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Mar 2 2015 - 2:22pm
APSU Art and Design Maysey Craddock

Maysey Craddock, “Shadow and Light,  2014, gouache and thread on found paper, 33″ x 48″

The Department of Art and Design and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) at Austin Peay State University are pleased to announce that Memphis based artist Maysey Craddock is the recipient of the inaugural Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts Tennessee Artist Fellowship.

The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created by APSU to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, applications and nominations from artist were not solicited. A committee of APSU faculty compiled a list outstanding artists from across the state and selected the fellowship winner. Through the generous support of the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts, Craddock will receive $5,000 to aid in the creation of new art work.

Maysey Craddock received her MFA from the Maine College of Art and a BA from Tulane University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows in New York, Stuttgart, Berlin, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, and New Orleans. She is currently represented by David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, Sears Peyton Fine Arts in New York, and Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.

Mar 2 2015 - 10:43am

APSU Art and Design - Sheila Pepe

The Department of Art and Design and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU are pleased to welcome Sheila Pepe for a visiting artist lecture on March 17. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Trahern 401 and is free and open to the public.

Sheila Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. Since the mid-1990s Pepe has used feminist and craft traditions to investigate received notions concerning the production of canonical artwork as well as the artist’s relationship to museum display and the art institution itself.

Pepe has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad in solo and group exhibitions as well as collaborative projects. Venues for Pepe’s many solo exhibitions include the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina. Her work has been included in important group exhibitions such as the first Greater New York at PS1/MoMA; Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art & Craft, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Texas, and Artisterium, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Pepe’s work was recently featured in the exhibition Queer Threads at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art in New York and the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale. Upcoming exhibitions include a commission for the ICA/Boston’s traveling exhibition Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present, two solo exhibition projects in learning contexts, as well as Sheila Pepe: A Place for Looking with Paola Ferrario, Fabiola Menchelli and Julie Ryan at Joseph Carroll & Sons Art Gallery in  Boston, Massachusetts.

Pepe is also known as an educator who likes to trespass the boundaries of fixed disciplines in art and design. She has taught since 1995—for many years as adjunct faculty in a variety of programs and schools including Brandeis University, Bard College, RISD, VCU, and Williams College—until 2006 when she took a full-time position at Pratt Institute as the assistant chair of fine arts. Her own artistic development was a mix of academic training and non-degree granting residencies: BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, 1983; Haystack School, 1984; Skowhegan School, 1994; MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1995; and Radcliffe Institute, 1998–99. Pepe was a resident faculty member at Skowhegan School, 2013. She is now on the faculties of Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design.

Mar 2 2015 - 10:17am

APSU Art and Design

Window (re/production | re/presentation) is pleased to partner with The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in presenting an artist talk and {Pre}HAPPENING with McLean Fahnestock and her collaborator Michael Dickins. The talk will take place at the newly re-opened BMCM+AC space at 56 Broadway in downtown Asheville and will focus on Fahnestock’s on-going project related to her site-specific piece currently on view at Window, Hidden Hall of Pacific Bird Life: Fiji (from The Fahnestock Expedition). Fahnestock will relate this work to an upcoming audio-visual work currently in production for {Re}HAPPENING 2015 in collaboration with artist Michael Dickins, who will also be present.

Fahnestock’s work in Window is comprised of a scanned image sourced from the Ornithology Archive Room at The American Museum of Natural History in New York, where Fahnestock engaged in research around her grandfather and great uncle’s involvement in scientific expeditions during the 1930’s and 1940’s. The photographic document depicts a portion of one of the four dioramas attributed to their journeys throughout the South Pacific. Fahnestock’s work seeks to “[reclaim] information from the media and history [and] re-present it in a way that leads us to address the truth of a situation versus the myth that has been perpetuated.”

The diorama, itself a representation of a real location, functioning as a presentation media and attraction for museums, derives its power and factive nature from its sanctioned site. The shift in dimensionality is also intriguing. From 4-dimensional reality to a 3-dimensional simulacra to a 2-dimensional image in a folder on a desk and then flattened again digitally. (Fahnestock)

In their proposed project for {Re}HAPPENING, Fahnestock and Dickins combine their,

…shared enthusiasm for multimedia installation, science, and politics [to craft a work] that utilize[s] technology to illuminate inequities in the systems that were originally created to support and further the human endeavor.

We will present the launches by NASA from the 1960s until today paired with the speeches that shaped the program. We will map the projections of the rockets to large trees on site so that the projected launches will leave from the grounds of Black Mountain College and disappear into the branches. Working with the close ties of governmental funding with scientific progress, historic audio clips will be punctuated by rumbling launches associated with the period. All material will be sourced from the open archives of NASA. (Fahnestock, Dickins) 

About the Artists
McLean Fahnestock is a media artist who works in video, sound, sculptural installation, and photographic prints. McLean reclaims material from the media and institutions, seeking out footage, images, and items that carry the weight and specificity of their prior lives, ties to history, or presentation technique. McLean received a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University and MFA from California State University Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited and screened across the United States and Internationally in Ireland, Canada, Belgium, Germany and Japan. She has received an ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation, two Hoff Foundation Grants, and was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council for Long Beach. Her work was included in a DVD compilation of short videos by the LA Film Forum. She was a finalist for a 2012 Vimeo Video Award and was recently named “Most Promising New Artist” at MADATAC 05, in Madrid, Spain.

McLean lives and works in Sango, TN, USA.

Michael Dickins is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is created with a variety of media including drawing, sound, installation, photography, printmaking and video. He holds an MFAIA from Goddard College and a BFA from Georgia Southern University. Dickins has exhibited around the Southeast as well as Augusta, Maine, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, Houston, San Diego, Portland and Berlin. He has also received commissions from the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company for original sound score and projection design. He currently works with both digital and material processes to create work that engages political and social concerns.

Michael Dickins is currently the Gallery Director at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

About the Programs
The {Re}HAPPENING, an annual multidisciplinary experimental art event, honors the dynamic artistic energy of Black Mountain College and pays tribute to the groundbreaking innovations of that community of artists. Simultaneously, the event launches a contemporary platform for artists and attendees to experience adventurous art and creativity in the present day. To find out more about {Re}HAPPENING, visit:

Conceived of as a site-specific minimalist exhibition space, Window aims to stimulate thoughtful discussion around timely issues of representation within contemporary art in the local community and beyond. Window is generously sponsored and hosted by Henco Reprographics, 54 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801.

Feb 23 2015 - 7:32am


La Mia Roma
Photography by Dr. Tammy Smithers

The Framemaker proudly presents “La Mia Roma” a photography exhibit by Dr. Tammy Smithers. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on March 5, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of March during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Dr. Tammy Smithers is Assistant Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University. She earned the PhD in Italian Renaissance Art History from Temple University in 2012, specializing in Michelangelo. She travels to central Italy regularly for research where she documents her experiences through digital photography. As an art historian with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, she creates visual art for her own pleasure where her time in Italy also informs her drawings and mixed-media works.

About La Mia Roma
This gathering of experiences of “My Rome” are a combination of fleeting moments—a gull gliding by my apartment window or a storm rolling into the Forum as I left the Capitoline Museum—and my Roman rituals—eating at my favorite pizzeria for the 50th time or people watching under the shade of Michelangelo’s imposing cornice in Palazzo Farnese for the 500th hour. Most of these digital photographs were unapologetically captured with a point-and-shoot camera or iPhone as I went about my daily life to and from seminars, conferences, libraries, churches, museums, and markets in the Eternal City. The images were taken during my last five stays in Rome (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2013) and are, like my collection of memories, untitled and undated.