Current Wastelanders are:
Juanita Neal Gilliam
see Gallery page for work examples
The Paducah Wastelanders are a group of artists from the region in and around Paducah, Kentucky. The group was founded in 2007 by a group of Paducah area artists. Paducah Wastelanders formed before the advent of the “Artist Relocation Program”, a program the city promoted to renovate the old Lowertown area of Paducah into an artists’ community.
An important leader in formation of the group was the late Sarah Roush.
Sarah was a visionary artist who was at the forefront of renovation of
the historic Market House Square, and is noticed every day by people in downtown Paducah through her colorful handmade ceramic tile facades that she created and installed on two buildings in downtown Paducah.
Sarah provided the exhibition space for the first 4 years of Wastelander exhibitions.
Since the passing of Sarah, we have lost two other important members, Jerry Watson, and Kristi Hanson. Jerry was an accomplished painter. There is more information regarding Jerry below. Kristi was well known for her gourd sculptures and paintings. She worked tirelessly to help the Wastelanders succeed. We continue in our work in honor of their lives and contribution to the visual arts in our community.
The Paducah Wastelanders Shows are bold, eclectic and engaging. The art is it is reflective of the challenging times we are in while still upholding core creative values. We are an eleven member group of independent regional artists who believe exhibiting local art work is a community responsibility.
We have made art exhibitions available to the public twice a year for the last thirteen years…making us a part of the fabric of Paducah’s creative art community.
the Wastelanders champion the regions strength in local and regional art; supporting what it means to stay creative even in hard times. Art is an important part of the human experience, it builds connection and community and it is needed now more than ever
The Wastelanders have exhibited on New Year’s eve and on the Summer Solstice since 2007—exhibitions that feature new work. The Wastelanders have also featured guest artists from the region in every show.