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Professor of Art Billy Renkl has art in six shows around the country, including Los Angeles, New Jersey, Georgia and Kentucky.

"I'm having a pretty good spring," he said in the March 14, 2008, edition of The Leaf-Chronicle.

Two shows opened Saturday in Nashville, including a group show at Nashville Public Library, followed by a prestigious show at Cumberland Gallery.

"The subject matter is almost entirely botanical, but it includes other kinds of images and patterns, antique book pages," Renkl said. "I'm pretty interested in flowers. It reflects that."
Professor of Art Billy Renkl has art in six shows around the country, including Los Angeles, New Jersey, Georgia and Kentucky.

"I'm having a pretty good spring," he said in the March 14, 2008, edition of The Leaf-Chronicle.

Two shows opened Saturday in Nashville, including a group show at Nashville Public Library, followed by a prestigious show at Cumberland Gallery.

"The subject matter is almost entirely botanical, but it includes other kinds of images and patterns, antique book pages," Renkl said. "I'm pretty interested in flowers. It reflects that."

In addition to Renkl's collages, his show, called "Three in Tennessee," features sculpture by Ken Rowe and ceramics by Ann Wells.

Among the planned 24 pieces of Renkl's in the show is a selection of 12 collages called "After the Fall."

"The background is a legal document from 1792 that is standing in for all the rancor in human relations that the Old Testament world view blames on original sin or the fall of man," Renkl said. "While that may be true, we have a hard time getting along on a personal and national level, there is plenty of beauty in fallen creation."

"Three in Tennessee" continues through April 19.

Dr. Cynthia McWilliams and Dr. Culley Carson-Grefe, associate professors of languages and literature, attended the Kentucky Philological Association annual meeting March 7-8 at the University of Louisville.

McWilliams read three original short short stories: “Ice Storm,” “Good Timing” and “Foreseeable Outcomes.”

Carson-Grefe presented her paper, “Gallows Humor in Samuel Beckett's Theatre.”