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APSU Art + Design Professor Billy Renkl has illustration featured in the New York Times


Illustration by Billy Renkl


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APSU Dance Students

APSU Theatre and Dance recognized at national dance conference

Earlier this month, the Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance participated in the American College Dance Conference (ACDA) in Hartsville, South Carolina, where an original piece choreographed by Margaret Rennerfeldt, department chair, was selected for the event’s prestigious gala performance.

“The American College Dance Association (ACDA) is at the forefront of dance in higher education,” Marcus Hayes, associate professor of dance, said. “To receive this type of honor speaks to the quality of Professor Rennerfeldt’s choreography and is a ‘feather-in-the-cap’ for the Department of Theatre and Dance at APSU. Presenting work at this conference and receiving the distinction of being selected for the gala performance is like winning a division championship for a college athletics team.”

A panel of judges, consisting of professional dancers and choreographers, selected the piece, “Gotta Make a Dance, The Last Gasp,” because of “Rennerfeldt’s skillful use of satire and her seamless transitions to more serious subject matter.”

The judges also acknowledged the work’s sound score, “Goodnight,” composed by Dr. Christopher Bailey, associate professor of musical theatre, and sound mixed by Sarah Michelle Bailey, adjunct faculty member, as well as the lighting design by Dale Pickard, assistant professor of theatre and dance. The dance was performed by APSU students Claire Estes, Patrick Pride, Britanie Childs, Alexandria Heide, Kelly Barrios, Janesha Boothe, Diondre Booker, Megan Cundiff and Destiny Smith.

This is the third time for an Austin Peay dance work to be selected for an ACDA gala. In 2011, student Alaina (Runyon) Deaver’s piece “Mold” was selected, and in 2012, Rennerfeldt’s “Finding Place” received the honor.

The department also presented another original dance at the conference. Student Diondra Booker choreographed “Dear Sister,” performed by Denia Hill-Tate, Kelly Barrios, Claire Estes, Alexandria Heide, and Janesha Boothe.

Fifteen APSU students and five faculty members attended the national conference, where they took four master classes a day and attended a dance concert each evening. Forty-two dances from seventeen schools were adjudicated. The students’ trip was funded through a Faculty Senate SASI grant. The faculty members were supported through the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

Both dances – “Gotta Make a Dance, The Last Gasp” and “Dear Sister” will be featured in the upcoming 12th Annual Spring Dance Concert, March 22 – 25, at the Trahern Theatre. For more information or tickets, please visit the Theatre and Dance website or you may contact the box office at 931-221-7379 or at




Madison Hobson

APSU English major earns graduate assistanship to Auburn University

Auburn recently awarded her a prestigious graduate assistantship for its inter-fraternity council, allowing Hobson to expand upon the skills and experiences she received at Austin Peay.

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Drawing by Professor Paul Collins

APSU’s Paul Collins exhibits new work at Nashville’s Zeitgeist Gallery this March

This March, Collins will present seven of his recent projects in a new exhibition, "Fortnight Session," at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville.

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Dr. Di Paolo Harrison

Dr. Di Paolo Harrison publishes fifth scholarly work on Hispanic crime fiction

Last month, Di Paolo Harrison published his fifth scholarly book, "Queer Noir Hispanico," in an effort to bring homosexual detective characters out of the margins of the Hispanic world.

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Yvette Cummings at the New Gallery

The New Gallery Presents Yvette Cummings: Splendor & Fault

Cummings is using her art to open dialogue and have sometimes-difficult conversations regarding child abuse, adolescence and maternal struggles.

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Dr. Amy Gillick

Dr. Amy Gillick, Assistant Professor of Double Reeds, has been selected to perform at the 47th International Double Reed Society Conference 2018 in Granada, Spain


APSU Music Student Hayden Gieseman

Hayden Gieseman (MM in Performance, student of Dr. Spencer Prewitt) has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 UTM Woodwind Day College Research Competition 


Professor Scott Raymond

APSU  Art + Design Professor Scott Raymond contributes to BBC animated special, "The Highway Rat"

"Toward the end of the film, in the final sequence, there are three shots I did with the Highway Rat and a couple of other characters," Raymond said.

