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BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Did It Really Happen? by Kaya Gasperich and We're Both Forever by Rachel Prince

Gasperick Prince BFA exhibition posters

APSU Department of Art + Design presents the senior BFA Thesis Exhibitions, Did It Really Happen? by Kaya Gasperich and We're Both Forever by Rachel Prince. The exhibitions will be held in the Barbara Beach Gallery, room 201, in the Art + Design Building. There will be an opening reception April 23rd from 5-7pm. The artists will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through Friday April 27th.

Austin Peay’s graduating fine arts senior Kaya Gasperich will present her Senior Thesis exhibition; Did It Really Happen? in the Beach Gallery. Her gallery will be filled with large scale black and white images. Kaya Gasperich says about her exhibition, “My work explores the huge gray area on consent and the effects and repercussion of being sexually assaulted.This work also tackles the bias against those that have been sexually assaulted. It incorporates not only imagery but also audio content so the viewer has an immersive experience to my work. An experience that will hopefully leave them asking questions about the ambiguity of some of the images and some of the straightforwardness of the other ones.”

Graduating senior Rachel Prince will present her senior exhibition We're Both Forever. Through automatic writings and paintings, Rachel chronicles the emotional isolation she encountered as she maneuvered through a long distance relationship. Rachel says of her work, "We're Both Forever is a letter to myself. The work forces me to remove myself from the isolating anxiety I put myself through and view it as if I am an onlooker. Thus, forcing myself to realize all of this turmoil is only alive in my mind." 

The exhibitions are free and open to the public.


Dr. Smithers Publishes Essay on How Michelangelo "Broke Bad”

 David by MichelangeloDr. Tamara Smithers recently published an essay entitled “Michelangelo: Going against the Grain” in an edited volume called Breaking with Convention in Italian Art. Few artists before his time ignored convention as much as Michelangelo did, especially in regard to established social norms, working practices, and artistic style. When dealing with colleagues and patrons, his no-nonsense, larger-than-life personality cast a large shadow. Whether requesting double pay or refusing pay in order to maintain full creative control, Michelangelo practiced art his way. For the most part, he refused to work with apprentices; the attempts to teach a singular student how to draw were so comical that the two could only laugh at how bad the drawings were. In his pursuit of artistic freedom, Michelangelo rejected the traditional bottega system (by claiming not to run a typical workshop) and eschewed guild membership. Moreover, his individualism reveals itself in his personal style, especially his carving technique. His tendency to refine parts of his sculptures while leaving others rough suited his multi-faceted persona, as he claimed to be both rozzo and aristocratic. As explored briefly in this study, Michelangelo went against the grain in more ways than one.


BFA Thesis Exhibition John Edmondson: The Word That Matters Opens April 16th

 John Edmonson Poster

On April 16th from 5-8pm Austin Peay graduating senior John Reid Edmondson Jr will present his Senior Thesis exhibition; The Word That Matters in the Barbara Beach Student Gallery. Located on the second floor of the new Art + Design Building, the exhibition will contain recent works of a Biblical nature. John will also have an outdoor public sculpture installed in front of the Art + Design Building entitled Genesis 8:21 and 22. This piece consists of a simulated rainstorm inspired by both Hurricane Harvey, as well as, the biblical story of The Flood.

There will be an opening reception April 16th from 5-7pm. The artist will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through April 20th. The exhibition is free and open to the public.



