APSU art students animate stories by local second graders


Earlier this week, a crowd gathered along the edges of a red carpet running through the lobby of the Austin Peay State University Trahern Building. They held up smartphone cameras and leaned over each other, trying to get a better view. The whole thing felt a bit like an old Hollywood movie premiere, and that feeling only increased when, at 1 p.m., the doors opened and the students in Frances Traughber’s second grade class at Clarksville Academy shuffled down the carpet.

The students, a bit stunned by the applause, headed to building’s Trahern Gallery to watch the premiere of short animated films they had helped create. Earlier this semester, APSU students taking a Beginning Animation Class, taught by APSU art professor Kell Black, partnered with Traughber’s class for the project.

“Her kids all wrote and illustrated variations of ‘The Three Little Pigs,’” Black said. “We recorded the kids reading their stories, and then we took all those drawings and, through the magic of Photoshop and Flash, we extracted the drawings from the page and made them come alive.”

Once the students took their seats inside the gallery, the lights went down and the minute-long cartoons appeared on the wall at the front of the room. The students’ voices were heard over the speakers, narrating the action to stories with titles like “The Three Little Giraffes and the Big Bad Lion.” Sitting in the dark, laughing along with the second graders, were several tired-looking APSU animation students.

“Each film is about a minute long, but it probably took 30 hours to animate,” Black said. “Animation, except for raising kids, is the most time consuming thing you could hope to do. If one person had drawn all of the animation for Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White,’ it would have taken him 60 years.”

Amy Duncan, an APSU art student, said her project probably did take 30 hours to complete, and unlike other school projects, she felt added pressure to get it right for the Clarksville Academy student she was working with. The assignment also gave her ideas about other career fields once she graduates.

“I absolutely loved it,” she said. “I think this class opened doors for us as artists to work with the community, and it just makes our work better. I’m an illustrator, I want to go into illustration, but taking this class has me thinking about animation in the future.”

After the premiere, the audience was treated to a reception next to the red carpet. And Black informed the parents in attendance that they will receive a DVD featuring their child’s film in the next few weeks.

For more information on this class, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.

Story courtesy of APSU’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing

APSU Art Student, Macon L. St. Hilaire to present at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference



Macon Linton St Hilaire  has been accepted to present her research and creative work at the upcoming Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference. Her presentation is titled  ““When You’re Dead You’re Made”: Painting Idols of the 27 Club”.

Professor McLean Fahnestock has new work in Heuristic Memories at Cerritos College Art Gallery


Opening Reception: Monday, October 27th @ 6-9PM

Participating Artists: York Chang, Zoe Crosher, David de Boer, Veronica Duarte, McLean Fahnestock, Patricia Fernández, and Daniel Small


“There is no archive without a place of consignation, without a technique of repetition, and without a certain exteriority. No archive without outside.”
– Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever

“To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it ‘the way it really was.’ It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger”
– Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History

A spectre haunts the archive … and, somewhat tautologically, that spectre is the archive itself. Archives are, after all, almost by their very definition, hauntological (as opposed to ontological); they are incomplete representations of the past projected into the present, ghostly manifestations masquerading as material traces, zombified remnants of the half-erased and never-quite-attained co-existing in a strange simultaneity between the ‘then’ and the ‘now.’ However, if time really is ‘out of joint,’ as both Hamlet and Walter Benjamin proclaim, then perhaps the ghosts that wander the archive may just be of our own invention; the archive as a phantasmagoric illusion and/or performative séance, a reverse hauntology where, paradoxically, the living pester the dead, refusing to let them rest.

