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A.I.R. Studio Paducah (Kentucky Residency) – Call For Artists

A.I.R. Studio Paducah (Kentucky Residency) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] A.I.R. Studio Paducah, an artist-in-residence studio and efficiency apartment located in the Lower Town Arts District of Paducah, Kentucky six blocks from the Ohio River, announces an ongoing call for artists. A.I.R. Studio welcomes self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of creative practices: 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.

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Deadline: Ongoing

A.I.R. 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. The residency affords the artist time and space for focused, independent work, 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. A.I.R. Studio features a storefront multi-purpose display space that can be used for exhibitions or presentations during the residency.

Resident Profile

For most of its existence, A.I.R. Studio 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, A.I.R. Studio residents hail from all over the United States and Canada.

Selection Process

A.I.R. 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.


“I embrace this day and all the levels of awareness that have entered my consciousness amidst depths of sadness and loss. Sitting on a bench overlooking the Ohio River, a gentle breeze brings comfort to my body and I watch what appears to be, calm, lightly fluttering wings on the surface of the water. This is just what I need. The great expanse in front of me is a gentle reminder that there is a great deal beyond this place where I sit; more to experience and endless opportunities to create a greater life of fulfillment beyond this moment.” – Helen Elliott, GA

“The experience really jumped-started me into a new path with my work. The residency also allowed for some reflection on my life, my pursuit of the arts, and acted almost as a spiritual retreat.” – Dan Annarino, IN

“Being at Paducah A.I.R. was a spectacular enterprise for me. Having the studio there last February was life changing and I have yearned for a studio space ever since. On another note, I am showing the large work I created there for the first time opening today. Seeing the work up at the Manhattan Beach Art Center tonight will be a moving reminder of that beautiful experience.” – June Edmonds, CA

About A.I.R. Studio Paducah

The A.I.R. Studio and efficiency apartment is located in the heart of the Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District and six blocks away from the Ohio River. As a resident in this setting you have the flexibility of making art in small town peace and quiet or engaging with the artist community.

Only steps away from galleries, studios, and other venues of interest within walking distance including the National Quilt Museum, Yeiser Art Center, Maiden Alley Cinema, Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, and McCracken County Public Library. If you can consider a longer stay, then check out class offerings at the nearby Paducah School of Art and Design.

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Art Through The Lens 2019 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

Art Through The Lens 2019 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

Yeiser Art Center announces a call for artists for Art Through the Lens 2019, an annual international juried contemporary photography exhibition. It provides photographers with an outlet for their art, encouragement for growth in their vision and presentation, and cash rewards for works of exceptional merit. Artists may submit up to five photographic entries. All photo-based imagery including video and moving images created through photographic processes are eligible including non-lens made images. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years, and not previously exhibited in an Art Through the Lens or Paducah Photo exhibition.

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Deadline: 15 Aug 2019

Art Through the Lens 2019 is open to all without restrictions on content. Each year from the works submitted, 50-70 images are selected for exhibition by a highly qualified juror. The 2019 Art Through the Lens juror is Cheryl Zibisky. Selected works will be featured in a full color catalog produced by the Yeiser Art Center and for purchase during the exhibition. $5000 in cash awards will be given to works of high merit. An awards presentation will be held during the opening reception. Art Through the Lens 2019 will be on display from October 4 – November 9, 2019.

About Yeiser Art Center

The Yeiser Art Center is a non profit visual arts organization celebrating over sixty years of serving the community with exhibitions and educational programming throughout the Tri- State Region. As the region’s foremost visual art center, the Yeiser Art Center brings diversity and excellence in visual arts to Paducah, Kentucky, a designated UNESCO Creative City. The gallery is situated near Paducah’s historic riverfront at 200 Broadway in the historic 1905 Market House building.

Originating in 1975 as the Paducah Summer Festival Photo Competition, Art Through the Lens has grown from a fledgling contest into an international juried exhibition. Over the past 40+ years, this exhibition has become one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious annual photographic events.

