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New APSU Exhibit Features Several Outdoor Sculptures

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday morning, students and professors heading to their early classes paused as they came face-to-face with several strange, giant new objects. The shapes, scattered around campus, appeared over the weekend, and no one was sure what to make of them.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday morning, students and professors heading to their early classes paused as they came face-to-face with several strange, giant new objects. The shapes, scattered around campus, appeared over the weekend, and no one was sure what to make of them.

            The pieces are actually part of a show, The Bruce White School of Sculpture Exhibition, which recently opened at Austin Peay State University. The exhibit pays tribute to renowned artist Bruce White, who for almost 30 years trained some of the country’s top sculptors at Northern Illinois University.

            The show runs through Nov. 24 in the Trahern Gallery, with works by White and 24 of his former students. The seven large outdoor pieces, however, will remain on display on campus until August 2011. 

White has an extensive exhibition record and has created more than 30 large-scale public sculpture commissions around the world. He was a professor at NIU from 1967 to 1996, and he currently maintains a sculpture studio in DeKalb, Ill. His preferred materials are stainless steel and aluminum, although he has created works in bronze and granite, which he said are “essentially materials which lend themselves to permanence.”

            The artists, and former White students, who will present pieces as part of this exhibit include APSU interim art department Chair Gregg Schlanger, Andrew Arvanetes, Jack Balas, Michael Bennett, Joel Graesser, Mike Helbing, Jill King, John Kobald, David Lepo, Rob Lorenson, Paula Martinez, Bruce A. Niemi, Chris Nitsche, Richard Peglow, Jason Peot, Bobby Joe Scribner, Tim Scofield, Lee Sido, Rex Silvernail, Tom Skomski, Tom Stancliffe, Scott Wallace, Liz Wolf and Charles Yost.

            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at 221-7333.