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Art Through the Lens on Exhibit at Yeiser
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Yeiser Art Center is hosting the annual international juried photography arts competition, now in it's 45th year, Art Through The Lens. The exhibit is open for public viewing through November 28th. Originating in 1975 as the Paducah Summer Festival Photo Competition, Paducah Photo has grown from a fledgling contest into an international juried exhibition.

Over the past 45 years, this  exhibition has become one of the Mid-South's most prestigious photographic events. In 2013 Paducah was bestowed the honor of being designated a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network in the area of Crafts & Folk Art. To embrace both this international honor and reflect the international growth of the exhibition, Paducah Photo took on the new name of Art Through The Lens. To honor its history, the exhibition now exists in two parts; the International Show which features jurors' selections and the Regional Salon chosen by a second regional juror or panel.

“The quality and range of this year’s 640 submissions made the job of choosing only 60 for this exhibition quite a challenge, albeit a delightful one,” said juror Lauren Chambers. “I was thrilled to see the variety of processes used in the work submitted for this show. There were an abundance of excellent composite and colorful works, I wish I could have recognized more than just a few. There were also many sensitively seen landscapes and star filled skies that caught my eye.”

From the 643 entries, 58 were selected from 23 U.S. states along with work from four other countries; Taiwan, Iran, Israel, and the UK. Entries that were not selected for the International Show and came from Kentucky or a 200 mile radius of Paducah were automatically included in the jury process for the Regional Salon.  A total of 43 pieces were chosen by Yeiser Art Center staff for this representation of photography in the region.

“Of the many qualities one might want in an image, my initial review was about the ‘wow’ factor,” said juror Lauren Chambers. “Did the work pull me into the artist’s mind quickly? Did it speak to me? Is this image memorable? Content that engages me may not necessarily be the same content that draws in someone else. That’s why it is important to know this is completely a subjective process.”

Visit YAC during this beautiful exhibition to celebrate a long-standing Paducah photography tradition. Be sure to wear your mask when you come to visit and practice social distancing when moving throughout the gallery.

Located in downtown Paducah, the Yeiser Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization celebrating more than sixty years of serving the community through exhibitions, events, and educational programming throughout the Tri-State Region. Admission to Art Through The Lens is free but donations are accepted. The Yeiser Art Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Published 04:21 PM, Saturday Oct. 31, 2020
Updated 04:34 PM, Saturday Oct. 31, 2020

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