The Department of Art & Design is pleased to present Student Summer Research Award winner Amber Briggs in Gallery 108

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Please join us for the opening reception for “Risk Assessment” by Amber Briggs on September 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. in Gallery 108. Briggs is a recipient of a 2015 Department of Art & Design Student Summer Research Award.

About the Student Summer Research Award

The Student Summer Research Award is sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Art & Design and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts. It was established to create opportunities for selected art students to conduct studio research during the summer when they might not be registered for classes. The award provides $2500 to two students who propose a well conceived and intriguing body of work.

Amber Briggs used the funds to create a body of collaborative works based on her family dynamic. In her proposal she stated “Truly at the heart of this motivation are motherhood and my relationship with my four year old son, Parker”.  She is inspired by her son’s creativity and way of looking at the world.

The FrameMaker Presents the Work of Cynthia Beer

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The Framemaker proudly presents work by artist Cynthia Beer. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on September 3, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of September during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.
Cynthia Beer is a printmaker and book maker based in Clarksville, Tenn. She graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her silkscreen work celebrates repetition of the circle as a universally recognized symbol. Beer continues to show her printmaking and book making work in solo and group exhibitions both locally and nationally. She is also an international distributor of small, handwritten, handmade books that she calls “art drops.”

Beer states, “Being raised with both Eastern and Western cultural influences due to my mixed ethnicity has given me a unique perspective. I have an infatuation with industry and diversity. I am becoming a traveler and a gatherer of knowledge. As an artist, I celebrate the circle as a unifying symbol of life in both the vastness of the cosmos and more personal forms. A tiny dot that illustrates such circular cycles is the circadian rhythm, or 24-­hour internal body clock, which responds to basic light and darkness. This rhythm causes mental and behavioral fluctuations throughout one full day; however, each person varies in his or her individual reaction. My prints honor uniting philosophies in the form of circles and repetition.”

For more information about the artist, visit her website at

APSU Department of Art & Design Kicks Off Visiting Artist Lecture Series With Linda Lopez

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To kick off this season’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University welcomes Linda Lopez.  Lopez will be discussing her work as a sculptural ceramicist on Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m. in the Trahern Building.

Linda Lopez received a BFA in ceramics and BA in art education from California State University of Chico. She received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, New York. She has been an artist in resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2015, Lopez was included in the Scripps Ceramics Annual curated by Julia Haft-Candel and the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Lopez will also be September’s featured artist at the COOP Gallery in Nashville, with an opening reception Saturday, September 5, 6-9 p.m. during Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl.  The COOP Gallery is located in The Arcade at 75 Arcade, Nashville, and Lopez’s exhibit runs through September 26.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is made possible by The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art and Design

For more information on this lecture, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at

APSU students present Veterans Treatment Court with unique Goldsmith Press creation

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APSU art professor Cindy Marsh and APSU student Macon St. Hilaire stand next to a special creation by students in her APSU class, dubbed “Narratives of Hope & Recovery.” The creation was presented to the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) during a VTC graduation ceremony, held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Montgomery County Courthouse. (Photo credit: Taylor Slifko)

“I know I have a long ways to go and a lot to learn, but the help is definitely here.”

When the United States and its allies need help, our soldiers answer the call. But when those same men and women need a hand, programs like the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) exist to make sure they are not alone.

Established in 2012, the court aims to help veterans who come to the criminal justice system as a result of drug addictions, homelessness and other situations brought on by wartime stress. Active duty soldiers and veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury who complete the program can possibly have their case dismissed.

On Aug. 12, the VTC program celebrated another graduating class of enrollees during a ceremony at the Montgomery County Courthouse, and Austin Peay State University was there to show its support through a unique artistic project, dubbed “Narratives of Hope & Recovery.”

As a part of the program, VTC enrollees write essays reflecting on their struggles adjusting to civilian life. With the aid of Montgomery County judge — and VTC team member — Ken Goble, students from APSU art professor Cindy Marsh’s printmaking class used many of those essays to create a project that visualized what is, for many soldiers, a private battle.

“I teach a printing class and we were looking for a way to work on a community project when (AmeriCorp VISTA member) Katelan Shartzer told us about the VTC,” Marsh said. “After talking to judge Goble, we were able to get a hold of previous essays that we used to create a project with our Goldsmith Press.”

The Goldsmith Press is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, typesetting materials and antique printing presses. The wood type was originally created for a New England advertising company, Metropolitan Showprint (est. 1890).

