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“Border to Border X” opens Feb. 21

APSUs Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the department of art present the 10th biennial Border to Border national drawing competition and exhibition.

The exhibition will begin with a slide lecture by juror Dale Leys, Murray State University professor of art, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in APSUs Trahern Building, Room 401. The exhibit opening and reception will follow from 8-9:30 p.m. in the Trahern Gallery and Trahern Building lobby, respectively.
APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the department of art present the 10th biennial “Border to Border” national drawing competition and exhibition.

The exhibition will begin with a slide lecture by juror Dale Leys, Murray State University professor of art, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in APSU's Trahern Building, Room 401. The exhibit opening and reception will follow from 8-9:30 p.m. in the Trahern Gallery and Trahern Building lobby, respectively.

Initially stemming from APSU's designation as a state Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts in 1985, “Border to Border” is open to artists 18 years of age and older across the United States and, when international entries are received, the globe. This year, more than 300 drawings were submitted, with only 40 selected for the competition and exhibition.

Though artists have been assigned specific themes in past years, Director of Galleries Bettye Holte says opening the 2005 competition to all types of drawings has allowed for an exciting variety of works.

“We've received a range of drawings, from charcoal and pastels to mixed media,” says Holte, adding that all entries must be drawn on paper.

“In addition to the use of different media, there is also a good range, from super-realism to non-objective abstract.”

Acting as the lone juror, Leys will award a $500 cash prize for Best in Show and $5,000 in purchase awards to winning artists, whose pieces will be added to the University's Larson Gallery.

Named in honor of local art patron Mabel Larson, Larson Gallery features one of the
state's finest and fastest growing contemporary art collections. Since 1987, Larson has raised funds for “Border to Border” and APSU's art department, broadening the spectrum of drawings available to students and the larger community.

“Border to Border X” will be open weekdays from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22-March 24, in Trahern Art Gallery.

The lecture, reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For further information, telephone (931) 221-7333.
—Terry Stringer