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Professor Cynthia Marsh to Lead Letterpress Workshop in Australia

Cyndy Marsh

Professor Cindy Marsh will lead a one day workshop on April 7th titled, "BIG, BOLD and in your FACE: Using letterpress text in posters." The workshop will explore the potential of working with large scale wooden type from the F.T Wimble collection to create posters with a message and impact. This workshop is presented as part of the Wimble’s Wayzgoose 2018 Program at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armindale, New South Wales, Australia. 

For more information on the event, visit the website here.


BFA Thesis Exhibitions: An Immigrants' Daughter by Yasmine El-Chaer and Nature of Beast by Tara Swalgren open Monday March 19th

Yasmine El-Chaer and Tara Swalgren 

APSU Department of Art + Design presents the senior BFA Thesis Exhibitions An Immigrants’ Daughter by Yasmine El-Chaer and Nature of Beast by Tara Swalgren. The exhibitions will open Monday, March 19th with a reception from 5-8pm. The artists will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through March 23rd.

Yasmine El-Chaer: An Immigrants’ Daughter will be a series of work revolving around the experience that her and other girls have grown up around in America. Yasmine wants to create a series of work that sheds light on the life of second generation women. She feels that they are an underrepresented class and due to her own experiences was moved to speak on the topic.

Tara Swalgren says about her exhibition Nature of Beast, “I have always been interested in animals. They are majestic, mysterious, and desired. These are some of the many reasons I pursue making these works. I find them captivating, but I want to make the animals more desired, more captivating, more mysterious. I integrate other natural elements into these images. They are fantastical yet they appear feasible. They don’t look so far off from the animals we see in our lives. You might even believe that you have seen something like this before. I want my viewer to enjoy the creature and plants integrated into each piece. I want you to get lost in the color and textures of the work. I want you to indulge yourself, if only for a moment.”


Professor Ken Shipley and APSU Senior Heather Smith in Exhibition in Italy

On Centre at La Meridiana 

La Meridiana, International School of Ceramics, presents an exhibition of the ceramic works created by the teachers and students involved in the On Centre 2018 program on March 25 in Certaldo Alto, Italy. Professor Ken Shipley and Austin Peay senior Heather Smith have been in Italy this semester at La Meridiana. Ken Shipley has been teaching classes, researching, and creating, while Heather Smith has been preparing for her senior thesis exhibition. Both will be exhibiting work in this show along with the other international teachers and students from On Centre 2018 at La Meridiana. 

BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Heather D. Gilliam "Entropy" and Addyson Skelton "Meander" open Monday, March 12th Gilliam Skelton posters

APSU Department of Art + Design is proud to present the BFA thesis exhibitions for Heather D. Gilliam and Addyson Skelton.

The exhibitions will take place in the Barbara Beach Gallery located on the second floor of the Art + Design building (rm 201). An opening reception with remarks by the artists will be held Monday March 12th from 5-7pm. The gallery will then be open daily through Friday, March 16th.

Heather D. Gilliam's show “Entropy” will cover a wide range of work mimicking that of films and video games. These conceptual works include comic book- like storyboards, painted landscapes, interiors, and character turn-arounds. This will be Gilliam’s very first exhibition at Austin Peay.

Gilliam says of her work “Entropy is a law of the universe in which all orderly things must move towards chaos. My senior exhibition ‘Entropy’ takes this concept and forms an entity with a will.”

Graduating student, Addyson Skelton will be exhibiting "Meander." "Meander" is a short demo and concept for a future indie game. The exhibition includes documentation of the development process, future plans, and the opportunity to play the demo, yourself.


Dr. Smithers presents paper on Michelangelo at Huntington Library

Michelangelo DetailDr. Tamara Smithers will present a paper entitled “Michelangelo: Making art His Way” at the 62nd annual Renaissance Conference of Southern California on March 10, 2018 at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. This paper will briefly explore the various ways in which Michelangelo disregarded convention regarding established working practices and artistic style. 

For more information about the conference please visit the website.






