Paducah School of Art and Design gallery named for Bill Ford

The main gallery of a new building for the Paducah School of Art and Design has been named for local artist Bill Ford, West Kentucky Community and Technical College announced Thursday. 

During a reception Thursday, Judge J. William Howerton, chair of the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees, praised Ford’s charitable work and commitment to the arts and the community. “If anybody had anything they wanted to do, raise some money or promote something, he was always the first one to step up and participate,” Howerton said.

“Who in the world could be more deserving to have some kind of recognition in an art school, especially one of art and design, than Bill Ford?” Howerton said.

Ford has been a leading residential and commercial interior designer and artist in Paducah for more than 25 years. He creates works of calligraphy, watercolors and pen and ink renderings. He has served on the boards of Paducah Chamber of Commerce, Child Watch, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah Day Nursery, Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and Market House Theatre. 

Known for his signature bow ties, Ford has a strong passion for his adopted home. In May, he will release a collection of original pen and ink drawings that accompany articles from the community about memories of Paducah titled “From Paducah With Love.”

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