Mayor's Art Club

Michael Crouse's artwork2016 Mayor's Art Club

The second quarter artwork for the 2016 Mayor’s Art Club currently is on display featuring the entries for the Dogwood Art & Photography Contest and paintings by artist Michael G. Crouse.  The public can view the artwork through the end of June.  With the exception of holidays, City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Depending upon the Mayor's meeting schedule, access to the artwork in her office may be periodically restricted. 

The artwork of Michael G. Crouse (pictured to the right) is on display in the Mayor’s office at City Hall.  Crouse is a multi-media printmaker whose work encompasses the printmaking processes of relief, lithography, intaglio, screen-printing, and monotype.  He has produced prints and mixed media work for more than forty years.  Crouse has a diploma from Kendall School of Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Atlanta College of Art, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan.  For 26 years, he taught printmaking courses at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Crouse, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has spent quite a bit of time in Europe, both as a student and as a contributing artist.  In 2006, Michael founded BrokenStone Press in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. He also has served as a director for the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah and taught art courses at West Kentucky Community & Technical College.  Crouse’s prints have been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. in addition to England, South Korea, Canada, Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Spain.

In the Mayor’s reception area at City Hall, 52 entries, including the winners, for the Dogwood Art & Photography Contest are on display.  The three winners in the art category are 1st place-Frank Bennett; 2nd place-Katherine English, and 3rd place-Nancy Calcutt.  The three winners in the photography category are 1st place-Basil Drossos, 2nd place-Phyllis Russell, and 3rd place-Paul Grumley.  The Paducah Civic Beautification Board teamed up with the Paducah School of Art & Design to coordinate the contest.  

The artists or art groups confirmed at this time to participate in the 2016 Mayor’s Art Club are as follows: 

  • Charlotte Erwin, 1st quarter
  • Jason Bailey, 1st quarter
  • Michael G. Crouse, 2nd quarter
  • Dogwood Trail Art and Photography Contest Winners, 2nd quarter
  • Janice Crosno, 3rd quarter
  • Char Downs, 3rd quarter

Each quarter of the calendar year, two artists or art groups have the opportunity to display their artwork in the Mayor’s office and reception area on the second floor of City Hall.  This is the fourth year for the Mayor’s Art Club.  

2016 Mayor's Art Club News Releases

2016 Mayor's Art Club First Quarter Artists >>
2016 Mayor's Art Club Second Quarter Artists >> 
2016 Mayor's Art Club Third Quarter Artists >>


2015 Mayor's Art Club

The artists or groups who participated in the 2015 Mayor's Art Club are as follows:

  • Paul Aho, on exhibit January-March
  • Clients from NeuroRestorative, on exhibit January-March
  • Kijsa Housman, on exhibit April-June
  • Dogwood Trail Art and Photography Contest Winners, on exhibit April-June
  • Juanita Gilliam, on exhibit July-September
  • Ashlea McMillan, on exhibit July-September
  • Margie and Dwain Smith, on exhibit October-December
  • Harrietta Harper, on exhibit October-December

2015 Mayor's Art Club Releases

2015 Mayor's Art Club Reception and First Quarter Artists >>
2015 Mayor's Art Club Second Quarter Artists >>
2015 Mayor's Art Club Third Quarter Artists >>
2015 Mayor's Art Club Fourth Quarter Artists >>


2014 Mayor's Art Club

The eight artists or art groups who participated in the 2014 Mayor’s Art Club are as follows: 

  • Mary Ruth “Tutu” Maggard, on exhibit January-March 28
  • Bill Ford, on exhibit January-March 28
  • Rose Hughes, on exhibit April 1-June 27
  • Dogwood Trail Art and Photography Contest Winners, on exhibit April-June 27
  • Chuck Ehrsam, on exhibit July 1-September 26
  • Stefanie Graves and David Lucht, on exhibit July 1-September 26
  • Jane Viterisi, on exhibit October 1-December 31
  • Jane Bright, on exhibit October 1-December 31

2014 Mayor's Art Club News Releases

2014 Fourth Quarter Artists >>
2014 Third Quarter Artists >>
2014 Second Quarter Artists >>
2014 Mayor's Art Club Reception and First Quarter Artists >>
Announcement of Reception and Artists >>
Call for 2014 Artists >>


2013 Mayor's Art Club

In January 2013, one of Mayor Gayle Kaler’s first initiatives as mayor of the City of Paducah was to launch the Mayor’s Art Club.  Mayor Kaler presented a proclamation and provided an overview of the Mayor’s Art Club at the January 22 City Commission meeting

The eight artists who participated in the 2013 Mayor's Art Club are as follows: 

  • Joan Dance, Folk Art Painter, on exhibit February 14-March 29
  • Paul Lorenz, Abstract Painter/Drawer, on exhibit February 14-March 29
  • Lily Shapiro, Photographer, on exhibit April 4-June 28 
  • Freda Fairchild, Printmaker, on exhibit April 4-June 28
  • William Renzulli, Painter, on exhibit July 5-September 27
  • BiLan Liao, Painter, on exhibit July 5-September 27
  • Linda Odgen, Sculptor, on exhibit October 3-December 27
  • Jenny Fuller, Painter, on exhibit October 3-December 27

2013 Mayor's Art Club News Releases

Fourth Quarter Exhibits, Linda Ogden and Jenny Fuller >>

Third Quarter Exhibits, BiLan Liao and William Renzulli >>

Second Quarter Exhibits, Fairchild and Shapiro >>

First Quarter Exhibits, Dance and Lorenz >>

Announcement of Reception and Eight Artists >>

Call for Artists >>


American Flag Display 

Flag art at City Hall

Note:  This display has been dismantled.

In addition to the artwork currently on display in the Mayor’s office and reception area on the second floor of City Hall, artwork depicting the American flag is on display in the lobby of City Hall on the first floor through July 4, 2013.

Mayor Kaler says, “Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day are set aside for Americans to remember and honor those who have fought for us to keep the privileges and freedoms granted by the U.S. Superman flag artConstitution. The American flag is the symbol of our heritage that unites all Americans. I’m honored to have so many beautiful works of art showing the American flag in City Hall.”

In April, Mayor Gayle Kaler asked for artists to submit photos, drawings, paintings, etchings, or fiber art of the American flag. Currently twelve items from seven artists are on display in City Hall ranging from paintings on large pieces of Styrofoam, a flag made entirely of pieces of wood, artwork using paint chips, and various paintings. The artists with artwork on display are Michelle Clutts, Kris Courtney, Joan Dance, Tammy Ferns, Mary Ruth “Tutu” Maggard, Jannette Parent, and Gay Speirbhain.

The public can view the patriotic artwork when City Hall is open, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Call for Artists (April 18, 2013 release) >>