Professor Susan Bryant and art alum Greg Sand to speak at Cumberland Gallery

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From the Cumberland Gallery Web Site:

ARTIST TALK : Join us Saturday the 25th for an exclusive look at the work of two featured artists in the current exhibition Photography + Iterations. Based in Clarksville, photographer SUSAN BRYANT has long-explored photographic techniques both digital and traditional, while focusing on images related to travel and familiar objects and gestures innate to the human figure. She will discuss her technical process, inspiration, and experiences as a professional in the contemporary world of photography. Susan Bryant recieved her MFA from Indiana State University and has taught as a Professor of Photography for over thirty years at Austin Peay State University (APSU). See below for full resume and CV. GREG SAND, also from Tennessee, focuses his work on “memory, the passage of time, mortality, and the photographer’s role in shaping our experience of loss.” He often envisions and creates curious black & white environments in which figures are strangely missing where shadows appear. Greg will be delving into these elements along with his techniques and inspiration at the ARTIST TALK. A common theme you’ll notice in both Susan and Greg’s photographs is visual absence and its effect on a surrounding. Greg Sand recieved his BFA with honors and a concentration in Photography at APSU, where he learned from Susan Bryant and later assisted her in-studio. He has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the southeast, including several at Cumberland Gallery. See below for full resume and CV. We look forward to having both of these distinguished artists at the gallery and invite you to come hear more about them and their work. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr Tamara Smithers publishes exhibition review in SECAC journal

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Dr Tamara Smithers published a review of the exhibition “Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy” at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, TN in the Southeastern College Art Conference Review journal.

New building progress!

New building progress!

It's starting to look like a building out there. Above ground work on the Art & Design building is finally starting!

It's starting to look like a building out there. Above ground work on the Art & Design building is finally starting!

Art & Design students are in Italy studying ceramics with Professor Ken Shipley

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The Department of Art & Design featured in the latest issue of Austin Peay’s Alumni Magazine

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Art & Design is featured in the Program Spotlight feature. Their are also stories Art & Design Alumnus Gabi Bomar, Barry Williams, and Heather Walker.

You can view a digital version of the magazine here

The Framemaker presents “Name That Show!” by APSU Alumnus Chad Malone

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Name That Show!

Illustrations by Chad Malone

The Framemaker proudly presents work by Graphic Designer and Illustrator Chad Malone. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 5, 2016. 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 May during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Chad Malone is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator who works primarily with digital illustration living in Nashville, Tenn. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Austin Peay State University in 2013. Malone is best known for his work with 20th Century Fox’s hit sitcom Arrested Development. In the same vein as his winning illustration for the cover of the sitcom’s fourth season, his exhibit Name That Show! features illustrations of characters from various television genres. Malone states, “Showing the smallest amount of identifiable features from each character’s appearance is what made my design for Arrested Development so attractive.  Minimally representing a persona by expressing quirks and mannerisms through just enough detail is the theme of my show.  I’ve chosen to pay tribute to my favorite T.V. addictions and am excited to see how many viewers can correctly guess the television show each piece represents.” For more information about the artist, visit his website at

 The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Georgia Street and Second Avenue.

The Department of Art & Design is pleased to present our APSU Graphic Design Senior Show 2016

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Students in Professor Kell Black’s drawing classes visit Ajax Turner Senior Citizens Center to draw portraits

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Trahern will be closed for the summer of 2016


APSU professor Tamara Smithers publishes academic book on Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo


Everyone has a reason for why they do what they do, and for Dr. Tamara Smithers, associate professor of art history at Austin Peay State University, the reason she has devoted her passion to the study of art history is the work of Italian Renaissance sculptor and painter Michelangelo.

“To speak candidly, I’ve been obsessed with Michelangelo – his artwork, his life and his legend – ever since I can remember,” Smithers said.

