Professor Cynthia Marsh to Present at the 2014 New York Art Book Fair


Print / Book Arts Professor Cynthia Marsh will be presenting at the 2014 New York Art Book Fair on Saturday, September 27th.

NYABF is organized by Printed Matter and sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art. Marsh will be presenting as part of the NYABF Criticism Panel discussing the work of contemporary book artist Phil Zimmermann. The New York Book Fair will take place at MOMA PS1 in Queens, NY.

Professor Susan Bryant Included in “Small Works 3″ at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery

Smallworks 3 Graphic

Small work allows the experience of getting up close and personal with the artwork. The size of the artwork forces one to move closer in and really look at the artwork – therefore creating greater intimacy.

“Smaller beckons: get close, touch, relate – they inspire a reduction of the psychic distance between one thing and another; between people and things” - from book/philosophy: “Wabi Sabi”

The Jeffrey Leder Gallery will begin our exhibit season with a dynamic exhibit: “Small Works 3 NYC“. The exhibit will occupy 2 floors of the townhouse. We are located in LIC, New York City: 8 minutes from Manhattan, around the corner from MoMA PS1 Museum, 2 blocks from the Sculpture Center and 8 Blocks from the Noguchi Musuem.

Professor Byant’s Artist Statement:

From the mudras found in traditional Hinduism and Buddism to Christ’s raised hand in benediction, hands have mirrored human emotion and intention throughout the history of art. I’m interested in how such gestures lend themselves to metaphor and are imbued with a powerful presence. In my current body of work, Italian Gestures, I continued this exploration of the expressive nature of gestures by photographing fragments of the sculptures I found in museums and churches in Italy on a recent trip. 

This work employs the 19th century wet-plate collodion process. Invented in 1851, this process produces what is known as a tintype, a positive one-of-a-kind image on a metal plate. In this series, I explored the integration of this antique process with both darkroom and digital technology. I exposed the hand fragments digitally. After returning from my trip, I created 4”x5” inter-positives which I placed in my enlarger to expose 4” x 5” wet-plate collodion tintypes. I am especially interested in the kind of alchemy that occurs as the 19th-century processes collide with 21st-century technology.

The Framemaker Presents “Making Marks: Sketches and Drawings” by APSU Professor Emeritus Olen Bryant


The Framemaker is very proud to present drawings by the award-winning artist Olen Bryant. Bryant’s opening corresponds to Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on Thursday, September 4. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. To 8 p.m., and the exhibit will remain at The Framemaker through the month of September during normal business hours (M-F, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.).

Olen Bryant was born in Cookeville, Tenn. He attended Murray State University, served in the United States Army, and continued his education at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bryant has taught in numerous school systems, including Austin Peay State University, where served as Professor of Art from 1964 to 1991. Bryant’s work has inspired generations of sculptors and artists. He is truly one of Tennessee’s artistic treasures.

Olen’s sculptural forms are easily recognizable expressions of the human figure. In addition to sculptures, Bryant has an extensive collection of sketches, which will be on exhibit.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from The Clarksville Academy.

Professors Billy Renkl and Kell Black featured in “Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Wood” at the Cumberland Gallery

Billy Renkl, "Soil Survey", 2014

Billy Renkl, “Soil Survey”, 2014


Kell Black, "And The Spiders From Mars", 2014

Kell Black, “And The Spiders From Mars”, 2014

Cumberland Gallery presents artists Tom Pfannerstill, Johan Hagaman, Billy Renkl, and Kell Black in Rock, Paper, Scissors & Wood. Works range from realist painting on sculpted wood to figurative concrete work to intricately cut paper. This exhibition is especially relevant to Southern art, as the artists hail from Tennessee and Kentucky. The works reflect a coupling of artistic vision with attention to detail and traditional materials and processes.

When Tom Pfannerstill encounters a discarded, smashed, dirty, lonely little bit of consumer ephemera on the street, he collects it and recreates its varied details in carved wood and paint. Placing the waste of human existence on the white walls of the gallery may seem a tad unconventional but a closer look at these carefully rendered pieces not only confounds us with their implicit accuracy but also surprises us with our own sentimentality over the refuse of our society. This leads to questions about the psychological comfort we find in consumer culture. Tom Pfannerstill has been awarded prestigious fellowships, including one from The Kentucky Arts Council in 2001. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is part of collections of the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, Bellarmine College in Kentucky, and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences in Indiana. He currently lives and works in Kentucky.

