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APSU art profs judge state's first national, juried deaf art competition

A panel of Austin Peay art professors judged the states First National Juried DeVIA (Deaf View/Image Art) Competition.

The show will debut during a one-night only exhibit beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville.

The jury included professors Kell Black, Cindy Marsh and Gregg Schlanger, as well as Ken Shipley, associate professor.

DeVIA is a national organization of artists who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a strong connection with the deaf community, according to Cynthia Weitzel, co-chair.
A panel of Austin Peay art professors judged the state's First National Juried De'VIA (Deaf View/Image Art) Competition.

The show will debut during a one-night only exhibit beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville.

The jury included professors Kell Black, Cindy Marsh and Gregg Schlanger, as well as Ken Shipley, associate professor.

De'VIA is a national organization of artists who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a strong connection with the deaf community, according to Cynthia Weitzel, co-chair.

“De'VIA can be identified by formal elements, such as deaf artists' possible tendency to use contrasting colors and values, intense colors and contrasting textures,” said Weitzel. “It also may include a centralized focus with … emphasis on facial features, especially the eyes, mouths, ears and hands.”

The event will feature a 6:30 p.m. presentation by Dr. Deborah Meranski-Sonnenstrahl, author of “Deaf Artists in America: Colonial to Contemporary.”

Meranski-Sonnenstrahl, who is deaf, is an art historian and a longtime advocate of deaf artists. She is credited with bringing deaf artists into the mainstream by showcasing their unique talents. Through her teaching, lively presentations and workshops, people have gained both an appreciation of art history and an understanding of how deaf artists have influenced deaf culture.

Tickets for the De'VIA opening reception and exhibit must be purchased in advance by contacting the League at (615) 248-8828 (voice/TTY), by e-mail at league@ldhh.org, or in person at 415 Fourth Ave. S. Tickets are $40 per single ticket or $70 for a pair.
—Rebecca Mackey