Public Art Installations

Art Exhibitions in City Hall

The City of Paducah is excited and proud to use City Hall located at 300 South 5th Street as a community anchor for non-commercial art exhibitions and special events.

To use City Hall to display an organizations’ work, community’s works, or individual work, please read the rules and application carefully and complete each section and all requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered or reserved for the event requested.  Applications should be sent in 30 days prior to the proposed exhibition date.  Submissions are not guaranteed.  Reservations are on a first-come/first-serve basis, and only when space and dates are available.

Applications may be submitted in-person to the Customer Experience Department at City Hall, 300 South 5th Street; by mail to P.O. Box 2267 Paducah, Kentucky 42002-2267; or by email to Customer Experience Representative Nelvin Cecil Howell.  

City Hall Public Art Rules and Application >> 

Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships (September 5 - October 30, 2019)

Paducah’s City Hall is proud to host the Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibition Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships. This traveling exhibit currently is on display in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  It will travel to Paducah and be on display at City Hall located at 300 South 5th Street from September 5 through October 30.  The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  There is no charge to tour the exhibit.

Mayor Brandi Harless says, “I am thrilled that the Makings of a Master exhibition is coming to Paducah’s recently rehabilitated City Hall.  It’s a perfect fit for Paducah as a UNESCO designated Creative City of Crafts & Folk Art and for our historic City Hall with its incredible atrium.” 

Harless adds, “This exhibit gives the public an overview of the depth of Kentucky’s creative spirit by focusing on the people who have mastered artistic expression ranging from musicians and dancers to storytellers and craft artists.”

The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships explores relationships between master folk artists and their apprentices.  During an apprenticeship, a master teaches skills, values, and stories to an apprentice from their community.  The apprentice works toward mastery through active learning and immersion in the culture. The result is a sharing of knowledge which strengthens the traditional art form by helping it to continue and take on new life.

Videos, photos, and interpretive panels are included in the exhibit in addition to quotes from the masters and apprentices.  This exhibit is based on more than 20 years of field research and interviews from recipients of the Kentucky Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant.  To learn more about the grant, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/Creativity/FAA.htm.


Art Utility Box Program - powerART!

About the Utility Box Program

Paducah Power System and the City of Paducah are inviting artists living and working in Western Kentucky to apply for the Art Utility Box program, "powerART"!  As part of the City’s initiatives for beautification, community development, and need for public art – we have partnered with Paducah Power System to create visual paintings that connect and encourage the vibrancy and culture of Paducah by using Paducah Power’s utility boxes.  The utility box art program is designed to enhance and grow upon Paducah’s character and culture.  The utility boxes are located in Noble Park near Lake Gerry B. Montgomery.

General Guidelines

  • The submitted artwork must resemble the art that will be painted on the box.
  • Acrylic paint only - Spray painting is not permitted or artwork that requires any adhesive.
  • The meter, labels, stickers, levers, hinges, and keyholes on the box will not have any coating over them.
  • The vents will not be covered as not to restrict airflow from the cabinet.
  • When washing or painting the box, it should be done in a manner so that no moisture gets inside the box through any vents.  Sensitive electronic equipment is located inside the boxes.

For the full list of guidelines, design criteria, compensation, submission information, and form, visit Utility Box Art Guidelines and Application Form.   

Eligibility

  • Regional call for artists living and working in western Kentucky.
  • 18 years or older - if under the age of 18, you must have a parent/guardian be present during the process.
  • Individuals, groups, and organizations may apply.
  • You may submit up to three images for consideration.

Timeline

  • Application Deadline:  DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 6 by 4:30 p.m. (in person, mail, or email)
  • Jurying: August 29 - September 12, 2019
  • Notification:  September 16, 2019
  • Painting:  September 23 - October 11, 2019
  • Completion:  October 11, 2019