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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Silence. No words are needed in an art studio. Feelings, thoughts, personal experiences, they're represented through a paint brush, pencil, and marker.
"I really like to tell stories with my art," Ken Schuck of Bowling Green said.
But, finding a place to hone and grow skills for the sophomore wasn't easy,
"There weren't any art schools in the state that I could go to," he explained.
The closest Visual Arts schools were hours away in Savannah, Kansas City, and Chicago. That is until Churchill Davenport came into the picture.
"Louisville is an art town, what about an art school?" the President of the Kentucky School of Art asked.
The Derby City native, turned New York City artist came back to the Bluegrass to open the school, which is a part of Spalding University. The school looks to transform the urban landscape of the South Broadway neighborhood, while also giving students, like Schuck, an affordable chance to focus on what they want.
"These kids are getting trained for jobs," Davenport said.
That should help Shuck in painting a brighter picture for his future.
"Hopefully within the next ten years, I'll have my own graphic novel published," he said.
The Kentucky School of Art will graduate its first class of students in the Spring of 2014.