50th Annual Student Exhibition opens at The New Gallery
student show

The Department of Art + Design celebrates the end of the 2017-18 academic year with the 50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The professionally juried exhibition opens in The New Gallery on April 2 and runs through April 25. Join us in recognizing the achievements of our students during the reception + awards night on Wednesday, April 25 from 5-7 p.m.  Beginning at 5:30 p.m., we will announce the award winners for the juried student exhibition, CECA Purchase Award winners and Summer Research Award recipients. The closing event will be held in The New Gallery, and all are invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

According to this year’s juror, Yvette Cummings, “I consider it an honor and privilege to have been asked to select work for this year’s 50th Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition. The difficult but enjoyable task of selection that falls to any juror was amplified by both the high quality and large number of the pieces submitted. This year’s exhibition saw 306 submissions with 47 of those selected. Those works selected represent, to a certain extent, the biases of the juror. As an educator and artist myself, I am faced with the challenges of evaluating artwork from a broad spectrum of artists. I use my curatorial experience to select the best examples of artworks submitted. Those exceptional objects that demonstrate sincerity, ambition, and uniqueness were singled out for special recognition.”


BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Misconception by Joshua Jenkins and Corporis by Blaine Gundersen

Joshua Jenkins and Blaine Gundersen

APSU Department of Art + Design presents the senior BFA Thesis Exhibitions, Misconception by Joshua Jenkins and Corporis by Blaine Gundersen. The exhibitions will be held in the Barbara Beach Gallery, room 201, in the Art + Design Building. There will be an opening reception April 2nd from 5-7pm. The artists will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through April 6th.

This week graduating senior Joshua Jenkins will present his senior exhibition of oil paintings. Josh Jenkins says of his work, “I believe that the writings in all forms of scripture and religions hold true and are a great starting point for a person's understanding of how they should attempt to live, but in these paintings I aim to showcase some grey areas where I hold reservations or might just think are obsolete to a world we live in. I want the viewer to leave this room seeing my point of view whether they agree with it or not.”

Austin Peay graduating senior Claudia Blaine Gundersen will present her Senior Thesis Exhibition & Undergraduate Research; Corporis at APSU’s Beach Gallery. The exhibition will be filled with anatomical organs of the human body shown through the techniques of papercutting. The artist wants to show to the viewer that the actions that we take on our bodies now will have negative long-term effects. The primary examples include drinking excessively, abuse of drugs, and smoking. These specific actions target organs such as the liver, heart, and lungs. Gundersen displays her body of work as grotesquely beautiful within our own bodies.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.


Dr. Smithers invited to speak at the University of Rochester

 Michaelangelo at S. CroceAs one of four scholars invited to participate in the annual Ferrari Humanities Symposium held March 26-28, 2018 at the University of Rochester in New York, Dr. Tamara Smithers will present her new research.

This year’s symposium theme is Michelangelo. Her talk is entitled “Michelangelo’s Artistic Sainthood,”  which discusses the cult following of Michelangelo known as “il Divino,” the Divine One, in Florence.





BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Phylum Mechanica: The Works of Alak Gene by Josh Coggins and Re-collecting by Abigail Damer

Josh Coggins and Abigail Damer 

APSU Department of Art + Design presents the senior BFA Thesis Exhibitions, Phylum Mechanica: The works of Alak Gene by Josh Coggins and Re-collecting by Abigail Damer. The exhibitions will open Monday, March 26th with a reception from 5-7pm. The artists will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through March 30th.

Josh Coggins presents Phylum Mechanica: The works of Alak Gene. Exhibition features the research and creations of renowned mycologist, Alak Gene. Known for his secrecy and advanced techniques, most of Gene’s work was lost or is still being discovered. The creations he made would pave the way for advancements in the field of mycology as well as advanced technology. The mechanized organism he created employed technology and skills well ahead of his time. His source of materials and techniques are still unknown as well as the fate of Gene himself. Viewers are urged to immerse themselves within the experience. To explore and investigate the work space of Gene. Perhaps finding clues to solve the missing information surrounding such an interesting character.

Austin Peay graduating senior Abigail Damer will present her Senior Thesis exhibition; Re-collecting. Loss and remembrance are strong themes imbedded in the installation. The loss of loved ones, memories, and emotions are reclaimed through the work as the artist shares the intimate spaces and objects found in her grandmother’s home that remind her of departed family members.


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 5-7pm. 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. 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.




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.