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Previous call for artists from Yeiser Art Center


Fantastic Fibers 2018 – Call For Artists

Fantastic Fibers 2018 – Call For Artists

Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the Fantastic Fibers 2018 international juried exhibition. One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging and innovative international exhibitions, Fantastic Fibers 2018 seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding contemporary works related to the fiber medium.

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Deadline: 16 Feb 2018

The show began in 1987 as a wearable art show. It has evolved over the years to include a compelling mix of works created from natural or synthetic fibers and work that addresses the subject or medium of fiber. The Fantastic Fibers 2018 exhibit is an American Quilter’s Society (AQS) sanctioned event. Paducah becomes a Mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts each April. It attracts more than 30,000 visitors from across the globe attend AQS QuiltWeek. This year’s AQS QuiltWeek dates are April 18 – 21, 2018.

Contemporary and innovative works created with fiber as the primary medium or concept are welcome. This exhibition is open to artists 18 years and over working in the field of fiber art. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years, and not previously exhibited in a Fantastic Fibers exhibition. There are no size restrictions. Up to five entries per artist are permitted with an entry fee of $25 per piece. All selected artworks will be featured in a full color catalog produced by Yeiser Art Center for sale during the exhibition. Selected artists for exhibit will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the exhibition catalog at a discounted rate. Fantastic Fibers 2018 will be on display at Yeiser Art Center from April 14 to June 9, 2018.

Artists may submit up to 5 distinct artwork entries with 3 images each entry. Each submission is $25 and should consist of 1 single artwork represented by 1 to 3 images (multiple full views and/or details may be included). A new application should be completed for each subsequent artwork up to 5 entries in total.

Fantastic Fibers 2018 Juror

Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, juror, is a fiber artist whose experimental techniques and expressive interpretations have earned him an international reputation. Arturo is one of Kentucky’s most original, influential, and significant artists. His work is in the collections of the New York City Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design Collection, as well as galleries and private collections throughout the world.

“What distinguishes me from other artists working in fiber is my choice to mainly explore and recycle twentieth century industrial materials that have been primarily designed as tapes or films. Incorporating them into woven or interlaced webs provides for me permutations for my design concepts which are personalized into a visual vocabulary of the sky, water, landscape; and more recently, issues related to international and domestic politics, terrorism, the total nuclear threat, the cosmic realms, and personal spiritual beliefs.” – Sandoval

Fantastic Fibers 2018 Awards

  • $1,000 Best of Show
  • $500 First Place
  • $250 Second Place
  • $150 Third Place

Sales will be encouraged where works are offered for purchase, but work need not be for sale to enter. Yeiser Art Center will keep a gallery of 40% commission on all sales. Price your work accordingly. Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition for the value of the work or 60% of the retail price. Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit to and from the Yeiser.

About The Yeiser Art Center

The Yeiser Art Center (YAC), a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status, was established in 1957 as the Paducah Art Guild. Its purpose was to promote the appreciation of the visual arts and their creation. It started as a small volunteer organization with founding members Mary Yeiser, Ginny Black, and Bob Evans leading the way. Today, YAC has a permanent exhibition space that hosts seven shows annually and a permanent collection of over 300 works. The center offers visual art based programming including educational classes, public gallery talks, and artist lectures. They have grown to employ a full-time executive director and full-time administrative assistant. YAC has a supporting membership program as well as many loyal and terrific volunteers.

YAC promotes visual arts by presenting dynamic exhibitions and programs. The exhibitions are chosen to showcase a diverse range of art forms, styles, and techniques. The center provides the regional community the opportunity to view original artworks, provides a forum for artists, and serves as an educational resource for schools, colleges, and community organizations. Through exhibitions and programs, YAC provides art experiences for children while advocating the importance of a visual arts education in local schools. They work to help interpret the visual arts to the region by promoting  regional and national artists.

YAC strives to be a good community partner. They foster collaborative projects where possible, seeking to secure funds and contribute time and expertise to support other community arts projects. The center serves as a cultural attraction in Paducah’s historic downtown district. It adds to the city’s overall strength and competitiveness as a tourist destination.

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