Billy Renkl’s chosen medium are snippets of didactic texts, diagrams, maps, and the candy colored surfaces of postcards from a bygone era. These collected bits and pieces allow for meaning and metaphor in their peculiar beauty and often accidental æsthetic. Of his collages Renkl states, “In many of these works my focus on information graphics is combined with my interest in the ways that abstraction has been used to mediate the natural world.” Billy Renkl grew up in Birmingham, AL attending Auburn University and the University of South Carolina. He currently teaches at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Aside from his many solo exhibitions throughout the US, his work has been featured with SouthWest Airlines, How Magazine, Vanderbilt University, Klutz Inc., Strategy & Business, The River Styx, Poems and Plays, and Rigby Publishing.

Johan Hagaman’s intuitively formed figures gently confront us with the hybrid life of plant, woman, and object. The lovely, subdued hues of milk paint across the deceptively soft appearance of molded concrete speak quietly of dreamy figures floating in the air, suspended by vines and bursting with life. Hagaman says of these sculptures, “Identity is a recurring theme in my work. I’m interested in psychology – especially the psychology of seeing: of perceiving, of viewing things from different perspectives, of paying attention in a world fraught with distractions, of beholding wonder, of imagining; and how all these different ways of seeing determine how we shape and are shaped by our world.” Hagaman was born in Southern Indiana, graduating from Indiana University. Her work is exhibited in many galleries throughout the country, and is included in many public and private collections and museums such as the Tennessee State Museum and Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences. She is also the recipient of the Tennessee Individual Artist Fellowship for 2005. Johan lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kell Black’s subjects are made up of seemingly useless but beautiful things – dandelions, twigs, spiders, moths, and maple whirligigs – all iconic of Southern summers. Each of these fragments of nature are delicately rendered with scissors from a sheet of paper; edges curl and fray, popping up from their two dimensional surface in luscious mountains and valleys. Black says of his work, “A pencil can trace the most delicate of curves, but an artist wielding a scalpel or a knife must constantly make geometric compromises. Tight curves become a series of angular approximations. This leads the artists to realize that not only does nature abhor a vacuum; it also detests a straight line. Nature is nothing but one big curve, and curves are sexy. And really, it if isn’t sexy, it’s just not art.”

Kell Black a professor at Austin Peay State University and has been featured in exhibitions at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Maryland Institute of Art and Customs House Museum. He is the recipient of NEA’s Southern Art Federations Individual Grant and has engineered a series of “build your own” books featuring paper cities.

Donation adds to APSU folk art collection


Karen Parr-Moody and her daughter, Stella, donate Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Bikini Girl” to APSU. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU)

While visiting Austin, Texas, in 2013, Karen Parr-Moody came across a painting by the renowned folk artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth. The dusty image was of a girl in a swimsuit, and it evoked strong childhood memories for Parr-Moody.

            “I really identified with going to my grandfather’s fishing camp every weekend on the Tennessee River,” she said. “It’s rustic and beautiful down there. The ‘Bikini Girl’ just reminded me of growing up and being a little girl.”

            Parr-Moody bought the painting. She’s been collecting folk art since 1993, when her parents bought her one of the celebrated angel pieces by Howard Finster. The Sudduth work added another impressive name to her private collection, but earlier this month, she decided to part with the piece by donating it to Austin Peay State University.

            “What motivated me is when the Crouches gave that big collection to the University,” she said. “I thought what they did was so amazing, so I wanted to do something like that.”

            In 2012, Ned and Jacqueline Crouch donated a collection of 42 folk art carvings, paintings and drawings to Austin Peay. It joined the University’s already impressive folk art collection. For years, APSU has been the home of several statues by the noted self-taught Tennessee artist E.T. Wickham and paintings by William Shackelford. In 2010, the collection received a major boost when Dr. Joe Trahern donated three sculptures – “The Critter,” “The Eagle” and “The Lady with Two Pocketbooks” – by William Edmondson, the first African-American to have a solo show of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1937.