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







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.


Plait by Professor Susan Bryant is on exhibit at SE Center for Photography

Plait by Susan BryantProfessor Susan Bryant is exhibiting Plait, from the series “Presence and Absence” in "Shades of Black & White" at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina.

This image is a digital print made from a scan of an original 4x5 wet-plate collodion glass negative made in a 4x5 camera. The exhibition was juried by Susan Burnstein and runs from February 2 – 24, 2018.

For more information please visit the website at


Professor Virginia Griswold moderates discussion on women in sculpture at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN

Virginia Griswold in ConversationThe artist discussion moderated by APSU Sculpture Professor Virginia Griswold featured artists Kristen Jensen, Kylie Lockwood, Ellie Krakow, and Vadis Turner. The panel discussion at Zeitgesit Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee centered on contemporary women artists whose practice includes sculpture. It was presented in conjunction with the exhibitions "States of Matter" at Zeitgeist and "The Fingertip Is an Image-Forming Organ of Sight" at Coop Gallery. The discussion was held on February 3rd but the corresponding exhibition at Zeitgeist runs until February 24th. You can find more information about that exhibition here.


The Highway Rat on BBC One includes work by Professor Scott Raymond

The Highway Rat Professor Scott Raymond

Scott Raymond's work as an animator can be seen in BBC One's TV special “The Highway Rat.” The special staring David Tennant premiered on Christmas Day to over 4 million viewers.  It’s an adaptation of the popular UK children’s book by authors Donaldson & Scheffler.  The special was produced by Magic Light Pictures (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom) and production work was done by Triggerfish Animation in South Africa.


The Department of Art + Design and CECA annouce Andrew Scott Ross as the 2017-18 recipient of the Tennessee Artist Fellowship

Andrew Scott RossThe Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA, or “seek-ah”) is pleased to announce that Andrew Scott Ross, of Johnson City, is the 2017-18 recipient of the Tennessee Artist Fellowship.

The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created to celebrate contemporary art and to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, nominations and applications from artists are not solicited. A committee of APSU faculty compiles a list of outstanding artists from across the state from which the fellowship recipient is selected. Through support from CECA, the selected artist receives $5,000 to aid in the creation of new artwork and $2,000 for an artist lecture at a future date.

“Since APSU is the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts for the entire state of Tennessee, we wanted to find a way to support artists state-wide,” Barry Jones, chair of the APSU Department of Art and Design, said. “There is an incredible amount of amazing artists here, but unfortunately there isn’t much financial support for them. We hope that this fellowship helps a Tennessee artist maintain their practice and to know that we support what they are doing.”

Ross received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He subsequently studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is currently an associate professor in drawing at East Tennessee State University. 

“We were highly impressed with Ross’ work,” a member of the selection committee said. “His gritty, yet refined, work is conceptually layered and rich with texture, and his drawings transcend the two-dimensional surface we associate with drawing media. His manipulation of the drawing surface into large-scale installations, along with his dedication in constructing a personal visual language, is what made him the top choice for this year’s fellowship. We’re excited that contemporary drawing is alive and well in Tennessee.”

Ross has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, The Knoxville Museum of Art and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

His work has been reviewed in publications such as Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine and the Village Voice. Recently, his work was included in the 2017 Atlanta Biennial (ATLBNL) at the Atlanta Contemporary, and the curated section of the Art on Paper exhibit at the Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Past recipients of the CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship include Alicia Henry, Nashville, and Maysey Craddock, Memphis. For information on the CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship, contact Janice Crews, director of CECA, at To stay informed of upcoming CECA events, including Ross’ upcoming artist talk, please visit or follow it on social media.



Professor Billy Renkl is the 2017 Recipient of the Richard M. Hawkins Award

Professor Billy Renkl

The Richard M. Hawkins Award is Austin Peay State University's highest faculty award for scholarship or creative activity. 










