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Kell Black's “Black Water” drawing exhibit opens Sept. 7

Austin Peay kicks off its 2004-05 arts season with an exhibit of works by Kell Black, professor of art at APSU.

Black Water: Recent Drawings by Kell Black will be displayed Sept. 7-30 in the Trahern Gallery. These works, drawn in charcoal this summer in his studio and after hours at the YMCA, portray swimmers and a variety of swimming equipment, such as life preservers and inflatable rings. The large-scale works range from two feet across to six feet wide.
Austin Peay kicks off its 2004-05 arts season with an exhibit of works by Kell Black, professor of art at APSU.

“Black Water: Recent Drawings by Kell Black” will be displayed Sept. 7-30 in the Trahern Gallery. These works, drawn in charcoal this summer in his studio and after hours at the YMCA, portray swimmers and a variety of swimming equipment, such as life preservers and inflatable rings. The large-scale works range from two feet across to six feet wide.

An opening reception will be held 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Trahern Lobby. The reception is free and open to the public.

Black, who joined Austin Peay's art department in 1993, was one the state's featured artists in “The Surprising Art of Tennessee” exhibit last fall at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. In addition, he has given solo exhibitions in Gallery 57, Cambridge, Mass., Columbia College, Columbia, Mo., and Atelierhaus Arlesheim, Arlesheim, Switzerland. In 1998, Black participated in the International Artist Exchange, studying in Basel, Switzerland. He is a past recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Individual Artist Grant.

Although Black's current exhibit features recent drawings, he also is well known as a paper sculptor. His paperworks have garnered profiles of the artist on National Public Radio, as well as Nashville Public Television's “Tennessee Crossroads.”

Black received his M.F.A. in drawing and sculpture from the University of Connecticut, and he earned his bachelor's degrees in music and German from the State University of New York-Fredonia.

Trahern Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, and 1-4 p.m., Sunday. The show is sponsored by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the department of art.
—Rebecca Mackey