The Trahern Gallery, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and The Department of Art and Design, is pleased to celebrate the work of retiring professor of art, Cynthia Marsh (Cindy).
As a distinguished professor of Austin Peay State University and an integral member of the Department of Art for the past 18 years, Cindy Marsh will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. This celebratory exhibition will focus on both her award winning, socially conscious work with letters and forms, as well as her extensive engagement with community through the use of The Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection. This 60,000-piece collection of 19th century wood type has been used to record community ideas and to promote a contemporary social dialogue based on an historical form of verbal, written and visual communication.
The exhibit opens January 19 at the Austin Peay State University Trahern Gallery and runs through February 12. A lunchtime lecture by the artist will take place in the Trahern Gallery at 11:30am on Thursday, February 11, with a reception to immediately follow.
Cindy Marsh was raised in New England. She received her undergraduate degree in printmaking from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She earned an MFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her graduate studies focused on the disciplines of printmaking, commercial printing, and photography.
Cindy lived and worked as an artist in Los Angeles from 1973-1995. During that time, she developed an unusual way of constructing images by combining elements of photography, printmaking, and graphic design. Her studio, One Eye Open / One Eye Closed produced limited edition prints and illustrations for the entertainment industry. Printed work from Studio One Eye Open has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and in Japan. Cindy Marsh was a founding member of the Women’s Graphic Center at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, California. She was a professor of printmaking and design at California State University, Northridge from 1978-1992 and served as the chair of Communication Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1992-95.
In 1995, Cindy Marsh moved with her family to Clarksville, Tennessee, and served as the chair of the Department of Art at Austin Peay State University from 1995 thru 2003. Professor Marsh founded the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection @ Austin Peay in 1997. Since its inception, the press has received ten regional and national grants including an NEA award in 2006. Currently, Cindy Marsh is a professor of Art and Design and Director of the Goldsmith Press at APSU.
For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at email@example.com.