The Department of Art & Design Welcomes Acclaimed Graphic Designer Andrew Smith

APSU Art and Design Andrew Smith

The Department of Art and Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to continue it Visiting Artist Lecture Series with nationally recognized graphic designer, Andrew Smith.

Smith, also known as ‘ampersandrew’, was recently named lead designer for IBM in Austin, Texas. Prior to this appointment, he was an associate creative designer for Team Detroit and senior designer for pushtwentytwo.  He has worked on national campaigns for Ford Mustang, Ford Transit, Ford Focus ST, Lincoln MKZ, Ellie Herring, 1xRUN, IMU, and many more.  He has vast experience in branding, marketing, hand lettering, motion graphics, photography, web design, and art direction.

Smith will be talking about his experience as a designer, highlighting some of his work, and discussing what it takes to make it in the design field. Prior to his lecture, ampersandrew will be conducting several workshops, along with a colleague from IBM, with APSU Graphic Design students.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to work with Andrew Smith. These workshops will give our students experience in working with a nationally recognized designer and we are pleased to be able to bring him to APSU”, states Barry Jones, chair of the Department of Art and Design.

The lecture will take place Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. in room 401 of the Trahern Building, and is free and open to the public.

For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at

The Department of Art & Design is pleased to present “Elemental”, Lyndsey Evetts’s Senior Exhibition

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“Elemental,” a solo exhibition of landscape photographs produced with handmade ceramic cameras by graduating senior, Lyndsay Evetts, will be on display in Galley 108 / Trahern Building at Austin Peay State University from October 5 through October 8. The exhibit features a collection of pinhole cameras fashioned from clay that capture the simplicity of the world around us.

There will be a opening reception on Monday October 5 from 5-8 PM. The exhibition will also be open to the public from noon – 5PM October 6-8.

Lyndsay is completing her BFA degree in Studio Arts with a focus in photography. She will be graduating from Austin Peay State University in December 2015. The work in this exhibition focuses on the clarity of purpose and imagery that can result from a hands-on investigation into the history of human innovation and technology.

“The One and the Many: APSU Student and Faculty Exhibition” in Nashville

The One and the Many: APSU Student and Faculty Exhibition in Nashville
L Gallery, 73 Arcade, Nashville, TN
Sat Oct 3rd 6-9pm
  • Amber Briggs
  • Crowma
  • Sophia Eisenbart
  • Christy Gordon
  • Barry Jones
  • Suta Lee
  • Cindy Marsh
  • Billy Renkl
  • Steven Walker

Nashville show


APSU College Art & Design Day is October 17, 2015

APSU College Art & Design Day

The Department of Art & Design at Austin Peay State University will be hosting College Art and Design Day/2015 on Saturday, October 17.  High school art students as well as their art teachers and parents are invited to participate in this daylong exploration into college programs and careers in the visual arts.

Events will begin at 9 AM with a tour of department facilities followed by a choice of creative workshops designed to give high school students a college-level studio experience at 10 AM. Dr. Tony Morris, Associate Professor of Art History, will complete the morning’s activities with an engaging presentation titled “Identity Politics in Contemporary Art.”

After a short break for lunch, high school students, teachers, and parents are invited to attend a panel discussion, “The Job Market for Art and Design Graduates” presented by APSU art alumni and faculty. College Art and Design Day will finish with a Portfolio Review; members of the APSU art and design faculty will be on hand to review the work of individual high school students and to discuss various ways to prepare a college entrance portfolio.

We hope you will take this opportunity to investigate college degree options and career paths in the visual arts. Please join the faculty, students and alumni of the Austin Peay State University Department of Art & Design on Saturday, October 17 for College Art and Design Day / 2015.