            The Sudduth painting, “Bikini Girl,” will now join that collection. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of American Folk Art in New York and at the Smithsonian Institute. A 1997 article in the New York Times referred to his art as “pictures of improbable chalky luminosity and understated bliss.” Susan Mitchell Crawley, the associate curator of folk art at the High Museum in Atlanta, told the New York Times in 2007 that “his paintings sell for anywhere from several hundred dollars to $5,000.”

            Moody donated the piece to APSU in honor of her two-year-old daughter, Stella. Stella has been visiting art galleries since she was three-weeks-old, and Parr-Moody sees her gift as potentially instilling two passions in her daughter.

            “Hopefully it will foster a love of art, and hopefully it will make her think about giving to the community that gives to you,” Parr-Moody said. “Austin Peay has done a lot for me, just with the free concerts and all the shows.”

            The Sudduth painting also will help make APSU a destination for folk art aficionados.

            “It further enhances our collection,” Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, said. “The more we can collect, the more we can showcase it. Clarksville really has an excellent opportunity to become a good location for folk art.”

            For more information on Parr-Moody’s donation or the APSU folk art collection, contact Dickins at

Ken and Melody Shipley Present “Dreams of Brownsville” In The Gallery Rusteberg Hall At The University of Texas Brownsville

Ken Shipley Art APSU

“Dreams of Brownsville” will open on Tuesday, August 26 at 6 pm. The exhibition will feature the work of Ken & Melody Shipley

Professor Barry Jones to Exhibit “Utopian Projection” at the Philip J. Steele Gallery at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

APSU Art Barry Jones

The Exhibition will open on September 11 with a reception and artist talk.

The Trahern Gallery Presents the Faculty Biennial August 25 – September 12 With A Reception on September 4


Professor Ken Shipley Kicks Off the 14 – 15 Lunchtime Lecture Series on September 2

Ken Shipley Art APSU

Rusty Mitchell, Vice President of Design for Mercury Intermedia and APSU Department of Art Alumnus (’97) Announces Launch of Crossly


Rusty Mitchell is the Vice President of Design for Mercury Intermedia. Based in Nashville, TN, Mercury provides mobile app strategy, design, development and platform solutions for iOS and Android.

At Mercury, he leads a team of designers in product strategy and design as well as participates in business planning and direction. He has over 15 years of design experience, including several years as an art director and music packaging designer before shifting focus to application user experience and design.

While at Mercury, he have helped leading brands such as USA Today, TED Talks, The New York Times, CNN, and many others succeed in the native mobile app space. These apps have been downloaded and used by millions and parodied on The Daily Show and Futurama. They have also garnered awards and recognition from Communication Arts, The Webby Awards, and Ad Age, while receiving promotion and praise from Apple and Google. He also contributed interviews for Josh Clark’s book Tapworthy about designing great iPhone apps, as well as Suzanne Ginsburg’s book Designing the iPhone User Experience.

From Mercury Intermedia’s Crossly Press Release:

Nashville, Tennessee – July 24, 2014 – Mercury Intermedia, one of the world’s leading mobile development and design agencies, today announced the launch of Crossly, a free competitive crosswords game for iPhone and iPod touch. Crossly marks the first direct-to-consumer release for Mercury Intermedia and combines the classic crossword format with head-to-head competition, as two players race to occupy the board with each correct answer.

Crossly Website:
Crossly App Store Link:


2014 – 2015 Trahern Gallery Schedule

Faculty Biennial
August 25 – September 12, 2014



(Yet to be titled), Photos and Maps from the Front lines during WWI
September 22 – October 17, 2012



Virginia Griswold
October 27 – November 18, 2014



Senior Design Exhibition
December 1 – 5, 2014



Curated by Barry Jones
January 19 – February 6, 2015



Gregory Botts
February 16 – March 11, 2015

gregory Botts


Annual Student Exhibition
March 30 – April 17, 2015



Senior Design Exhibition
April 27 – May 1, 2015


The Framemaker Presents “The Trick in in the Landing” New Work by APSU Students Laura King and Alex Wurts

