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The Trahern Gallery Presents the Work of Professor Cindy Marsh

Austin Peay Art and Design

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 dickinsm@apsu.edu.

APSU students present Veterans Treatment Court with unique Goldsmith Press creation

APSU Art & Design

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.”

Recent commemorative broadsides by the Goldsmith Press


The Goldsmith Press has been busy designing and printing limited edition broadsides to commemorate  campus events

APSU Art and Design

February 28 —  Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference hosted by the APSU Department of History and Philosophy 
Edition of 150 posters designed and printed by Sophia Eisenbart and Paeton Davis.
APSU Art and Design
March 23 —  Inauguration of APSU President Dr. Alisa White
Edition of 150 posters designed by Karlie Allen / printed by Karlie Allen, Sophia Eisenbart and Karla Tucker

APSU Art and Sociology students present collaborative project on reality of college

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In a unique collaboration between Austin Peay State University students, members of the APSU Social and Political Narrative and Sociology Senior Capstone courses are exploring what it really costs to attend college.

Dubbed “AT WHAT COST? — The Reality of a College Education,” the project represents the work between two groups of highly talented students exploring the high price of an education, and the price people pay financially, emotionally and physically. The project will be presented and showcased from 11:30-12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at a luncheon in APSU’s McCord Building, room 209.

The presentation will take the form of a poster project, discussing themes developed from interviews conducted on campus, as well as personal narratives from sociology students. In collaboration with APSU art students, the groups helped shape the message each poster conveys.

Each poster was made using APSU’s Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection. The collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, antique printing presses, papermaking materials and bindery equipment.

For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at (931) 221-7333, or email Cynthia Marsh at marshc@apsu.edu.

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.

The Goldsmith Press at Handmade & Bound on October 4th and 5th


The Goldsmith Press is Participating in the Nashville Print Crawl on October 3

Print Crawl


This Print Crawl is a little like a scavenger hunt. Pick up your poster template at Sawtooth Printhouse and make your first print from 6-7p.m. Then, it’s a free for all, y’all. Swing by all of the print shops to complete your poster. Finish your poster at Grand Palace. Stick around after for a drink and to check out how your friend’s posters look. If you miss a shop, sorry – you’re gonna have a gap in your poster, which will be sad but not the end of the world.

The Goldsmith Press’s work be at Platetone, 535 Fourth Ave S. Nashville from 6 – 9 pm on Thursday October 3.


Print Crawl Map

The Goldsmith Press Presents “Reflections & Renewal- the 9/11/12 Project” At The Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library

9-11 Tower


Last year at this time, the APSU Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection and “Hands on Clarksville” began the Reflections & Renewal Project. Members of the Clarksville community were invited to write and print their recollections of the tragic events (and ultimate acts of heroism) that unfolded on 9/11/01. The resulting 6×4 foot free-standing tower of narrative prints is on display at the Clarksville/Montgomery County Public Library through Friday, September 13, 2013. Students from the APSU Department of Art will be on hand at the C/M Public Library on Sunday, September 8th from 2-4 PM for a family presentation and title painting event in rememberance of 9/11/01.

Stories About Place + Self at the Framemaker

Telling stories our environment, whether derived from myth or direct observation, is part
of the human condition. During the month of April the Framemaker Gallery will feature
Stories About Place + Self — a selection of broadsides printed by visual art and creative
writing students from Austin Peay State University.
The compelling textual posters were printed at the APSU Goldsmith Press & Rare Type
Collection in response to an interdisciplinary assignment developed by faculty members
Amy Wright and Cynthia Marsh. 2013 Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Creative Arts
— poet David Huddle —worked with the students to develop short narratives about
personal landscapes.
The exhibition, Stories About Place + Self will open during April ArtWalk — Thursday,
April 4th 5-8PM at the Framemaker 705 N 2nd St # B Clarksville, TN 37040 / (931) 647-
8290. A reading by the artists will take place at 7PM on the evening of the opening.

