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New exhibit at APSU celebrates the career of Professor Cindy Marsh

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Trahern Gallery, with support from APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, will celebrate the work of retiring professor of art, Cynthia Marsh (Cindy), with a new exhibit this month.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Trahern Gallery, with support from APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, will celebrate the work of retiring professor of art, Cynthia Marsh (Cindy), with a new exhibit this month.

Marsh, a distinguished professor and integral member of the Department of Art and Design for the past 18 years, will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. This celebratory exhibition will focus on both her award winning, socially conscious work with letters and forms, as well as her extensive engagement with the community through the use of the Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection. This 60,000-piece collection of 19th century wood type has been used to record community ideas and to promote a contemporary social dialogue based on a historical form of verbal, written and visual communication.

The exhibit opens Jan. 19 at the Trahern Gallery and runs through Feb. 12. A lunchtime lecture by the artist will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Trahern Gallery, with a reception to immediately follow.

Marsh was raised in New England, and she received her undergraduate degree in printmaking from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She earned an MFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, with her graduate studies focused on the disciplines of printmaking, commercial printing and photography.

Marsh lived and worked as an artist in Los Angeles from 1973-1995, and during that time, she developed an unusual way of constructing images by combining elements of photography, printmaking and graphic design. Her studio, One Eye Open / One Eye Closed, produced limited edition prints and illustrations for the entertainment industry. Printed work from that studio has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Marsh also was a founding member of the Women’s Graphic Center at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She was a professor of printmaking and design at California State University, Northridge from 1978-1992, and she served as the chair of Communication Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1992-95.

In 1995, Marsh moved with her family to Clarksville, where she worked as chair of the APSU Department of Art from 1995-2003. She founded the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection at Austin Peay in 1997. Since its inception, the press has received 10 regional and national grants, including an NEA award in 2006. Currently, Marsh is a professor of art and design and director of the Goldsmith Press at APSU.

For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at dickinsm@apsu.edu.