"Fortnight Sessions" an exhibition of work by Professor Paul Collins opens March 3 at Zeitgeist in Nashville.

Paul Collins Fortnight Sessions

Professor Paul Collins will be presenting seven projects, each produced over a two-week period at different sites. "Fortnight Sessions" at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN will feature work completed in Rome, Italy and around Nashville, TN, including: Fort Negley, a local gas station, the Metro County Court complex, Grimey’s Basement, and a local farm. This show marks a transition for the artist from a studio-based practice to working exclusively in public spaces. Professor Collins explains, "After 30 years as a studio artist I am striving to work publicly and visibly in a way that matters in both aesthetic and political terms."

The exhibition opens with a reception on March 3rd from 6-8pm. It will continue from March 3-31. Visit the exhibition page for more information.


Dr. Tony Morris presents research on Andy Warhol in Los Angeles. 

Andy Warhol Torso 

Dr. Morris presented "Unerotic: Andy Warhol's Disappointing 'Sex Parts' " at the annual College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA Saturday February, 24. This presentation is part of his ongoing research in Andy Warhol.



Professor Susan Bryant exhibits photographic work in Texas

Susan Bryant, Presence #2This image, Presence #2, from the series titled “Presence and Absence,” is currently on display at A Smith Gallery of Photographic Arts in Johnson City, Texas as part of the exhibition “Chair.” The exhibition opened February 16th and runs through March 25th. It was juried by S. Gayle Stevens. Presence #2 is a digital print made from a scan of an original 4x5 wet-plate collodion glass negative made in a 4x5 camera. 

Visit the gallery online at asmithgallery.com







BFA Exhibition "Ends." by David Tyler Worthington February 26 - March 2, 2018

Tyler Worthington BFA show announcement

Ends. is a BFA art exhibition created by David Tyler Worthington. Located in The Beach Gallery in the Art & Design building at Austin Peay State University. There will be an opening reception February the 26th from 5-7pm featuring an artist talk and refreshments. At this event you will have the chance to directly speak with the artist and ask him questions. David is a senior at Austin Peay with a focus in video and sculpture. This exhibit will feature large sculptures and installations with video and sound. If you are unable to attend the opening the exhibit will be up Feb. 26th – March 2nd and viewable during the buildings hours.



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Lorilee Rager
Meet Lorilee Rager

Lorilee Rager is founder of and Chief Creative Problem Solver at Thrive Creative Group, LLC. Her passion for design began at a young age. As a farmer’s daughter raised in Allensville, KY, Lorilee found a creative outlet in drawing and photography. Eventually, she would grow up to attend Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she would earn her BFA in Graphic Design.

Robb Fladry
Meet Robb Fladry

Robb currently serves as the Dean of Students at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Robb is an established designer, artist and filmmaker, working professionally for over 15 years. Robb has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, the BEA Festival for Media Arts in Las Vegas and the Electronic Language International Festivals in Rio de Janeiro (2009) and Sau Paulo (2008).

Alexander Wurts
Meet Alexander Wurts

Alexander Wurts is a digital and interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Eugene, OR. He graduated from Austin Peay State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in 2014. After graduating, he went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts from University of Oregon. He is a currently a Co-Director at artist-run installation space Ditch Projects in Springfield, Oregon. His work can be viewed online at http://alexanderwurts.com/

Young Kim
MeetYoung Kim

Young Kim received a BFA from APSU and a MFA from the Univeristy of Kentucky. He is currently Associate Professor of Photography at Elon University.

Chris Downes
Meet Chris Downes

Christopher Downes graduated with a BFA from Austin Peay in 1996 and later received a Masters Degree in Fine Art & Design from the Tasmanian School of Art in 2002. He currently works as an editorial cartoonist for The Mercury Newspaper in Hobart, Tasmania as well as regularly contributing illustrations for Crinkling News, an Australian newspaper for children. In 2015, he was awarded the Stanley Award for best editorial/political cartoonist by the Australian Cartoonists Association.