The Paducah Artist-in-Residence Program, a collaborative effort between the Paducah Arts Alliance and the City of Paducah, has created a progressive artist in residence program. The mission of the residency is to promote the growth of artists and the arts community, providing artists with an arts space in which to collaborate, educate and create. The residency program is made possible through funding from the City of Paducah and other fundraising efforts.

Residency space is located in various venues in the Lower Town Arts District, providing walking access to a number of local artist galleries and studios and the Paducah School of Art and Design. It is also just a walk or trolley ride from Historic Downtown Paducah with a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment and arts venues including the Yeiser Art Center, Maiden Alley Cinema, the Carson Center, the National Quilt Museum of the United States.


The program welcomes self-motivated, focused individuals working in a range of traditional and non-traditional  arts practices, including visual, performance, literary, and multi-media art. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Residents must also have a clear objective for the time of their residency and be willing to live, work and engage with the Paducah arts community. The duration of the residency may be from two weeks to two months. Collaborative artists and couples are welcome to apply.


Exhibition Opportunities: The Paducah Artist-in-Residence Program offers several exhibition opportunities.  Exhibition space in the Yeiser Art Center is periodically available for visiting artists.  Opportunities may also be possible in collaboration with other artists and galleries in the Paducah community.

Professional Development: Residents are encouraged to visit local galleries and studios and engage with the arts community. The residency program also provides the opportunity for focused, independent studio work in which artists can develop ideas or take new directions in their work.

Teaching Experience: Visiting artists may choose to lead workshops during their stay that are open to the public.


Residents are paid a monthly stipend of $500 dependent upon the length of their stay. The cost of rent and utilities are covered entirely by the program. Transportation, materials, food, and additional expenses are the responsibility of the artist. A deposit of $100 is required within two weeks upon notification of acceptance into the program, which is refunded upon arrival. If an artist cancels a residency less than 30 days prior to the beginning of the residency, the deposit is not refunded.


The studio space and living quarters are determined according to the artists’ needs. No smoking or pets are allowed within the facilities.


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Please email the following to

  • Portfolio of 10 to 20 high resolution digital images in jpeg format with a list of works including title, media, dimensions and date. Resolution may be up to 170dpi with a maximum file size of 3MB.
  • Letter of intent: Describe your work, the nature of your career, and the direction you would like to take during your residency. Please tell us why you want a residency in Paducah, and how you plan to interact with the community during your stay.
  • Artist CV/Resume
  • Proposed length and dates of stay, with a list of first, second, and third choice preference

Applications are viewed on a rolling bases.


Candidates are reviewed and recommended by a selection committee of community arts professionals. The committee is looking for candidates who will enhance the program, especially those who are open to new ideas and who are looking to be actively engaged with the local community. There are no specific educational requirements to be considered for the program. Emerging and established visual artists are encouraged to apply.

Please direct inquiries to:

Mitch Kimball

Paducah Arts Alliance