Ken and Melody Shipley Present “Dreams of Brownsville” In The Gallery Rusteberg Hall At The University of Texas Brownsville

Ken Shipley Art APSU

“Dreams of Brownsville” will open on Tuesday, August 26 at 6 pm. The exhibition will feature the work of Ken & Melody Shipley

Professor Barry Jones to Exhibit “Utopian Projection” at the Philip J. Steele Gallery at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

APSU Art Barry Jones

The Exhibition will open on September 11 with a reception and artist talk.

The Trahern Gallery Presents the Faculty Biennial August 25 – September 12 With A Reception on September 4


Professor Ken Shipley Kicks Off the 14 – 15 Lunchtime Lecture Series on September 2

Ken Shipley Art APSU

Rusty Mitchell, Vice President of Design for Mercury Intermedia and APSU Department of Art Alumnus (’97) Announces Launch of Crossly


Rusty Mitchell is the Vice President of Design for Mercury Intermedia. Based in Nashville, TN, Mercury provides mobile app strategy, design, development and platform solutions for iOS and Android.

At Mercury, he leads a team of designers in product strategy and design as well as participates in business planning and direction. He has over 15 years of design experience, including several years as an art director and music packaging designer before shifting focus to application user experience and design.

While at Mercury, he have helped leading brands such as USA Today, TED Talks, The New York Times, CNN, and many others succeed in the native mobile app space. These apps have been downloaded and used by millions and parodied on The Daily Show and Futurama. They have also garnered awards and recognition from Communication Arts, The Webby Awards, and Ad Age, while receiving promotion and praise from Apple and Google. He also contributed interviews for Josh Clark’s book Tapworthy about designing great iPhone apps, as well as Suzanne Ginsburg’s book Designing the iPhone User Experience.

From Mercury Intermedia’s Crossly Press Release:

Nashville, Tennessee – July 24, 2014 – Mercury Intermedia, one of the world’s leading mobile development and design agencies, today announced the launch of Crossly, a free competitive crosswords game for iPhone and iPod touch. Crossly marks the first direct-to-consumer release for Mercury Intermedia and combines the classic crossword format with head-to-head competition, as two players race to occupy the board with each correct answer.

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2014 – 2015 Trahern Gallery Schedule

Faculty Biennial
August 25 – September 12, 2014



(Yet to be titled), Photos and Maps from the Front lines during WWI
September 22 – October 17, 2012



Virginia Griswold
October 27 – November 18, 2014



Senior Design Exhibition
December 1 – 5, 2014



Curated by Barry Jones
January 19 – February 6, 2015



Gregory Botts
February 16 – March 11, 2015

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Annual Student Exhibition
March 30 – April 17, 2015



Senior Design Exhibition
April 27 – May 1, 2015


The Framemaker Presents “The Trick in in the Landing” New Work by APSU Students Laura King and Alex Wurts

King Wurts

The Framemaker proudly presents “The Trick is in the Landing” a collaborative painting exhibit by artists Laura King and Alex Wurts. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on August 7, 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 August during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Laura King currently attends Austin Peay State University seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Primarily a watercolor painter, King explores the issues of patterns, material through the topic of micro-anatomy. Alex Wurts also attends Austin Peay State University and is seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Wurts paintings are often experimental in nature, the results deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

In the show, “The Trick is in the Landing” Wurts and King have collaborated together to create a body of work based in casual experimentation. Both artist function primarily within the realms of drawing and painting, working within different styles and approaches but sharing similar concerns of material, pattern and form. Self-amused but not unserious, these painters have abandoned the rigorously structured propositions and serial strategies of previous generations in favor of playful, unpredictable encounters.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

APSU Student Cynthia Sukowatey included in “Kaleidoscopic Minds” at ETSU

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The ETSU Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Wyatt Moody Scholarship Fund present“Kaleidoscopic Minds: Wyatt Moody Invitational Exhibit of TeN” featuring print and painting students representing ten art programs from Tennessee from July 7 to August 15, 2014. The reception is on July 17th, Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the Slocumb Galleries.

The Kaleidoscopic Minds: Wyatt Moody Invitational Exhibit of TeN features work by: Brian Baker and Adonica Supertramp from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Amelia Briggs from University of Tennessee (UT) Memphis, Heather Calfee of Tennessee Technological University (TN Tech), Aaron Carroll from Maryville College, Ashley Hamilton representing University of Tennessee (UT) Chattanooga, Raluca Iancu of University of Tennessee (UT) Knoxville, Krista Knudtsen from Milligan College, kate Kolodi of Tusculum College, Cynthia Sukowatey representing Austin peay State University (APSU), Myles Triplett from Noreast State Community College and Wyatt Moody+ from ETSU.

The Slocumb Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended hours during receptions and by appointment. Located at Ernest C. Ball Hall, 232 Sherrod Drive, ETSU campus in Johnson City. For more information, please contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via or call 423.483.3179.

Dr. Tony Morris To Speak At The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa

Dr. Tony Morris

Two Americans in Paris Lecture

7 pm Thursday, July 31

At 7 pm, Dr. Tony Morris, Assistant Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University, will discuss the exhibition Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood. The bar opens at 5 p.m., so come early to mingle and enjoy an adult beverage.

Grant Wood, The Luxembourg Gardens, 1923, oil on masonite, 2001.12


Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood

From the mid-nineteenth century until WWII, American artists flocked to Paris in pursuit of inspiration and professional credibility.   Widely regarded as the cultural capital of the world, the French metropolis provided fertile ground for inspiration by enabling aspiring artists to study the Old Masters on display at the Louvre and experiment with contemporary artistic trends.

