Lower Town Fine Arts District

Lower Town Artists Studio & Galleries, Paducah, KY

An alluring attraction for tourist and art enthusiasts, this treasure trove of skilled artisans host regular hours and offer visitors the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind handcrafted fine art items.

Just west of downtown Paducah lies the Lower Town Fine Arts District, which is a neighborhood whose old houses are being converted into artists' studios. This is being done through an ingenious program under which the Paducah city government sells old homes in need of repair to artists for very low prices in return for the artists helping to fix them up and then later using them as their studios and galleries. As a result of this program, a once blighted neighborhood has come alive and is now a hub of cultural activity. A number of the renovated houses are open to the public as galleries.

Historic 1917 Texaco Station is the heart of Lowertown. An integral part of the District is the historic 1917 Texaco station. It serves as an information and tourist center for LowerTown. Explore the heart of historic downtown Paducah as you stroll along tree-lined streets past 19th-century buildings. Or for a more contemporary shopping experience, visit Kentucky Oaks Mall, the area’s largest with more than 100 stores. Paducah residents have embraced their artistic side and have created a thriving artistic and cultural community, which is highlighted by the many galleries and shops in the Lowertown section of the city. Lower town hosts regular events including walking tours, wine tasting events, exhibitions of local and regional artists' work and parties.

Lower Town Artists and Galleries
Fine art, photography, fibers and textiles are only a few of the mediums that weave the fabric of Paducah's arts community. Visit the studios and galleries of artists from around the world who have moved to this historic neighborhood to be a part of a cutting edge arts program reminiscent of the European colonies of old. Lower Town also features several specialty shops, exquisite cuisine & gourmet coffee. Coming from I-24 East get off at Exit 11, turn right onto John Puryear Dr., go straight until you get Downtown. Turn left on Madison St. Coming from I-24 West, get off at Exit 4, turn left on Hwy 60, go straight, turn right on N. 8th Street. See bottom of the page for details, individual Lower Town Artists and Galleries.

Concerts & Theatre
Drama and live musical performances enhance the spirit of this historic rivertown, now home of the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Performing Arts Center. See bottom of the page for details, individual Lower Town Concerts & Theatre.

A national model for revitalizing an artisan neighborhood
Paducah, Ky., Artists Relocation Program still is a national model for revitalizing an artisan neighborhood. Nine years after its launch, the Paducah Artists Relocation Program remains an award-winning national model, drawing calls and visits from artists looking for homes and studios, journalists hunting stories and city representatives trying to learn how they can transform their blighted neighborhoods into vibrant arts colonies.

The LowerTown Arts District is the result of Paducah's Artist Relocation Program, a collaborative effort between the cititzens and government of Paducah, Paducah Bank, and artists recruited nationwide. This program has revitalized an historic neighborhood and brought economic growth to the downtown area.

Now it is the home of the award-winning artist relocation program features studios and galleries of resident artists. More than sixty artists are currently committed to the artists relocation program additional studios and galleries are scheduled to open throughout the year. Visit potters, painters, jewelry makers, print makers, bookbinders and more in this historic neighborhood. Discover objects of art and meet the artists who created them. The gallery provides an excellent opportunity to observe the creative process first hand. Lower Town also features several specialty shops, exquisite cuisine & gourmet coffee.

The program, which included zoning changes, tax benefits and generous, market value bank loans for artists to remodel existing buildings or build structures on lots available for as little as $1, drew an estimated 70 artists from across the country to relocate to the city's Lower Town.

With its monthly Second Saturday Gallery Walks, Memorial Day weekend Arts and Music Festival and other activities, the Lower Town artists have added another dimension to arts activities and businesses that bring nearly $40 million per year to the area in and around Paducah, according to a study funded by the city this year.

ABC News/Christian Science Monitor feature story: Read the article SoHo of the South? Small Towns Emerge as Creative Meccas, Draw Travelers by Clayton Collins

Location, directions & contact:
The LowerTown Arts District is a neighborhood adjacent to and on the north side of Downtown Paducah. The boundaries of the Lower Town Arts District are: Between N. 3rd to N.10th Streets and from Jefferson Street to Park Avenue. Coming from I-24 East get off at Exit 11, turn right onto John Puryear Dr., go straight until you get Downtown. Turn left on Madison St. Coming from I-24 West, get off at Exit 4, turn left on Hwy 60, go straight, turn right on N. 8th Street.

Lower Town Fine Arts District (Lower Town Artists Studio & Galleries)
Paducah, KY 42001
Phone: 270-908-0755


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