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Student Art Show to highlight best work of the year

For almost a month, the 40th Annual Student Art Show at Austin Peay State University will celebrate what is billed to be the best student work of the year.

We obviously think of artmaking as an important activity, said Billy Renkl, professor of art and acting gallery director at APSU. This gives us a chance to really honor our students and their dedication over the past year.
For almost a month, the 40th Annual Student Art Show at Austin Peay State University will celebrate what is billed to be the best student work of the year.

“We obviously think of artmaking as an important activity,” said Billy Renkl, professor of art and acting gallery director at APSU. “This gives us a chance to really honor our students and their dedication over the past year.”

The Student Art Show, produced by the APSU Student Art League under the direction of Assistant Professor of Art Jennifer Snyder, will be from March 17-April 13 in the Trahern Gallery. Opening reception will begin at 7 p.m., March 17, with awards to be announced. The event is free and open to the public.

Renkl said the show features work from students at all levels and across all art disciplines.

“Because so much of what we do in the art department is confined to a specific studio or workshop, the painting students might not know what is going on in the computer lab, and the ceramicists might not see what the illustration students are up to,” he said. “The annual student show lets the department honor achievements in all of these areas at one time.”

Jurors for the show are Michael Aurbach, a professor of art at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and Matt Tullis, associate professor of art at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green. Aurbach will judge work in fine arts; Tullis will review graphic design entries.

Renkl said faculty members in the APSU Department of Art are excited about the quality of the student work showcased in the annual event.

“This is a terrific moment in the school year, for all of us in the art department,” Renkl said. “Students get to see their work exhibited in a gallery setting and to look at how it relates to what their peers are doing.”

For more information, contact Snyder by telephone, (931) 221-7343, or by e-mail, snyderj@apsu.edu, or Renkl, (931) 221-6336, renklb@apsu.edu. -- Melony A. Jones