APSU’s AIGA Student Group welcomes designer Michael Janda for a lecture

The AIGA Student Group is bringing in designer Michael Janda thisWednesday. April 19, for a lecture @ 7 in Trahern 401. Janda is the founder of creative agency Riser, which served clients such as Disney, Google, and ABC. He is a fantastic designer and speaker!

Join the faculty and staff of the Department of Art & Design for “Annual Report Volumes 1 and 2”.

Brief presentations of recent research activities of Department of Art & Design Faculty and Staff.

Volume 1 = Monday April 24 at 11 a.m. in Art & Design 120

Volume 2 = Thursday April 27 at 11 a.m. in Art & Design 120

Great lecture tonight by the 16 -17 CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship recipient Alicia Henry

Great lecture tonight by the 16 -17 CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship recipient Alicia Henry

Professor Paul Collins is hard at work creating a mural, “Boomtown Beaver”, in Nashville

Title: Boomtown Beaver

Sunrise breaks upon an ever more populated clearing in the woods. An industrious beaver is carving people from trees in the woods, while nearby an ancient tree watches and waits its turn in horror. Is the beaver carving friends because he has none? Perhaps he is an artist. Perhaps he is an intrigued copycat inspired by the funny humans and their endlessly busy constructing. His hunger is insatiable and work goes on and on

Website: http:paulpaul.com
Location: 1411 Buchanan St, Nashville off the Rosa Parks exit on 65south
Schedule of days I’ll be there if anyone wants to come by and get busy:
  • Thurs 4/13
  • Sat 4/15
  • Tues 4/18
  • Thurs 4/20
  • Sat 4/22
  • Sun 4/23

APSU design students, Daniella McNair, Danielle Annis, and Justin Ramos selected into the AIGA Southern Student Graphic Design Show

APSU Graphic Design major, Justin Ramos, selected by AIGA Nashville board for LGBT + College Conference poster exhibition

Poster Exhibition: Thursday–Saturday, April 6–8, 2017
As a part of our Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, AIGA Nashville is proud to partner with the LGBT+ College Conference hosted by Middle Tennessee State University. This is a unique opportunity for students to use design thinking to shape social commentary on what identity means to us in 2017. We are Designing Inclusion.
Graphic Design major, Justin Ramos, was chosen as one of fifteen student entries selected by the AIGA Nashville board to be displayed at the LGBT+ College Conference in front of hundreds of attendees from all across the country. These entries will also be featured in the monthly AIGA newsletter. All entries will also be featured at nashville.aiga.org.

APSU Art & Design Welcomes Alicia Henry, 2016 – 2017 CECA TN Artist Fellow

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art and Design are pleased to announce the 2016-17 recipient of the CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship, Alicia Henry. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, artist Alicia Henry will present a public lecture on her work at Austin Peay State University.

Alicia Henry received her B.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her M. F.A. at Yale University School of Art. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Henry has received numerous awards, grants, and residencies, for example:  a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Art in General, MacDowell Art Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown residencies, and recently the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in private and public collections across the country, including: Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee State Museum, Cheekwood Museum, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. She is Professor of Art in the Department of Arts and Languages at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Since 1985, the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA, or “seek-ah”) at Austin Peay State University has been providing students, the Clarksville community, and the middle Tennessee region with engaging experiences in visual art and design, music, creative writing, theatre, and dance.

The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created to celebrate contemporary art, and to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, applications and nominations from artists were not solicited. A committee of APSU faculty compiled a list of outstanding artists from across the state and selected the fellowship winner. Through the generous support of the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts (CECA), the selected artist receives $5,000 to aid in the creation of new artwork.

CECA brings both emerging and prominent artists from around the nation to Clarksville throughout the year to present concerts and lectures, work directly with students in master classes and workshops, and introduce innovative ways of making or exploring art. CECA also provides undergraduate students with graduate-level experiences and internships that prepare them for the workplace or graduate school. In addition, CECA provides the talented faculty of the arts departments at APSU with research opportunities to enhance their professional growth. All events offered by CECA are open to the community unless otherwise advertised.

