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Department of Art

Jul 8 2014 - 10:16am

Dr. Tony Morris

Two Americans in Paris Lecture

7 pm Thursday, July 31

At 7 pm, Dr. Tony Morris, Assistant Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University, will discuss the exhibition Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood. The bar opens at 5 p.m., so come early to mingle and enjoy an adult beverage.

Grant Wood, The Luxembourg Gardens, 1923, oil on masonite, 2001.12


Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood

From the mid-nineteenth century until WWII, American artists flocked to Paris in pursuit of inspiration and professional credibility.   Widely regarded as the cultural capital of the world, the French metropolis provided fertile ground for inspiration by enabling aspiring artists to study the Old Masters on display at the Louvre and experiment with contemporary artistic trends.

The exhibition Two Americans in Paris focuses on the experiences and subsequent careers of two such artists–Grant Wood and Stuart Davis. Both studied in Paris during the 1920s and eventually enjoyed considerable reputations for depicting scenes of American life. But while Wood adopted the more retardaire impressionist style of painting during his travels and famously rejected abstraction upon his return to the United States, Davis responded to the artistic innovations of French modernism. Deeply affected the art of Matisse and Fernand Léger, Davis developed a unique style of art that reconciled the aesthetic concerns of avant-garde artists with his desire to capture the vitality of American urban life and culture.

Curated by Dr. Rima Girnius, the exhibition will feature paintings and works of paper from the Figge’s Grant Wood Archive as well as a selection of Stuart Davis lithographs from a private collection.

This exhibiton will be on view July 12, 2014 through November 2, 2014.

Jun 27 2014 - 1:09pm

Jonathan Wheeler


Art Series by Jonathan Wheeler

The Framemaker proudly presents “Wallpaper” a photograph exhibit by artist Jonathan Wheeler. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 3, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of July during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Jonathan Wheeler is a 2013 graduate of Austin Peay State University. He explores many different mediums in photography such as cyanotypes, dry tintypes, solargraphy with use of pinhole cameras and lomography. He recently placed first in the 2014 Clarksville Downtown Artist Co-op annual photography competition (alternative, experimental) category.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

Jun 24 2014 - 12:25pm



July 24, 2014 – 6:30 pm

Artists’ Forum: Mark Hosford and Barry Jones

Rechter Room ~ Free

Artists’ Forum is a program in which regional artists discuss the thoughts and processes behind their work. Participants are encouraged to come and be a part of the dialogue about the artistic process. In conjunction with the Frist Center exhibition Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, Nashville artists who use animation as their medium or are inspired by the visual language of animated film have been selected for two summer Artists’ Forums; the second is scheduled for Thursday, August 14.

Mark Hosford specializes in drawing, printmaking, and animation. Hosford’s work draws from a fascination with ghost stories, oddities, stream of consciousness, and personal narratives. Barry Jones is a digital video and sound artist. Jones has far ranging interests in music, the history of film, new technologies, and social activism.