Recently, the APSU professor channeled a bit of her expertise on the massively influential creator into serving as editor and contributor for the volume “Michelangelo in the New Millennium: Conversations about Artistic Practice, Patronage and Christianity,” a new scholarly book published by Brill, a major publisher of academic publications.

“Michelangelo in the New Millennium” presents six paired studies in dialogue with each other that offer new ways of looking at Michelangelo’s art. The three sections address the literal and metaphorical flexibility of Michelangelo’s artistic intentions, delve deeper into his early religious works, and take a new look at papal patronage of Paul III and IV.

But before she could begin the process, Smithers said she had to answer one question – was there anything new to say about Michelangelo?

“The answer, of course, is yes,” Smithers said. “In the introduction of his 1995 series of collected essays, ‘Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English,’ Washington University in St. Louis professor William E. Wallace asked, ‘Has the Bull Been Milked?’ Decidedly he answered, ‘There are still many cows to milk.’

“The field of Michelangelo studies is thriving. However, since the turn of the millennium, only a few edited volumes have been published on Michelangelo-related topics and they focus on specific themes or artworks,” Smithers continued. “This volume offers complementary-paired essays that utilize a variety of approaches on a wide range of topics on Michelangelo and the culture in which he lived.”

Each of the six essays in “Michelangelo in the New Millennium” is penned by someone new to publishing on Michelangelo in the new millennium. Hoping to offer a unique look at the influential creator, the collection as a whole re-explores the life, art and myth of Michelangelo’s early career in Florence to his last works in Rome through the eyes of a new generation of scholars.

“While the authors employ an assortment of methodologies, each chapter offers something new by presenting an alternative iconographic reading of familiar works, offering different contextual insights, exploring an innovative theme or presenting fresh observations from close visual analysis,” Smithers said.

Smithers herself contributed to the collection, providing a student-friendly essay titled “Michelangelo’s Suicidal Stone,” an anecdotal portrait, which explored not only Michelangelo’s reactions to his peers and friends, but also the reactions of others—patrons, collectors, art writers, artists, and stones alike—to him.

More information on “Michelangelo in the New Millennium” can be found by visiting The book, which is now available, can be purchased on, as well as and other retailers.

For more information on the APSU Department of Art and Design, visit

Don't miss Heather Spalding's senior exhibition in Gallery 108

Don't miss Heather Spalding's senior exhibition in Gallery 108

Professor Barry Jones to exhibit “Lesson 2” at the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University

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APSU Art Students Take their Place Among the Best in Nashville’s Cummins Station Exhibit


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“Elmo is Dead” by Sophia Eisenbart


For the first time ever APSU will join Vanderbilt University, Watkins College of Art and Design and MTSU in showcasing Middle Tennessee’s finest undergraduate artworks in the heart of Nashville as part of Cummins Station and Track 13’s Annual Student Exhibition in the heart of Nashville. This exhibition will feature the fine work of 8 APSU Studio Art students and showcase a wide range of media. Located next to the Frist Center for Visual Arts in the heart of Nashville, this exhibit is organized by the Cummins Station’s Community Arts Program

The opening reception for this exhibition is next Friday, April 22nd from 4-7pm and the exhibit will be on display for the next year.

Address: 209 10th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203

Participating students:

·      Sophia Eisenbart – Large-scale collage

·      Zach Felts – Drawings

·      Amber Briggs – Sculpture

·      Kelli Rohling – Sculpture

·      Khari Turner – Sculpture

·      Sara Straussberger – Photograph

·      Amy Dean – Drawings

·      Josh Hooper – Oil paintings

For questions contact:
Paul Collins:

Professor Susan Bryant has two photographs included in “Wet Plate” at the A Smith Gallery

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Two of Professor Susan Bryant’s images have been selected into A Smith Gallery’s “wet plate” national juried exhibit May 6 – July 3, 2016. This is one of the two accepted photographs. It is titled, Italian Gesture #41, 2015. It is a digital print made from a scan of a wet plate collodion tintype.