Call Detail
Art Through the Lens 2018
200 Broadway St.
Paducah, KY 42001

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Kentucky
Entry Deadline: 8/21/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 20
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Entry Fee (Art Through the Lens 2018): $15.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$15.00

Art Through the Lens 2018 is open to all without restrictions on content. It provides photographers with an outlet for their art, encouragement for growth in their vision and presentation and cash rewards for works of exceptional merit.  Each year from the works submitted, 50-70 images are selected for exhibition by a highly qualified juror. Selected works will be featured in a full color catalog produced by the Yeiser Art Center and for sale during the exhibition. $2000 in Cash Awards will be given to works of high merit. Selected artists for exhibit will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the exhibition catalog at a discounted rate. An awards presentation will be held during the opening reception. Art Through the Lens 2018 will be on display from October 5 – November 17, 2018.


Yeiser Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization celebrating sixty years of serving the community with exhibitions and education throughout the Tri-State Region. As the region’s foremost visual art center, YAC brings diversity and excellence in visual arts to Paducah, a designated UNESCO Creative City. The gallery is situated near Paducah’s riverfront at 200 Broadway in the historic 1905 Market House building.



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 40+ years, this exhibition has become one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious annual photographic events.

In 2013, Paducah was bestowed the honor of being designated a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & 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 has taken on a new name, Art Through the Lens.

2018 JUROR

Lynn Whitney is the Associate Director and, for thirty years, head of Photography in the School of Art at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She earned her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, her MFA from Yale University School of Art. Among her awards, she has been  commissioned by the Toledo Museum of Art and the George Gund Foundation in Cleveland. Her work is in the collections of The Toledo Museum of Art, the George Gund Foundation, Columbia College’s Midwest Photographer’s Project, The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio Humanities Council, Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, and Yale University. 


Artists may submit up to 20 entries, including video and moving images.  All photo-based imagery created through photographic processes is eligible including non-lens made images. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in an Art Through the Lense (formerly Paducah Photo) exhibition. Size restrictions: No single work may be more than 6 feet in width and 8 feet in height, without advanced approval from YAC. Please contact YAC for approval of oversized submissions.



August 18, Midnight – Deadline to enter

August 31 – Notification of acceptance, International Show

September 7 – Notification of acceptance, Regional Showcase

September 29, 5pm – Deadline to deliver artwork

October 5, 5-7pm – Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

October 5 – November 17 – Exhibition open to the public



Entries are now submitted solely online through CaFE, a call for entry hosting site. This is an international juried exhibition; works will be selected to exhibit by a juror. If one or more of your works should be accepted into the show, you will receive subsequent instructions on final presentation. Unlimited entries are permitted. A nonrefundable entry fee of $15 is required for each photographic artwork submitted for consideration. Entries submitted via email or mail to the Yeiser Art Center will not be accepted.

Additionally, applicants which live within a 100 mile radius of Paducah, Kentucky will automatically be entered into a second jury round for a Regional Showcase component to the show. The Regional Showcase will take place on the same dates as the International Show at our community partner US Bank, located at 333 Broadway St, Paducah, Kentucky 42001. Participating artists for the Regional Showcase will be selected by the Executive Director of the Yeiser Art Center.

Exhibition dates: October 5 – November 17, 2018.



All entries selected for exhibition will be notified by August 31, 2018. Work must arrive at the Yeiser Art Center no later than September 29, 2018, 5pm.

Accepted entries must be shipped prepaid to the Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway St, Paducah, KY. Only FedEX, UPS and USPS shippers are allowed. All work must arrive ready to install following museum standards. If not framed, artwork should be ready to hang in a professional manner and all hanging fixtures should be provided, including magnets, L-hooks or other appropriate hardware. The Yeiser Art Center will coordinate local framing solutions for artists who request it. For specific shipping or framing questions or concerns, please call YAC at 270-442-2453 or email



$2,000 in cash awards will be given in the following amounts:

Best of Show $1,000

First Place $500

Second Place $250

Third Place $150



Sales will be encouraged where works are offered for purchase, but work need not be for sale to enter. Yeiser Art Center will keep a 40% gallery commission on all sales, please price your work accordingly. Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition for the value of the work, or 60% of the retail price. Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit to and from the Yeiser Art Center.



Art Through the Lens includes a second venue that will feature photography by regional photographers categorized as living in a 100 mile radius of Paducah. The Art Through the Lens, Regional Showcase exhibition will be held at our community partner US Bank Lobby, located at 333 Broadway St during the Art Through the Lens exhibition. Accepted Regional Showcase entries will be notified September 7, 2018.

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