UNESCO World Meeting, Exhibition Comes to Paducah
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A new exhibition at Paducah School of Art and Design will show work from other UNESCO Creative Cities of Craft and Folk Art, to coincide with the first international meeting of UNESCO Creative Cities to be held in the United States.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's annual meeting is September 24-27 in Paducah, and the "Pride of Place" exhibition can be seen September 26-27 at the school at 905 Harrison Street.

Participating cities include Icheon, South Korea; Nassau, Bahamas; Suzhou, China; Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia; San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico; Hangzhou, China; Jingdezhen, China; Fabriano, Italy; and Paducah and Santa Fe from the United States.

"Pride of Place" will open with a reception event for the public from 4 - 5 pm on Tuesday, September 26 in the first floor alcove gallery. It will include works of art and crafts representing practices for which each of the participating cities are recognized and renowned. 

Paducah will showcase contemporary hand-dyed quilts by noted fiber artist Helene Davis. "Pride of Place" will also be on display in the alcove gallery from 9 am - 2 pm on Wednesday, September 27.

"We are pleased to collaborate with the City of Paducah, Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau, Paducah Economic Development, Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, and other regional organizations for the upcoming UNESCO visit," said PSAD Dean, Paul Aho. "We are particularly pleased to host this exhibition representing Paducah and our sister cities, bringing this unique display of international artworks together for their members to share and regional audiences to enjoy."

During the UNESCO visit, Australia Wide 5 will also be on exhibit at the art school. The juried, touring exhibition showcases the artwork of members of Ozquilt Network Inc., Australia's organization for art quilters. This collection of 39 works reflects contemporary art quilt practice from across Australia and will remain on view through September 29 in association with the American Quilter's Society's new Fall QuiltWeek in Paducah. This exhibition will be on display in the Bill Ford Gallery, also located at PSAD's 2D and Graphic Design Building.

PSAD, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree in Visual Art and an Associate in Applied Science degree and certificate programs in Visual Communication: Multimedia, as well as studio art classes for students of all levels and disciplines. Classes are offered on WKCTC's campus, and at 905 Harrison Street and 919 Madison Street.

For more information, call (270) 534-3901.

Published 11:32 AM, Saturday Sep. 09, 2017
Updated 03:27 PM, Saturday Sep. 09, 2017

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