Mitch Kimball, Chair
Mitch Kimball was born in Bastrop, Louisiana and graduated from The University Of Southern Mississippi with a B.F.A. He worked at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina relocated him to North Carolina. In 2009, he moved to Paducah, Kentucky to participate in the Art Relocation Program. Since then, he has restored an 1890’s Victorian home and built his pottery studio in the Lowertown Arts District.
Kimball has exhibited his ceramic work throughout the US. His work consists mainly of atmospheric wood-fired sculptural vessels and functional pots. He enjoys working with his wife, a teacher and metalsmith, Shand Stamper and their baby daughter Wren.
John Romang, Vice Chair
John Romang is originally from central Illinois. He attended Eastern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2006. After he graduated, he moved to Paducah, Kentucky to pursue his teaching career. Since arriving in Paducah, John has continued his growth in the arts. He has shown work in Pennsylvania, Nashville, Chicago, and Paducah. He continues his exploration with abstract art and illumination.
Randy Simmons, Secretary
Originally from the Paducah, Kentucky area, Randy Simmons creates large scale realistic figurative charcoal drawings covering topics of parenting, social/political topics, and adult relationships. He exhibits his work across the United States and has twice been a Kentucky Arts Council award winner.
Stefanie Graves has had a fascination with art since childhood, but her career path took some rather wide diversions before she decided to make art her livelihood. Originally a nurse and later a health care administrator, she began working full-time as an artist in 2004 in pursuit of this dream. After residing in the greater Chicago area for 15 years and 3 years in central Mexico, she and her husband, David, are now part of the Artist Relocation Program in Paducah, KY. However, they still spend a few months each year in their home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where art is a natural presence in the community that includes a variety of eclectic galleries and the Art Instituto of San Miguel. Stefanie is largely a self-taught artist and has taken a variety of workshops and watercolor classes over past 30 years. Her work has been in a number of two-person and group shows and is in numerous private collections. She is married to David Lucht, a batik and graphic artist. Stefanie is also listed in the national artists’ registry for VSA Arts, Washington, DC.
Rosemarie Steele, Media Contact
Rosemarie Steele is a freelance marketing and communications professional focusing on connecting creative networks. She was the marketing director for the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau from 2001 to 2012. As marketing director, Steele oversaw the CVB’s brand development process, which elevated Paducah’s position as a cultural destination in the travel and tourism market. She implemented sophisticated and targeted, research-based marketing campaigns and coordinated the development of the organization’s promotional materials and website. During her tenure at the CVB, Steele assisted local, regional, national and international media and authored many articles on Paducah for art and travel publications. She researched and compiled extensive information regarding urban sustainability based on creativity for Paducah’s UNESCO Creative Cities Network application.
Amelia Martens is the author of The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat (2016), a book of prose poems, selected by Sarabande Books for the 2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. She received both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University and currently teaches as an First Year Experience instructor for West Kentucky Community & Technical College, where she is also the Associate Literary Editor for WKCTC’s Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her work has been supported by a 2019 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, a Sustainable Arts Fellowship to Rivendell Writer’s Colony in 2017, an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2016, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2011. She is a recent Pushcart nominee and the author of four poetry chapbooks: Ursa Minor (winner of the 2017 Prose Poetry Prize from elsewhere magazine, 2018), A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition; Black Lawrence Press, 2012). Her new poems appear, or are forthcoming in: Cave Wall, Pidgeonholes, Plume, Diode, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Ninth Letter. She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; they have two smart/beautiful/brave daughters and a ridiculous dog.