Dr. Tony Morris to Present a Lunchtime Lecture on December 7 at 10 a.m.

Dr. Tony Morris Lunchtime Lecture 


Professor Rachel Bush Presents "Humor is No Laughing Matter" at the Customs House Museum on December 13 at 12:15 PM

Professor Rachel Bush - Humor is No Laughing Matter

Free Admission to Program; In the Turner Auditorium

Rachel Bush is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. In this presentation, Rachel will be talking about using humor in graphic design and its influence on creativity in visual communication. She completed her undergraduate studies in Graphic Design at Morehead State University in 2008, and obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Memphis in 2014. 

Prior to obtaining her masters, Rachel was the sole graphic designer at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia. Rachel’s clients include the Nashville Zoo, Young Life, United States Department of Agriculture Conservation Department, The Salvation Army, Kroger Helping Hands, University of Memphis Art Museum, Prime Fitness, and the City of Clarksville. Rachel continues to study humor as an effective method of visual communication and its influence on creativity in the graphic design classroom. She completed her thesis on the subject of humor, entitled “Humor is No Laughing Matter.”



Professor Barry Jones included in Art as Information at The Delaware Contemporary

Newsbreak by Professor Barry Jones

Art as Information
Group Video Exhibition
The Delaware Contemporary
November 21, 2017 — January 26, 2018

Video art is a genre that has moved in the last thirty years from the margins of contemporary art to its mainstream. As a result, the moving image has equally become ubiquitous in daily life. Through the points of tangency in television screens and the internet we have come to trust these conduits of reality as fact. Media has built that trust from the early days of Walter Cronkite to the boom of independent documentaries in the 90s and 2000s. The 24-hour news cycle changed the way journalism gets presented on television, and as such challenged the establishment of trust in information.

Art As Information looks at our relationship with video, the screen, and the information generated by them. All art is informative of something, but this exhibition focuses on the televisual experience of creating and transmitting knowledge through mass media. The artists included in the exhibition have either built on the established means of information in the screen century, or they have subverted the traditional conveyance of information. Art As Information will mix these two approaches together and challenge the viewer’s sense of what is true and what isn’t in our “post-fact” society.


The New Gallery Presents the Faculty Triennial

The Faculty Triennial in the New Gallery

Next month, Austin Peay State University’s The New Gallery, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art + Design, will present the Faculty Triennial, an exhibition celebrating the artwork of current Art + Design faculty.

This year has brought many celebrations to the Department of Art + Design. In August, the new Art + Design building opened its doors to students with new studio classrooms and new exhibition spaces. This February will mark the department’s 75th anniversary. The department was formed when Austin Peay Normal School became Austin Peay State College, making it one of the oldest departments on campus.

“Visual art has shaped and expanded the minds of the Austin Peay student and surrounding community for nearly eight decades – a feat that is impossible without the research, talent and dedication of the art faculty, and the support of the University and the Center of Excellence,” Michael Dickins, gallery director for The New Gallery, said. “Continuing one’s art practice is essential. It is how the faculty of Art + Design further define their craftsmanship and skills that they then can pass along to the students in the classroom. The Faculty Triennial exhibition gives the students, University colleagues and the community a chance to experience recent work created by the APSU Art + Design faculty.”

The list of faculty in this year’s triennial include: Rusty Barwick, Kell Black, Susan Bryant, Rachel Bush, Paul Collins, Dawn Martin Dickins, Michael Dickins, McLean Fahnestock, Jessica Fife, Patrick Gosnell, Virginia Griswold, Barry Jones, Desmond Lewis, Cindy Marsh, Scott Raymond, Billy Renkl, Karen Seapker, Ken Shipley, Dr. Tamara Smithers, Dr. Jennifer Snyder, AJ Sutton, Patrick Vincent, David Walker and Donna Woodley.

