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Oct 5 2015 - 3:37pm

APSU Art and Design

Oct 5 2015 - 2:58pm

APSU Art and Design Katie Morgan

APSU’s Trahern Gallery 108 will be exhibiting the thesis work of Katie Morgan. The exhibit opens on October 19th with a reception from 5 to 8 pm, and it will remain open till October 23rd.

The exhibit, titled “Signs of Life” features several paintings and books documenting everyday life for current and future transitions of that of a young adult leaving a receding farm community. Eggs became the material of choice in making the work as they represented  rebirth and fragility of the people,places, and things they encase.

Her work has been shown in the annual US Bank show in 2014. More recently ,“Indomitable” a series of five egg books were selected for “Southern Exposure: Academic Book Arts in the New Millennium” an exhibition curated by the University of North Carolina.

Oct 5 2015 - 2:36pm

APSU Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, welcomes international curator, Dr. Lisa Freiman, as part of its Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Dr. Lisa Freiman, an internationally recognized curator and leader in the contemporary art field, is the inaugural director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), scheduled to open in 2016. She received her doctorate in modern and contemporary art history from Emory University and went on to become a member of the faculty of art history, theory, and criticism at the University of Georgia and part of the curatorial department of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Between 2002 and 2013, she served as senior curator and chair of the contemporary art department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).

Freiman is an internationally recognized curator and leader in the contemporary art field. During her 11 years at the IMA, Freiman transformed the experience of contemporary art in Indianapolis. She created a dynamic and widely renowned contemporary art program that has become an influential model for encyclopedic museums as they engage with the art of our time. Actively seeking out the works of emerging and established international artists, Freiman has provided a platform to support artists’ work through major traveling exhibitions, commissions, acquisitions, and publications. In 2011, Freiman served as commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion in the 54th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, presenting six newly commissioned, site-responsive works by Puerto Rico-based artists Allora & Calzadilla, the first collaborative to be presented in the U.S. Pavilion.

The lecture will take place Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in room 401 of the Trahern Building, and is free and open to the public.

For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at

Oct 5 2015 - 8:28am

APSU Art and Design Barry Jones

Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action
Nave Gallery
October 8 – 31, 2015

Visaural includes works around themes of social, cultural, economic, human rights, women’s rights, political and social justice activism that combine visual art with music in order to tell a compelling story and, by doing so, affirm the many bonds between sight and sound. Artists were asked to choose a song to which to pair their art – a song that was directly linked to the theme of the work, a song that inspired the work or that was played as part of the artistic process.

Professor Jones submitted For Neda to the exhibition.

Neda Agha-Soltan was killed in Iran on June 20, 2009 during protests arising from the 2009 elections there. Her death was captured on video by bystanders and posted on the internet. Her death has been described as “probably the most widely witnessed death in human history”.

My 8 year old ( at the time ) daughter was incredibly moved by a story she heard on NPR about Neda. We decided to sing Neda the most comforting song we could think of, “Three Birds” by Bob Marley. It is the same song that I sang to each of my children the first time I held them.