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In the College of Arts and Letters students are encouraged to learn and live responsibly and imaginatively, embracing diversity and collaboration as they strive to elucidate the larger human condition and shape intentional, ethical, socially just lives.

In the College of Arts and Letters; students are encouraged to learn and live responsibly and imaginatively, embracing diversity and collaboration as they strive to elucidate the larger human condition and shape intentional, ethical, socially just lives.

In the College of Arts and Letters; students are encouraged to learn and live responsibly and imaginatively, embracing diversity and collaboration as they strive to elucidate the larger human condition and shape intentional, ethical, socially just lives.

College of Arts and Letters


  College of Arts & Letters News and Events


Yvette Cummings at the New Gallery

The New Gallery Presents Yvette Cummings: Splendor & Fault

Cummings is using her art to open dialogue and have sometimes-difficult conversations regarding child abuse, adolescence and maternal struggles.

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Dr. Amy Gillick

Dr. Amy Gillick, Assistant Professor of Double Reeds, has been selected to perform at the 47th International Double Reed Society Conference 2018 in Granada, Spain


APSU Music Student Hayden Gieseman

Hayden Gieseman (MM in Performance, student of Dr. Spencer Prewitt) has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 UTM Woodwind Day College Research Competition 


Plait by Professor Susan Bryant

Plait by Professor Susan Bryant is on exhibit at SE Center for Photography

Professor Susan Bryant is exhibiting Plait, from the series “Presence and Absence” in "Shades of Black & White" at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina.

This image is a digital print made from a scan of an original 4x5 wet-plate collodion glass negative made in a 4x5 camera. The exhibition was juried by Susan Burnstein and runs from February 2 – 24, 2018.

For more information please visit the website at Sec4p.com



APSU Guitar Fest

APSU Guitar Fest - February 12 - 14, 7:30 PM

Austin Peay State University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present the annual APSU GuitarFest featuring guest artist concerts and workshops.  The concerts will be held February 12-14 at 7:30pm in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.  



Carrie Meadows Poetry Reading

Zone 3 Press and CECA Present a Reading by Carrie Meadows

February 15 - 8 PM
Art + Design Building Room 120

Carrie Meadows is the author of Speak, My Tongue (Calypso Editions, 2017), a poetry collection celebrating self-taught artists of the American South. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Mid-American Review, and The Common, among other publications. In the past couple of years, Carrie has completed several residencies for both the Rivendell Writers’ Colony and the Sundress Academy of the Arts. Her work has multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and in 2008, she was named winner of the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of Virginia Prize. Outside of writing, she also teaches creative and professional writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.




Professor Virginia Griswold moderates discussion on women in sculpture at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN

Professor Virginia Griswold

The artist discussion moderated by APSU Sculpture Professor Virginia Griswold featured artists Kristen Jensen, Kylie Lockwood, Ellie Krakow, and Vadis Turner. The panel discussion at Zeitgesit Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee centered on contemporary women artists whose practice includes sculpture. It was presented in conjunction with the exhibitions "States of Matter" at Zeitgeist and "The Fingertip Is an Image-Forming Organ of Sight" at Coop Gallery. The discussion was held on February 3rd but the corresponding exhibition at Zeitgeist runs until February 24th. You can find more information about that exhibition here.


Professor Scott Raymond

APSU  Art + Design Professor Scott Raymond contributes to BBC animated special, "The Highway Rat"

"Toward the end of the film, in the final sequence, there are three shots I did with the Highway Rat and a couple of other characters," Raymond said.

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Øystein Baadsvik, Tuba Virtuoso

The Department of Music and CECA Present Øystein Baadsvik, Tuba Virtuoso

February 20th, 7:30 PM
Mabry Concert Hall

Øystein Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, rather than becoming a member of an orchestra or accepting a teaching post. His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist has taken him all over the world. The unique virtuosity and musicality Mr. Baadsvik’s brings to the tuba have established him as the exemplar of the instrument.  www.baadsvik.com


MF Briton

APSU Vocal Music Student MJ Britton Wins Recognition at the Great Composer Competition Series

MJ Britton was awarded Second Prize for Best Schubert Performance in the International Music Competition / Great Composers Competition for her performance of Nur Wer die Sehnsucht kennt accompanied by Tyler Saunders on piano.



Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" gets comic book makeover at APSU

This February, APSU is bringing the bard's comedy to campus, and the production will feature animation and a pop art sensibility.

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Dr. Christophe Konkobo

Dr. Christophe Konkobo, APSU Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, has published La Pratique du théâtre moderne au Burkina Faso [The Practice of Modern Theatre in Burkina Faso] (Paris: Éditions L’Harmattan, 2017).  This detailed study explores the development and practice of theatre in the West African country of Burkina Faso from a chronological and thematic perspective; examines major figures and their contributions; and looks ahead to the future of Burkina Faso’s theatre.



History Honor Students

APSU history honor students present at national conference in New Orleans

Five Austin Peay State University students recently presented their research at the Biennial Phi Alpha Theta National History Conference in New Orleans.

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College Art + Design Day

APSU hosts College Art and Design Day on Feb. 10

High school art students, as well as their art teachers and parents, are invited to participate in this daylong experience of college programs and careers in the visual arts.

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Award-winning textile artist Sonya Clark is the 2017-2018 Acuff Chair of Excellence

Award-winning textile artist Sonya Clark will return to the campus of Austin Peay State University as the 2017-2018 Acuff Chair of Excellence, after being selected by the faculty of the APSU Department of Art + Design.

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APSU alumnus Cory Schantz to perform Guest Artist Recital on Feb. 8

The Austin Peay State University Music Department will present baritone Cory Schantz in a Guest Artist Recital on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall.

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Professor Karen Sorenson

APSU French professor Sorenson is Tennessee's Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

Austin Peay State University Professor of French literature Dr. Karen D. Sorenson has been named this year's Jacqueline Elliott Award for Service in Higher Education recipient by the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA).

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APSU graduate student Mejeun receives Level 2 certification from National College Learning Center Association

APSU graduate student Emmanuel Mejeun recently received Certified Learning Center Professional - Level 2 certification through the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).

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Abbi Wilt

Department of Communication alumna Wilt enjoying "dream job" with Southern Living Magazine

An assistant digital editor with Southern Living Magazine, New Brunswick, Canada native — and Austin Peay State University alumna — Abbi Wilt already knows that she followed a rather unique path to her dream job.

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Scott Raymond
Meet Scott Raymond

“At 2 a.m., when you're getting a little punchy, it's great to look up and remember that you're animating a T-Rex chasing after a country star.”