The exhibition Two Americans in Paris focuses on the experiences and subsequent careers of two such artists–Grant Wood and Stuart Davis. Both studied in Paris during the 1920s and eventually enjoyed considerable reputations for depicting scenes of American life. But while Wood adopted the more retardaire impressionist style of painting during his travels and famously rejected abstraction upon his return to the United States, Davis responded to the artistic innovations of French modernism. Deeply affected the art of Matisse and Fernand Léger, Davis developed a unique style of art that reconciled the aesthetic concerns of avant-garde artists with his desire to capture the vitality of American urban life and culture.

Curated by Dr. Rima Girnius, the exhibition will feature paintings and works of paper from the Figge’s Grant Wood Archive as well as a selection of Stuart Davis lithographs from a private collection.

This exhibiton will be on view July 12, 2014 through November 2, 2014.

APSU Alumnus Jonathan Wheeler to Exhibit at the Framemaker During July

Jonathan Wheeler


Art Series by Jonathan Wheeler

The Framemaker proudly presents “Wallpaper” a photograph exhibit by artist Jonathan Wheeler. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 3, 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 July during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Jonathan Wheeler is a 2013 graduate of Austin Peay State University. He explores many different mediums in photography such as cyanotypes, dry tintypes, solargraphy with use of pinhole cameras and lomography. He recently placed first in the 2014 Clarksville Downtown Artist Co-op annual photography competition (alternative, experimental) category.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

Professor Barry Jones to Speak at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on July 24



July 24, 2014 – 6:30 pm

Artists’ Forum: Mark Hosford and Barry Jones

Rechter Room ~ Free

Artists’ Forum is a program in which regional artists discuss the thoughts and processes behind their work. Participants are encouraged to come and be a part of the dialogue about the artistic process. In conjunction with the Frist Center exhibition Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, Nashville artists who use animation as their medium or are inspired by the visual language of animated film have been selected for two summer Artists’ Forums; the second is scheduled for Thursday, August 14.

Mark Hosford specializes in drawing, printmaking, and animation. Hosford’s work draws from a fascination with ghost stories, oddities, stream of consciousness, and personal narratives. Barry Jones is a digital video and sound artist. Jones has far ranging interests in music, the history of film, new technologies, and social activism.

Terminal Award: Bowling Rolling Pushing Tipping Trundling by Josh Hite


Terminal and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University are pleased to announce the launch of Bowling Rolling Pushing Tipping Trundling  by Josh Hite. Hite is a recipient of a 2013 – 2014 Terminal Award. The Terminal Award is granted annually to four artists to help in the creation of new internet based artworks.

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Josh Hite’s video and photo work is primarily concerned with human movement through local spaces.  He is inspired by the potential for the creation of subjective pathways and the myriad results that occur when movers decidedly confront obstacles.   Recent work focuses on the technological alteration of action and memory relative to the uploading of backyard behavior onto YouTube.  He has collaborated on site-specific projects, dance and sound performances, and work in public space.  Josh has a BA in Philosophy, an MFA in Visual Art and teaches photography and video at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver.

Artist Statement

Taking YouTube as source, Bowling Rolling Pushing Tipping Trundling is part of a series of works that archive, categorize, and reassemble audible human interventions into rural landscapes.  Counter to memories recorded in my youth, which were silently recorded as photos onto film, shared in person and maybe doubled at Kmart, these recordings are noisy, and they are documented with the knowledge that they might be liked, linked, playlisted and commented on, by friends and strangers. 

A few years ago I was alerted to Youtube’s transformation into a site primarily used for listening rather than viewing when asked by a few six and seven year olds why I would listen to music anywhere else online.  Despite the overwhelming intrusion of song titles upon searches and hefty gentrification, it still remains rich with documents of humans recording audio and video of their lives.

Erving Goffman, in his 1978 essay “Response Cries,” wrote extensively on types of sounds uttered in horseplay, mishaps, and daily life.  The recordings in this piece exude both audible glee and threat startles, with plenty of strain grunts preceding these selections.  For Goffman, “Response cries, then, do not mark a flooding of emotion outward, but a flooding of relevance in.”  These sounds complete narratives in ways that confirm for others present that what they think is happening is actually happening.

The Framemaker Presents “Placement” A Collaborative Exhibit by APSU Alumni Melanie Davis and Miranda Herrick

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The Framemaker proudly presents “Placement” a collaborative exhibit by artists Melanie Davis and Miranda Herrick. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on June 5, 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 June during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Melanie Davis is a designer, photographer and marketing consultant living and working in Nashville, Tenn. Her affinity for large structures and night photography led her to start her current project, Horse Trails to Highways, a photographic exploration of the intersection between highways and byways around Nashville. Miranda Herrick’s current artwork involves detailed, pattern-based mosaics made from recycled aluminum cans. She works at Bennet Galleries in Nashville and lives in a quirky farmhouse in Clarksville, Tenn.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

Professor Ken Shipley To Teach A Workshop At Maho Bay Clay Works in the US Virgin Islands



From July 9th to July 14th, Professor Ken Shipley will teach a workshop at Maho Bay Clay Works in the US Virgin Islands.

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Photography Students from APSU’s Department of Art Featured in Nashville Arts Magazine


Read the article online here