Updates from the Printmaking Area

18 APSU printmaking students attended and participated in the Nashville Print Revival on Friday, Feb. 22,2013  at Watkins College of Art


Jesse Shaw participated in the Nashville Print Revival — ‘Printacular —Great Poster Sale”  at  Barista Parlor, 519 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 / Sat. Feb 23, 2013


Cindy Marsh and the Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection has a print installation included in the 28th Annual Positive / Negative Exhibition (Feb 18 – Mar 8, 2013) Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Cyndi Marsh




2012 Full Court Press: Fall Schedule for the Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection

The Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters and antique printing presses. Established as an interdisciplinary print studio on the campus of Austin Peay, the Goldsmith Press encourages the university community and the citizens of Clarksville to write, print, and make public their individual stories.



September 1 – September 29, 2012

Projects from the Goldsmith Press @ Blend Studio
Gallery Exhibition
79 Arcade, Nashville, TN 615.554.1340
Opening: Saturday, September 1 / Nashville Art Crawl


September 8 – September 11, 2012

The 9/11/2012 Project
A Public Art Project — recording and printing memories of 9/11/2001
Printing Sites:
9/08/12 — 12 PM – 4 PM: Blend Studio / 79 Arcade / Nashville, TN
9/09/12 — 12 PM – 4 PM: Clarksville-Montgomery Public Library / 350 Pageant Lane/ Clarksville, TN 347040 / 931. 648.8826
9/10/12 — 10 AM – 2 PM: The Ajax Senior Center / 953 Clark Street / Clarksville, TN / 931.648.1345
9/11/12 — 10AM – 4 PM: Woodward Library on the campus of APSU


September 15, 2012 

Frolic on Franklin
Demonstration / Display of Community & Student Work
Franklin Street, Downtown Clarksville, TN.
9 AM — 4 PM

October 6, 2012

2012 Handmade & Bound  / Artists’ Books and Zines
Demonstration / Display of Community & Student Work
Watkins College of Art, Design + Film / 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. / Nashville, TN 615.383.4848
9 AM — 4 PM

Contact: Cynthia Marsh / 931.221.7349 [marshc@apsu.edu] for further information


Friends of the Goldsmith Press

Friends of the Goldsmith Press, founded in Spring 2012, is a group of APSU alumni and area printers who are committed to:


  1. producing personal, creative work @ the Goldsmith Press
  2. supporting the community work of the Goldsmith Press
  3. creating  a culture of care and respect for the Rare Type Collection


Alumni and printers interested in joining the Friends of the Goldsmith Press should contact: Laura Golobish @:  [golobish@uga.edu] or join our Facebook Page.

Friends of the Goldsmith Press

The first meeting of the Friends of the Goldsmith Press will be held in Trahern on Sunday, April 1st at 9 am (coinciding with the Friends of Photography meeting). The goal of the group is to assist art department alumni in continuing their printmaking endeavors and aid the press’s aims of community education and outreach. This week we will be discussing introductory business such as activities in which the group would like to participate, scheduling time on the presses, general housekeeping issues, and things like remembering to clean and put away type and other tools.

We Know That The Goldsmith Press Rocks, Now Nashville Does Too

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Read the article in the Nasvhille Scene about the Handmade and Bound at Watkins that highlights the amazing work of the Goldsmith Press. Great work Professor Marsh!

Professor Cindy Marsh Will Be Attending the Woman’s Building Reunion and Exhibition at Otis College of Art + Design

Printmaking and Design professor, Cynthia Marsh will be attending the Woman’s Building reunion and exhibition at Otis College of Art + Design in Los Angeles — October 13 -17, 2011. Marsh was a founding member of the Women’s Graphic Center in 1974. She taught at the WB Feminist Studio Workshop from 1994-1984. Posters and publications designed by Marsh and her cohorts at the Women’s Graphic Center will be included in the Exhibition: Doin’ It in Public — Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building on display at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis. The exhibition was funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Getty


Work by Professor Cindy Marsh will be featured in “Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story”



Work by design and Printmaking faculty member, Cynthia Marsh, will be featured in the exhibition: Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story. The handmade book show will open on Friday, September 30, 2011 6:30 PM – 8 PM at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. Encoded Structures will be on display at Watkin’s Brownlee O. Currey Gallery through October 28, 2011.