Schedule of Events

9am – 10am Registration – Trahern Lobby – tour of facilities

10 am – 12pm Workshops

  • Animation with Professor Scott Raymond
  • Drawing  with Professor Kell Black
  • Ceramics with Professor Ken Shipley

12 pm – 12:30 pm “Identity Politics in Contemporary Art” with Professor Tony Morris Trahern 401

12:30 pm – 1pm Lunch in the Trahern Lobby

1pm – 2 pm Careers in Art – Trahern 401

  • Professor Barry Jones – The Future for Art & Design Graduates
  • Presentations by APSU Art & Design Alumni

2 pm – 3 pm Portfolio Reviews – Trahern 401

  • Professor Barry Jones
  • Professor Tony Morris
  • Professor Paul Collins
  • Professor Patrick Gosnell
  • Professor Virginia Griswold

Professor Susan Bryant included in the “Revela-T Festival of Photography” in Barcelona, Spain

APSU Art and Design Susan Bryant

Professor Susan Bryant’s image, Italian Gesture #25, was part of The Revela-T Festival of Photography in Barcelona, SP in June, 2015. Revela-T is a photographic festival that aims to be a meeting point for lovers of photography, especially those who are passionate about analog, chemical, silver based photography. The festival and exhibits took place at various locations in Vilassar de Dalt, a village near Barcelona. Susan’s piece was part of the collodion exhibition of Revela-T 2015.

This piece is part of  her “Italian Gesture” series of images taken in 4 cities in Italy in 2014 and made into tintypes in her darkroom in Clarksville in the summers of 2014 and 2015. The work integrates the 19th century wet-plate collodion process with 21st century digital technology.

The Framemaker presents prints by APSU alum Jana Gilbert

APSU Art and Design

The Grey

Prints by Jana Gilbert


The Framemaker proudly presents prints by artist and graphic designer Jana Gilbert. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on October 1, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of October during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Jana Gilbert lives in Clarksville, Tenn., and works as a graphic designer in Russellville, Ky. Gilbert received a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications from Austin Peay State University. She has exhibited her prints in galleries such as the Turnip Green Gallery and the Arcade in Nashville, Tenn. One of Gilbert’s prints for the Mail Art Show was put into the Special Collections and University Archives in Vanderbilt University’s Library.
Gilbert states, “This body of work perpetuates the idea of living between the lines. In a world fixated on right or wrong, good or evil, black or white, I chose to focus on the grey area. She continues, “I found this body of work inside me; living among unspoken thoughts or ideas that never came to fruition, where no right or wrong was present. In this place I was unable to see things clearly from a black-and-white standpoint. Using these loose and ever-changing ideas, juxtaposed with the hard contours of solid, unwavering geometric shapes, I was able to create a story line for what I call, “The fall into the grey.”
The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

The Department of Art & Design is pleased to present “ghosts”, Laura Praseutkoun’s Senior Exhibition

APSU Art and Design

Gallery 108 will be open daily throughout the week. An opening reception will be held Monday September 28, 2015 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm with refreshments, where the artist will be present to talk about the work.

A Statement about ghosts by Laura Praseutkoun:

Hair on a shower ledge. A wet towel hanging. Folds formed in fabric. A body covered in felt. An empty bed. Clothes on the floor. These are the remnants of us that linger.

This series is a study of my relationship with my girlfriend Calloway. In our shared space I explore domesticity, intimacy, and the lines between independence and codependence.

The photographs and videos in this exhibition frequently use a first-person perspective in an effort to place the viewer within my environment. In many ways the work functions as a self-portrait. Initially, I created this work as a personal reflection. I wanted to record every aspect of our daily interaction with the intent to analyze and deconstruct it. Eventually ghosts became a body of work that is centered on the security provided by a long-term relationship. This sense of comfort is displayed through obscure moments taken from our life together; captured and re-framed.

With the notion that every relationship is different, there is the common thread of being selfless when loving someone else. In my relationship with Calloway, personal sacrifices turn into moments of solidarity between the two of us. Our relationship is both romantic and platonic. This project is about being in love and it captures the mood of our home. When constructing ghosts I wanted to create a narrative for the viewer that felt as if they were present in these moments. Like many relationships, ours is a journey of self-discovery and togetherness contrasted by instances of emotional solitude and isolation.

I staged this work in a domestic environment because my home is where I feel free from a politicized view of myself, my relationship, and my queerness. I chose to not contextualize this work in terms of queer politics because it is more about escape. Being in a personal space and having full control over my environment is empowering. At home Calloway and I have an understanding.

The title ghosts alludes to fragments of life and moments that have faded. It also relates to the complexity of emotions felt within a solitary space. Ultimately this work is about feeling safe at home. Calloway and I experience separate realities outside of the walls of our apartment. We face the world alone each day.

The Trahern Gallery Presents “boundaries” by Britney Jo Carroll

APSU Art and Design Trahern Gallery

September 28 – October 16


Britney Jo Carroll’s work continues to evolve with a special interest in exploring gender roles. She explores her dwelling places within the boundaries of social and gender stereotypes with informed interactions between objects, images, and viewers. Utilizing multiple media as a response to her struggle with the expressive and oppressive traditions within gender roles, she desires to create a point of plurality where long-held assumptions once lived.

Professor Susan Bryant selected for “A Mystery and a Dream” at the Photo Synthesis Gallery in Manchester, CT

APSU Art and Design Susan Bryant

Professor Susan Bryant’s photograph “Secure” will be part of the national juried exhibition “A Mystery and a Dream” at the Photo Synthesis Gallery, Manchester, CT from October 1 – 31, 2015.

The image is an 11” 14” archival inkjet print made from a scan of a 4” x 5” collodion glass negative.

Professor Susan Bryant included in The 4th International Photography Annual

APSU Art & Design Susan Bryant

Professor Susan Bryant’s image, “Italian Gesture #2”,has been selected to be included in The 4th International Photography Annual published by Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. INPHA 4 is an award-winning juried annual publication of works of contemporary photography and other lens-based visual art.

This image is an archival inkjet print created in 2015 from a scan of a collodion tintype made from a jpg shot in Italy in 2014 as part of the series ‘Italian Gestures’.

Artists Statement:

Italian Gestures

From the mudras found in traditional Buddhism and Christ’s raised hand in benediction, to the rhetorical gestures of classical Greek and Roman orators, hands have mirrored human intention. Throughout the history of art, artists have mined this thread to allow their depictions of the human form to communicate emotions, to tell stories, and to express themselves in a rich way.

When faced with the splendid survey of human achievement that is the figurative sculpture in the museums and churches of Italy I used my camera to focus on the expressive and metaphoric nature of the timeless human gestures I found there. On a visit that included Rome, Venice, Florence, and Montepulciano, I was again and again pulled to this particular facet of the art that surrounded me on every stop.

I am especially interested in the kind of alchemy that occurs as 19th-century photographic processes collide with 21st-century technology. These images are 4” x 5” tintypes and employ the 19th century wet-plate collodion process. Invented in 1851, this process produces a negative on glass, from which positive enlargements can be made. The process can also generate an ambrotype or tintype, both positive one-of-a-kind images. This work has led me to explore the integration of this antique process with both darkroom and digital technology. The tintypes in this series were created using inter-positive transparencies that were made from jpgs shot with my digital camera.

Dr. Smithers teaching Michelangelo Class at the Frist Center this Fall

M, Head

Dr. Tamara Smithers is teaching a three-part class that introduces the major artworks and life of the great Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564). This course will explore the artist’s sculptures, drawings, paintings, and architecture—and the cultural context in which they were created—from his early career in Florence to his final years in Rome. Tuesdays, October 27, November 3, and November 10, 2015: 6:00–7:30 p.m. at the Frist Center for Visual Art in Nashville in conjunction with the upcoming drawing exhibition “Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpieces from the Casa Buonarotti.” Register online before Oct. 9, 2015.

