Matthew Gaddie named chair of Visual Arts for Governor’s School for the Arts

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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 — Matthew Gaddie of Nelson County has been named the Chairperson for the Visual Arts Department at the Governor’s School for the Arts beginning in January 2019.


Each spring, more than 1,700 high school juniors and seniors audition for 223 spots in this prestigious program. The selected applicants are divided into nine different art forms: architecture, creative writing, dance, ballet, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, vocal music, and visual arts.

In 2019, the GSA program will move to the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Gaddie was a 1998 graduate of the Governor’s School for the Arts and returned to serve in many different capacities during the past 20 years. Two years ago, he was named the Ceramic/Sculpture Professor at GSA.

Gaddie said the promotion is a reflection of his teaching philosophy and his devotion to the arts in which he strives to develop partnerships that expand the field, the community, benefit the Commonwealth, and honor the traditions of generations of artists.

“In taking what I call the ‘long journey,’ students will learn the true power that comes with staying committed,” Gaddie said.

Gaddie holds BA, MA, and MFA degrees and serves as a consultant for the Kentucky Peer Advisory Program. He is a recipient of the Al Smith Emerging Artist Award, a member of the Kentucky Proud Program, the artistic advisor for the Jennifer Lynn Gaddie Grant at Bardstown High School, and in 2016, was named the creator of the commemorative awards for the Governor’s Award in the Arts.


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