The exhibit opens Nov. 6 at The New Gallery, located in the APSU Art + Design building, and runs through Dec. 6. There will be a closing reception 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 6, and that event is open to the public. As part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Crawl, The New Gallery will be open from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 2, with a special preview of the work. All are welcome.

Hours for The New Gallery are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and holidays, and the gallery follows the university’s academic calendar. For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Dickins at


The Beach Gallery Presents Close Reading by Amy Dean Nov. 27 - Dec. 1

Amy Dean Senior Exhibition


Terminal presents The Eyes Are Always There by Joe Merrell

Terminal - Joe Merrell

To see examples of Joe Merrell's work visit



The Beach Gallery Presents Thoughts on Letting Go by Kayla Barrie and 450 Years by Ashlyn Warren November 13th - 17th

Ashlyn Warren and Kaylie Barrie


The Beach Gallery Presents Pieces by Adam Roberts and Lead Chips by Samuel Lemons

Sam Lemons and Adam Roberts

Samuel Lemons
Austin Peay State University will be hosting graduating student Samuel Lemons Senior Thesis exhibition; Lead Chips November 6th - November 10th in the new Art and Design building’s student gallery located on the second floor. The exhibition will consist of digital paintings that express the artist’s point of view through humor. The artist has been in one other exhibition at Austin Peay with this being his first solo exhibition.

This exhibition’s purpose is to express the artist’s point of view on certain issues using satire. The artist states that he named the exhibition Lead Chips because “the subjects in his work act in a way that implies that they may have eaten lead paint chips when they were children”.

The opening of the exhibition will be on November 6th at 5:30 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts from Albany, GA. Is one of 6 students whose artwork will be featured during the Student Senior Show exhibition opening at Art + Design building in the Beach Gallery of room 201.

The show runs through 6 November – 10 November. Gallery hours are 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday. The show will be exhibiting works on scratchboard detailing the style and the fine art of the medium. The entire show is dedicated to the men and women that are serving and have served in the military and the individuals that inspired us.



Professor David Walker Wins a Silver Quill Award from The International Association of Business Communicators

David Walker


The International Association of Business Communicators Southern Region has awarded Professor David Walker with Silver Quill Award for his social media and print campaign for The Central Area of the Links Leadership Summit


The Department of Art + Design and CECA welcome Hillerbrand+Magsamen for a visiting artist lecture on November 9, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Heydel Hall

APSU Art + Design, Hillerbrand+Magsamen

The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Together they create sculpture, installation, performance, video and photographic works they call “Suburban Fluxus”.  Often including their two children, Madeleine and Emmett in their work, the family critiques and playfully scrutinizes contemporary suburban life.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in international film and media festivals including Houston Cinema Arts Festival, London SciFi Film Festival, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival and MonkeyTown. Their cinematic based installations have been exhibited at the Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), Center for Photography Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), Diffusion Photography Festival (Wales, UK) and Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX).

They have received grants from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Austin Film Society, Experimental Television Center, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Center for Photography. Their project HIGHER GROUND was a commission from the Houston Airport System and received 1st prize from juror Richard Linklater in the CineSpace program at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen have participated in residency programs including: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, NY), Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY), Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM). Stephan Hillerbrand is a recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships (Germany) and MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) residency.

Mary and Stephan live and work in Houston with their two children, Madeleine and Emmett. 


Department of Art + Design's Gallery Director, Michael Dickins, opens new installation at the Browsing Room Gallery in Nashville

by Michael Dickins

Michael Dickins’ newest sound installation, Wailing Wall, opens on Saturday, October 6, as part of Nashville’s first Saturday Art Crawl, and runs through November 24, 2017. Wailing Wall is a 24-channel audio installation originally designed for The Browsing Room Gallery, located in the bottom of the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

When thinking about the presumed reasoning behind both the proposed physical border wall across the Southwestern U.S., and the metaphorical border wall of heavy restrictions on Middle Eastern refugees; Dickins began to empathize with the tens of thousands of people risking their lives for the safety and betterment of their families and children. As a father of two children, he is empathetic, but often question the level of his empathy.
Wailing Wall is an idea where faceless voices cry out from a slick, manufactured wall. It is an idea that asks the viewer to slow down, sit and listen. It is an idea that questions empathy and apathy. It is an idea of self-reflection.

