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University Art Collection

APSU Permanent Art Collection

Mabel Larson Gallery

The Permanent Art Collection at Austin Peay State University contains over two thousand pieces of varying media. Housed largely in Harned, the works include those done by students and alumni of years past, along with the works of such prominent artists as Francisco Goya, William Edmondson, and Charles Hunt. The Mabel Larson Gallery, open to the public on Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm, displays pieces from the collection throughout the year. Other works can be found displayed throughout campus.

Trahern Edmondson SculpturesEdmondson sculptures

Mabel Larson Gallery is the home to three very unique pieces, donated by Dr. Joseph Trahern Jr., by William Edmondson. Edmondson was a self taught folk artist from Tennessee who lived from 1847-1951. He gained prominence late in his career for his raw, primitive style, although he remained modest throughout his career, attributing his drive to complete art and his talent to God. Most prominent among his many honors is his solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the first show featuring the work of an African American artist. 

Ned and Jacqueline Crouch Collection


This large folk art collection donated in Fall of 2012 by Ned and Jacqueline Crouch is currently on display in the Mabel Larson Gallery in Harned Hall. Including many media, from sculptures and woodwork to paintings and drawings, this collection features works from such artists as William Edmondson,  Herbert Baggot, E.T. Wickham, and Miles Smith.  

Robertson Collection

The Robertson Collection is a collection of over two hundred magnificent photographs donated to the University. Some of the pieces are currently on display in the Honors Commons and the Faculty Lounge in the University Center.