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Department of Art + Design

Nov 5 2015 - 1:55pm

Austin Peay Art and Design

Each January, stars and hit songwriters come together to raise money for Alive Hospice at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe. The 23rd Annual Alive At The Bluebird concert series take place in January 2016!

APSU Art & Design student Quintin Watkins is the winner of this year’s Alive at the Bluebird poster design contest.

Nov 3 2015 - 12:44pm

Austin Peay Art & Design

Macon St. Hilaire, a BA Studio Art major with a minor in Latin, presented a paper entitled “Bequest of Craftswomen: Stitching Medieval English Embroidery into Contemporary Art” at the Tennessee Experiential Learning Symposium at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville October 30, 2015. This talk relates her studio practice to her art historical research. Macon is one of ten students to receive a 2015-16 APSU Presidential Scholarship for her art history research project “Opus Anglicanum: The Work of the English, Preserving the Bequest of Medieval Embroidery and the Craftswomen Who Made Them.” In November 2016, she will travel abroad to conduct research and to view embroideries at the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Course-Harrogate, and the Durham Cathedral in England, aa well as the Musees Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire in Belgium.

Nov 3 2015 - 12:03pm


“These Days”, a solo exhibition featuring works on the home and on the artist’s personal experiences through motherhood, will be on display in Galley 108 / Trahern Building at Austin Peay State University from November 16th through November 20th. The exhibit features a variety of works which encompass the idea of familial love and the connection to the home through emotional ties.

There will be a opening reception on Monday Nov. 16th from 5-8 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public through Nov. 20th. Christy is completing her BFA degree in Studio Arts at Austin Peay State University and will be graduating in December 2015. Her work focuses on domesticity, motherhood, and the nature of the family in relation to the individual. Her work has been exhibited in Nashville galleries such as The L Gallery and on campus at The Annex Gallery.

Oct 30 2015 - 9:48am

Austin Peay Art & Design

The Department of Art and Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to close out this semester’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series with new media / performance artist, Sondra Perry.

Sondra Perry makes performance, videos, and works as a “data generator” and “free creative laboror” at “The Internet”. Perry has exhibited in group shows at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, New York.

The artist has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, the Experimental Television Center, and is currently an artist in residence at the prestigious CORE Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Perry received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012 and a MFA from “an expensive New York art school causing gentrification in Harlem” in 2015

To describe her work, Sondra Perry manifests paraspaces, a term coined by science fiction author Samuel Delany, meaning a ‘space’ existing parallel to the normal or ordinary, through performance and video.  These paraspaces are phantom and twilight zones, her grandma’s attic, and corners behind bookshelves where dead skin cells, lost candy corn, and little black girls find their autonomy. In these spaces, she and the viewer explore how imaging, visual languages, and digital literacy structure identity and representation in the virtual and physical realms.  Her work can be found at

“We are lucky to have Sondra come talk to our students about her work. Exposing our students to this level of cultural criticality is invaluable to their conceptual development…and I am a huge fan of her work,” states Assistant Professor of Art, Virginia Griswold.

The lecture will take place Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in room 401 of the Trahern Building, and is free and open to the public.