Department of Art Spring 2015 Schedule of Events

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The Department of Art now called the Department of Art and Design


To better reflect the nature of our programs and degrees, the name of the Department of Art will officially change to the Department of Art and Design at the beginning of Fall 2015. We will begin rolling out the new name and logo during the spring semester.

APSU student Cynthia Sukowatey’s work included in Schwa Show: National Juried Art Exhibition


Cynthia Sukowatey, Overnight Flight (B&W)

APSU senior Cynthia Sukowatey will have work included in the Schwa Show: National Juried Art Exhibition at the Emerge Art Gallery in Greenville, NC.

APSU Art and Sociology students present collaborative project on reality of college

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In a unique collaboration between Austin Peay State University students, members of the APSU Social and Political Narrative and Sociology Senior Capstone courses are exploring what it really costs to attend college.

Dubbed “AT WHAT COST? — The Reality of a College Education,” the project represents the work between two groups of highly talented students exploring the high price of an education, and the price people pay financially, emotionally and physically. The project will be presented and showcased from 11:30-12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at a luncheon in APSU’s McCord Building, room 209.

The presentation will take the form of a poster project, discussing themes developed from interviews conducted on campus, as well as personal narratives from sociology students. In collaboration with APSU art students, the groups helped shape the message each poster conveys.

Each poster was made using APSU’s Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection. The collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, antique printing presses, papermaking materials and bindery equipment.

For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at (931) 221-7333, or email Cynthia Marsh at

Terminal Announces the launch of reMIXmyRELIGION by Curt Cloninger


Terminal and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University are pleased to announce the launch of reMIXmyRELIGION by Curt Cloninger. Cloninger is a recipient of a 2014 – 2015 Terminal Award. The Terminal Award is granted annually to aid in the creation of new internet based artworks.

Cloninger’s Project Statement is a multimedia journal I have kept since 2000. Each piece links to the next piece, in reverse chronological order.

For the TERMINAL award, I created the most recent playdamage page, #107.


The audio excerpt is from “I Feel Love” by Giorgio Moroder + Donna Summer. Moroder is playing a Moog synthesizer. The photos of the room and the drumset are by the Texas outsider musician Jandek. They are the cover images of seven of his albums. The text is from a conversation between Jerry Lee Lewis and his producer Sam Phillips. They are arguing about whether or not God can use rock & roll. The screeshots of the text are from a digitized VHS copy of Dan Graham’s video _Rock My Religion_, an art documentary about the relationship between American religion and American rock & roll. The face is my face, weeping, listening to Nirvana in my headphones. My face is aleatorically animated.

Professor Cindy Marsh featured in Paper, Thread, and Trash at the Nashville Public Library


Fourteen Tennessee Artists address the issues of waste and consumption in Paper, Thread, and Trash by constructing art books from discarded or unwanted materials.  Artists explore the relationship we have developed with trash, using our excess to push the boundaries of what makes a book.  Every Artist approaches the challenge of creating books from reuse differently.  The Artist chosen for the exhibit work in a range of mediums, some create books literally, others sculpturally, through installation or a conceptual idea, all with personal exploration.  The Downtown Nashville Public Library’s Art Gallery will host the opening of Paper, Thread, and Trash on Saturday, December 6th from 2pm to 4pm.

Artist include: Aletha Carr, Nance Cooley, Meredith Eastburn, Kelly Cass Falzone, Katie Gonzalez, Emily Holt , Courtney Adair Johnson, Megan Kelly, Kit Kite, Cynthia Marsh, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Nelson Meadows, Lisa Rivas, Jamaica Shaw.


For more information visit


December 6th 2014 to March 29th 2015

Opening Reception Saturday, December 6th 2pm to 4pm

at the Downtown Nashville Public Library Art Gallery 

The Framemaker presents “Absences and Mementos” by APSU alumnus Greg Sand


The Framemaker proudly presents a tintype photography exhibit consisting of two separte series “Absences” and “Mementos” by artist Greg Sand. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on December 4, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of December during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m.5 p.m.).

Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and death. He works primarily with digital photography to produce work that addresses the nature of photography and its role in defining reality. Sand received his BFA in Photography from Austin Peay State University in 2008. He has won the acclaim of both jurors and audiences, winning numerous awards and honors. In 2009, Sand was selected by critic Catherine Edelman and the Griffin Museum of Photography as one of “the most exciting new artists emerging in the world of photography.” Sand currently produces work in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is represented by the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, and exhibits across the United States.

Professor McLean Fahnestock included in Boats Against the Current at Eastside International


Curated by Molly Jo Shea

Opening reception: Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 7-10:30 pm
Eastside International
602 Moulton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031


Eastside International is pleased to present artists Dan Regenstreif Axe, McLean Fahnestock, Nicholas Johnston, William Lamson, Barry Markowitz and Ben White in a group exhibition conceptually grounded in the nature of voyages.

These voyages range, some in a literal sense of leaving one’s home to pursue the unknown, others a more philosophical voyage- trying to expand mental horizons and going beyond what is comfortable. Often living on the thrill of pursuit versus the end destination, these artists take this mental space and apply to their art practice. 

The Sun Taught Me How to Set, a new video installation by McLean Fahnestock will make its debut in this exhibition.

Professor Barry Jones and students in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program Present Bridge Over College St.


Professor Barry Jones had the opportunity to teach Leadership Issues II in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP) this semester. The course focused on the way that art can address and create social change and engage an audience in participatory ways. 

The semester is culminating in a student initiated project titled “Bridge Across College St.” The artwork explores APSU and Clarksville’s relationship through interviews with members of both communities. From 10 am – 3 pm on December 2, the class will present the work on College St. near the APSU campus with speakers on either side of the road.

The Department of Art and Seed Space Welcome Amy Mackie for a professional development workshop on December 3


APSU Graphic Design III Student Show in the MUC Design Gallery


Tuesday December 2 from 6 – 7:30 pm

Tlingit artist and art historian visit the Department of Art

The Austin Peay State University Department of Art, with support from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, had the pleasure of hosting two visitors from the Northwest Coast Nov. 3-5, 2014. Tlingit carver Tommy Joseph of the Eagle Moiety, Kaagwaantaan Clan from Sitka, Alaska, and Native American Art Historian Ashley Verplank McClelland, an adopted member of the Tlingit Raven Moiety, T’akdeintaan Clan of Hoonah, Alaska, participated in a series of events on the APSU campus.

Joseph has been actively engaged in Northwest Coast carving for more than 20 years as an instructor, interpreter, demonstrator, restorer and commissioned artist. He has produced a wide range of artwork including totem poles, smaller house posts, intricately carved and inlaid masks, bentwood boxes and Tlingit armor. McClelland, an art history doctoral student at the University of Washington, has worked at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington for more than 10 years. She is currently the Rights and Reproductions Manager and a Curatorial Assistant in the Ethnology Division. Joseph and McClelland began their professional relationship in 2007 when they discovered their shared interest in Tlingit armor and weaponry.

The collaborative public talk at APSU, “Rainforest Warriors: The Art of Tlingit Warfare,” highlighted recent research by the artist and the scholar. McClelland has extensively studied Tlingit daggers and her essay on the subject is forthcoming with the University of Nebraska Press in 2014. In order to prepare for his one-man exhibition “Rainforest Warriors” at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau for fall 2013, Joseph spent 11 weeks researching collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the hard-to-access Kunstkammer in St. Petersburg, Russia. During his travel he was able to study firsthand historical Tlingit armor that was taken during the early contact period in the late 18thand 19th century.

The process of making full sets of battle gear such as helmets, face guards, breastplates, and shin protectors, as well as weapons such as clubs, bows and arrows, and daggers, all in traditional materials with historical techniques was incredibly tedious and time consuming, and required great skill. He began this project in 2004 by making one helmet to commemorate the Tlingit for 200thanniversary of the Battle of Sitka, where countless Native American warriors fell to the Russian army. That was 30-something helmets ago, Joseph joked. He has presented his research and creative work for this project all over the country, including his 2013 TEDxSitka talk “Constructing Tlingit Armor.” His talk on the topic at Austin Peay concluded with a wood carving demonstration.

The experience of learning about the historical and thriving culture of the Tlingit on the far-away shores of Southeast Alaska, proved to be enlightening for the Austin Peay family and the general public in Middle Tennessee. After attending the collaborative talk “Totem Poles Past and Present: A Tlingit Tradition,” which also ended with a carving demonstration, President Alisa White commented, “Listening to Ashley McClelland and artist Tommy Joseph explain the cultural significance of totem poles took me back to my time living in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I was privileged to attend a totem pole raising…I am so happy that Austin Peay recognizes the value of sharing historic and culturally-specific art traditions and brings these types of experiences to our students. It was a special treat to see Mr. Joseph demonstrate his carving techniques and tools.” Austin Peay would like to say “Gunalchéesh (thank you in Tlingit) to Tommy Joseph and Ashley McClelland for the wonderful experience.

 – By Tamara Smithers, APSU assistant professor of art

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and Seed Space Welcome Jennie Carlisle for a Professional Development Workshop

NFA Carlisle at APSU Student Poster

Doing an artist residency is an excellent way to stimulate new ideas and work, to create space for experiment and risk in your art practice, and to access new networks of art makers. This coming Tuesday, a residency curator from Elsewhere in North Carolina will be coming to Nashville to offer a student-only workshop.

The FREE workshop is Tuesday, Nov. 17, 12-1 p.m. and is part of a larger multi-university program directed at providing resources to art and creative industry students called the Nashville Fine Arts (NFA) Program, presented by Seed Space. If you attend, you’ll also have an opportunity to make work for and organize a year-end exhibition in the prolific and well regarded Wedgewood-Houston art district here in Nashville.

Join Elsewhere’s Jennie Carlisle: Residencies for Artists

Tuesday, Nov 18, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Trahern 413

Residencies are highly competitive. How do you find the residency experiences that are right for you as an emerging artist? How do residencies select artists to work with? And what strategies should you adopt to get into the residency of your choosing?

Through hands-on exercises you will learn strategies for shaping application content, developing outstanding portfolios and artist statements, and selecting references.

Time Change for the Anna Celenza Lecture – November 17 at 1:30 pm

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APSU Department of Art Alumni Chad Malone’s illustration to be on the cover of Arrested Development Season 4 Box Set


Below is an excerpt from an announcement on Nerdist:


Just like there’s always money in the banana stand, there’s always creativity to be found in fans of creative things. In honor of the fourth season of the groundbreaking comedy series Arrested Development‘s upcoming DVD release, a contest was held for fans to create the art for the packaging. Lots of great entries were received via the contest’s Tumblr page, but in the end, just like Highlander or Buster Bluth’s hands, there can be only one. Creator Mitch Hurwitz chose the winner himself, and that person is Chad Malone, a graphic designer from Tennessee. For winning, he received $1,000 cash and his artwork will be on DVD boxes from here to Timbuktu (or wherever such products are sold) when the set is released December 16th, 2014.

Minimalist but pretty darn cool, this artwork gives you the overall gist of who all the main characters are and what they’re about this season without overdoing it. For example, GOB’s chest hair and headset microphone, George Sr.’s newfound hippie nature, and Tobias’…well, whatever Tobias does or wears is weird, so that one’s pretty easy to recognize. Of his win, Malone said “I consider winning this contest to be one of my greatest personal achievements. Everyone knows that I’m a huge fan of the series. Entering this contest was NOT a huge mistake!”