Art Work Drop Off Time for the US Bank Show Is This Thursday and Friday from 2 – 6 pm


APSU Art Student Macon Linton St Hilaire Won Best Presentation at the APSU Research and Creativity Forum

Macon Linton St Hilaire APSU Art


CONGRATS to Macon Linton St Hilaire who won “BEST PRESENTATION” at the APSU Research and Creativity Forum on her study of historical tempera panel painting and her contemporary art project ” “When You’re Dead You’re Made”: Painting Idols of the 27 Club”

The Department of Art is Pleased to Present Mackenzie Coffman’s Senior Exhibition “Beautifully Forgotten”


Drawing Marathon on April 25 – Draw Like Crazy!

Drawing Marathon APSU Art

The Department of Art Is Pleased To Present Ashley McDonough’s Senior Exhibition “Sha La Ti Da”


Award Winners from the 46th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Amber Briggs APSU Art

Amber Briggs “Molting in Pink”

Best in Show: Amber Briggs


Alex Wurts APSU Art

Alex Wurts, “space, consumption and sexual instability”

The Olen Bryant Sculpture Award: Alex Wurts


Cynthia Sukowati APSU Art

Cynthia Sukowati, “The Course of Capitalism: Natural State”

The Bruce Childs Printmaking Award: Cynthia Sukowati


Laura King APSU Art

Laura King, “an unsettling awareness of one’s own heartbeat”

The Charles Young Drawing Award: Laura King


Matt Watkins APSU Art

Matt Watkins, “dddd.gif” ( still of animation )

The Bettye Holte New Media Award: Matt Watkins


Lei Lani APSU Art

Lei Lani Fegeroa De LaCruz, “Desolation”

The Becky Hall Photography Award: Lei Lani Figeroa De LaCruz


Sara Kent APSU Art

Sara Kent, ” Finemente Invecchiato”

The Jim Diehr Ceramics Award: Sara Kent


Joshua Hooper APSU Art

Joshua Hooper, “Cynthia”

The T. Max Hochstetler Painting Award: Joshua Hooper


Stephanie Camfield APSU Art

Stephanie Camfield, “Departed”, Detail

The Philancy Holder Graphic Design Award: Stephanie Camfield


Abigail Damer APSU Art

Abigail Damer, “Untitled”

Juror’s Honorable Mention: Abigail Damer


James Buckner APSU Art

James Buckner, “Celadon Teapot”

Juror’s Honorable Mention: James Buckner


Rachel Cunningham APSU Art

Rachel Cunningham,” Stretch”

Juror’s Honorable Mention: Rachel Cunningham


Karla Tucker APSU Art

Karla Tucker, “Fear of Alzheimer”

Juror’s Honorable Mention: Karla Tucker


Rebecca Fernandez APSU Art

Rebecca Fernandez, “Family Portrait (Triptych)”

Juror’s Honorable Mention: Rebecca Fernandez


Kayla Melton APSU Art

Kayla Melton, “Untitled”

Juror’s Honorable Mention: Kayla Melton

Professor Kell Black to Present a Lunchtime Lecture on April 15 at Noon in the Trahern Gallery

Kell Black APSU Art

Dr. Tony Morris To Present At Midwest Art History Society Conference In St. Louis


Paul Cadmus, “Gilding the Acrobats”, 1935

Dr. Tony Morris will present his paper “Uncensored: The Queerly Positive Reception of Paul Cadmus’s 1937 Solo Exhibition” at the annual Midwest Art History Society Conference in St. Louis on Saturday, April 5, 2014.


Professor Virginia Griswold’s Work Included in Bodytalk: 52 Views on Body, Sex, and Gender in Ebeltoft Denmark

Virginia Griswold Art APSU

detail of “Table (One)”, 2010


Professor Virginia Griswold’s sculpture Table (One) has been included in Bodytalk: 52 Views on Body, Sex, and Gender at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.

