The Student Summer Research Award is sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Art & Design and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts. It was established to create opportunities for selected art students to conduct studio research during the summer when they might not be registered for classes. The award provides $2500 to two students who propose a well conceived and intriguing body of work. The award will culminate in an exhibition on the campus of APSU in the fall after the award. This is the first year of the award.
The 2015 Summer Research Awards were granted to Amber Briggs and Amy Dean.
Amber Briggs will use the funds to create a body of collaborative works based on her family dynamic. In her proposal she stated “Truly at the heart of this motivation are motherhood and my relationship with my four year old son, Parker”. She is inspired by her son’s creativity and way of looking at the world.
Amy Dean will use the award to travel to New York City to gather images to advance her work. Experiencing a crowded, urban, multicultural environment will help put her paintings and drawings into a specific context. In her work, Dean explores her emotional experience of life and the particular way that she sees the world.