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Art senior explores similarities between sports, design in show

Since the age of 5, Austin Peay State University senior Jenni Gerdom has played sports – mostly softball, although basketball, track and field and soccer were among her favorites, too.

Also since childhood, Gerdom, a Tullahoma native, has appreciated and practiced art, especially graphic design. Her lifelong interests in both disciplines have led her to create an exhibition that recognizes similarities between sports and design.
Since the age of 5, Austin Peay State University senior Jenni Gerdom has played sports — mostly softball, although basketball, track and field and soccer were among her favorites, too.

Also since childhood, Gerdom, a Tullahoma native, has appreciated and practiced art, especially graphic design. Her lifelong interests in both disciplines have led her to create an exhibition that recognizes similarities between sports and design.

Essentially, Gerdom plays sports and practices design “For the Love of the Game,” the title of her art show scheduled for March 19-23 in the Trahern Gallery. An opening night reception will be from 7-9 p.m., Monday, March 19 at Trahern.

Her work will remain on display from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., March 20; 4:30-5:30 p.m., March 21; and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., March 22.

In softball, Gerdom said, there is a balance between individual play and teamwork. She applies that same principle to graphic design.

“There are times when designers must work as a team, such as during the brainstorming process, and times where individual work is needed to refine and complete a project,” she said. “I like to be a team player, both on the field and in the workplace.”

Gerdom is scheduled to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, concentration in graphic design.

For more information about Gerdom's exhibit, contact Professor of Art Cindy Marsh by telephone at (931) 221-7349 or by e-mail at marshc@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer