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Department of Art + Design

Jul 28 2015 - 1:13pm


August 1-30, 2015 – opening reception Saturday, August 1, 6-9pm

COOP Gallery is pleased to present “What Remains,” an exhibit featuring work by new members, Melissa Newman, Jennifer Pepper, Tammy Smithers, and John Warren. Each year COOP invites local and newly transplanted artists to join its ranks in recognition of the seriousness of their work and their commitment to fostering Nashville’s artist community. This multidisciplinary exhibition demonstrates the shared dedication of the new members to offer a unique and engaging dialogue in our local arts community.

Each artist’s work deals with acts of preservation and the exhibition offers a variety of media including 16mm film, beeswax, found object, and 3-D printing.

Melissa Newman’s work is mainly two-dimensional and is currently investigating outdated technology, the mundane and the pitiful. Jennifer Pepper combines left-over parts of beekeeping with her interest in cursive writing as a way of examining the mortality and functionality of both. Tammy Smithers’ digital photography captures fleeting moments and favorite rituals from her research stays in Rome, Italy over the last several years. Her latest work is based on events surrounding the opening of Raphael’s grave in 1833. John Warren’s video installation celebrates banal domestic life, transforming the landscape into a diary written with light.

Dr. Smithers and APSU student Marcus Eiland collaborated on a 3D print of Raphael’s skull for the exhibition.


Jul 24 2015 - 8:23am

Paul Collins APSU Art & Design

Golden Lights: New Work by Paul Collins

The Framemaker proudly presents Golden Lights: New Work by Paul Collins. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on August 6, 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 August during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Paul Collins is an Associate Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University. He creates paintings, drawings and sculpture that combine humor, tactility and observation to examine the world. Collins earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and has been an artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Voices, Fresh Paint Magazine and has been exhibited across the United States. Paul Collins is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville.

According to Collins, “This exhibit examines the construction of natural beauty under the scouring light of ecological armageddon. My work pits the imagery of the inspired-but-needy naturalist with the indifferent gaze of nature itself. These works utilize layering, intense chroma and gesture to bring discrete realities into conversation. In doing so, these works act as ‘flytraps’ for the contradictions that embody the ambivalence of our place in the natural world.”