Professor Paul Collins exhibits work at the Painting Center in NYC

APSU Art and Design Paul Collins

The Painting Center, an art gallery in New York City that is regularly mentioned in national publications such as The New Yorker and Art Forum, is hosting a solo exhibition this month of work by Paul Collins, Austin Peay State University associate professor of art.

The exhibit, titled “Into the Yellow Wood,” features a series of painted and collaged images that, according to the gallery, “examine the absurdity of the artist’s own unshakable romanticism. These works examine the construction of natural beauty under the scouring light of ecological Armageddon.”

The exhibition runs through Sept. 26 at The Painting Center. Collins will attend the show’s Sept. 10 reception, and he credits an APSU Scholarly and Creative Fellowship Program grant with helping to get him and his work to New York for the exhibit.

“I am very thankful for APSU’s support of this exhibition,” he said.

Collins earned his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, and he has been a resident at Skowhegan, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Voices, Fresh Paint Magazine, and it has been exhibited across the United States.

Information about the show is available on the gallery’s website, at

The Department of Art & Design is pleased to present Student Summer Research Award winner Amber Briggs in Gallery 108

APSU Art and Design Amber Briggs

Please join us for the opening reception for “Risk Assessment” by Amber Briggs on September 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. in Gallery 108. Briggs is a recipient of a 2015 Department of Art & Design Student Summer Research Award.

About the Student Summer Research Award

The Student Summer Research Award is sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Art & Design and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts. It was established to create opportunities for selected art students to conduct studio research during the summer when they might not be registered for classes. The award provides $2500 to two students who propose a well conceived and intriguing body of work.

Amber Briggs used the funds to create a body of collaborative works based on her family dynamic. In her proposal she stated “Truly at the heart of this motivation are motherhood and my relationship with my four year old son, Parker”.  She is inspired by her son’s creativity and way of looking at the world.

The FrameMaker Presents the Work of Cynthia Beer

APSU Art and Design

The Framemaker proudly presents work by artist Cynthia Beer. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on September 3, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of September during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.
Cynthia Beer is a printmaker and book maker based in Clarksville, Tenn. She graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her silkscreen work celebrates repetition of the circle as a universally recognized symbol. Beer continues to show her printmaking and book making work in solo and group exhibitions both locally and nationally. She is also an international distributor of small, handwritten, handmade books that she calls “art drops.”

Beer states, “Being raised with both Eastern and Western cultural influences due to my mixed ethnicity has given me a unique perspective. I have an infatuation with industry and diversity. I am becoming a traveler and a gatherer of knowledge. As an artist, I celebrate the circle as a unifying symbol of life in both the vastness of the cosmos and more personal forms. A tiny dot that illustrates such circular cycles is the circadian rhythm, or 24-­hour internal body clock, which responds to basic light and darkness. This rhythm causes mental and behavioral fluctuations throughout one full day; however, each person varies in his or her individual reaction. My prints honor uniting philosophies in the form of circles and repetition.”

For more information about the artist, visit her website at

APSU Department of Art & Design Kicks Off Visiting Artist Lecture Series With Linda Lopez

APSU Art and Design

To kick off this season’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University welcomes Linda Lopez.  Lopez will be discussing her work as a sculptural ceramicist on Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m. in the Trahern Building.

Linda Lopez received a BFA in ceramics and BA in art education from California State University of Chico. She received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, New York. She has been an artist in resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2015, Lopez was included in the Scripps Ceramics Annual curated by Julia Haft-Candel and the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Lopez will also be September’s featured artist at the COOP Gallery in Nashville, with an opening reception Saturday, September 5, 6-9 p.m. during Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl.  The COOP Gallery is located in The Arcade at 75 Arcade, Nashville, and Lopez’s exhibit runs through September 26.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is made possible by The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art and Design

For more information on this lecture, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at