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Fall 2024

August 26 - October 4, 2024
Ashanté Kindle: Building Castles in Air
Clarksville's First Thursday Art Walk: September 5, 5:00-7:30 p.m., The New Gallery
Artist Lecture, September 17, 6:00 p.m., AD120
Reception/Gallery Talk: September 18, noon-1:30 p.m., The New Gallery
Clarksville's First Thursday Art Walk: October 3, 5:00-7:30 p.m., The New Gallery

ashante kindle

My work is an abstract exploration of the narratives embedded within Black hair. Each piece is an invitation to contemplate the profound generational connections and the personal tales entwined in the act of hair care. I utilize the textures, curl patterns, and styling of Black hair in abstract paintings and video work to envision new realities of personal existence that defy standards of conformity. By magnifying the hair strand on canvas, accentuated by stylish adornments, the cellular properties of the hair follicle begin to symbolize the infinite space of the cosmos.

My practice has become a physical manifestation of the peace I find in the cosmos and what lies beyond while on a personal healing journey back to self. I am thinking about the lost fragments of myself moving through atmospheres and portals on a journey back to me. This journey begins with hair as the first place I experienced autonomy and freedom. I now conjure these feelings and approach my process with the intention of spiritual exchange. Through the use of materials and tools like dye brushes, hair bows and barrettes and satin, I am now imagining the act of embedding healing and protection into DNA through hair as the starting place.

ashanteAshanté Kindle is a multidisciplinary artist known for her abstract sculptural wave paintings. Originally from Clarksville, TN, she received her BFA from Austin Peay State University (2019) and MFA from The University of Connecticut (2022). Kindle's work is grounded in the textures and science of Black hair and her healing journey back to self. Repeated gestures manifest as abstracted waveforms over time and become an act of labor and meditation that engages her body and emotions. She conjures feelings of autonomy and freedom, utilizing improvisation in her work as a vehicle for spiritual exchange. She was a NXTHVN Cohort 04 Fellow and has exhibited her work at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, The Benton Museum, Red Arrow Gallery, Johnson Lowe Gallery, Sean Kelly and most recently a solo exhibition at Belmont University along with numerous other galleries and institutions nationally. Kindle’s work was recently acquired by The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT, and is represented by Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville, TN.

October 21 - December 6, 2024
Sarah Sudhoff: Not a Drill
October 29, 6:00 p.m.: Artist Lecture, AD120
October 30, noon-1:30 p.m.: Reception/Gallery Talk, The New Gallery
November 7, 5:00-7:30 p.m.: Clarksville's First Thursday Art Walk, The New Gallery
December 5, 5:00-7:30 p.m.: Clarksville's First Thursday Art Walk, The New Gallery

not a drill

“Not a Drill” explores our increased exposure to gun violence and the alarming lack of measurable gun reform in the United States. The agencies, institutions and systems meant to protect us from gun violence are failing. As an artist and mother of two school-aged children, I feel compelled to respond to these atrocities and lack of action because gun violence devastates all people at personal, community, state, and national levels.

My project is attuned to focus on K-12 shootings, as well as the larger social issue regarding increased gun violence. Using every-day, child-centered materials such as paper, ink, felt, blankets, and plastic, paired with art-texts that read like headlines or protest slogans, I open up visceral conversations about the fragility of life. “Not a Drill” opens up visceral conversations about the fragility of life. In doing so, I arm individuals and communities with resources, solidarity, and a voice, rather than weapons.

sarah sudhoffSarah Sudhoff is a Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist who interweaves themes of art, science and technology. She deconstructs narratives to gain clarity and create immersive spaces for discovery through photographs, video, installation, and sound. For the past 15 years, her work has been influenced by her professional background as a photojournalist, which has allowed her to systematize her curious nature while maintaining a personal and ethical obligation to any given subject area.

All of her works are, in some way, socially engaged and inherently participatory. The way these methods and materials are utilized vary from project to project and take advantage of the media, site, and participants involved. Sudhoff's works can be categorized into one or more of the following three areas of concern: Ethics of Care, Social Practice, and Data Employment. By using creative practice as a mediator between subjective and objective experiences, she engages in conversations that address bodies and communities as shared and yet, ultimately, distinct.

