PSAD Student Success Stories

Mar 8, 2019

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) is pleased to announce that two current, non-traditional students, and an Associate in Fine Arts graduate have recently received national recognition for their work. This validation reflects the skill sets to be acquired at PSAD and the commitment of the artists to share and earn recognition for their work while benefiting from their success. 

The two current students, Phyllis Russell and Stephanie Young, are photography students who share concentrated time with other advanced students in an independent studies class. They also share the honor of being included in a juried photography exhibition presented by the Boston Flower and Garden Show. A panel of judges selected their work as one of six finalists in their respective categories from across the country.

Both have further recognition, with Phyllis earning a position as one of ten finalists in Winter Wonderland, a seasonal contest sponsored by Tamron Lenses, and Stephanie earning inclusion in the Houston-based, Garden Club of America exhibition Flourescence, a similar GCA competition. Phyllis has also been included in Photographers’ Forum Best of College Photography on five occasions. Pictured here is Diamonds in the Sea taken by Phyllis in Iceland and included in the Tamron sponsored exhibition Winter Wonderland.

An Associate in Fine Arts graduate in 2014, Shanden Simmons has been active and highly visible in the community, receiving well-deserved recognition for his work. His large-scale charcoal drawing, The Profile, was recently accepted into Freedom: Art as the Messenger an exhibition at The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington D.C

Shanden has also gained recognition for his multimedia work and musicianship. He and his brother, Jeran, co-directed The Rotunda Project, a dual, full-length documentary and EP release recording their band, Fairseas, along with additional regional musicians through a collaborative recording process in the rotunda of the historic Coca-Cola Plant in Paducah. The Rotunda Project, along with Id, a more recent film by Shanden, is included among past and present Official Selections of the River's Edge International Film Festival.

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