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PSAD Opens Community-wide Photo Contest Based on Saints at the River Book

Paducah School of Art and Design invites the community to participate in a photo contest as part of this years One Book Read project at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC).

The contest, based on the One Book Read of Saints at the River by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash, is free to enter and open to the public.

The photo competition and exhibition complement other community-related One Book activities leading up to the author's two-day visit and public programs at WKCTC March 8-9, 2016.

Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) and WKCTCs Clemens Fine Arts Center are sponsoring the contest that will feature cash awards for first, second and third place winners with $100, $75, and

$50 respectively. PSAD faculty members will select contest winners, who will be announced during the opening reception for Rash March 8.

Readers are encouraged to create works of art that relate to Rashs novel, which explores the deepest human themes: the love of the land, the hold of the dead on the living, the need to dive beneath the surface to arrive at a deeper truth through a young girls death in a South Carolina river, and the dynamics that ensue in a struggle to reclaim her body. Readers might photograph the movement or flow of rivers; issues of environmental relevance; the lives of those living on or working on the river; or any number of other sources of inspiration generated by the book.

Community members may begin taking photos now. Works will be accepted January 18-19, 2016, at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery on the WKCTC campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An exhibition of all submitted works will open in the Clemens Gallery January 21 in conjunction with the Over the Top exhibit, a group of 2016 Master Artist Workshop presenters.
Entry forms, contest details, loan agreement and One Book information are available at

Paducah School of Art and Design, 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 campus; at 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah; and at our LowerTown campus at 919 Madison Street.

For more information about the One Book Read photo contest and PSAD class offerings, contact Paul Aho at (270) 408-4281,

Registration for spring classes at WKCTC is currently underway. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visit for class offerings. Spring classes begin January 11.