This temporal disjunction need not necessarily result in a cynical and apolitical “end of history,” as suggested by some jaded postmodernists. Instead, highlighting the relative intersectionality of space and time, archives are really parahistorical (another manifestation of the paranormal, perhaps), rather than ahistorical. Intimate derivations, the off-spring of a Freudian and Situationist sex d(é)rive (where metadata operates as a kind of collective unconscious), populate the space between the individual hypomnesic object of the archive and the hyperorexic border of its archival container, pursuant to the database logic of the contemporary society of the query. The subject that therefore traverses the archive today is not, as may be expected, the archivist, but the user (or rather a hybrid mash-up of the two, a ‘user-archivist,’ creating newly-appended archival inscriptions simply through use). In such a dialogical environment, traditional exegesis by hermeneutic interpretation is replaced instead by heuristic inquiry; to re-member is not a disassociated act of duplication, but rather an engaged instantiation through prosthesis, a material appendage, as it were.

The seven research-based and project-oriented contemporary artists participating in the upcoming Heuristic Memories exhibition at the Cerritos College Art Gallery all treat this theoretical construct of the archive as an artistic medium for their conceptual bodies of work and, in the process, perform themselves agentially as mediums, channeling the ghosts that haunt their respective archival selections. Though some of the artists have personal bio(mytho)graphical connections to their chosen re-constructed, re-constituted, and/or re-considered archives, even those artists whose archive is built solely of their own imagination purposefully blur the lines between objective documentation and subjective fantasy to create meta-critical analyses of archival thought and the related systems of information production and dissemination generated by it in contemporary society.

McLean Fahnestock will display pieces from her ongoing research-based project titled The Fahnestock Expedition, involving repurposed documentation of her grandfather’s and great-uncle’s maritime voyages throughout the South Pacific in the 1930s. The video installation An Incomparable South Sea Setting explores the historical dreamscape of Polynesia in the Western imagination through recovered and manipulated film strips, while the Stars to Windward print installation, named after the book originally written by her grandfather, chronicles the artists own attempt to scan the frontpieces of copies of the book located in libraries across the country.

Dr. Smithers Chaired Session at the Sixteenth Century Society Annual Conference


Dr Smithers co-organized and chaired the Italian Art Society-sponsored session “Artistic Competition, Collaboration, and Exchange: Early Modern Academies of Art in Central Italy” at the Sixteenth Century Society Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, October 16–19, 2014 

Michael Dickins to Present a Lunchtime Lecture on October 29 at 12:30

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The Department of Art Presents “The Three Little Creatures”


“The Three Little Creatures” is an Animation Collaboration Between APSU Animation Students and Clarksville Academy 2nd Graders. There will be a screening in the Trahern Gallery on Tuesday October 21 at 1 pm.

Professor Billy Renkl Interviewed on the Auburn University Website


The interview can be read here.

More information about Professor Billy Renkl’s exhibition at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art can be found here.

Professor Cindy Marsh Presents at MoMA PS1


Q&A  following her presentation on the artists’ books of Phil Zimmerman / “Furthering the Critical Dialogue”  session / the NY Art Book Fair — MoMA PS1 Sept 27, 2014

The Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection at the Nashville Print Crawl


The Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection @ APSU will be participating in the 2014 Nashville Print Crawl. This is a great way to learn about the underground letterpress / silkscreen / printmaking movement that is thriving in Nashville. Free — open to all. For more information: http://k2forma.com/printcrawl.html or contact Cynthia Marsh marshc@apsu.edu.

Austin Peay College Art Day on Saturday October 25



Visit http://www.apsu.edu/art/college-art-day for more information and to register.

The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will host College Art Day 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 25.  High school art students, art teachers and parents are invited to participate in this daylong exploration into college programs and careers in the visual arts.

Events will begin at 9 a.m. with a tour of department facilities, followed by a choice of creative workshops designed to give high school students a college-level studio experience. Sculpture professor Virginia Griswold will complete the morning activities with a guided tour of her solo exhibition, “Near Earth Objects.”

After a short break for lunch, high school students, teachers and parents are invited attend a panel discussion, “The Job Market for Art Graduates,” coordinated by APSU art alumni. College Art Day will finish with a portfolio review; members of the APSU art faculty will be available to review the work of individual high school students and to discuss various ways to prepare a college entrance portfolio.

Photographer José Galvez to Speak on October 7 in the Trahern Gallery


On October 7 at 11:10 am, famed photographer José Galvez will talk about his work in the Trahern Gallery.

For over 40 years, José Galvez has used black and white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. His compelling work, done with respect, pride and no pretense, captures the beauty of daily life.For José, photographing the lives of Latinos is not a one-time project or “current passion” but a lifelong
As an artist, he photographs nothing else. His personal history, love of family, and cultural knowledge enable him to pursue his work with a reverent understanding of the stories behind the images.

Reception for “Even When: Recent Works” by Professors Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl Oct. 2nd at the Customs House Museum

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The Goldsmith Press at Handmade & Bound



The Goldsmith Press and the APSU Printmaking Program will be present, printing, and showing-off their wares at the 4th Annual Handmade & Bound artists’ book and zine festival Sat. Oct 4th from 11AM — 4PM.

Handmade & Bound —the 4th Annual FREE, family-friendly celebration of all things print, paper & book will kick off Friday, October 3 at 5pm with the opening reception of “ oetry & Prints” a gallery exhibition showcasing the work of community members. Following the reception will be a screening of John Porcellino’s bio-doc, “Root, Hog, or Die” at 7pm. A Q & A with the artist will follow!

The festivities really get in full swing on Saturday, October 4 from 11am-4pm with our marketplace of artists’ books, zines, comics, handmade journals, demos and much, much more! Food trucks will be available and the gallery will be open.

All events take place at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Metrocenter. H&BN is funded in part by Metro Arts (Metro Nashville Arts Commission) and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and is hosted by Watkins Community Education Program and the Library at Watkins.

For more information visit www.handmadeboundnashville.com

Professor Suta Lee at the Framemaker


The Framemaker proudly presents new work by artist Suta Lee. Suta Lee is an Associate Professor (Painting) at Austin Peay State University. Lee’s work has been featured in many prominent exhibition venues, including in the Frist Center in Nashville, Tenn., The Hubert Johnson Museum in Ithica, N.Y., the Mark Palmer Gallery in Paducah, Ky., California State University in Fullerton, Calif., the Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art in Laguna Beach, Calif., the National Academy of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, and the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tenn.

This series of pastel paintings is based on photographs taken by the artist while traveling abroad. The work is an iteration of images captured through photography (light) and translated into pure pigment drawings (dust). The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on October 2, 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 October during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

APSU Senior Art Exhibits Planned for Fall Semester


This fall, 15 young artists will bring their studies at Austin Peay State University to a close by hosting public exhibitions of the work they created for their senior thesis projects.

The students are enrolled in the senior thesis class, which requires students to present their work in a public setting to earn their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

The APSU Department of Art has scheduled these student art exhibitions in the Trahern Building on the main campus for this fall, and all shows are open to the public.

The seniors scheduled to present are the following:

• Sept. 22-25: Savanah Baggett, Trahern, 108.

• Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Krystal Lee, Trahern, 108.

• Oct. 6-9: Courtney McWilliams, Trahern, 108.

• Oct. 13-16: Jeffrey Horton, Trahern, 108.

• Oct. 20-23: Mariah Hamm, Trahern, 108.

• Oct. 27-30: Laura King, Trahern 108.

• Nov. 3-6: Stephanie Camfield, Trahern 108.

• Nov. 10-14: Victor Rodriguez, Trahern 108.

• Nov. 17-21: Alexander Wurts, Trahern 108.

• Dec.1-4: Jadie Binkley, Trahern 108

• Dec. 1-4: Graphic design group exhibit featuring work by Jana Gilbert, Brittanie Jackson, Allison Locher, Brooke McKee and Alysha Rush, Trahern Gallery.

For more information, contact Cindy Marsh, APSU professor of art and design, at marshc@apsu.edu.

Photo cutline: Students enrolled in APSU’s senior thesis class will host public exhibitions of their work this fall. (Photo by Kim Balevre/APSU)