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New Exhibit at APSU Downtown Gallery Examines American History and Culture

             CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The artist and printmaker Jesse Shaw is tackling an ambitious subject for his next exhibit – the history and culture of American civilization.

            “This work is about the day a white man stepped off his little boat and put his boot down on this land that we live on, up to this moment in our time,” he said.

             CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The artist and printmaker Jesse Shaw is tackling an ambitious subject for his next exhibit – the history and culture of American civilization.

            “This work is about the day a white man stepped off his little boat and put his boot down on this land that we live on, up to this moment in our time,” he said.

            Shaw’s “American Epic: 2010 prints” exhibit will feature a series of large relief prints, carved from linoleum blocks. The show will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the Austin Peay Downtown Gallery, and it will run until Nov. 27.

            Shaw’s work in this exhibit is part of a project that will eventually consist of 50 prints illustrating and critiquing American society. When the series is complete, the prints will form one large masterwork.

            “I have approached carving these large scale two-by-three foot linoleum blocks as if they are panels of a large mural,” he said.

Last year, the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts leased a building in downtown Clarksville to provide gallery space for APSU alumni and faculty. Shaw, a graduate of the University, earned his Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and he resides in Clarksville, where he teaches printmaking and drawing at APSU.

            The gallery, located at 116 Strawberry Alley in downtown Clarksville, is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information on this space or the exhibit, contact APSU associate professor of art Barry Jones at 931-221-7330 or jonesb@apsu.edu.