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Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts holding Feb. 16 alumni reading event

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents an alumni reading and screening featuring Raven Jackson, Chip Boles and Anthony Sims Jr. at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Trahern Gallery on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents an alumni reading and screening featuring Raven Jackson, Chip Boles and Anthony Sims Jr. at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Trahern Gallery on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

After finishing his English degree at APSU in 1999, Anthony Sims went on to earn an MFA from Ohio University. His feature screenplay, “Behemoth,” was optioned by Lucy Darwin (“Match Point,” “Lost in La Mancha”) in 2006. His short film, “The Day After Stonewall Died” won Best Short Film at the Cannes Short Film Festival. Sims lives in Atlanta, splitting time between freelance content creation and learning to build web applications.

A native of Tennessee, Raven Jackson is a poet and filmmaker currently attending New York University’s graduate film program. A Cave Canem fellow and graduate of the New School’s writing program, her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in TriQuarterly, CALYX, Kweli, Phantom Limb, PANK and elsewhere. She is on production on her fourth short film.

Originally from Nashville, Chip Boles has worked in a combination of traditional and digital media since 2001. Known for realistic illustrations of unreal things, his work tends towards the realistic, but caricatured; the beautiful, but monstrous. Boles holds an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2007) and a BFA from APSU (2000). His illustration clients include The Wall Street Journal Asia and CNN. He illustrated and designed the Yokai Character Collection, which was featured in the New York Times Arts (May 20, 2015). Boles is also a mural and scenic painter, having worked for the series Nashville, as well as Nashville Children’s Theatre.

Following the reading, a showing of all three artists’ work and a panel discussion will also be held in the Trahern Gallery.

For more information on this event, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876, or email Susan Wallace at wallacess@apsu.edu.