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Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts

CECA brings both emerging and prominent artists from around the nation to Clarksville each year to present concerts and lectures, work directly with students in master classes and workshops, and introduce innovative ways of making or exploring art. All events offered by CECA are open to the community unless otherwise advertised.

CECA offers over 100 events per year featuring more than 75 guest artists

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Since 1985, the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA, or "seek-ah") has been providing students, the Clarksville community, and the middle Tennessee region with engaging experiences through the Art + Design, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Creative Writing programs at APSU.

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CECA offers experiences in the creative arts year round

From inspiring visiting artist lectures to impressive performances, CECA has something for everyone. All events offered by CECA are free and open to the community unless otherwise advertised.

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Creative Arts Departments at Austin Peay

CECA provides students with access to professional-level artists and arts experiences as well as internships that prepare them for the workplace or graduate school. In addition, CECA provides the talented faculty of the arts departments at APSU with research opportunities to enhance their professional growth.

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Department of Art and Design

APSU's art & design program offers studies in drawing, digital media, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and art education.

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Creative Writing minor

As one of the university's largest departments, Languages and Literature offers students small classes and a diverse, experienced faculty including many award-winning teachers.

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Department of Music

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music is an active and highly-visible component of the Clarksville Community. Composed of approximately 180 music majors and 32 full-time and adjunct faculty, the Department of Music is the largest producer of cultural events in the Clarksville area.

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Theatre and Dance at Austin Peay offers a world-renowned department, in a state-of-the-art facility, fostering artists, scholars and professionals who positively impact our world.

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'Rodeo in STYLE': How an iconic photographer's images became a part of Austin Peay's art collection

Recently discovered photos not only capture a Canadaian rodeo in 1978, but they also help to tell the story of how a world-famous photographer's photos made their way over 43 years from his New York City studio to an Arizona gallery to a dusty flat-file box in Austin Peay State University's art collection.

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New student art fellowship to help document, preserve, ‘discover’ Austin Peay’s art collection
New student art fellowship to help document, preserve, 'discover' Austin Peay's art collection

A recent endowment from Mark and Martha Em Raby made a new annual summer fellowship possible and provides an Art + Design student the opportunity to work with the University's art collection.

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Art + Design honors student work at juried student exhibition awards show
Art + Design honors student work at juried student exhibition awards show

The Department of Art + Design's 53rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition honored students on Wednesday, April 28, with an awards night via Zoom.

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