Sudhoff's work has been exhibited at Blaffer Art Museum, McNay Art Museum, Donggang Photo Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Pioneer Works, Luckman Gallery, Magenta Foundation, Filter Photo, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Galveston Arts Center, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

Spring 2025


January 21 - February 7, 2025
Yun Shin: Record-Keeping
February 4, 6:00 p.m.: Artist Lecture, AD120
February 6, 5:00-7:30 p.m.: Reception/Gallery Talk/Clarksville's First Thursday Art Walk, The New Gallery

yun shin artThe relationship among objects, repeated actions, and anticipation evokes a magical power and charged energy that is ironic and compelling. I transfer ordinary objects onto two-dimensional surfaces based on my interpretation to celebrate their emotional value, preserving the objects and my memories and relationships. My work aims to approach containment and preservation from an emotive standpoint by utilizing ordinary objects that lend a sense of history and authenticity to individuals' experiences. These objects connect to personal biographies and embody the essence of individual lives.

I seek to capture the quiet moments of ordinary life through objects that evoke a sense of home, memory, and connection. My artistic process involves ritualistic elements and repetitive acts, reflecting an interest in embracing the emotional significance of seemingly mundane activities. Labor and time are integral components of my work; the hidden investment within each object becomes a vital aspect of its significance.

yun shinYun Shin lives and works in Clarksville, TN, and is an assistant professor of drawing at Austin Peay State University. She holds several art degrees, including an MFA in studio arts from the University of Texas at Austin, a BFA in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA in industrial design from Cho Sun University in South Korea. Shin has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in cities across the United States, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, Omaha, Des Moines, Nashville, and Minneapolis.

February 24 - March 28, 2025
Khari Turner: Lost at Sea
March 4, 6:00 p.m.: Artist Lecture, AD120
March 5, noon-1:30 p.m.: Reception/Gallery Talk, The New Gallery
March 6, 5:00-7:30 p.m.: Clarksville's First Thursday Art Walk, The New Gallery

khari turner art

“I’ve been trying to convince my shadow that I’m someone worth following.” — Rudy Francisco, My Honest Poem

The knowledge that water holds is in all of us, and realizing that we share this commonality is important to my practice. I use water from oceans, lakes, and rivers that have historical or personal connection to Black people -- water that I collect to mix with ink and pour onto my paintings. My paintings and drawings utilize abstraction and realistic renderings of Black noses, lips, and appendages to investigate the spiritual and physical existence of unknown ancestorial relationships with water. I paint to navigate through history and my identity, discovering the air of a story; A story of an embodied drop of water from the depths of the ocean - the imagined life of beings of water evaporated into the world and raised on the land of the free.

Using ocean water and ink on my paintings creates space for the material to dry and leave its traces on the canvas. The creation of crackled lines occurs as water cuts through ink reminiscent of bolts of lighting, tree roots, and human veins -- a Rorschach test of embedded reflection. From a solid to a gas, transformation becomes essential to my process. My work echoes an imagined world where a drop of water has a life lived through the body of the people it inhabits. By navigating through the story, the work takes shape and material along with it to create the boat and ocean that captains the journey.

khari turner

Khari Turner is an emerging artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Khari is currently living in Brooklyn, NY after finish his residency in Miami Florida with AIRIE. His early inspiration was his grandfather that worked as a draftsman drawing small images that Khari would recreate at an early age. Growing up in Milwaukee, his landscape consisted of vast nature and dense cityscapes fighting amongst a city well known for its continued segregation. This created a relationship to Black people, water, and his environment that plays a major role in his work now. He currently takes water directly from different bodies of water including the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, his hometown’s Lake Michigan and Milwaukee River water. He incorporates them in the work either mixing the water with paint or pouring directly on the surface of the work. His aims are to eventually start work directly related to water health, environmental conservation, and bringing art to low-income neighborhoods.

April 14 - April 30, 2025

57th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 3, 5:00-7:30 p.m.: (exhibition preview) Clarksville's First Thursday Art Walk, TNG
April 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Reception/Awards Night, The New Gallery

57 student showThis competitive juried show honors the Department of Art + Design's outstanding student artists for their hard work and creativity. The show is professionally juried from outside Austin Peay State University, emulating the practice of real-world art shows. The exhibition showcases the array of artwork produced by students during the past academic year and allows students to participate in a professional exhibition where a qualified juror selects artwork and artistic merit awards.