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The Department of Art + Design and CECA are pleased to welcome Nato Thompson as a CECA Visiting Artist on September 20 at 6 p.m.

Nato Thompson
Nato Thompson joined Creative Time in January 2007. Since then, Thompson has organized such major Creative Time projects as The Creative Time Summit (2009 - 2015), Pedro Reyes' Doomocracy (2016), Kara Walker's A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen's The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramirez Jonas's Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller's It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan's Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large exhibitions, including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004), with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, BookForum, Frieze, Artforum, Third Text, and Huffington Post among them. He has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life.

The lecture will take place in Heydel Hall (AD 120) on September 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.



The New Gallery Presents Eclipse by Jamey Grimes

The New Gallery: Jamey Grimes Eclipse
In Eclipse, multiple surfaces collide in a whirlpool of light and shadow. Colors change over time, dynamically shifting the viewer’s interpretation of depth and form. This environment is intended to be both stirring and serene. Eclipse contemplates the artist’s relationship to natural forces, both real and imagined.

The exhibit opens Aug. 28 at The New Gallery and runs through Sept. 21. In correlation with the University’s upcoming PeayCLIPSE festivities, special exhibition previews will occur from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. A lunchtime reception and gallery talk by the artist will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, in The New Gallery.


Terminal Presents Jeff&Gordon: Behaving Appropriately for the Situation

Terminal: Jeff&Gordon

With the opening of our new Art + Design building on the campus of Austin Peay State University we are happy to bring <terminal> back to the physical world starting with the work of JEFF&GORDON.  Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko have been collaborating on video, sound, and performative work since 2007. Their work, often physical and humorous, utilizes play and heightened social structures to interrogate class and culture.

Each of the four weeks of the exhibition feature a different video: Draw! – “the archetypal cinematic rendering of human interaction;” How You Play The Game – “an investigation of the culture of the ‘temporarily embarrassed millionaire;” Day Job – an “8-hour long performative document of labor in the 24/7 networked age;” and Running With Scissors – “a portrait of the Souther California home in the form of a ‘real estate walk-through video,’ with interruptions.”

JEFF&GORDON: Behaving Appropriately for the Situation, curated by Assistant Professor McLean Fahnestock, will run from August 28 – September 22 in the Art + Design building. Look for <terminal> outside of The New Gallery.


More about the artists:

Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko met in Southern California when the two were grad students at Cal State Long Beach and UC Irvine, respectively. The two began collaborating together in 2007. Since then, the artists have had solo shows at the UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles, the Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and other venues. Together and separately they have been involved in exhibitions at such venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Torrance Art Museum, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. Their work has been covered by several media outlets. In 2016 Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times singled the artists’ work out of a group exhibition for praise. Also in 2016, the artists were profiled by a national CBC arts program (picked up in the US by Public Radio International) for their participatory telephone project “Not at the Dinner Table.”

Visit them on the web at jeffandgordon.net



Professor Billy Renkl is the 2017 Recipient of the Richard M. Hawkins Award

Professor Billy Renkl
The recipient of the Richard M. Hawkins Award shall be an individual judged to have made noteworthy contributions to scholarship or creative activity. The recipient shall be a full-time faculty member. All academic ranks are eligible. While there will normally be a recipient each year, the award will not be presented in a year when candidates fail to meet the necessary criteria as judged by the Selection Committee. A call for nominations will be extended by the chair of the Honors and Awards Committee in mid-February. Each department may nominate one individual for the award. The name of the nominee and supporting material shall be submitted to the appropriate dean. Supporting material includes a current vita, letters of support, and copies of any scholarly or creative work including, but not limited to, texts, recordings, portfolios, etc. as evidence of a candidate’s contributions. Each dean shall rank the nominees from his/her college or school and submit these ranked names along with the supporting materials to the selection committee via the Provost’s office. The individual receiving the majority vote of the selection committee shall be recommended to the President as the recipient of the Richard M. Hawkins Award. The selection committee will be composed of the chair of the Honors and Awards Committee, provost, and chair of the Faculty Research Committee. The awards shall consist of $1,000 cash and an engraved plaque with the recipient’s name inscribed. The plaque will be displayed in the foyer of the Browning Administration Building.


Professor Scott Raymond included in Laughing Matters at The 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA

Work by Professor Scott Raymond

'Laughing Matters' Exhibit
August 18 - September 24, 2017

The Wine Country Arts Council presents ‘Laughing Matters’ featuring art that makes us smile, chuckle, or burst into laughter. Artist submittals for this show include visual and literary artworks consisting of paintings, illustrations, sculptures, fiberartworks, poetry, short stories, original comics and more. 

The ‘Laughing Matters’ exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at The 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa which is also coordinating events with The Charles M. Schulz Museum.





Honoring 9/11 Through Art Therapy by Professor Ken Shipley and Melody Shipley will be featured at APSU's Woodward Library

Honoring 9/11


Gee, He Has No Brushstroke: Gender Performace in Andy Warhol's Oxidation Paintings by Dr. Tony Morris Published in Art Inquiries

Article by Dr. Tony Morris



Professor Patrick Vincent

Professor Patrick Vincent is the winner of the 2017 International Artist in Residence at Black Church Print Studio in Dublin, Ireland

Black Church Print Studio's International Artist-in-Residence programme was established to facilitate contemporary artistic practice in the Studio and to further the professional development of artists. It enables the creation and production of new work, fosters an exchange of ideas and influences and encourages the sharing of expertise.




Dr. Jim Diehr Sculpture

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: http://files.constantcontact.com/1c4c96d8201/18a4748c-c972-45f4-8599-2db9238938ec.pdf?ver=1496700216000.

 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.”




Where have APSU Art + Design alumni gone?
Lorilee Rager
Meet Lorilee Rager

Lorilee Rager is founder of and Chief Creative Problem Solver at Thrive Creative Group, LLC. Her passion for design began at a young age. As a farmer’s daughter raised in Allensville, KY, Lorilee found a creative outlet in drawing and photography. Eventually, she would grow up to attend Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she would earn her BFA in Graphic Design.

Robb Fladry
Meet Robb Fladry

Robb currently serves as the Dean of Students at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Robb is an established designer, artist and filmmaker, working professionally for over 15 years. Robb has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, the BEA Festival for Media Arts in Las Vegas and the Electronic Language International Festivals in Rio de Janeiro (2009) and Sau Paulo (2008).

Alexander Wurts
Meet Alexander Wurts

Alexander Wurts is a digital and interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Eugene, OR. He graduated from Austin Peay State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in 2014. After graduating, he went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts from University of Oregon. He is a currently a Co-Director at artist-run installation space Ditch Projects in Springfield, Oregon. His work can be viewed online at http://alexanderwurts.com/

Young Kim
MeetYoung Kim

Young Kim received a BFA from APSU and a MFA from the Univeristy of Kentucky. He is currently Associate Professor of Photography at Elon University.

Chris Downes
Meet Chris Downes

Christopher Downes graduated with a BFA from Austin Peay in 1996 and later received a Masters Degree in Fine Art & Design from the Tasmanian School of Art in 2002. He currently works as an editorial cartoonist for The Mercury Newspaper in Hobart, Tasmania as well as regularly contributing illustrations for Crinkling News, an Australian newspaper for children. In 2015, he was awarded the Stanley Award for best editorial/political cartoonist by the Australian Cartoonists Association.