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Art professor's work in France to kick off Faculty Research Forum

After spending the summer in Vallauris, France, where Pablo Picasso created much of his ceramic artwork beginning in 1946, an Austin Peay State University faculty member will display his artwork influenced by Picassos early surroundings.

Ken Shipley, assistant professor of art, will present In the Footprints of Pablo Picasso: Ceramic Works Spun Through the Eyes of ‘Picassotown as part of APSUs first Faculty Research Forum for the 2006-07 school year, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14.
After spending the summer in Vallauris, France, where Pablo Picasso created much of his ceramic artwork beginning in 1946, an Austin Peay State University faculty member will display his artwork influenced by Picasso's early surroundings.

Ken Shipley, assistant professor of art, will present “In the Footprints of Pablo Picasso: Ceramic Works Spun Through the Eyes of ‘Picassotown'” as part of APSU's first Faculty Research Forum for the 2006-07 school year, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14.

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Faculty Research Forum provides an opportunity for faculty to share their research and creative works with their peers, students and members of the community. The monthly brown-bag lunch series, open to the public at no charge, is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Morgan University Center, Room 308. Free beverages will be provided.

This past summer, Shipley participated in the Artists in Residence Vallauris (AIR Vallauris) fellowship program. His ceramic pieces were on display at the AIR Vallauris Gallery following completion of the program. Vallauris has been known to artists as a ceramics town and the place where Picasso worked mostly.

Shipley has been invited to participate in The International Top 10 Teapot Masters Exhibition opening Oct. 28 in Shanghai, China. His work also can be seen in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as in Germany and Japan.

Shipley earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
For more information, contact Shipley by telephone at (931) 221-7325 or by e-mail at shipleyk@apsu.edu. To learn more about the Faculty Research Forum, contact the Office of Academic Affairs, (931) 221-7676. — Melony Leazer