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Feb 11 2016 - 2:57pm

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The Trahern Gallery, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and The Department of Art and Design, is pleased to present SOUTHLANDIA, a body of work by nationally recognized printmaker, Andrew Blanchard.

Southern Gothic, the term, is partly defined as the exploration of socially induced issues and the act of revealing the cultural character of the American South. With his current body of print-works on mounted wood panel, Blanchard has been reinterpreting various places on the periphery of many Southern towns and cities that are, for lack of a better phrase, on the fringe of society. Ideas of blurred urban and rural county lines as well as backyard familial up-to-no-good all grace the compositions in a tongue and cheek manner. The relationship between dusty four-by-four trucks and shiny gangsta’ rides on thirty-two inch rims are the very core of Southern independent-minded symbols that represent the do-it-yourself aesthetic in the lower forty-eight. With an overarching geographical premise, additional thematic interests are incorporated into the visuals, including socio-economics, race relations, literary references, and environmental planning.

The exhibit opens February 22 at the Austin Peay State University Trahern Gallery and runs through March 18. A lunchtime lecture by the artist will take place in the Trahern Gallery at 12:30am on Monday, February 22, with a reception to immediately follow.

Andrew Blanchard was born in the wild swamps of Louisiana, though was raised in Waveland, a small beach community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Like most boys who grew up close to a beach, he fished and swam until the ring of the dinner bell. Blanchard earned a BA degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000 and in 2004 an MFA degree from The University of Mississippi/Ole Miss in Oxford, MS.

Blanchard’s prints have been collected throughout the United States, as well as in Hawaii, France, Bulgaria, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. His mixed-process prints on wood and paper have been included in over one hundred national and international juried printmaking exhibitions. Recently, several of his prints were included in Schiffer Publishing’s Printmakers Today, the 2011 Southern Edition of New American Paintings magazine and the Oxford American magazine, of which he was selected as one of the New Superstars of Southern Art.  In 2015, his work will be featured in the International Painting Annual No.4 published by Manifest Creative Research Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Blanchard is currently the Director of Studio Art and an Associate Professor of Printmaking and Photography at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His work is represented by Southside Gallery in Oxford, MS and M Contemporary Gallery in New Orleans, LA.

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