Alicia Henry’s artist talk is free and open to the public, and will be held in room 303 of the Morgan University Center.

For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at dickinsm@apsu.edu. For more information about CECA, contact Janice Crews, CECA director, at crewsj@apsu.edu.

APSU Art & Design Welcomes Environmental Artist, Stacy Levy, for New Installation

Stacy Levy is a sculptor whose work links the worlds of art and science. She uses the language of landscape and art to tell the ecological story of site. Her projects reveal the sometimes hidden natural world in the urban environment. Stacy works closely with landscape architects, engineers, horticulturalists and hydrologists to create artworks that allow natural systems like the infiltration of rainwater, to function and thrive.

After visiting this past Fall to give an artist lecture, to conduct a site-visit of the campus grounds and to hold meetings with The Center of Excellence for Field Biology, The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and Austin Peay’s landscaping crew to generate ideas for a new installation specifically designed for Austin Peay; Levy will return to campus to install her latest ecological art installation. The installation will be located in the ‘Marks Bowl’, between the Marks Building and the Stadium on the campus of APSU. This project will focus on the distinct topography of campus, water flow and native plant materials.

This project will consist of planting plants and other laborious tasks, and we are encouraging all interested students and community members to participate in the installation. The only requirement is the desire to work directly with the artist while learning about art and native botany. To see more of Stacy’s work, visit:  www.stacylevy.com

The installation will take place on Tuesday, April 18 – Thursday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. This opportunity is free and open to the public.

The Department of Art & Design is pleased to present Trista Baird’s senior exhibition, “Visceral”

The Department of Art & Design is pleased to present Steven M. Walker’s senior exhibition, “Trappings”

Another packed house for visiting artist lecture. Risk Attachment and Obsession in the work of designer Bryony Gomez-Palacio.

Another packed house for visiting artist lecture.  Risk Attachment and Obsession in the work of designer Bryony Gomez-Palacio.

Kelli Rohling presenting her fantastic closing reception for "Resonance"

Kelli Rohling presenting her fantastic closing reception for "Resonance"

Dr. Tony Morris to present at the Midwest Art History Society Conference

Dr. Tony Morris is presenting his paper, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Queer and Black Identities in Nick Cave’s Soundsuits” at the annual Midwest Art History Society Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Professor Susan Bryant included in an international juried exhibition, Alternative Processes: Handmade

Professor Susan Bryant is included in an international juried exhibition,  Alternative Processes: Handmade at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont April 12–May 6. The exhibit was juried by Dan Burkholder.


Sunset, Florence, 2016 is a digital print made from a scan of a 4”x6” collodion tintype, which was made by exposing the prepared plate using an enlarger and a 4”x5” digital positive, which was made in PhotoShop from a jpg shot in Italy in 2014.

View all images in the exhibit at photoplacegallery.com

Juror’s Statement

I made my first platinum/palladium print in 1984 and continue to practice this sensuous medium today. I’ve seen a lot of alternate process prints over the ensuing years. This visual history provides an awareness of why we make alt process prints and what separates the good ones from the less successful. There is no magic bullet in photography. No one camera, lens, technique or printing process will guarantee success in terms of image excellence or appreciation. The most successful images in this exhibition match the process to the subject matter, creating a total that is greater than the individual parts: process and subject. 

When jurying exhibitions I ask, “Is there something arresting about this photograph?” Not shocking or off-putting, but rather a unique quality that elevates it above the glut of photographs that appear on our phones, tablets, monitors and televisions every day. Did the maker create something special? Instead of asking, “is this a fine alt-process photograph,” the better question is, “Is this a good photograph that successfully uses an alt process to convey its message and elicit the proper emotional response from viewers?” 

When a printed image steps beyond the process, beyond the subject, and beyond the approach, you know the maker has done something special. You might have heard that “It’s not a true photograph until it’s printed.” I’m not sure if this is true or even relevant in the digital age but I can tell you that this exhibition includes some of the finest true photography you’ll find anywhere. 

Dan Burkholder

The Department of Art & Design is pleased to present Soraya Asadi’s senior exhibition, “Form & Flow”