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CECA Visiting Artist Speaker Series


Throughout the history of the Department of Art + Design, we have been committed to bringing top artists, designers, curators, and thinkers to Austin Peay State University and the Clarksville community. Along with the support of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, all of our events within the Department of Art + Design are free and open to the public.

Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, we've made some shifts in programming to maintain the safest environment possible. All visiting speaker talks for 2020-21 academic year will held virtually on the Zoom platform.

2020-21 VASE Schedule

Fall 2020

October 6: Chloë Bass, is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. She is currently working on Obligation To Others Holds Me in My Place (2018 – 2022), an investigation of intimacy at the scale of immediate families. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Chloë Bass registration link)

October 13: Cassils, (rescheduled from Spring 2020 due to COVID shutdown) is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood, and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Cassils registration link)

Spring 2021

January 27: Debbie Millman, was named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA. Millman is also an author, educator, curator and host of the podcast Design Matters. For 20 years, Millman was the president of Sterling Brands, one of the world’s leading branding consultancies. She arrived there in 1995 when the company was 2 years old and had 15 employees in one office. Under her leadership, Sterling grew to 150 employees in five offices and she was instrumental in the firm’s acquisition by Omnicom in 2008. Omnicom is one of the world’s largest holding companies. While there she worked on the logo and brand identity for Burger King, Hershey’s, Haagen Dazs, Tropicana, Star Wars, Gillette and the No More movement. Millman will also conduct a virtual workshop with design students via Zoom. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Debbie Millman registration link)

March 2: Paula Scher is one of the most influential graphic designers in the world. Described as the “master conjurer of the instantly familiar,” Scher straddles the line between pop culture and fine art in her work. Iconic, smart and accessible, her images have entered into the American vernacular. Scher has been a partner in the New York office of Pentagram since 1991. She began her career as an art director in the 1970s and early ’80s, when her eclectic approach to typography became highly influential. In the mid-1990s her landmark identity for The Public Theater fused high and low into a wholly new symbology for cultural institutions, and her recent architectural collaborations have reimagined the urban landscape as a dynamic environment of dimensional graphic design. Her graphic identities for Citibank and Tiffany & Co. have become case studies for the contemporary regeneration of American brands. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Paula Scher registration link)

March 24: Eliza Evansexperiments with sculpture, print, video, and textiles to identify disconnections and absurdities in social, economic, and ecological systems. The initial parameters of each work are carefully researched and then evolve as a result of interaction with people, time, and weather. Evans was born in a rustbelt steel town and raised in rural Appalachia. She currently splits her time between New York City and the Hudson Valley. Her work was exhibited at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY (2019), Edward Hopper House Museum, Nyack, NY (2019), Chashama Sculpture Field, Pine Plains, NY (2018), BRIC, Brooklyn (2017), and Purchase College, Purchase, NY (2017). Residencies include the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara (2020), Bronx Museum AIM, and Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN (both 2019). Evans holds an MFA from SUNY Purchase College in visual art and a Ph.D. in economic sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Eliza Evans registration link). Time Machine performance in the Arts Quad, March 25 April 22, 9a-4p.

April 5: Stephanie Syjucoworks in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and archive excavations. Using critical wit and collaborative co-creation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. Recently, she has focussed on how photography and image-based processes are implicated in the construction of racialized, exclusionary narratives of history and citizenship. For 2019/2020 she is a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC. She is featured in Season 9 of the acclaimed PBS documentary series Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century. Recent exhibitions include "Being: New Photography" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; "Public Knowledge," at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; "Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States," at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; and "Disrupting Craft: the 2018 Renwick Invitational" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Born in the Philippines in 1974, Syjuco received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, and a 2020 Tiffany Foundation Award. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, The 12th Havana Bienal, The 2015 Asian Art Biennial (Taiwan), among others. A long-time educator, she is an Associate Professor in Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Stephanie Syjuco registration link)



Fall 2019

October 8: Antwaun Sargentis an art critic and a writer who has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vice and more, as well as essays to multiple museum publications. His first book, “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion” will be published by Aperture this fall.  Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ AD120

October 28: Nina Stössingeris a Senior Typeface Designer at Frere-Jones Type in Brooklyn. She also teaches type design at Yale School of Art. Her published retail type designs include Empirica and Conductor (both designed with Tobias Frere-Jones), Nordvest, and FF Ernestine. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ AD120

November 6: Raheleh Filsoofi, is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Texas, South Florida and Iran. Her work synthesizes socio-political statements as a point of departure and further challenges these fundamental arguments by incorporating ancient and contemporary media such as ceramics, poetry, ambient sound and video; aiming for a holistic sensory experience. Her interdisciplinary practices act as interplay between the literal and figurative contexts of border, immigration and inter-cultural communications. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ AD120

November 12: Deborah Roberts, is a mixed media artist whose work challenges the notion of ideal beauty.
Her work has been exhibited internationally across the USA and Europe. Roberts' work is in the collections of Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles, California; Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey; and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ AD120


Spring 2020

January 30: Carla Repice, is a first generation Italian American born to Southern Italian immigrants Post-World War II. Her work investigates systems of oppression and memory, and probes the effects of racism and dehumanization on the human psyche. She will have a short-run exhibition of her series, The White Problem, in the Barbara Beach Gallery from Jan. 20-31. Conversational Discussion, 6:00 p.m. @ Barbara Beach Gallery

