattern #1 --2-D design
  • Lee Trickey, Paducah, #2 Tall Teapot Series -- ceramics
  • Karen Dodson, of Grand Rivers, won for her painting Girl with White Flowers.
  • Mayfield resident Allan Simpson won for his drawing Carburetor.

The judge for this year's exhibition was Dick Dougherty, chair of the Department of Art and Design at Murray State University. It was difficult to choose between such fine work and select the ten awards for the exhibition, said Dougherty. My instinct was to select works from a variety of media so students with skills in many areas may be recognized.

Paducah School of Art student artwork can be seen in the Clemens Gallery until April 30. Gallery hours are:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the Paducah School of Art, contact Paul Aho at 270-408-4278 or The Paducah School of Art is a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College and is located at 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah.