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Nature's solace revealed in exhibit by art professor

September 9, 2003

Conceived in large part this past summer during an introspective period, art by an Austin Peay professor goes on exhibit in Nashville this month.

Billy Renkls art will be displayed in the Cumberland Gallery, 4107 Hillsboro Circle, from Sept. 12-Oct. 11. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13.

According to Renkl, there will be 20 pieceslarge format and mixed-media drawings, as well as a few small, intimate collages.
September 9, 2003

Conceived in large part this past summer during an introspective period, art by an Austin Peay professor goes on exhibit in Nashville this month.

Billy Renkl's art will be displayed in the Cumberland Gallery, 4107 Hillsboro Circle, from Sept. 12-Oct. 11. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13.

According to Renkl, there will be 20 pieceslarge format and mixed-media drawings, as well as a few small, “intimate” collages.

“They are all on a botanical theme,” Renkl said. “After my dad died last spring, I spent a lot of time gardening, just being alone and thinking about him. The drawings are a response to that time, although they aren't about him. Just about the rich complexity of the botanical world.

“Two of the collages are arranged on top of 19th century funeral notices, but most are just nice representations of plants.”

Renkl, whose illustrations have been published in numerous national publications and displayed in a variety of venues, specializes in collage illustrations and mixed-media drawings. His commercial clients include Southwest Airlines, Vanderbilt University and Washington and Lee University.

Renkl will be the first speaker this year in the APSU Faculty Lecture Series, at noon, Thursday, Sept. 18 in the auditorium of Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.

For more information about the Nashville exhibit or his talk, telephone Renkl at 6336 or 7333, or contact him via e-mail at renklb@apsu.edu.