AIR Studio Paducah 2021 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists
AIR Studio Paducah 2021 is an artist-in-residence studio and efficiency apartment located in the Lower Town Arts District of Paducah, Kentucky, six blocks from the Ohio River. They welcome self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of creative practices. Residents include visual artists, photographers, architects, writers, composers, and improvisational choreographers. Applicants are encouraged to have a clear objective for their residency. Stays usually range from two weeks to three months.
Deadline: 15 Feb 2020
The residency affords the artist time and space for focused, independent work, the development of new ideas, and experimentation. Visits to area cultural centers, galleries, and performance venues as well as short trips to regional arts facilities can open up a range of networking possibilities. AIR Studio Paducah features a storefront gallery/multi-purpose space that can be used for exhibitions or presentations during the residency.
Opportunities to muse or collaborate with other artists in the Paducah community are often available.
“AIR Studio is for serious artists who want a creative respite from their day-to-day environment and offers an ideal setting for those on sabbatical or who want a focused period of time to start or complete a body of work.” – Alonzo Davis
AIR Studio Paducah conducts a competitive selection process. Applications are peer-reviewed on a basis of the quality of past work and the applicant’s potential to have a productive residency. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Collaborative pairs and couples are welcome.
AIR Studio Paducah 2021 Advisors
- Deborah Ager – writer/poet, Maryland
- Jodi Beder – musician, Maryland
- Laura Cole – architect, Oregon
- Adriene Cruz – fiber artist, Oregon
- Nehemiah Dixon III – artist/curator, Maryland
- Robert (Bob) Donahue – artist, Maryland
- Itzel Lavenderos Hawes – architect/photographer, Mexico
- Dave Malone – poet, Missouri
- Andrea Prince – artist, West Virginia
- Honor Woodard – artist/photographer, Georgia
About AIR Studio Paducah
AIR Studio Paducah, now in its 16th year as an artist residency program, is situated in the heart of the LowerTown Arts District, Paducah, Kentucky. Since 2004, creatives from around the country and abroad have passed through the doors to make the most of the space and a stretch of undistracted time as envisioned by founder Alonzo Davis, himself an artist.
Drawn to Paducah by the Artist Relocation Program, Davis initially considered LowerTown as the location for a personal studio/retreat. Inspired however by working retreat experiences in California, Costa Rica, Connecticut, Wyoming, Colorado and Virginia, Davis decided instead to establish an artist residency program. Not only would visiting artists benefit, but also interaction with a changing influx of creatives from outside could lend an additional dynamic to the evolving LowerTown community. An active residency program would also heighten arts district visibility in the world of artist’s communities nationally and internationally.
About AIR Studio Prior Residents
In 2004 and as soon as renovations at 621 Madison Street were complete, AIR Studio Paducah welcomed its first resident—painter, Pinkney Herbert of Memphis. Soon to follow was printmaker, Maritza Davila, also of Memphis and on her heels, Adriene Cruz, a fiber artist from Portland, Oregon arrived. Other early residents included Benjamin Kelley, sculptor, Dave Malone, poet, the art quilter, Anita Knox, and digital artist, Monica Smith. Paducah area artists and writers also utilized the space from time to time.
For most of its existence, A.I.R. residents have been visual and fiber artists, a few photographers, and a scattering of creatives in other disciplines. The application process has since expanded and opened up to writers, architects, composers and improvisational choreographers. Geographically, residents hail from all over the U.S. east, west, north, south, and Canada.
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