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MF Briton

APSU Vocal Music Student MJ Britton Wins Recognition at the Great Composer Competition Series

MJ Britton was awarded Second Prize for Best Schubert Performance in the International Music Competition / Great Composers Competition for her performance of Nur Wer die Sehnsucht kennt accompanied by Tyler Saunders on piano.



Dr. Christophe Konkobo

Dr. Christophe Konkobo, APSU Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, has published La Pratique du théâtre moderne au Burkina Faso [The Practice of Modern Theatre in Burkina Faso] (Paris: Éditions L’Harmattan, 2017).  This detailed study explores the development and practice of theatre in the West African country of Burkina Faso from a chronological and thematic perspective; examines major figures and their contributions; and looks ahead to the future of Burkina Faso’s theatre.


History Honor Students

APSU history honor students present at national conference in New Orleans

Five Austin Peay State University students recently presented their research at the Biennial Phi Alpha Theta National History Conference in New Orleans.

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APSU graduate student Mejeun receives Level 2 certification from National College Learning Center Association

APSU graduate student Emmanuel Mejeun recently received Certified Learning Center Professional - Level 2 certification through the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).

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Abbi Wilt

Department of Communication alumna Wilt enjoying "dream job" with Southern Living Magazine

An assistant digital editor with Southern Living Magazine, New Brunswick, Canada native — and Austin Peay State University alumna — Abbi Wilt already knows that she followed a rather unique path to her dream job.

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Previous News

Spring 2018

Dario Robleto

Art + Design welcomes visiting artist Dario Robleto on March 13

Robleto, invited by the Acuff Chair of Excellence Sonya Clark, will give a public lecture at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, in Heydel Hall

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APSU Chamber Singers

APSU choral program thrives during busy year

With events such as The Big Sing, Choir Fest and the Chamber Singers Tour, APSU's choral program has had a big year.

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Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" gets comic book makeover at APSU

This February, APSU is bringing the bard's comedy to campus, and the production will feature animation and a pop art sensibility.

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Eve Ensler

APSU students present 17th annual production of "The Vagina Monologues"

This month, the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will present the 17th annual production of Eve Ensler's award-winning play.

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Øystein Baadsvik, Tuba Virtuoso

The Department of Music and CECA Present Øystein Baadsvik, Tuba Virtuoso

February 20th, 7:30 PM
Mabry Concert Hall

Øystein Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, rather than becoming a member of an orchestra or accepting a teaching post. His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist has taken him all over the world. The unique virtuosity and musicality Mr. Baadsvik’s brings to the tuba have established him as the exemplar of the instrument.


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

Professor Virginia Griswold

The 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.


Plait by Professor Susan Bryant

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

Professor 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.

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Carrie Meadows Poetry Reading

Zone 3 Press and CECA Present a Reading by Carrie Meadows

February 15 - 8 PM
Art + Design Building Room 120

Carrie Meadows is the author of Speak, My Tongue (Calypso Editions, 2017), a poetry collection celebrating self-taught artists of the American South. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Mid-American Review, and The Common, among other publications. In the past couple of years, Carrie has completed several residencies for both the Rivendell Writers’ Colony and the Sundress Academy of the Arts. Her work has multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and in 2008, she was named winner of the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of Virginia Prize. Outside of writing, she also teaches creative and professional writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.



APSU Guitar Fest

APSU Guitar Fest - February 12 - 14, 7:30 PM

Austin Peay State University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present the annual APSU GuitarFest featuring guest artist concerts and workshops.  The concerts will be held February 12-14 at 7:30pm in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.



College Art + Design Day

APSU hosts College Art and Design Day on Feb. 10

High school art students, as well as their art teachers and parents, are invited to participate in this daylong experience of college programs and careers in the visual arts.

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APSU alumnus Cory Schantz to perform Guest Artist Recital on Feb. 8

The Austin Peay State University Music Department will present baritone Cory Schantz in a Guest Artist Recital on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall.

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