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Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama portrait artist, to speak at Austin Peay

Amy Sherald unveiled her Smithsonian-commissioned portrait of Michelle Obama in February. She speaks at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Austin Peay's University Center Ballroom. Anyone can attend the free event.

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Boris Allakhverdyan

Principal with LA Philharmonic to visit APSU as Acuff Chair for Clarinet Day

The day will consist of master classes, recitals, breakout sessions from regional clarinet professors and teachers, vendors with mouthpieces, reeds, music and instruments to try and a clarinet choir for all participants.

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 Professor Virginia Griswold

Professor Virginia Griswold's  solo exhibition "Building Bodies" is currently on view at the Appalachian Center for Craft



McLean Fahnestock

The New Gallery Presents "Undiscovered Country" by APSU Assistant Professor of Art McLean Fahnestock

The New Gallery, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art + Design, is pleased to present McLean Fahnestock: Undiscovered Country, to open an exciting 2018-19 exhibition season.

McLean Fahnestock is a media artist who works across modes of communication, from video and photographic images to sound, and sculpture. Her work begins in the institutions that tell the tales of exploration and describe distant lands– museums, libraries, and the media. She considers each of these and their roles and contrasts them with heuristic experiential modes of acquiring knowledge.

“The historic explorer is a troubled character at best,” states Fahnestock. “I am a descendent of one. My grandfather sailed the South Pacific for the American Museum of Natural History. His story, his flaws, and those of explorers before and after are in the work as well. I remain drawn to the explorer and their singular focus on frontiers in spite of risk, all for the possibility that they could experience something authentic.”

Michael Dickins, Director of The New Gallery, states, “This year, we’re opening up our exhibition season with a celebration of one of our own faculty members. McLean joined the Department of Art + Design as an assistant professor of art in 2016, and currently serves as our foundations coordinator. I have been familiar with McLean’s work for several years, and I am honored to be able to work with her in my role as gallery director. The discussion, planning, and installation of this exhibit has been personally rewarding, and I am excited for her to unveil her newest works, that combine video projection, sculpture, sound and discovery, to the Austin Peay and surrounding communities.”

McLean Fahnestock is a media artist who works in video, sound, sculpture, and digital collage. McLean reclaims material from institutions, seeking out footage, images, and items that intimate place and delve in to the mythos of exploration. McLean received a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University and MFA from California State University Long Beach.

Her work has been exhibited and screened across the United States and Internationally at institutions such as the Aurora Picture Show with the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, Black Mountain College Re{Happening}, North Carolina, Technisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria, The California Science Museum, Los Angeles, The British Library, London, and MOCA Hiroshima, Japan. Her work was included in a DVD compilation of short videos by the LA Film Forum. She was a finalist for a 2012 Vimeo Video Award and was named “Most Promising New Artist” at MADATAC 5, in Madrid, Spain.

Fahnestock keeps her studio in Nashville, TN.

The exhibit opens Monday, August 27 at The New Gallery, located in the Art + Design building on the campus of Austin Peay State University, and runs through September 21. Fahnestock will be giving a public lecture on her work, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Heydel Hall located in the Art and Design building. There will be a reception the following day on September 19 from 12 – 1:00p, and a gallery talk with Fahnestock beginning at 12:30. All events are free and open to the public.

For more on McLean Fahnestock and her work, visit: mcleanfahnestock.com.

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 The New Gallery, at dickinsm@apsu.edu.



Constitution Day Speaker

The Department of History and Philosophy, Phi Alpha Theta, and Department of Political Science and Public Management welcome Dr. Lorri Glover to Speak for Constitution Day.



Critical Conversations 1

Join Faculty, Staff, and Students for Critical Conversations #1 "Opposing Views in the Age of Trump" on Tuesday, September 4