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 p.m.in the Trahern Theater. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Contact art@apsu.edu 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.

Professor McLean Fahnestock to present a Lunchtime Lecture on January 22


The lecture will take place January 22, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in the Trahern Gallery.


The FrameMaker Presents “The Existence of Emptiness” Photographs by APSU Student Karla Tucker


The Framemaker proudly presents “The Existence of Emptiness” a photography exhibit by artist Karla Tucker. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on January 8, 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 January during normal business hours (Mon.
through Fri. 10 a.m.
 – 5 p.m.).

This series is about the silent pain a person can suffer from when watching a loved one lose her mind and home due to Alzheimer’s disease. When the disease takes over brain function, the person starts to lose memory (as if it’s possible for someone’s mind to be filled with emptiness). Originally, the series began by exploring the fear of what Alzheimer’s disease is capable of. Over the last year it evolved into an expression of both pain and fear due to the appearance of my grandmother’s empty home. These photographs document the remains of her house and how the existence of emptiness filled the space she once called home.

Karla Tucker is currently a senior at Austin Peay State University seeking a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art. Tucker lives and works in Clarksville, Tenn., but after graduating, she plans to pursue a Master of Fine Art. Her photographs have won local awards, helped her receive grants and scholarships, as well as a recent honorary membership into Clarksville’s Friends of Photography group.

The Trahern Gallery Presents Sound January 20 – February 6, 2015


Department of Art Spring 2015 Schedule of Events

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The Department of Art now called the Department of Art and Design


To better reflect the nature of our programs and degrees, the name of the Department of Art will officially change to the Department of Art and Design at the beginning of Fall 2015. We will begin rolling out the new name and logo during the spring semester.

APSU student Cynthia Sukowatey’s work included in Schwa Show: National Juried Art Exhibition


Cynthia Sukowatey, Overnight Flight (B&W)

APSU senior Cynthia Sukowatey will have work included in the Schwa Show: National Juried Art Exhibition at the Emerge Art Gallery in Greenville, NC.

APSU Art and Sociology students present collaborative project on reality of college

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In a unique collaboration between Austin Peay State University students, members of the APSU Social and Political Narrative and Sociology Senior Capstone courses are exploring what it really costs to attend college.

Dubbed “AT WHAT COST? — The Reality of a College Education,” the project represents the work between two groups of highly talented students exploring the high price of an education, and the price people pay financially, emotionally and physically. The project will be presented and showcased from 11:30-12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at a luncheon in APSU’s McCord Building, room 209.

The presentation will take the form of a poster project, discussing themes developed from interviews conducted on campus, as well as personal narratives from sociology students. In collaboration with APSU art students, the groups helped shape the message each poster conveys.

Each poster was made using APSU’s Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection. The collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, antique printing presses, papermaking materials and bindery equipment.

For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at (931) 221-7333, or email Cynthia Marsh at marshc@apsu.edu.

Terminal Announces the launch of reMIXmyRELIGION by Curt Cloninger


Terminal and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University are pleased to announce the launch of reMIXmyRELIGION by Curt Cloninger. Cloninger is a recipient of a 2014 – 2015 Terminal Award. The Terminal Award is granted annually to aid in the creation of new internet based artworks.

Cloninger’s Project Statement

playdamage.org is a multimedia journal I have kept since 2000. Each piece links to the next piece, in reverse chronological order.

For the TERMINAL award, I created the most recent playdamage page, #107.


The audio excerpt is from “I Feel Love” by Giorgio Moroder + Donna Summer. Moroder is playing a Moog synthesizer. The photos of the room and the drumset are by the Texas outsider musician Jandek. They are the cover images of seven of his albums. The text is from a conversation between Jerry Lee Lewis and his producer Sam Phillips. They are arguing about whether or not God can use rock & roll. The screeshots of the text are from a digitized VHS copy of Dan Graham’s video _Rock My Religion_, an art documentary about the relationship between American religion and American rock & roll. The face is my face, weeping, listening to Nirvana in my headphones. My face is aleatorically animated.

Professor Cindy Marsh featured in Paper, Thread, and Trash at the Nashville Public Library


Fourteen Tennessee Artists address the issues of waste and consumption in Paper, Thread, and Trash by constructing art books from discarded or unwanted materials.  Artists explore the relationship we have developed with trash, using our excess to push the boundaries of what makes a book.  Every Artist approaches the challenge of creating books from reuse differently.  The Artist chosen for the exhibit work in a range of mediums, some create books literally, others sculpturally, through installation or a conceptual idea, all with personal exploration.  The Downtown Nashville Public Library’s Art Gallery will host the opening of Paper, Thread, and Trash on Saturday, December 6th from 2pm to 4pm.

Artist include: Aletha Carr, Nance Cooley, Meredith Eastburn, Kelly Cass Falzone, Katie Gonzalez, Emily Holt , Courtney Adair Johnson, Megan Kelly, Kit Kite, Cynthia Marsh, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Nelson Meadows, Lisa Rivas, Jamaica Shaw.


For more information visit www.paperthreadandtrash.com


December 6th 2014 to March 29th 2015

Opening Reception Saturday, December 6th 2pm to 4pm

at the Downtown Nashville Public Library Art Gallery 

The Framemaker presents “Absences and Mementos” by APSU alumnus Greg Sand


The Framemaker proudly presents a tintype photography exhibit consisting of two separte series “Absences” and “Mementos” by artist Greg Sand. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on December 4, 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 December during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m.5 p.m.).

Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and death. He works primarily with digital photography to produce work that addresses the nature of photography and its role in defining reality. Sand received his BFA in Photography from Austin Peay State University in 2008. He has won the acclaim of both jurors and audiences, winning numerous awards and honors. In 2009, Sand was selected by critic Catherine Edelman and the Griffin Museum of Photography as one of “the most exciting new artists emerging in the world of photography.” Sand currently produces work in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is represented by the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, and exhibits across the United States.