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PSAD students open sculpture exhibition in renovated Coca-Cola plant

Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) sculpture students will host an opening reception for their unique exhibition Wednesday, December 9 from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. on second floor of the historic and renovated Coca-Cola bottling plant, located at 3121 Broadway Street.

The exhibition, titled Re, will feature works by current PSAD Sculpture I students, and will give form to their final project in a class taught by PSAD Sculptor-in-Residence and Sculpture Instructor Cody Arnall. The reception is free and open to the public.

Participating student artists are Aundi Bates, Lu Colby, Michael Copeland, Victoria Dycus, Kate Foley, Sarah Hall, Nikki Harshman, Jaden Keeling, Joe Kelly, Emilee Marsh, Kristyn Tabor and Joanne Wong-Hammonds, who are each creating a sculptural work specifically for the project and the space.

The concept behind the artworks created for Re is to investigate themes of reclaiming, repurposing and releasing, as well as to capitalize on the potential of a space through its manipulation - activating that space rather than occupying it, said Arnall. The project and the exhibition allow students the opportunity to create works which explore contemporary sculpture and practices in an unconventional space and outside the traditional gallery experience.

Arnall and the students reached out to plant owners Ed and Meagan Musselman, who were pleased to host the show and support the art school, said Arnall. We are excited to be working in the same location where two amazing local businesses are operating from the plant, Dry Ground Brewing Company and Pipers Tea and Coffee, both huge supporters of local art, he added.

The student exhibition will remain installed through Friday, December 18. Viewing after the December 9 opening reception will be by appointment only. Email cody.arnall@kctcs.edu to schedule a viewing.

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 919 Madison Street in LowerTown.

For more information, call (270) 408-4278.

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