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The Department of Art + Design's vision is to provide a creative environment that enables students to ask questions, think critically, and take risks as they gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary for a meaningful, productive life and work as critical makers in a global society.

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College Art + Design Day Registration is Available Now!

Visit our information page to learn more about College Art + Design Day and register for the event. This year we will be welcoming prospective students on February 16th, 2019.

Click here to check it out!

Painting demo College Art Day 2018


This week's BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Symphony Medley and Jasmyn Mullins

Medley Mullins Exhibition Posters

On October 8th Austin Peay’s graduating fine arts senior Symphony Medley will present her Senior Thesis exhibition: ‘I Am Not A Walking Stereotype’ in the Beach Student Gallery. The artist states, “My work is about the social and beauty standards that African-American women face on a daily basis. My show represents African-American women breaking the negative images caused by stereotypes, colorism, sexism, and the passive aggressive racism that surrounds them. I would like my audience to have an eye-opening experience and a sense of empathy regarding the effects of these issues on African-American women. It should not be as difficult as it is to be a woman in our society.” 

 Also this week, Austin Peay graduating senior Jasmyn Mullins, will present her Senior Thesis exhibition; ‘The Untold Narrative’ at APSU’s Art and Design building’s Beach Student Gallery room 201. Located on the second floor of the Art and Design Building, the gallery will be filled with comic books, paintings, a storyboard. The artist has been in three other gallery shows at APSU, and this will be her first featured solo exhibition. In The Untold Narrative the artist states, “I seek to broaden the spectrum of black women through various genres of comics: horror, mystery, comedy, and adventure. I want to break the stereotypes that have been placed on black women in the mass media.”

 These exhibitions will be on view from Monday through Thursday October 8th-11th in the Barbara Beach Gallery on the second floor of the Art + Design Building on the campus of Austin Peay State University. There will be an opening reception on Monday, October 8 from 5pm-7pm. The students will make short remarks about their exhibitions during the opening reception. The exhibitions are free and open to the public. 


Professor Susan Bryant Included in Exhibition in Illinois

Susan Bryant 2 BoysTwelve of Professor Susan Bryant's photographs were included in the invitational group show Artists and Children at the Edwardsville Art Center in Illinois.

The exhibition was open this summer from August 3 through September 8. 







Professor Virginia Griswold's Solo Exhibition Building Bodies at the Appalachian Center for Craft

Virginia Griswold SculptureVirginia Griswold Sculpture







Professor Virginia Griswold's exhibition Building Bodies explores the intersections between our bodies and the built environment. The exhibition runs from August 16 to October 1 in the Front Gallery at the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN


Professor Billy Renkl's Work in Exhibition in Ohio

Billy Renkl at Manifest


Professor Billy Renkl currently has a work in Textuality, a juried show at the Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center Gallery in Cincinnati, OH. The exhibition features artworks that employ letterforms; Renkl's collage is made from vintage postcards.












Art + Design Announces Exhibitions and Speakers for 2018-2019 

Visiting Artist Speaker SeriesGallery Exhibitions

The Department of Art + Design is excited to announce our 2018-2019 line up of exhibitions and speakers. This year we welcome such luminaries as Amy Sherald, Wendy Red Star, Sharon Louden, and Leonardo Drew.

The New Gallery is located in the Art + Design building and most of our lectures take place in AD 120, the lecture hall in Art + Design. The notable exception will be Amy Sherald who will be speaking in the UC Ballroom.

We are grateful to CECA (Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts) for their support. Without them, we would not be able to bring these amazing artists and designers to campus. 

For more information, visit Exhibitions and Speakers or email



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Lorilee Rager
Meet Lorilee Rager

Lorilee Rager is founder of and Chief Creative Problem Solver at Thrive Creative Group, LLC. Her passion for design began at a young age. As a farmer’s daughter raised in Allensville, KY, Lorilee found a creative outlet in drawing and photography. Eventually, she would grow up to attend Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she would earn her BFA in Graphic Design.

Robb Fladry
Meet Robb Fladry

Robb currently serves as the Dean of Students at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Robb is an established designer, artist and filmmaker, working professionally for over 15 years. Robb has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, the BEA Festival for Media Arts in Las Vegas and the Electronic Language International Festivals in Rio de Janeiro (2009) and Sau Paulo (2008).

Alexander Wurts
Meet Alexander Wurts

Alexander Wurts is a digital and interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Eugene, OR. He graduated from Austin Peay State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in 2014. After graduating, he went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts from University of Oregon. He is a currently a Co-Director at artist-run installation space Ditch Projects in Springfield, Oregon. His work can be viewed online at

Young Kim
MeetYoung Kim

Young Kim received a BFA from APSU and a MFA from the Univeristy of Kentucky. He is currently Associate Professor of Photography at Elon University.

Chris Downes
Meet Chris Downes

Christopher Downes graduated with a BFA from Austin Peay in 1996 and later received a Masters Degree in Fine Art & Design from the Tasmanian School of Art in 2002. He currently works as an editorial cartoonist for The Mercury Newspaper in Hobart, Tasmania as well as regularly contributing illustrations for Crinkling News, an Australian newspaper for children. In 2015, he was awarded the Stanley Award for best editorial/political cartoonist by the Australian Cartoonists Association.