King Wurts

The Framemaker proudly presents “The Trick is in the Landing” a collaborative painting exhibit by artists Laura King and Alex Wurts. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on August 7, 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 August during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Laura King currently attends Austin Peay State University seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Primarily a watercolor painter, King explores the issues of patterns, material through the topic of micro-anatomy. Alex Wurts also attends Austin Peay State University and is seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Wurts paintings are often experimental in nature, the results deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

In the show, “The Trick is in the Landing” Wurts and King have collaborated together to create a body of work based in casual experimentation. Both artist function primarily within the realms of drawing and painting, working within different styles and approaches but sharing similar concerns of material, pattern and form. Self-amused but not unserious, these painters have abandoned the rigorously structured propositions and serial strategies of previous generations in favor of playful, unpredictable encounters.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

APSU Student Cynthia Sukowatey included in “Kaleidoscopic Minds” at ETSU

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The ETSU Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Wyatt Moody Scholarship Fund present“Kaleidoscopic Minds: Wyatt Moody Invitational Exhibit of TeN” featuring print and painting students representing ten art programs from Tennessee from July 7 to August 15, 2014. The reception is on July 17th, Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the Slocumb Galleries.

The Kaleidoscopic Minds: Wyatt Moody Invitational Exhibit of TeN features work by: Brian Baker and Adonica Supertramp from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Amelia Briggs from University of Tennessee (UT) Memphis, Heather Calfee of Tennessee Technological University (TN Tech), Aaron Carroll from Maryville College, Ashley Hamilton representing University of Tennessee (UT) Chattanooga, Raluca Iancu of University of Tennessee (UT) Knoxville, Krista Knudtsen from Milligan College, kate Kolodi of Tusculum College, Cynthia Sukowatey representing Austin peay State University (APSU), Myles Triplett from Noreast State Community College and Wyatt Moody+ from ETSU.

The Slocumb Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended hours during receptions and by appointment. Located at Ernest C. Ball Hall, 232 Sherrod Drive, ETSU campus in Johnson City. For more information, please contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via or call 423.483.3179.

Dr. Tony Morris To Speak At The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa

Dr. Tony Morris

Two Americans in Paris Lecture

7 pm Thursday, July 31

At 7 pm, Dr. Tony Morris, Assistant Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University, will discuss the exhibition Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood. The bar opens at 5 p.m., so come early to mingle and enjoy an adult beverage.

Grant Wood, The Luxembourg Gardens, 1923, oil on masonite, 2001.12


Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood

From the mid-nineteenth century until WWII, American artists flocked to Paris in pursuit of inspiration and professional credibility.   Widely regarded as the cultural capital of the world, the French metropolis provided fertile ground for inspiration by enabling aspiring artists to study the Old Masters on display at the Louvre and experiment with contemporary artistic trends.

The exhibition Two Americans in Paris focuses on the experiences and subsequent careers of two such artists–Grant Wood and Stuart Davis. Both studied in Paris during the 1920s and eventually enjoyed considerable reputations for depicting scenes of American life. But while Wood adopted the more retardaire impressionist style of painting during his travels and famously rejected abstraction upon his return to the United States, Davis responded to the artistic innovations of French modernism. Deeply affected the art of Matisse and Fernand Léger, Davis developed a unique style of art that reconciled the aesthetic concerns of avant-garde artists with his desire to capture the vitality of American urban life and culture.

Curated by Dr. Rima Girnius, the exhibition will feature paintings and works of paper from the Figge’s Grant Wood Archive as well as a selection of Stuart Davis lithographs from a private collection.

This exhibiton will be on view July 12, 2014 through November 2, 2014.

APSU Alumnus Jonathan Wheeler to Exhibit at the Framemaker During July

Jonathan Wheeler


Art Series by Jonathan Wheeler

The Framemaker proudly presents “Wallpaper” a photograph exhibit by artist Jonathan Wheeler. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 3, 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 July during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Jonathan Wheeler is a 2013 graduate of Austin Peay State University. He explores many different mediums in photography such as cyanotypes, dry tintypes, solargraphy with use of pinhole cameras and lomography. He recently placed first in the 2014 Clarksville Downtown Artist Co-op annual photography competition (alternative, experimental) category.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.