 Michael Dickins is an interdisciplinary artist whose work takes the form of drawing, printmaking, sound and installations that are layered, textured and derived from appropriated imagery and audio from various social media platforms. For the past several years, his work has been focused on social and political commentary.

 Dickins earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a BFA from Georgia Southern University. His work has been exhibited throughout the Southeastern U.S. as well as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, Houston, San Diego, Portland, Oregon; Augusta, Maine, Istanbul and Berlin. He has twice been a featured artist at {Re}Happening at Black Mountain College, and has received commissions from the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company for original sound score and projection design. Dickins currently lives and works in Clarksville, Tennessee and is the Director of Galleries at Austin Peay State University.

 To see more of Dickins’ work, visit:


Rome Study Abroad Students Present Research

Rome Study Abroad Students Present Research

Art in Rome Study Abroad Program 2017 students Samantha Burns, Yasmine El-Chaer, Nina Lizura, Eric Mason, Victoria Matthews, Gabby Maxwell, Kacie Miller, Chrystal Schlegal, and Tara Swalgreen were selected to present their research at the undergraduate research symposium Keys to the World Showcase on November 2, 2017 from 12:30-1:30pm in APSU MUC Ballroom.

Each student received an APSU High Impact Practice research grant to put towards the costs for the Art in Rome Program held June 10-27, 2017 in Rome, Italy. Their projects are the results of their research papers for ART 324B Art History in Rome and additional mentorship with Dr. Tamara Smithers.


Professor Patrick Gosnell reviews TypeCon 2017 for Slanted

TypeCon in Slanted

TypeCon is an annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), an international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts.

Since the inaugural conference in 1998, TypeCon has explored type for the screen, printing history, Dutch design, type in motion, Arabic calligraphy, the American Arts and Crafts movement, experimental typography, webfonts, and much more. Special events include the Type & Design Education Forum, and an exhibition of international type and design.

Read the article here.


Professor Paul Collins featured in the article "A Painter's Refusal" by Matt Christy in Number: 91

Professor Paul Collins in Number Magazine


Download a copy of Number: Ninety One Here 


Terminal presents Undone by Deanna Erdmann, September 25 - October 20, 2017

Terminal: Deanna Erdmann Undone

See more of Deanna Erdmann's work here 


The New Gallery Presents How Far We Haven't Come by Michi Meko from October 2 - 22, 2017

Michi Meko: How Far We Haven't Come

The New Gallery, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art + Design, is pleased to present Michi Meko: How Far We Haven’t Come, to continue an exciting 2017-18 exhibition season.

At The New Gallery at Austin Peay State University, I am still thinking about space, but am shifting gears with the second exhibition of the season: Michi Meko: How Far We Haven’t Come. Unlike the Jamey Grimes exhibition, this work is not a celebration of space, but an investigation of space by asking, “How do you exist in public space when public space is a threat?”

According to Dr. Anthony Morris, Associate Professor of Art History for Austin Peay State Unviversity, “Michi’s work is an attempt to find a place for himself as a black man in 21st century American culture. He often uses the iconography of water, exploration, mapping, and found objects in his work to express a loss of trust, safety, and independence in a world that perceives him as a threat, a criminal, and identifies him first by his race and not his humanity.”

The exhibit opens October 2 at The New Gallery, located in the Art + Design building on the campus of Austin Peay State University, and runs through October 27. There will be a reception on October 5 beginning at noon, and a gallery talk with Michi beginning at 12:30pm. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Michi will project select films and video onto the exterior of The New Gallery as part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Crawl. All are welcome.