February 26: Heather Abelsis a senior matte painter with over 12 years of experience in the visual effects industry. Her work encompasses live-action blockbusters, animated feature films, national advertising campaigns, cutting-edge VR and concept work. She also has taught at several universities and has an ongoing workshop at CGSociety. She has worked at top studios including Walt Disney Animation, Blur Studios, Weta Digital, Matte World Digital, The Orphanage and Rhythm & Hues. During her time at Rhythm & Hues, she became matte department supervisor. In doing so, she was able to cross the divide between artists and technicians in order to build and adapt the department to meet new demands, as seen in the Academy Award-winning film “Life of Pi.” Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ Trahern Theatre

March 6: CECA TN Artist Fellow, The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created to celebrate contemporary art, and to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, nominations and applications from artists are not solicited. A committee of APSU faculty compiles a list of outstanding artists from across the state and selects the fellowship recipient. Through the generous support of the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts (CECA), the selected artist receives $5,000 to aid in the creation of new artwork. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ The Frist Art Museum

April 9: Cassils, is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood, and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ Trahern Theatre

*dates subject to change

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Below is just a selection of nationally and internationally renowned artists that the Department of Art + Design has hosted at APSU.





Duane Michals
John Pfahl
Anna Tomczak
Peter Laytin
Holly Roberts
Don Anderson
Christopher James
Sandy Skogland
Lorna Simpson
Clark Thomas
William Daley
Keith Carter
Dan Burkholder
Pedro Meyer
Joel Peter Witkin
Jack Spencer
Sean Kernan
Lalla Essaydi
Ted Orland
Jerry Uelsmann
Sally Mann
Bruce Davidson
Barbara Crane
Kenneth Josephson
Joyce Tenneson
Olivia Parker
Arno Minkkinen
France Scully Osterman

Printmaking/Book Arts

John Mominee
John Wood
Sue Coe
Eric Avery
Jim Sherraden
Joyce Sievers
Susan King
Katherine Ng
Amos Kennedy
Franco Mondini-Ruiz
Johanna Drucker
Joan Lyons
Ke Francis
Jo Dery
Carl Pope, Jr.

Art History/Art Criticism

Anselmo Carini
Dr. Ann Brown
Terry Barrett
Dr. Linda Stone-Ferrier
Susan Knowles
Ofelia Garcia
Merikay Waldvogel
Dele Jegede
Lawrence Weschler
Dinty Moore / “Brevity Magazine” 
Dr. Lisa Freiman
Nato Thompson




Marcel Fruh
Richard Painter
Dale Leys
Paul Rotterdam
William Bailey
Marilyn Murphy
April Gornick
Barbara Bullock
Carol Mode
Jack Beal
Jerome Witkin
Burrell Brenneman
Gina Priest
Erling Sjovold
Juan Martinez
Jimmie Cantrell
Beverly McIvers

Xu Bing

Duane Keiser
Amy Sherald
Tim Doud
Zoë Charlton


Paul Richter
Fred Cogelow
Les Miley
Carol Ann Haggard
Linda Behar
Priscilla Hollingsworth
Robert Brady
Vince Pitelka
Jo Stealy
Paul Soldner
John McQueen
Linda Lopez
Laura Splan
Sonya Clark
Joyce J. Scott

Graphic Design/Illustration

Dweck and Campbell
Gary Panter
Ann Field
Clive Piercy
Somi and Sojin Kim
Margo Chase
Simon Johnston
Susan Silton
Art Chantry
Andrea Dezso
Eric Drooker
Andy Engle
Vartan Kurjian
Scott McCloud
Pendleton Ward
Chip Kidd
Brian Owens
Andrew Smith "ampersandrew"
Rachel Briggs
Bryony Gomez-Palacio
Tad Carpenter
Colie Wertz
Mitch Goldstein
Kaye Vassey
Gail Anderson
Nina Stössinger




Ann Hamilton
Chris Robinson
Lida Gordon
Creighton Michael
Hubertus Von der Goltz
Claire Lieberman
Dorothy Gillespie
Andres Bally
Karim Noureldin
Robert Stackhouse
Margery Amdur
Kristy Dietz
Michael Spencer
Adrienne Outlaw
Greely Myatt
Mel Chin
Hirodazu Kosaka
John Medwedeff
Horatio Law
Michael Sarich
Willie Cole
Sheila Pepe
Jonathan Brilliant
PlantBot Genetics
Janine Antoni
Chris Boyd Taylor
PlantBot Genetics 
Stacy Levy
Steve Snell
Dario Robleto
Megan Geckler
Sharon Louden
Leonardo Drew

New Media/Performance/Sound

Paul Rutkovsky
Heinrich Lueber
Deanna Morse
Robert Wilson
Cheri Gaulke / Sisters of Survival
Henry Selleck
Greg Pond
James Luna
Chris Doyle
JIllian McDonald
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
Sondra Perry
Christine Sun Kim
Matt Roberts / Terri Witek


Acuff Chairs

Ted Orland - 1990
Jim Nutt - 1994
Frances Whitehead - 1998
George McCauley - 2002
Linda Norlen - 2006
Ian Berry - 2010
Scott McCloud - 2014
Sonya Clark - 2018