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Art professor featured in local exhibit

An Austin Peay State University art faculty member known across the globe for making ceramic teapots will showcase his work at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, downtown Clarksville.

Assistant Professor of Art Ken Shipley, a ceramics artist, will present From France to China: An Enchanted Journey now through June 10.

The exhibit will feature approximately 50 ceramic pieces he created during a two-month residency last summer in France and for two Chinese exhibitions, along with drawings and studies of some of the ceramic pieces.
An Austin Peay State University art faculty member known across the globe for making ceramic teapots will showcase his work at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, downtown Clarksville.

Assistant Professor of Art Ken Shipley, a ceramics artist, will present “From France to China: An Enchanted Journey” now through June 10.

The exhibit will feature approximately 50 ceramic pieces he created during a two-month residency last summer in France and for two Chinese exhibitions, along with drawings and studies of some of the ceramic pieces.

The exhibit can be viewed at Customs House from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free every Sunday and on designated Family Days. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens ages 55 and older, $2 for APSU students and $1 for children ages 6-18.

In February, Shipley and his wife Melody, also an artist, presented their artwork at the Chinese New Year Celebration of the Year of the Pig exhibit in Shanghai. Only five artists from around the world were asked to exhibit.

Following the exhibition, two pieces of artwork from each of the five artists were placed into a collection housed in the Shanghai Museum. The remaining pieces were offered to other private or public collections. The couple's work also was shown at Fudan University, Shanghai.

Last fall, Shipley was among 10 artists worldwide to showcase his ceramic teapots in The International Top 10 Teapot Master's Exhibition in Shanghai. Two of his pieces are part of a permanent collection in the Shanghai Museum.

And last summer, Shipley crafted 10-12 pieces of art while participating in the Artists in Residence Vallauris fellowship program in Vallauris, France. The residency netted him an invitation to show his work in Shanghai.

Shipley earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His work can be seen in galleries in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana. Shipley also has exhibited his work in Germany, Japan, France and China.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Shipley by telephone at (931) 221-7325 or by e-mail at shipleyk@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer