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Art professor returns to China for exhibit

An Austin Peay State University art faculty member has been selected to return to China to present his work at an exhibition.

Assistant Professor of Art Ken Shipley and his wife Melody, also an artist, will present their artwork at the Chinese New Year Celebration of the Year of the Pig exhibit, opening Feb. 4 in Shanghai. Only five artists from around the world were asked to attend.

We both will be taken on tours of the Shanghai area and visit the city of Yixing where there is a long tradition of ceramics and particularly teapot-making, Shipley said.
An Austin Peay State University art faculty member has been selected to return to China to present his work at an exhibition.

Assistant Professor of Art Ken Shipley and his wife Melody, also an artist, will present their artwork at the Chinese New Year Celebration of the Year of the Pig exhibit, opening Feb. 4 in Shanghai. Only five artists from around the world were asked to attend.

“We both will be taken on tours of the Shanghai area and visit the city of Yixing where there is a long tradition of ceramics and particularly teapot-making,” Shipley said.

Shipley also will meet with government officials and business leaders. The couple's work also will be shown at Fudan University, Shanghai.

Following the exhibition, two pieces of artwork from each of the five artists will be placed into a collection housed in the Shanghai Museum. The remaining pieces will be offered to other private or public collections.

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.

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

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