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Austin Peay Downtown Gallery showcasing work of 4 art alumni

Four diverse young artists are bringing their work to the Austin Peay Downtown Gallery in April for a month long group exhibit. The show, which will feature APSU art alumni Janelle Costello, Caroline Tuzeneu, Sam Matthews and William Arnett Gentry, opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 1, and it will run through May 1.

The show will feature startlingly original work, such as Costellos diorama-like photography collages that depict surreal scenes of imagined narratives.
Four diverse young artists are bringing their work to the Austin Peay Downtown Gallery in April for a month long group exhibit. The show, which will feature APSU art alumni Janelle Costello, Caroline Tuzeneu, Sam Matthews and William Arnett Gentry, opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 1, and it will run through May 1.

The show will feature startlingly original work, such as Costello's diorama-like photography collages that depict surreal scenes of imagined narratives.

“The intent of this body of work is to invite the viewer to temporarily escape the mundane by accentuating the beauty of make-believe,” she said.

Tuzeneu will exhibit her pottery, which represents her efforts to marry form and functionality.

“Balance is a huge part of making pottery,” she said. “I am constantly working toward achieving visual and physical balance in my pieces. Every time I sit down at the wheel, I keep this goal in the back of my mind.”

Matthews, who works in sculpture, will present works that explore his fascination in how various forms are viewed and interpreted.

“I see my work as a study of the viewer and how they react to various visual cues,” he said.

Gentry, a painter, plans to exhibit works that comment on the society's over-consumption habits. He said he “tries to bring notice to the awful cycle that is perpetuated by producers and consumers in our economically driven culture.”

Last year, the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts leased a building in downtown Clarksville to provide gallery space for APSU alumni and faculty. The gallery, located at 116 Strawberry Alley, is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information on this space or the alumni exhibit, contact Gregg Schlanger at 931-221-7789 or schlangerg@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth