New Dept ID by Professors Bush and Gosnell. Keep an eye out for new stickers and t-shirts

New Dept ID by Professors Bush and Gosnell. Keep an eye out for new stickers and t-shirts

APSU Art + Design Students exploring Rome during an exciting study abroad adventure with Professors Collins and Smithers

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The group discussing in front of the colossus of Constantine in the Capitoline museum

Kim Sikkema and Eric Mason on Cordonata steps

Group shot over the roman forum

Group shot in front of Area Sacra di Omobono

Kim Sikkema and Sam Burns shooting the Dying Gaul statue

APSU Professor Emeritus James Diehr Exhibits at Nashville International Airport

Professor Emeritus James (Jim) Diehr’s exhibit, “Eye Talk” will be on display at Nashville International Airport from June 5 – August 27. His artwork is located on the non-secure side in the A/B Waiting Lounge. A reception  will be held at Nashville International Airport on Monday, June 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Parking will be validated. If you wish to view all 13 of the terminal art exhibits, including the Bonnaroo skylights, you must RSVP by Wednesday, June 14. Instructions for  gaining VIP access to all the exhibits can be found here:

Jim Diehr has created art for more than 50 years. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art and both a Master of Science and Doctorate in Education. He has taught sculpture, pottery, drawing and product design. His work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. In Kansas and Tennessee, Diehr held positions as Professor, Chair of Art, Dean of Arts and Letters, and Director of the APSU Center for Creative Arts. Internationally, Diehr was a Fulbright Scholar at Nottingham University, England, and Guest Lecturer in Lin Fen University, China. He presently works most days in his studio near Clarksville, Tenn.

About Eye Talk
Diehr states, “Visual storytelling is what I do with my art. I use clay, wood, and alabaster stone to create my sculptures. Literature, philosophy, the natural world and human behavior are the basis for the meaning and content in these ‘stories.’” “Communication on various levels is important to me in my work. The process of sculpting with mixed media and visual problem-solving, due to the different physical qualities of each medium, is also important to my aesthetic. My goal is to have a conversation with the viewer.”

Professor Susan Bryant’s exhibition “Borrowed Light” at Vanderbilt University reviewed in “Nashville Arts”

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Professor Patrick Gosnell’s “Type Crimes” to be shown in Moscow

“Type Crimes,” an animated video created by Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Patrick Gosnell, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Typomania Festival. The International Typographic Festival, Typomania, is an annual type, typography, calligraphy and video event. The aim of the festival is to collect and connect as many type fans as possible and to support the most daring, interesting, and experimental projects. Typomania 2017 will take place in Moscow from May 27 – June 4 in the Museum of Moscow. The international panel of jurors includes designers Detlef Fiedler, Daniela Haufe, Elena Kitaeva, Daniil Orlovsky, Felix Pfäffli, and Segey Shanovich. Awards will be announced on May 28, 2017.


Professor Patrick Vincent gave a wonderful gallery talk and printmaking demo at the Customs House Museum today.

Professor Patrick Vincent gave a wonderful gallery talk and printmaking demo at the Customs House Museum today.

Professor Scott Raymond completes animation work on “Racing Legends” attraction at PortAdventura in Barcelona, Spain

PortAdventura World Park & Resorts outside Barcelona
Ferrari Land – “Racing Legends” attraction
“Racing Legends allows visitors the opportunity to put their driving skills to the test. They can drive a Ferrari through the streets of Rome and along the most famous racing circuits in the world. They can even drive around imaginary futuristic scenes. The Omnimax simulator experience begins with a call for ‘drivers of the future’ who will experience the adventure on one of 10 mobile platforms.

Professor Susan Bryant presents “Borrowed Light” at Space 204 at Vanderbilt University

Professor McLean Fahnestock interviewed at the Creator’s Project

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APSU student Lucas Chambers presents “Portraits from Port-au-Prince” at the Framemaker

The Framemaker proudly presents portrait photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 4, 2017. 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 May during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Lucas Ryan Chambers is a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University. This body of work documents work performed at a local orphanage by health-care workers on a recent trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Lucas states: “I got to know some really amazing kids and took thousands of photos while there, but the friendships that I made hold the most sentiment.”

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

Professor Kell Black included in “Mind the Gap” at the Cumberland Gallery


Professor Barry Jones presents “Lesson 3 (Gene Sharp)” at Zeitgest Gallery

Lesson 3 (Gene Sharp) is a one night multi-projector outdoor installation on the side of Zeitgeist Gallery the evening of Saturday May 6.

Barry Jones works with animation and the written word in large scale indoor and outdoor projections. His work deals with social and political issues.

Jones works with poetry and other text to teach his children empathy and respect for those who are different from them, and a sense of responsibility for the privilege they have. The source material for this installation comes from Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation by Gene Sharp. The text is a book-length essay on how to overthrow a dictatorship using non-violent means and is widely cited as an inspiration for the Arab Spring.

Lesson 3 (Gene Sharp) is a collaboration with Jones’s 11 year old son, Aidan. Most evenings, they discuss a section of Sharp’s list of 198 “Methods of Nonviolent Action” while Aidan writes each one 3 times. Jones takes his hand written items and creates animated loops to use as an asset in the final piece.

Professor McLean Fahnestock included in “Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos from Middle Tennessee” at the First Center for the Visual Arts

From The Frist Center website: Pattern Recognition brings together videos and digital photographs by four artists working in the Middle Tennessee region. Absorbing and unpredictable, the works in the exhibition resist linear narrative. Instead, they explore the technical capacity of digital media to alter our sense of time and reality, showing natural and computer-generated patterns that weave, ripple, and flow in unexpected ways.

The exhibition features the work of visual artists:
McLean Fahnestock
Morgan Higby-Flowers
Joon Sung
John Warren

For more information please visit The Frist Center’s website

APSU Art & Design students included in the Cummins Station Community Arts Program 2017 Student Exhibition

Cummins Station Community Arts Program 2017 Student Exhibition celebrating the best of Middle Tennessee’s collegiate art programs. The show will feature works from students of Vanderbilt University, Watkins, MTSU and Austin Peay State University.
Representing APSU will be:
  • Aaron Schmittou
  • Josh Coggins
  • Heather Gilliam
  • Tyler Worthington
  • Kristen Holmes
  • Kayla Barrie
  • Xavier Nieves
  • Lucas Chambers
  • Heather Hengehold
  • Ashlyn Warren
  • Sophia Eisenbart
FB event link is here:

The 49th Annual Juried Student Show and the 2017 Graphic Design Senior Show


The Department of Art and Design celebrates the end of the 2016-17 academic year with the 49th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Graphic Design Trade Show and Awards Night. Join us in recognizing the achievements of our students as we announce the award winners for the juried student exhibition, our academic scholarship and Summer Research Award recipients on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. The event will be held at 416 College St., and all are invited to attend.

According to juror, Julie Dickover, “It is always a difficult task as a juror to make selections when given such a strong group of submissions from which to choose.  Such were the submissions for the 49th annual Juried Student Exhibition at Austin Peay State University. The works reflect a great diversity of voices within APSU’s Department of Art and Design, as well as reflects the strengths of the department to nurture and nudge these artists along their chosen artistic paths. These student artists employ a myriad of methodologies, including but not limited to portraiture, abstraction, appropriation, and graphic design, and their works encompass a great variety of disciplines, from printmaking and photography, to painting and drawing, to assemblage, ceramics and fiber arts. All of these things taken as a whole, made the process of considering each of these works a truly enjoyable experience.”

Julie Dickover has been the Director of the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida since 2010.  During her time at CEAM, she has organized many solo exhibitions such as Montreal-based video artist Julie Lequin, photographer Mark Ruwedel, and social practice artist Lee Walton. Other exhibitions include an interdisciplinary project with renowned artist Harrell Fletcher, entitled Before and After 1565: A Participatory Exploration of St. Augustine’s Native American History. This many-faceted exhibition included a Black Drink Stand, a trolley tour of Native and Indigenous sites of St. Augustine, all of which were in collaboration with archeologists from the City of St. Augustine and the University of North Florida, as well as the National Park Service.  More recently, CEAM hosted the exhibition and accompanying symposium, Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay. This exhibition, curated by Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock, examined the forced relocation of Plains Indians and their subsequent imprisonment at Fort Marion, through contemporary works of art.  In the fall of 2016, Dickover initiated the CEAM Artist Residency at Flagler College, with collaborator Dr. Chris Balaschak.

Prior to living in Northeast Florida, Dickover lived in Los Angeles where she was Associate Registrar at the Hammer Museum from 2003 to 2010, and Associate Director of the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica from 2000 to 2003.  She received her B.A. in Art History from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1998, with a concentration in Contemporary Art.  Julie has been an active member of the American Association of Museums since 2003.

The exhibition will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 5 – 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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