Taking statements from each essay, Marsh’s students used the Goldsmith Press to create typeset prints. Over 20 unique statements came together to form a mural in the shape of the United States flag – a visual metaphor of the nation these veterans sacrificed to support.

“Our students read each essay and were able to gleam a real moment of truth from each of them,” Marsh said. “And with around 40 percent of my class having some connection to the military, (a flag) seemed like the perfect metaphor to use to talk about what our veterans are experiencing.”

A student in Marsh’s class and the wife of an active-duty soldier, Macon St. Hilaire was present alongside her professor at the event. Through the production of the piece, St. Hilaire said, she was able to make a commentary on the challenges of military life for both soldier and family.

“For me and the challenges that my husband and I have faced as a (military couple), I was happy that this project gave us a chance to have a voice,” St. Hilaire said. “And I appreciate that programs like VTC exist as a way to support soldiers and help us find the strength to get through all of the challenges they face.”

Art & Design Convocation Monday, August 24 at 5 p.m. in the Trahern Theater

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Join us on Monday, August 24 for a reception (free food!) and convocation for the 15 – 16 academic year. See the plans for the new Art & Design Building, learn about important changes to the portfolio review system, meet our new faculty, and visit with friends you haven’t seen all summer.

The event will take place in the Trahern Theater and the reception will follow.

The Trahern Gallery presents “Cash Crop” by Stephen Hayes

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Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Gallery, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, is pleased to open its 2015-2016 exhibition season with artist Stephen Hayes and his powerful body of work titled “Cash Crop.”

“Cash Crop” is an exhibition that invites viewers to walk into an emotional, physical and psychic space to confront the past, present and future. Featuring 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles, the work serves as a reminder of the 15 million people kidnapped and transported by sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Additional components of the exhibition include prints, drawings and sculptures that draw further parallels between the economics of the Atlantic slave trade and the Third World sweatshops of today.

The exhibit opens Aug. 24 at the Trahern Gallery and runs through Sept. 21. A lecture by the artist will take place in the Trahern Gallery at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, with a reception to immediately follow.

Hayes is an emerging artist from Durham, North Carolina, currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been featured in many commercial and institutional galleries and is part of many private and corporate collections. “Cash Crop” has been featured in Burnaway magazine, CNN and PBS, and it was recently exhibited at the 701 Center of Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina, and the African American Art Museum in Philadelphia.

For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at

Professor Virginia Griswold to give an artist talk to conclude her residency at the The Hambidge Center

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From the Press Release:

Saturday, August 87pm
at Lucinda’s Rock House at the Hambidge Center

Join us this Saturday and hear from Alison Barker, a writer from New Orleans; Nina Buxenbaum, a painter from Bethel, Connecticut; Virginia Griswold, a sculptor from Nashville; and Jessica Ingram (recipient of the WS Hopkins Fellowship for Photography) a photographer from Oakland, California.

The Second Saturday Artist Talks offer the community a chance to meet the artists-in-residence and to gain insight into the creative process. Beginning at 7pmat Lucinda’s Rock House, each of the participating residents gives a short reading or presentation. Questions and discussion will be encouraged. The group may drift up for a studio visit if an artist feels inclined to welcome visitors.

Free to Members or give what you can ($5 suggested).

Lucinda’s Rock House at Hambidge,
105 Hambidge Court, Rabun Gap, GA 30568

Office phone: 706-746-5718

For 80 years, the Hambidge Center has awarded residency fellowships to distinguished artists and scientists at our 600-acre creative sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Eight individuals are in residence at any given time – each has access to a private studio and accommodations, as well as communal dinners. The public is invited to the historic campus on Saturdays for a series of rotating programs that include artist talks, nature hikes, gristmill visits, weaving demonstrations, gallery openings and other special events.

Dr. Tammy Smithers work include in “What Remains” at the Coop Gallery


August 1-30, 2015 – opening reception Saturday, August 1, 6-9pm

COOP Gallery is pleased to present “What Remains,” an exhibit featuring work by new members, Melissa Newman, Jennifer Pepper, Tammy Smithers, and John Warren. Each year COOP invites local and newly transplanted artists to join its ranks in recognition of the seriousness of their work and their commitment to fostering Nashville’s artist community. This multidisciplinary exhibition demonstrates the shared dedication of the new members to offer a unique and engaging dialogue in our local arts community.

Each artist’s work deals with acts of preservation and the exhibition offers a variety of media including 16mm film, beeswax, found object, and 3-D printing.

Melissa Newman’s work is mainly two-dimensional and is currently investigating outdated technology, the mundane and the pitiful. Jennifer Pepper combines left-over parts of beekeeping with her interest in cursive writing as a way of examining the mortality and functionality of both. Tammy Smithers’ digital photography captures fleeting moments and favorite rituals from her research stays in Rome, Italy over the last several years. Her latest work is based on events surrounding the opening of Raphael’s grave in 1833. John Warren’s video installation celebrates banal domestic life, transforming the landscape into a diary written with light.

Dr. Smithers and APSU student Marcus Eiland collaborated on a 3D print of Raphael’s skull for the exhibition.


The FrameMaker presents the work of Professor Paul Collins

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Golden Lights: New Work by Paul Collins

The Framemaker proudly presents Golden Lights: New Work by Paul Collins. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on August 6, 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 August during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Paul Collins is an Associate Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University. He creates paintings, drawings and sculpture that combine humor, tactility and observation to examine the world. Collins earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and has been an artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Voices, Fresh Paint Magazine and has been exhibited across the United States. Paul Collins is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville.

According to Collins, “This exhibit examines the construction of natural beauty under the scouring light of ecological armageddon. My work pits the imagery of the inspired-but-needy naturalist with the indifferent gaze of nature itself. These works utilize layering, intense chroma and gesture to bring discrete realities into conversation. In doing so, these works act as ‘flytraps’ for the contradictions that embody the ambivalence of our place in the natural world.”

Professor Virginia Griswold selected for “Gullkistan: 20 Years” at the Árnessýsla Art Museum in Hveragerði, Iceland

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Professor Paul Collins Featured in Fresh Paint Magazine

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Professor Virginia Griswold included in “The Gold Standard: Graduates of the Last Decade” at VCU


Professor Billy Renkl and alumnus Greg Sand to show collaborative work at the Framemaker

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Light Work:
Collaborative Images by Billy Renkl and Greg Sand

The Framemaker proudly presents new collaborative work by artists Billy Renkl and Greg Sand. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 3, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit 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.). The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

Billy Renkl currently teaches drawing and illustration at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, Tenn. He attended Auburn University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications and the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing. Renkl alters old, retired, images and documents to create meaning and metaphor in their peculiar beauty and often accidental aesthetic. Renkl states, “In images, diagrams, and maps, the world is represented as both sensible and miraculous, systematic and astonishing. These images were originally made to be clear and objective, a rational distillation of a mechanical world. Instead and in addition, though, they are made rich in beauty and poetry.”

Renkl’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, including solo shows at The Cumberland Gallery (Nashville, Tenn.), Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts (New Orleans, La.), Vanderbilt University, The University of Kentucky, The Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Galerie Neue Raume (Berlin, Germany). His work can be found in several permanent collections, including The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Kiwanis Club International, The Tennessee State Museum, and The College of Notre Dame, Baltimore. In addition to gallery exhibitions, Renkl has worked with many clients on illustration assignments, including SouthWest Airlines, How Magazine, Vanderbilt University, Klutz Inc., Strategy & Business, The River Styx, Poems and Plays, and Rigby Publishing.
Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and death. He works primarily with digital photography to produce art that addresses the nature of photography and its role in defining reality. Sand received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from APSU in 2008. He has captured acclaim from 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, Tenn., and exhibits across the United States.
On working together, Renkl and Sand state, “In our culture, the practice of making art is often an exclusively self-referential activity. The popular model is for the artist to disappear into his or her attic of anguish, emerging eventually with a personal, insular, self-referential triumph. Or, often, not. Collaboration favors regard over self-regard, conversation over solitude, empathy over self-expression. It is, really, a relief to have a voice outside of oneself to ratify what is effective and clarify what is not. Though both of us primarily work with found imagery, the way we use it is quite different. One of us emphasizes accrual, for instance; the other often employs subtraction. Even so, working together has been surprisingly easy, calling to mind the old adage, ‘Many hands make light work.'”

Professor Billy Renkl currently has works included in 4 juried and curated exhibitions

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Professor Billy Renkl currently has works included in 4 juried and curated exhibitions:


‘Mash-up: artists do cardboard’ at David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, June 2-July 3 (exhibition will travel to Memphis this summer) david lusk gallery | mash-up: artists do cardboard


‘Tributary” at at Verum Ultimum, Portland, OR, Opening June 6!tributary-exhibition/c1ad2


‘The Second Annual Art of the South Exhibition,’ at the Hyde Gallery at the Memphis College of Art, May 20-July 31


‘You Are Here’ (artworks utilizing maps and cartography) at the Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, June 13-July 25

Professor Paul Collins featured in the Project Space at Zeitgeist Gallery Nashville

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