Professor Heather Abels talks to the All State about her career as a matte painter

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Read the interview here

Professor McLean Fahnestock presents “Sounds Like” at the Browsing Room

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Sounds Like will open at the Browsing Room – an artist curated space in the undercroft of the Downtown Presbyterian Church this Saturday October 1 from 6-9pm.

The exhibition will run from October 1 – November 25 so it will be open for the November Downtown Art Walk as well should your crawl card be full this time around.

McLean Fahnestock: Sounds Like

October 1 – November 25
Browsing Room Gallery
Downtown Presbyterian Church
154 5th Ave North
Nashville, TN

Opening Reception October 1 6-9pm
2nd Art Walk November 1 6-9pm

PlantBot Genetics will be here on September 26

PlantBot Genetics will be here on September 26

AIGA meeting this afternoon.

AIGA meeting this afternoon.

Interest Meeting for Kappa Pi Iota Beta Chapter, Wednesday September 28

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The Department of Art & Design welcomes Stacy Levy for an artist talk on September 22

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The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will welcome environmental artist Stacy Levy to the campus’s Trahern Building, room 401, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22, for a visiting artist lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Levy is a sculptor interested in the intersection of art and science. Her projects reveal the sometimes hidden natural world in the urban environment. Levy 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.

Levy’s visit to Austin Peay is two-fold. In addition to her artist lecture, she will tour of the campus and meet 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 in March 2017, to install the new piece with the assistance of students from the Department of Art and Design.

Levy is currently working on the Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh (2016), creating an artful watercourse that carries water from the roof to the wetlands in this Living Building Challenge designed structure. She recently designed “Rain Yard,” a permanent art installation for the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (2013), which allows the landscape to process the site’s storm water. Her sculptural rain garden at the Springside School (2009) was included in the 2012 Infill Philadelphia exhibition.

Levy graduated from Yale University in 1984 with a B.A. in sculpture and forestry. She received her M.F.A. in 1991 from the Tyler School of Art. She spent a year at the Architectural Association in London, England. From 1985 through 1991, she was a founding partner of Sere Ltd Native Landscape Restoration, a firm that worked with municipal, corporate and private clients to restore the remnant woodlands and meadows in city parks, corporate campuses and residences and to bring the architecture of the forest back into the landscape.

In 1992 she was awarded a Pew Fellowship, which allowed her to begin her career in large-scale installation work. She has been a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Mid-Atlantic Foundation grant. Her work with rivers received an award from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at

Professor Patrick Gosnell’s review of TypeCon just published at Slanted Magazine

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read the review here

About Slanted Magazine is a weblog that has typography and design as its topic. Founded in 2004 it has grown into one of the most important design portals and discussion forums in the German-speaking area. It informs its readers about international design trends and events day by day in numerous categories and is always in tune with the zeitgeist of design and typography.

It is great to see the drawings going up in the building again.

It is great to see the drawings going up in the building again.

Professor Scott Raymond completes work on the first episode of the animated web series “Bink”

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Professor Scott Raymond is one of the animators for the web series “Bink”, which just released Episode 1.

Episode 1 synopsis:
Bink is a curious creature that was captured and brought to a testing facility to learn more about him.  In this 3D animated short, Bink gets a rude awakening as the new arrival at the laboratory before testing begins.

As a result of his work on the animation, Professor Raymond was included in an interview and published a tutorial in 3D World Magazine.

The gallery in the new Art & Design Building

The gallery in the new Art & Design Building

Professor McLean Fahnestock featured in Numbers Magazine in an article written by Professor Tony Morris

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You can read the article here

Join the Department of Art & Design for our Fall Convocation on August 26 at 2:30

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Please join us on Friday August 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Trahern Black Box Theatre (formerly the Trahern Gallery) for Art & Design’s Fall Convocation. Get updates on the new building and Trahern renovations, learn about recent curriculum changes, meet our new faculty, and eat free food.

Professor McLean Fahnestock included in several screenings and exhibitions in September

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Shedding Light

Co-Presented by Aurora Picture Show
and The Menil Collection

Wednesday, September 7, 7:30pm
Aurora Picture Show
2442 Bartlett Street
Houston, TX 77098

In conjunction with the exhibition of Andy Warhol’s film,Sunset, Aurora Picture Show and The Menil Collection co-present this special program featuring a selection of rarely-seen historic and contemporary short films that focus on the Sun, light, color, reflection, refraction, and horizons. The program includes a range of works by François De Menil, John Cage and Richard Lippold, Jordan Belson, Stan Brakhage’s Comingled Containers, Ed Emshwiller, and contemporary media artists Semiconductor, Dennis Hlynsky, Kayla Parker, Michael Bell-Smith, and McLean Fahnestock.

Sound: An Exhibition of Sound Art

September 2 – November 22
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
Flagler College
St. Augustine, Fl

“Sound” includes works by 17 artists from around the country who approach sound singularly, or as part of an interdisciplinary practice. Curated by artists Michael Dickins and Barry Jones and organized by Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., the exhibition will kick off with a walk-through on Friday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The artists included in the exhibition are Phillip Andrew Lewis, Olivia Block, Curt Cloning, McLean Fahnestock, Josh Gumiela, Brian Harnetty, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Aaron Hutchinson, Peter Kay, Kris Neely with Lynn Rhodes, Will Owen, Greg Pond and Jesse Thompson, Matt Roberts, Steve Roden, Jason Sloan, and Nathan Wolek.

Click here for more information

On Our Terms

September 2 – 29
VAE, Raleigh, NC

Opening Reception : September 2

For the month of September, VAE is offering our Main Gallery space as a platform to promote video artists! The goals of the exhibit include exposing the Triangle to a wider range of video work, helping the public to understand how to purchase and collect video work, and to strengthen VAE’s connection with video artists.

The Department of Art & Design is thrilled to welcome two new tenure track faculty members this year

The Department of Art & Design at Austin Peay is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor McLean Fahnestock and Assistant Professor Patrick Vincent.

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McLean Fahnestock is a media artist who works in video, sound, sculpture, and digital collage. McLean reclaims material from institutions, seeking out footage, images, and items that carry the weight and specificity of place and the trappings of exploration. McLean received a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University and MFA from California State University Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited and screened across the United States and Internationally at institutions such as the Black Mountain College Re{Happening}, North Carolina, Technisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria, The California Science Museum, Los Angeles, The British Library, London, and MOCA Hiroshima, Japan. Her work was included in a DVD compilation of short videos by the LA Film Forum. She was a finalist for a 2012 Vimeo Video Award and was named “Most Promising New Artist” at MADATAC 5, in Madrid, Spain.

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Patrick Vincent is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and his M.F.A. from Arizona State University.  He has worked for the design/letterpress workspace Studio on Fire, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Pyracantha Press, and recently was Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Through books, printmaking, installation, and design, he creates original works of art as well as collaborates with individuals through print media.

Artist Chris Taylor is on campus today installing his new permanent sculpture "Cardboard Kids" in front of the library.

Artist Chris Taylor is on campus today installing his new permanent sculpture "Cardboard Kids" in front of the library.