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Aug 26 2015 - 8:05am

APSU Art and Design

The Framemaker proudly presents work by artist Cynthia Beer. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on September 3, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of September during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.
Cynthia Beer is a printmaker and book maker based in Clarksville, Tenn. She graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her silkscreen work celebrates repetition of the circle as a universally recognized symbol. Beer continues to show her printmaking and book making work in solo and group exhibitions both locally and nationally. She is also an international distributor of small, handwritten, handmade books that she calls “art drops.”

Beer states, “Being raised with both Eastern and Western cultural influences due to my mixed ethnicity has given me a unique perspective. I have an infatuation with industry and diversity. I am becoming a traveler and a gatherer of knowledge. As an artist, I celebrate the circle as a unifying symbol of life in both the vastness of the cosmos and more personal forms. A tiny dot that illustrates such circular cycles is the circadian rhythm, or 24-­hour internal body clock, which responds to basic light and darkness. This rhythm causes mental and behavioral fluctuations throughout one full day; however, each person varies in his or her individual reaction. My prints honor uniting philosophies in the form of circles and repetition.”

For more information about the artist, visit her website at
Aug 25 2015 - 9:41am

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To kick off this season’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University welcomes Linda Lopez.  Lopez will be discussing her work as a sculptural ceramicist on Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m. in the Trahern Building.

Linda Lopez received a BFA in ceramics and BA in art education from California State University of Chico. She received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, New York. She has been an artist in resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2015, Lopez was included in the Scripps Ceramics Annual curated by Julia Haft-Candel and the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Lopez will also be September’s featured artist at the COOP Gallery in Nashville, with an opening reception Saturday, September 5, 6-9 p.m. during Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl.  The COOP Gallery is located in The Arcade at 75 Arcade, Nashville, and Lopez’s exhibit runs through September 26.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is made possible by The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art and Design

For more information on this lecture, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at

Aug 18 2015 - 10:46am
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APSU art professor Cindy Marsh and APSU student Macon St. Hilaire stand next to a special creation by students in her APSU class, dubbed “Narratives of Hope & Recovery.” The creation was presented to the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) during a VTC graduation ceremony, held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Montgomery County Courthouse. (Photo credit: Taylor Slifko)

“I know I have a long ways to go and a lot to learn, but the help is definitely here.”

When the United States and its allies need help, our soldiers answer the call. But when those same men and women need a hand, programs like the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) exist to make sure they are not alone.

Established in 2012, the court aims to help veterans who come to the criminal justice system as a result of drug addictions, homelessness and other situations brought on by wartime stress. Active duty soldiers and veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury who complete the program can possibly have their case dismissed.

On Aug. 12, the VTC program celebrated another graduating class of enrollees during a ceremony at the Montgomery County Courthouse, and Austin Peay State University was there to show its support through a unique artistic project, dubbed “Narratives of Hope & Recovery.”

As a part of the program, VTC enrollees write essays reflecting on their struggles adjusting to civilian life. With the aid of Montgomery County judge — and VTC team member — Ken Goble, students from APSU art professor Cindy Marsh’s printmaking class used many of those essays to create a project that visualized what is, for many soldiers, a private battle.

“I teach a printing class and we were looking for a way to work on a community project when (AmeriCorp VISTA member) Katelan Shartzer told us about the VTC,” Marsh said. “After talking to judge Goble, we were able to get a hold of previous essays that we used to create a project with our Goldsmith Press.”

The Goldsmith Press is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, typesetting materials and antique printing presses. The wood type was originally created for a New England advertising company, Metropolitan Showprint (est. 1890).

Taking statements from each essay, Marsh’s students used the Goldsmith Press to create typeset prints. Over 20 unique statements came together to form a mural in the shape of the United States flag – a visual metaphor of the nation these veterans sacrificed to support.

“Our students read each essay and were able to gleam a real moment of truth from each of them,” Marsh said. “And with around 40 percent of my class having some connection to the military, (a flag) seemed like the perfect metaphor to use to talk about what our veterans are experiencing.”

A student in Marsh’s class and the wife of an active-duty soldier, Macon St. Hilaire was present alongside her professor at the event. Through the production of the piece, St. Hilaire said, she was able to make a commentary on the challenges of military life for both soldier and family.

“For me and the challenges that my husband and I have faced as a (military couple), I was happy that this project gave us a chance to have a voice,” St. Hilaire said. “And I appreciate that programs like VTC exist as a way to support soldiers and help us find the strength to get through all of the challenges they face.”

Aug 14 2015 - 9:40am

APSU Art & Design

Join us on Monday, August 24 for a reception (free food!) and convocation for the 15 – 16 academic year. See the plans for the new Art & Design Building, learn about important changes to the portfolio review system, meet our new faculty, and visit with friends you haven’t seen all summer.

The event will take place in the Trahern Theater and the reception will follow.

Aug 11 2015 - 2:04pm

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Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Gallery, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, is pleased to open its 2015-2016 exhibition season with artist Stephen Hayes and his powerful body of work titled “Cash Crop.”

“Cash Crop” is an exhibition that invites viewers to walk into an emotional, physical and psychic space to confront the past, present and future. Featuring 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles, the work serves as a reminder of the 15 million people kidnapped and transported by sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Additional components of the exhibition include prints, drawings and sculptures that draw further parallels between the economics of the Atlantic slave trade and the Third World sweatshops of today.

The exhibit opens Aug. 24 at the Trahern Gallery and runs through Sept. 21. A lecture by the artist will take place in the Trahern Gallery at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, with a reception to immediately follow.

Hayes is an emerging artist from Durham, North Carolina, currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been featured in many commercial and institutional galleries and is part of many private and corporate collections. “Cash Crop” has been featured in Burnaway magazine, CNN and PBS, and it was recently exhibited at the 701 Center of Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina, and the African American Art Museum in Philadelphia.

For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at