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New Exhibit Teaches APSU Students Nuts and Bolts About Hosting an Art Show

          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For young artists, the grueling hours spent toiling away to create a new, original piece of artwork may actually be the easiest part of their chosen vocation. Getting someone to see and appreciate what they’ve made is the truly difficult task. That’s why Austin Peay State University adjunct art professor Mike Mitchell has added a professional practice component to the introductory sculpture class he now teaches on campus.

          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For young artists, the grueling hours spent toiling away to create a new, original piece of artwork may actually be the easiest part of their chosen vocation. Getting someone to see and appreciate what they’ve made is the truly difficult task. That’s why Austin Peay State University adjunct art professor Mike Mitchell has added a professional practice component to the introductory sculpture class he now teaches on campus.

            The students in that class, for their final project, are required to develop a viable exhibition of their work. That exhibit, “Third Dimension,” will be a unique fusion of art and music, which runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 4, in the APSU Trahern Building’s Room 104. The show, which is free and open to the public, will feature works by students in Mitchell’s class and a performance by Nashville musician Evan P. Donohue.

            “We’re doing the logistics, the nuts and bolts, the boring stuff of the event,” Mitchell said. “Sometimes, the nuts and bolts can be overwhelming, but it helps legitimize your events.”

            The students spent the semester brainstorming on what they could do to draw in people to their exhibit. Mitchell suggested they pool their resources with another artist as a means of bringing people to the show and cross promoting each other. That’s how they ended up inviting Donohue to perform.

            “We talked about how to use music to push your event and how your event can be used to push another artist,” Mitchell said. “By bringing Donohue up here, we’re broadening his audience.”

            The students also wanted to make the event easy for people outside of the APSU campus to attend, so they sent invitations with parking passes for the lots around the Trahern building.

            “I think it’s great,” Chiann Thomas, a freshman, said. “We’re not only learning, we’re applying what we learn. We’re taking it to the next step from just being students to being professionals.”

            Her classmate, junior Jennifer Kelley, was at first surprised by all the logistical components required of her in an introductory sculpture class. But after thinking about what she’ll do when she graduates from APSU, she bought into the process.

            “The knowledge of putting together your own show is something most people don’t learn until their much later years,” she said.

            The “Third Dimension” exhibit is a one-day only event. For more information on the show or the class, visit the class’ blog, www.cubeddesign.blogspot.com.