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Student art exhibit begins Monday

The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will host Romancing the Vessel, an exhibition by Jim Pugh, an art major who is on track to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in May.

Romancing the Vessel will premiere at 7 p.m., Monday, April 21 in the Don Jenkins Gallery, located in the Morgan University Center. A reception will follow the premiere. The event is free and open to the public.
The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will host “Romancing the Vessel,” an exhibition by Jim Pugh, an art major who is on track to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in May.

“Romancing the Vessel” will premiere at 7 p.m., Monday, April 21 in the Don Jenkins Gallery, located in the Morgan University Center. A reception will follow the premiere. The event is free and open to the public.

Pugh's exhibition will examine the vessel, both functional and non-functional. “The show is a collection of wheel thrown clay, and lathe turned wood vessels that exam form, texture and color,” he said.

“Most of my work is designed to be used as well as enjoyed. The sense of feel is as important as sight when enjoying the pottery and wood bowls in this exhibition,” Pugh said.

Pugh began his college education at Louisiana College more than 50 years ago. After serving in the Vietnam War, he worked in graphic design and the printing industry.

“(My life) has come full circle in a return to college to study art,” Pugh said. -- Jessica Baird