Paducah's designation as a UNESCO Creative City in the creative field of Crafts & Folk Art speaks to the heart of our city - the culture that makes Paducah such an interesting place to visit, live and create. Anchored by quilting and the fiber arts, Paducah has built a lasting reputation as a place to immerse in the distinctively creative culture that thrives here. You'll find evidence of this artistic heritage around every corner, from public art space to art shops and galleries and hands-on creative workshops. From Wall to Wall Murals to Mellow Mushroom in Midtown.

At the center of the city's Crafts & Folk Art designation is the National Quilt Museum, the largest of its kind in the world. Paducah showcases international fiber artists' finely crafted quilts int he Museum's state-of-the-art gallery space with rotating exhibitions. Celebrate quilting in Paducah. For updates and upcoming events, subscribe to the Celebrate Quilting e-newsletter.

Art Galleries & Cooperatives

However, this is not the only fine gallery in our river city. The Yeiser Art Center is home to a permanent gallery space which hosts seven exhibitions each year, including Fantastic Fibers, an event which complements the famed American Quilter’s Society’s QuiltWEEK. The Yeiser’s permanent collection includes 300 works of visual art, some of which were created by the very artists who began the creative movement that continues to be cultivated in Paducah today. Paducah School of Art & Design, Clemens Fine Arts Center.

More art can be viewed in the gallery space of Maiden Alley Cinema, Paducah’s only art house cinema, located just down the way.

Makers and artists from across the country live and work in neighborhoods like the Lower Town Arts District, working from studios, occasionally opened to the public, and selling their work in one of the many art collectives located throughout the downtown and Midtown neighborhoods. A few shops you will want to include during your visit to Paducah include Bricolage Art Collective, Ochre and The Art Guild of Paducah.

Workshops & Creative Experiences

If creating art is a comfortable escape, then Paducah has something to satisfy those cravings, as well. Workshops in fiber art, bookmaking, pottery, mixed media and more are offered throughout the year at Better than Ever, Ephemera Paducah, MAKE, the National Quilt Museum and the Paducah School of Art and Design. You might also enjoy a class or two led by makeup artist, Erin Hendley. Classes are held each month at her studio, f.a.c.e. Makeup Artistry.


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