Learn more about the exhibition here


“XLVI: 46th Annual APSU Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition” Opens on Thursday April 3





Please join us for a reception on Thursday April 3 from 5 – 8 pm in the Trahern Gallery for this year’s juried student exhibitions. There will be an awards presentation at 6.

Dr. Tamara Smithers To Present “The Cult of Raphael” As Part of the Provost Lecture Series

Ingres, "Raphael and La Fornarian", 1814

Ingres, “Raphael and La Fornarian”, 1814

On Thursday April 3 at 3 pm in MUC 303, Dr. Tamara Smithers will present “The Cult of Raphael” as part of the Provost Lecture Series.

Art Student Zach Felts Awarded a Presidential Research Scholar Award

Zach Felts APSU Art

For his PRS project, titled Art Through Relation: An Artist’s Collaboration on Campus, Zach intends to develop series of what he refers to as ”relational” artworks encompassing his (increasingly idiosyncratic) crossover approaches to painting, drawing, and sculpture. These works will culminate in an on-campus exhibition in the Fall or early Spring. Zach will be working with Professor Virginia Griswold on his project.



Art Student Macon St. Hilaire Was Selected to Present At APSU’s 9th Annual Research and Creativity Forum

On Saturday April 12 at 9 am, Macon St. Hilaire will present “When You’re Dead You’re Made”: Paintings Idols of the 27 Club as part of APSU’s 9th Annual Research and Creativity Forum in UC 305. Macon’s research was supervised by Dr. Tamara Smithers. Macon’s abstract is below.

“When You’re Dead You’re Made”: Painting Idols of the 27 Club
Macon St. Hilaire*, Dr. Tamara Smithers, Department of Art, APSU

The musicians, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse, each died at the age of twenty-seven intensifying the myth of the 27 Club. Their music guides the listener in a spiritual experience the way parables of saints instructed Christian devotees in life. Parallels between the cultural worship of music and religious veneration of martyrs led me to paint the musicians in the style of Byzantine and Medieval Icon paintings. Moreover my interest in art history and conservation led me to study the methods and materials that medieval artists used to create their sacred images. This painting project is the result of studying a Renaissance artists’ handbook that discusses medieval techniques, viewing original icons first hand while studying abroad in London, and artistic experimentation. Beginning to paint my icons I sought materials that are readily available in my environment. I created wood panels to paint on using reclaimed fence boards mimicking the age of the icons I saw at The British Museum. Modifying store bought gelatin packets and creating a mixture of egg yolk and Kool-Aid drink mix I had created the supplies necessary to apply the images to the wood panels. As an artist, this project explores my struggle with perceived success and mortality personifying the sanctity of the musicians with my goal to create lasting memorable art. Jimi Hendrix said, “When you’re dead you’re made,” you may achieve the recognition you seek in life after death but you’re not around to know it.

The Department of Art Is Pleased To Present Drew Kirk’s Senior Exhibition “Juncture”

Drew Kirk APSU Art

Congratulations to our 14 – 15 Scholarship Winners

Art Alumni Scholarship for Graphic Arts or Photography

Alex Wurts


Dr. Carlos Brewer, Friends of Photography Scholarship

Karla Tucker


Helena Haskell Marsh Letter Press Scholarship



Jewel Birdsong Art Collection Scholarship

Macon St. Hilaire


Bruce Childs Printmaking



Claudell Wootton Scholarship

Amber Briggs


Bruce Childs Senior Honors

Jana Gilbert


Tom Malone Studio Art Scholarship

Alex Wurts


Barbara Beach Endowed Art Scholarship

Thanh Lay


Mrs. Monique Hull Scholarship Endowment

Cynthia Sukowatey and Addyson Skelton


US Bank Scholarship

Melissa Husereau


Northington Memorial

Amber Briggs


Friends of the Arts Scholarship

Thanh Lay


Department of Art/Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts Work Scholarship:

Savannah Bailey                                  Rachel Prince

Amber Briggs                                       Cynthia Sukowatey

Allison McDonoguh                            Karla Tucker

Katie Morgan                                       Tyler Worthington