Michi Meko lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and has exhibited extensively throughout the Southeastern United States. For more on Michi and his work, visit:

Hours for The New Gallery are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays, and follows the university’s academic calendar. For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, Director of Galleries, at


Dr. Tamara Smithers presents conference paper in Rome Italy

Bregno's TombDr. Tamara Smithers travels to Rome, Italy October 5-7, 2017 to present research at the Early Modern Rome 3 conference, an interdisciplinary conference focusing on Rome from 1341 to 1667. Her paper "Competition, Camaraderie, and Communal Burial: Artist Memorials in Early Modern Rome” considers the development of the multi-faceted purposes of tombs in Rome for artists such as Fra Angelico, Andrea Bregno, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Raphael, Taddeo Zuccaro, Annibale Carracci, Pietro da Cortona, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Carlo Maratta: to celebrate the individual, express local pride, promote the visual arts, and establish corporate camaraderie. She will give her paper on the last day of the conference, which is held in the historic Castello Orsini-Odescalchi in Bracciano.



The Department of Art + Design and CECA welcome SWOON for an artist lecture on October 4, 2017

SWOONThe Department of Art + Design at Austin Peay State University along with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA), welcomes SWOON to campus for an artist lecture.

Caledonia Curry, who exhibits her artwork under the name SWOON, is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who has spent the last 15 years exploring the relationship between people and their built environments. Her early interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world, and her public practice has expanded to using art to rebuild communities and humanize today’s most pressing social and environmental issues.
She co-founded Konbit Shelter in 2010, an artist’s response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti that same year. Other community-based endeavors include collaborating on the construction of musical architecture in New Orleans, and a neighborhood revitalization project in North Braddock, PA. Alongside her place-based work, she has a studio practice of drawing, printmaking, architectural sculpture, and installations.
Curry’s work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the São Paulo Museum of Art.
SWOON’s talk will take place on October 4, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Heydel Hall (Art+Design building, Room 120). All events for the Department of Art + Design are free and open to the public. For more information on the exhibitions or lectures, contact Michael Dickins, Gallery Director, at To stay informed of upcoming events or scheduling changes, follow the Department of Art + Design on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



The Department of Art + Design and CECA are pleased to welcome Nato Thompson as a CECA Visiting Artist on September 20 at 6 p.m.

Nato Thompson
Nato Thompson joined Creative Time in January 2007. Since then, Thompson has organized such major Creative Time projects as The Creative Time Summit (2009 - 2015), Pedro Reyes' Doomocracy (2016), Kara Walker's A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen's The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramirez Jonas's Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller's It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan's Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large exhibitions, including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004), with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, BookForum, Frieze, Artforum, Third Text, and Huffington Post among them. He has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life.

The lecture will take place in Heydel Hall (AD 120) on September 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.



The New Gallery Presents Eclipse by Jamey Grimes

The New Gallery: Jamey Grimes Eclipse
In Eclipse, multiple surfaces collide in a whirlpool of light and shadow. Colors change over time, dynamically shifting the viewer’s interpretation of depth and form. This environment is intended to be both stirring and serene. Eclipse contemplates the artist’s relationship to natural forces, both real and imagined.

The exhibit opens Aug. 28 at The New Gallery and runs through Sept. 21. In correlation with the University’s upcoming PeayCLIPSE festivities, special exhibition previews will occur from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. A lunchtime reception and gallery talk by the artist will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, in The New Gallery.


Terminal Presents Jeff&Gordon: Behaving Appropriately for the Situation

Terminal: Jeff&Gordon

With the opening of our new Art + Design building on the campus of Austin Peay State University we are happy to bring <terminal> back to the physical world starting with the work of JEFF&GORDON.  Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko have been collaborating on video, sound, and performative work since 2007. Their work, often physical and humorous, utilizes play and heightened social structures to interrogate class and culture.

