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Gallery Staff

Gallery Director

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Michael Dickins - director and curator of The New Gallery and University Art Collections
MFAIA - Goddard College, BFA - Georgia Southern University

Dickins' role as a curator in a university setting is to provide diverse programming that is visually appealing, physically engaging and intellectually challenging to the university and surrounding communities. "As a gallery director, it is my privilege to provide a safe space for artists to experiment with their craft, engage with the public, and participate in a dialogue on issues of social, cultural and political identity that is welcoming and accessible to the public."

Dickins earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a BFA from Georgia Southern University. He also completed the International Curatorial Program, NODE Center for Curatorial Studies, based in Berlin, Germany. He has attended, chaired, and presented on various conference panels at CAA, SECAC, AAMG and AAM, and has served as juror for apexart NYC on multiple occasions.

His work has been exhibited throughout the Southeastern U.S. as well as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, Houston, San Diego, Portland; Augusta, Maine, Istanbul and Berlin. He has twice been a featured artist at {Re}Happening at Black Mountain College, and has received commissions from the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company for original sound score and projection design.


Gallery Assistants

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Katie Boyer '22 - chief gallery assistant / social media manager. 2021 Hazel Smith Summer Research Fellow. Former Jewel Birdsong Curatorial Scholarship recipient.
BFA Graphic Design
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Sara Roach '24 - gallery assistant / Jewel Birdsong Curatorial Scholarship recipient
BFA Animation + VFX
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Rheanne Bouchard '23 - gallery assistant / CECA performance scholarship recipient / 2022 Hazel Smith Summer Research Fellow
BFA Studio Art


When not working directly with The New Gallery on exhibition installation, the gallery assistants work primarily with the University Art Collection. This work includes the cataloging, photographing, handling, restoring, researching, exhibiting and care of the 3000+ piece art collection of Austin Peay State University.

Gallery Assistants are scholarship recipients that are interested in applying their work hours to learn valuable museum-management skills in an active, hands-on environment. If you are interested in becoming a gallery assistant, please contact Michael Dickins, dickinsm@apsu.edu or in person at AD 235e.