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Art students visit New York City

Nearly two weeks ago, about 16 Austin Peay State University art students boarded an airplane for New York City. The group spent a week in the city, visiting museums, galleries, studios and the personal loft apartments of some of the countrys top artists.

"This trip will give us a whole other side of art that weve never seen before, Nicole Marie Petrik, a senior art student, said.
Nearly two weeks ago, about 16 Austin Peay State University art students boarded an airplane for New York City. The group spent a week in the city, visiting museums, galleries, studios and the personal loft apartments of some of the country's top artists.

"This trip will give us a whole other side of art that we've never seen before,” Nicole Marie Petrik, a senior art student, said.

Petrik and her fellow students are enrolled in a special topics class this semester at APSU being taught by Ian Berry, an art history professor and curator of Skidmore College's Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Berry holds the post this year of APSU's Acuff Chair of Excellence, and throughout the spring, he has visited Clarksville, bringing several big name artists with him.

Now, he's bringing the students to New York to meet the artists.

“Not only are they going to New York, but they're getting a guided tour of the important art sites,” Barry Jones, associate professor of art at APSU, said. “Many of the artists work there, and they will be able to visit them and their studios.”

The trip's itinerary includes visits to the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, art galleries in Chelsea, a stop by The Drawing Center in SoHo and a visit to artist Suzzane Bocanegra's studio apartment.

“I'm interested in meeting the art dealers,” Petrik said. “I've never interacted with someone who makes a living selling other people's work.”

Her classmate, senior Courtney Kroupa, said she plans to stop by the Whitney Museum of American Art while she's in town.

“A new ceramic artist is going to be there, and I'm excited to see that,” she said.

The students returned to Clarksville last Friday, bringing with them the knowledge they acquired while visiting New York. But rather than relaxing and reminiscing about their trip, class members will have to prepare themselves quickly for their final project — an April 5-16 exhibition of their work and the work of the artists who visited their class.

“Every artist comes and gives our class a project,” Petrik said. “They either assign us something to do after they leave, or we'll collaborate with them while they're here. It's a great experience. We've all been introduced to artists we've either loved forever or never known about, but now do love.”

For more information, contact Jones at 221-7330 or jonesb@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth