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Sep 22 2014 - 3:45pm


This fall, 15 young artists will bring their studies at Austin Peay State University to a close by hosting public exhibitions of the work they created for their senior thesis projects.

The students are enrolled in the senior thesis class, which requires students to present their work in a public setting to earn their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

The APSU Department of Art has scheduled these student art exhibitions in the Trahern Building on the main campus for this fall, and all shows are open to the public.

The seniors scheduled to present are the following:

• Sept. 22-25: Savanah Baggett, Trahern, 108.

• Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Krystal Lee, Trahern, 108.

• Oct. 6-9: Courtney McWilliams, Trahern, 108.

• Oct. 13-16: Jeffrey Horton, Trahern, 108.

• Oct. 20-23: Mariah Hamm, Trahern, 108.

• Oct. 27-30: Laura King, Trahern 108.

• Nov. 3-6: Stephanie Camfield, Trahern 108.

• Nov. 10-14: Victor Rodriguez, Trahern 108.

• Nov. 17-21: Alexander Wurts, Trahern 108.

• Dec.1-4: Jadie Binkley, Trahern 108

• Dec. 1-4: Graphic design group exhibit featuring work by Jana Gilbert, Brittanie Jackson, Allison Locher, Brooke McKee and Alysha Rush, Trahern Gallery.

For more information, contact Cindy Marsh, APSU professor of art and design, at

Photo cutline: Students enrolled in APSU’s senior thesis class will host public exhibitions of their work this fall. (Photo by Kim Balevre/APSU)

Sep 22 2014 - 3:36pm


Jonathan Brilliant will be on campus October 6 – 10 creating a sculpture in the Trahern Lobby. He will give a public lecture on October 6 at 7 pm in Trahern 401.


Artist Bio:

Jonathan Brilliant was born in 1976 in Charleston, South Carolina. Brilliant holds a B.A. in studio art from the College of Charleston and an M.F.A. in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University. He has exhibited his work in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has received numerous fellowships to artist residencies and communities including: McColl Center for Visual Art, The Ox-Bow school of Art, The Vermont Studio Center, The Penland School of Crafts, The Redux Contemporary Art Center, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Memphis, and The East/West Project in Berlin Germany. From May 2009-December 2010 he conducted his “Have Sticks Will Travel world Tour”. The tour was a marathon series of site-specific installations that took place in thirteen galleries in eighteen months, in three countries, on two continents. Brilliant is a recent recipient of an individual artist grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission 2011-2012 Visual Arts Fellow.

Sep 22 2014 - 3:07pm


On Wednesday October 8 at 6 pm the Department of Art at APSU will host a free public screening of ART21 Season 7: Fiction in Trahern 401.

The Department has been selected to screen episodes of this amazing and award winning series before they air on PBS. Fiction features the work of Katharina Grosse, Joan Jonas, and Omer Fast.

There will be popcorn.

Sep 17 2014 - 9:42am


The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts are excited to present an exhibition of rare German photographs this fall to mark the centennial of the start of World War 1. German soldier Fritz Einstein took the photographs on three separate fronts during the war. The photos were discovered and extensively restored by Einstein’s son and Nashville resident Frank Einstein.

The exhibit will run from Sept. 22 to Oct. 17 in the Trahern Gallery, 380 Eighth Street, in Clarksville.

More than 50 photos have been curated from a collection of nearly 400 and will be exhibited at APSU. Together, these images give witness to the continuity of humanity in the face of war. These important photographs chronicle the everyday lives of German soldiers in the Eastern, Romanian and Western fronts from 1914 – 1918. Einstein discovered the photos after his father’s death, and he went on to spend hundreds of hours restoring the old pictures.

“Growing up in a Quaker family I didn’t think of my father as a soldier—although I knew that he had fought in the First World War,” Frank Einstein said. “I remember as a child looking through his wartime photographs, but I don’t remember ever talking about them. After my father’s death the photographs were scattered. When they resurfaced in the early 2000s the album pages had become detached and had to be carefully reassembled.

“The photographs show the progression of my father‘s feelings about the war, which is matched by the changing tone of the journals that he kept. The early ones from the Eastern front include many photos of his comrades, while the later photographs from the Western front include many showing the destruction that the war ravaged on the landscape in places like Paschendaele (site of the third battle of Ypres).”

In partnership with Clarksville’s First Thursday Artwalk, there will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Trahern Gallery. In coordination with the University hosting the 30th Annual Ohio Valley History Conference (OVHC), the APSU Department of History will present a round-table discussion from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Oct. 17, in the Trahern Gallery. This discussion will feature presentations by some of APSU’s esteemed history professors who will speak about “The State of Research on World War I.” Both events will be open to the public.

For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, at

Sep 15 2014 - 2:01pm
“Gift Drawing #1: Blossom”, Billy Renkl and Susan Bryant, Ambrotype and Collage, 2014

“Gift Drawing #1: Blossom”, Billy Renkl and Susan Bryant, Ambrotype and Collage, 2014

Professors Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl will give a gallery tour at the Customs House Museum this Wednesday, September 17th at 12:15. They will be discussing their work in the current exhibit: Even When: Recent works by Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl. The event is free and open to the public.