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Paducah artists to exhibit work at Austria’s Imperial Palace

PADUCAH, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2013) – Five artists from Paducah have been invited to exhibit their work at the Imperial Palace at Innsbruck, Austria, as part of Project WIDE WEST.

CERAMICSWIDE WEST is an art project for cultural exchange between foreign and local artists in cooperation with the Burghauptmannschaft of Austria, the ceramic association IKSIT and schools in Innsbruck.

During Project WIDE WEST, the Paducah artists will exhibit their works in three galleries at the Imperial Palace in Innsbruck for 14 days in April. The artists whose work will be on display are printmaker Freda Fairchild, ceramist John Hasegawa, ceramist/fiber artist Lily Liu, abstract artist Paul Lorenz, 2D multimedia artist Teri Moore (all of Paducah) and May Wong of Florida.

Fairchild, Liu, Lorenz and Moore will travel to Austria to conduct workshops in the fields of painting, graphics, graphic prints, textile arts and ceramics for pupils in several schools. The resulting works of the students will be shown the second half of April 2013 in the Foyer of the Imperial Palace.

Paducah’s cultural connection and exchange with Innsbruck is a direct result of the Paducah Arts Alliance’s (PAA) artist-in-residence program, which was established in 2008 to promote the growth of individual artists through education and outreach programs and enhance Paducah’s identity as an art community. Since January 2009, PAA has hosted more than 34 visiting American and international artists and connected them with local/regional networks. Visiting artists have come from four countries and 13 states. In 2011, PAA (in conjunction with Yeiser Art Center and Paducah Renaissance Alliance) was awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the Kentucky Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts to continue to grow the collaborative program.

A preview show of the work that is going to Austria will be conducted on March 2 at STUDIOmars, 418 North 7th St. in Paducah’s LowerTown arts district. The gallery will be open for viewing at noon with a reception from 6-8 p.m. that evening.