Each of the four weeks of the exhibition feature a different video: Draw! – “the archetypal cinematic rendering of human interaction;” How You Play The Game – “an investigation of the culture of the ‘temporarily embarrassed millionaire;” Day Job – an “8-hour long performative document of labor in the 24/7 networked age;” and Running With Scissors – “a portrait of the Souther California home in the form of a ‘real estate walk-through video,’ with interruptions.”

JEFF&GORDON: Behaving Appropriately for the Situation, curated by Assistant Professor McLean Fahnestock, will run from August 28 – September 22 in the Art + Design building. Look for <terminal> outside of The New Gallery.


More about the artists:

Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko met in Southern California when the two were grad students at Cal State Long Beach and UC Irvine, respectively. The two began collaborating together in 2007. Since then, the artists have had solo shows at the UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles, the Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and other venues. Together and separately they have been involved in exhibitions at such venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Torrance Art Museum, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. Their work has been covered by several media outlets. In 2016 Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times singled the artists’ work out of a group exhibition for praise. Also in 2016, the artists were profiled by a national CBC arts program (picked up in the US by Public Radio International) for their participatory telephone project “Not at the Dinner Table.”

Visit them on the web at



Professor Scott Raymond included in Laughing Matters at The 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA

Work by Professor Scott Raymond

'Laughing Matters' Exhibit
August 18 - September 24, 2017

The Wine Country Arts Council presents ‘Laughing Matters’ featuring art that makes us smile, chuckle, or burst into laughter. Artist submittals for this show include visual and literary artworks consisting of paintings, illustrations, sculptures, fiberartworks, poetry, short stories, original comics and more. 

The ‘Laughing Matters’ exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at The 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa which is also coordinating events with The Charles M. Schulz Museum.



Honoring 9/11 Through Art Therapy by Professor Ken Shipley and Melody Shipley will be featured at APSU's Woodward Library

Honoring 9/11



Gee, He Has No Brushstroke: Gender Performace in Andy Warhol's Oxidation Paintings by Dr. Tony Morris Published in Art Inquiries

Article by Dr. Tony Morris




Professor Patrick Vincent

Professor Patrick Vincent is the winner of the 2017 International Artist in Residence at Black Church Print Studio in Dublin, Ireland

Black Church Print Studio's International Artist-in-Residence programme was established to facilitate contemporary artistic practice in the Studio and to further the professional development of artists. It enables the creation and production of new work, fosters an exchange of ideas and influences and encourages the sharing of expertise.





Dr. Jim Diehr Sculpture

APSU Professor Emeritus James Diehr Exhibits at Nashville International Airport

Professor Emeritus James (Jim) Diehr’s exhibit, “Eye Talk” will be on display at Nashville International Airport from June 5 – August 27. His artwork is located on the non-secure side in the A/B Waiting Lounge. A reception  will be held at Nashville International Airport on Monday, June 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Parking will be validated. If you wish to view all 13 of the terminal art exhibits, including the Bonnaroo skylights, you must RSVP by Wednesday, June 14. Instructions for  gaining VIP access to all the exhibits can be found here:

 Jim Diehr has created art for more than 50 years. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art and both a Master of Science and Doctorate in Education. He has taught sculpture, pottery, drawing and product design. His work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. In Kansas and Tennessee, Diehr held positions as Professor, Chair of Art, Dean of Arts and Letters, and Director of the APSU Center for Creative Arts. Internationally, Diehr was a Fulbright Scholar at Nottingham University, England, and Guest Lecturer in Lin Fen University, China. He presently works most days in his studio near Clarksville, Tenn.

About Eye Talk
Diehr states, “Visual storytelling is what I do with my art. I use clay, wood, and alabaster stone to create my sculptures. Literature, philosophy, the natural world and human behavior are the basis for the meaning and content in these ‘stories.’” “Communication on various levels is important to me in my work. The process of sculpting with mixed media and visual problem-solving, due to the different physical qualities of each medium, is also important to my aesthetic. My goal is to have a conversation with the viewer.”