2021 Art Through the Lens

Originating in 1975 as the Paducah Summer Festival Photo Competition, Art Through The Lens has grown from a fledgling contest into an international juried exhibition. Over the past 45 years this exhibition has become one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious annual photographic events.

This year, juror Shannon Randol chose 44 works from 758 submissions and Yeiser Art Center staff juried 52 pieces into the Regional Salon.


October 2 – November 13, 2021
Closing reception: November 14

Juror: Shannon Randol

Shannon RandolShannon Randol (1979) is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Middle Tennessee State University and Curator for The Baldwin Photographic Gallery. Shannon has served in various capacities in the Society for Photographic Education, most recently as Portfolio Coordinator for the annual conferences between 2009-2015. His work has been featured in national and international exhibitions and he is currently completing a body of work addressing boundaries in public spaces.


We extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors who help make this exhibition possible: National Endowment for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council, KentuckyCare, Paducah School of Art & Design, Paducah Photographers Club in honor of Sue Henry, and to our Anonymous Sponsor.

plate no.1 by Katherine Dean


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