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Sculpture by art prof, students on exhibit at Cheekwood through Oct. 29

An Austin Peay State University faculty member and three of his students currently have work on display at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville.

Last spring, Professor of Art Gregg Schlanger made entering the Cheekwood competition a class project. Schlangers exhibit and another created by three of his students were two of only eight accepted for display in Cheekwoods Birdhouse Bonanza.

Birdhouse Bonanza, which opened May 27 and runs through Oct. 29, celebrates the inventive, fun and whimsical homes of birds.
An Austin Peay State University faculty member and three of his students currently have work on display at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville.

Last spring, Professor of Art Gregg Schlanger made entering the Cheekwood competition a class project. Schlanger's exhibit and another created by three of his students were two of only eight accepted for display in Cheekwood's “Birdhouse Bonanza.”

“Birdhouse Bonanza,” which opened May 27 and runs through Oct. 29, celebrates the inventive, fun and whimsical homes of birds.

APSU art majors Cynthia Watson, Jon Penney and Shirley Grant collaboratively created “A Home for Sparrow”a birdhouse comprised of three life-size, hand-painted spring dresses.

Schlanger's exhibit, “Tennessee Barrens,” is a set of birdhouses that focus attention on the loss of native grass habitats, resulting in the disappearance of certain bird species in the state of Tennessee. The Barrens is the name of the tall-grass areas of the state.

According to Schlanger, his exhibit represents manmade, temporary shelters for the birds that once populated Tennessee's Barrens. “The houses serve as a shelter and memorial to the lost birds,” Schlanger said.

Located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, eight miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Cheekwood is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday.
For more information on the exhibits created for Cheekwood by Schlanger and his students, contact him by telephone at (931) 221-7333. — Dennie B. Burke