2023 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 48 years this exhibition has become one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious annual photographic events.

This year, juror Cintia Segovia chose 53 works out of 653 submissions from thirty-five U.S. states along with two other countries. Forty-six additional pieces were selected for the Regional Salon.

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July 15 – September 2, 2023
Closing reception: September 2, 2023, 4-6pm

Award Winners

First Place: Frank Hamrick, When the light becomes eternal
Second Place: Abbey Hepner, To What You Cannot Hold
Third Place: John O’Connell, Six months at Lake St. Isaac beach
Honorable Mention: Michael Young, The Spit
Honorable Mention: Alyssa Delight, Cranes

Regional Award Winners

First Place: Ginny Harris, This Hazy Afternoon
Second Place: Rebecca Binks, Corn Cobs in the Sky
Third Place: Travis Janssen, Helvetica_Y
Honorable Mention: Stephanie Young, Crash on Kentucky
Honorable Mention: Conner Murt, Altar

Download Art Through The Lens 2023 Catalog


We extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors who help make this exhibition possible: Kentucky Arts Council, Paducah Area Photographers Club, Paducah Beer Werks, Paducah School of Art & Design, and to our Anonymous Sponsor.

Participating Artists

Patrick Abanathy
Jim Allen
Jimmie Allen
Norman Aragones
Suzanne Asaturian
Paul Atkinson
Bethanie Bailey
Kellen Bakovich
Raymond Bonavida
Amy S. Broderick
Kathy Callahan
Katherine Dean
Alyssa Delight
Bill Dentler
Laura Everett
Dustin Floyd
Morgan Ford Willingham
Jeanne Freibert
Teresa Gilson
Paul Grumley
Xingkui Guo
Frank Hamrick
Kate He
Abbey Hepner
Sean Patrick Hill
Ryan Hogancamp
Atticus Hohman
Brianne Innusa
Joyce Jewell
Joseph Kelly
Rebecca Kitchen
Anthony Lewis
Ryan Lewis
Matt Makara
Kelsey M. Nolin
John O’Connell
Russell Peters
Jelisa Peterson
Steve Polston
Michael Potts
Tom Reddish
Wen Redmond
Lydia Schnitzer
Lily Shapiro
Robert Shapiro
Amber Taylor
Ronald Toth
Alan Vidali
Tonya Wilhelm
Michael Young


Andrea Catnip
Bob Bell
Rebecca Binks
Landee Bryant
James Davis
Robert Dickes
Kara Douglas
Basil Drossos
Joseph C. Garrett
Craig Gentry
Hazel Grant
Sarah Haig
Sandra Halter
David Hammond
Ginny Harris
Isabelle Harrison
Todd Holloman
Travis Janssen
Clark Jarvis
Cindy Jones
Jeffrey Joyce
Teresa Joyce
Marta Ketter
Sara King
Gina Lamm
Brittin Lang
Sue Lester
Miles Martin
Conner Murt
Albert Phillips
Geoff Pope
Gavin Posey
Phyllis Russell
Denise Schmittou
Tina Sexton
Eli Sicken
Nancy Stalls
Jeffrey Sweeney
Karen Taylor
Toni Tilton
Cynthia Turner
Kristy Ulrich
Uncle Bacon
Sarah Lynn Watson
Stephanie Young

Juror: Cintia Segovia

Cintia Segovia

“I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I worked in the entertainment industry. Learning English in the US as an adult gave me a unique perspective on the language’s nuances. I employ video, performance and photography in the way the mass media does, using humor and wit to delve into issues of immigration, cultural stereotypes, identity and being bilingual. I received an MA from CSU Northridge and an MFA at CSU Long Beach. My works have been exhibited in private galleries and universities and in community exhibition venues in California, Missouri, Texas, Oregon, and Vermont; at the Mexican Consulate, the Spartanburg Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, and Orange Coast College. My work has been collected by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, and the National Immigration Law Center.”

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