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Sculptor, creator of APSU’s newest permanent art installation, Chris Boyd Taylor to give artist lecture Aug. 30


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Chris Boyd Taylor is the creator of Austin Peay State University’s newest permanent art installation, “The Cardboard Kids,” and he returns to campus for an official unveiling and artist talk at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. A reception will precede the event at 2:30 p.m.

Comprised of three steel “vehicles” racing around one of Austin Peay’s many crater-like bowls, the sculptures themselves have been made to look like they were created from cardboard. In each unique cart, the observer can see exposed tape and corrugation used in the construction of the sculpture, hinting at years of extended use.

Taylor is also an educator, and currently serves as an instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His proposal was inspired by similarities between Austin Peay students and his own classroom experience, and was selected by Austin Peay faculty from numerous submissions by an international pool of artists and sculptors.

“As I spoke with the students at Austin Peay, I quickly realized that a large percentage of the student population fits into the wonderful category known as the non-traditional student,” Taylor said. “I met students who bring a welcome voice to the classroom because of their past and current experiences. These students have been tested by time, and bring an attitude, maturity and perspective that have become invaluable in my own classroom.”

For more information about this event or the APSU Permanent Art Collection, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at For more information on APSU’s Department of Art and Design, visit To find out more about Taylor, visit