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Art exhibit begins Monday

The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will host Time out of Mind, an exhibition by Nikki Romero, an art major who is on track to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in May.

Time out of Mind will premiere at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24 in Trahern, Room 108. The event is free and open to the public.
The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will host “Time out of Mind,” an exhibition by Nikki Romero, an art major who is on track to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in May.

“Time out of Mind” will premiere at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24 in Trahern, Room 108. The event is free and open to the public.

Romero's senior exhibit will feature photographic works primarily from her independent study classes. The pieces in the exhibit will include pinhole images, medium format images altered and printed digitally and silver gelatin prints altered by a process called mordancage. The photos within the exhibit allude to the idea of hazy memories, and the documentation of the artist's surroundings.

“'Time out of Mind' is a way of talking about a time that you can't remember. I find that my memories are sometimes not exactly accurate; they're faded and blurred in different ways. The images in my show are documents of my journey home,” Romero said.

“I keep a journal, but the words I write are biased, and they don't always make sense. The pictures help me find perspective. They help me on my search for home, and I can almost recall the end of the story,” she said.

Romero transferred to APSU from Montana State University in order to housesit for a friend who was deployed in Iraq. Romero has served two deployments in Uzbekistan with the Army Reserves.

She was the recipient of the Jewel Birdsong Scholarship in 2007, a scholarship granted to art majors at APSU. Also in 2007, Romero had a photograph selected for the Future/Now Tennessee Mid-State Art Majors Exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

For more information about “Time out of Mind,” including additional gallery hours, contact the art department by telephone at (931) 221-7333. -- Jessica Baird