Professor Cindy Marsh to present a lunchtime lecture on March 3 at 11:30 a.m.


The FrameMaker presents La Mia Roma Photography by Dr. Tammy Smithers


La Mia Roma
Photography by Dr. Tammy Smithers

The Framemaker proudly presents “La Mia Roma” a photography exhibit by Dr. Tammy Smithers. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on March 5, 2015. 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 March during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Dr. Tammy Smithers is Assistant Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University. She earned the PhD in Italian Renaissance Art History from Temple University in 2012, specializing in Michelangelo. She travels to central Italy regularly for research where she documents her experiences through digital photography. As an art historian with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, she creates visual art for her own pleasure where her time in Italy also informs her drawings and mixed-media works.

About La Mia Roma
This gathering of experiences of “My Rome” are a combination of fleeting moments—a gull gliding by my apartment window or a storm rolling into the Forum as I left the Capitoline Museum—and my Roman rituals—eating at my favorite pizzeria for the 50th time or people watching under the shade of Michelangelo’s imposing cornice in Palazzo Farnese for the 500th hour. Most of these digital photographs were unapologetically captured with a point-and-shoot camera or iPhone as I went about my daily life to and from seminars, conferences, libraries, churches, museums, and markets in the Eternal City. The images were taken during my last five stays in Rome (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2013) and are, like my collection of memories, untitled and undated.

APSU alumnus Laura Golobish contributes essay to exhibition at the University of New Mexico


APSU alumnus and University of New Mexico PhD Candidate Laura Golobish contributed “The Gilt is off the Gingerbread: Napoleon Through the Lens of the British Imagination” to the exhibition program for The Changing Face of Portraiture at the UNM Art Museum.

The Department of Art and Design is pleased to present “I am Halftone”, Cynthia Sukowatey’s Senior Exhibition


Entries for the 47th Annual Student Juried Exhibition is March 6


Dr. Tamara Smithers to present a lunchtime lecture on February 25 at 12:30 p.m.


Dr. Smithers published a review of Frist Center exhibition in Italian Art News

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Dr. Smithers published a review of the recent Italian Renaissance exhibition at the Frist Center in Nashville in Italian Art News (pgs. 4-5)

Deadline for Department of Art and Design Scholarships is March 6 at 4 p.m.


New exhibit in Nashville Showcases APSU Students and Faculty



The APSU Department of Art is showcasing the work of its students and faculty in Nashville this weekend. The Department of Art is proud to present the exhibition “ALL IN: Student and Faculty Selections from APSU” in Nashville’s L Gallery in the heart of Nashville’s art district for this weekend Saturday Art Crawl. The exhibition will feature artwork by stellar students Karlie Allen (Graphic Design), Amy Duncan (Drawing), Amy Dean (Ceramics), Laura Praseutkoun (Phototgraphy), Macon St. Hilaire (Drawing), Jana Gilbert (Printmaking), and Laura Ward(Sculpture). Each student will be paired with their faculty mentor in an exhibit that will showcase both the dynamic breadth of APSU’s curriculum as well as the bond between student and faculty. Featured Faculty artists include Kell Black, Susan Bryant, Rachel Bush, Virginia Griswold, Cindy Marsh, Dr. Tammy Smithers, and Ken Shipley.

The reception and viewing hours for the exhibition will be Saturday February 7th from 6-9pm in Suite 73 of Nashville’s Arcade, located between 4th and 5th avenues off Church Street in Downtown Nashville.

For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Paul Collins, Associate Professor of Art, at

Call for proposals for the new CECA Student Summer Research Award



The Student Summer Research Award is sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Art 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. The award will culminate in an exhibition on the campus of APSU in the fall after the award.

Submission Materials (Deliver to Barry Jones – Chair, Department of Art)

– 20 images on a cd or website. Video / motion work should be on the web.

– One page artist statement

– a one or two page description of the project that includes both a conceptual and formal

description of the work to be created as well as a realistic timeline for completion

– budget proposal

– a letter of support from two full time art faculty members at APSU

Submission Deadline is March 6

APSU Student Seth Branch Wins Sticker Design Contest


Seth Branch is the winner of Holiday Barber Shop’s sticker design contest. Congrats to Seth!

Dr. Jennifer Snyder to present a lunchtime lecture on February 11


On February 11 at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Jennifer Snyder will present a Lunchtime Lecture in the Trahern Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

The Department of Art Welcomes Ann Hamilton for a Visiting Artist Lecture

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Ann Hamilton will visit APSU and present a lecture on February 5 at 7 the Trahern Theater. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Contact for reservations.

Ann Hamilton Bio:

Born in Lima, Ohio, in 1956, Ann Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. From 1985 to 1991, she taught on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hamilton has served on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001, where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art.

Among her many honors, Hamilton has been the recipient of the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal, the 1999 Venice Biennale, and has exhibited extensively around the world. Her major museum installations include Park Avenue Armory (2013); The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2010); The Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009); Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan (2006); La Maison Rouge Fondation de Antoine Galbert, Paris, France (2005); Historiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2004); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2003); The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2003, 1991); The Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden (2002); Akira Ikeda Gallery, Taura, Japan (2001); The Musee d’art Contemporain, Lyon, France (1997); The Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1996); The Art Institute of Chicago (1995); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994); The Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1994); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1993); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1988).

The Department of Art Welcomes Laura Splan for a Visiting Artist Lecture on January 28


On Wednesday January 28 at 7 pm the APSU Department of Art welcomes Laura Splan for a visiting artist lecture. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in Trahern 401.


Laura Splan is a Brooklyn, NY based visual artist. Her conceptually driven work employs a variety of media including sculpture, video, photography, digital media and works on paper. Her objects and images interrogate the visual and textual manifestations of our cultural ambivalence towards the human body. She often uses found objects and appropriated sources to explore socially constructed perceptions of beauty and horror, order and disorder. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes including blood, cosmetic facial peel and computerized embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in a broad range of curatorial contexts including craft, feminism, technology, design, medicine and ritual.

Splan’s work as been exhibited widely at such venues as the Museum of Art & Design (New York, NY), the International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago, IL), the New York Hall of Science (New York, NY), and the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR). In 2011, she had a solo exhibition at the Nicolaysen Art Museum (Casper, WY). Commissioned projects for her work have included a series of graphite and soap residue paintings for the Center for Disease Control and a series of computerized machine lace doilies for the Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition. In 2007, she received a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant to research the history of medical instrumentation and anatomical representation at venues including the Wellcome Museum (London, UK) and La Specola (Florence, IT). She received an Artist’s Grant for her 2012 residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She has been a visiting lecturer on topics of Digital Art, as well as intersections of Art & Biology at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), Mills College (Oakland, CA) and Observatory (Brooklyn, NY).

Professor Cynthia Marsh presented at the 2015 College Book Art Symposium


Professor Cindy Marsh and Ed Ruscha (both on right)


Cynthia Marsh presented at the 2015 College Book Art Symposium at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. The topic of discussion was the 1963 book by artist Ed Ruscha, Twenty Six Gasoline Stations.