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APSU welcomes environmental artist Stacy Levy for visiting artist lecture

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will welcome environmental artist Stacy Levy to the campus’s Trahern Building, room 401, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22, for a visiting artist lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will welcome environmental artist Stacy Levy to the campus’s Trahern Building, room 401, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22, for a visiting artist lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Levy is a sculptor interested in the intersection of art and science. Her projects reveal the sometimes hidden natural world in the urban environment. Levy works closely with landscape architects, engineers, horticulturalists and hydrologists to create artworks that allow natural systems, like the infiltration of rainwater, to function and thrive. 

Levy’s visit to Austin Peay is two-fold. In addition to her artist lecture, she will tour of the campus and meet with the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and Austin Peay’s landscaping crew to generate ideas for a new installation, specifically designed for Austin Peay. Levy will return to campus in March 2017, to install the new piece with the assistance of students from the Department of Art and Design.

Levy is currently working on the Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh (2016), creating an artful watercourse that carries water from the roof to the wetlands in this Living Building Challenge designed structure. She recently designed “Rain Yard,” a permanent art installation for the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (2013), which allows the landscape to process the site’s storm water. Her sculptural rain garden at the Springside School (2009) was included in the 2012 Infill Philadelphia exhibition.

Levy graduated from Yale University in 1984 with a B.A. in sculpture and forestry. She received her M.F.A. in 1991 from the Tyler School of Art. She spent a year at the Architectural Association in London, England. From 1985 through 1991, she was a founding partner of Sere Ltd Native Landscape Restoration, a firm that worked with municipal, corporate and private clients to restore the remnant woodlands and meadows in city parks, corporate campuses and residences and to bring the architecture of the forest back into the landscape.

In 1992 she was awarded a Pew Fellowship, which allowed her to begin her career in large-scale installation work. She has been a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Mid-Atlantic Foundation grant. Her work with rivers received an award from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at dickinsm@apsu.edu.

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