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Austin Peay Art + Design announces 2021-22 exhibition, visiting artist schedule

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(Posted Aug. 27, 2021)

The Department of Art + Design at Austin Peay State University is excited to announce its 2021-22 season of exhibitions and visiting speakers. Generously supported by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA), the Department of Art + Design can bring nationally/internationally recognized artists and thinkers directly to Clarksville with programming that is free and open to the public.

The New Gallery, APSU’s contemporary art gallery, hosts five curated exhibitions showcasing contemporary art from regional and national artists, as well as the annual juried student exhibition each year.

“I say this every year, but I’m really excited about this year’s slate of exhibitions and speakers,” said Michael Dickins, gallery director and Visiting Artist program chair. “We’re beginning our fifth year in the new Art + Design building, and we are continuing to bring world-class artists directly to Austin Peay and the residents of Clarksville. With invaluable support from CECA, this excitement will continue as The New Gallery will host an exciting exhibition lineup of contemporary artists that will challenge, awe and inspire our students to push themselves in their individual practices. And our Visiting Artist Speaker Series will allow our students and community to directly interact with the influential artists of our time.”

The New Gallery has extended its availability to give more people a chance to see the exhibits and artists.

“Though the gallery is open and free to the public during the week, many people find it difficult to visit during this time,” Dickins said. “Every exhibition this year will be open during Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to make the exhibitions more accessible to the community. For those outside of our area, each exhibition will be accompanied by a 3D virtual tour, a technology that we adapted to make our exhibitions accessible during the shutdowns of the pandemic. The virtual tours were so successful, it would be a shame to not continue that part of our programming. We hope this year will bring more people to campus to see the work in person versus virtually as they did last year.”


The New Gallery exhibition season includes contemporary art and artists visiting from Richmond, Virginia; Oakland, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee; Swannanoa, North Carolina; and three from New York City: 

Visiting Speakers

The 2020-21 CECA Visiting Artists Speaker Series features artists from Richmond, Virginia; Canyon Country, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Brooklyn, New York, and two based in Los Angeles, California.

The New Gallery will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment. Curator-guided tours are also available upon request for small groups. Closed on weekends and holidays and follows the university’s academic calendar. For more information on the exhibitions or lectures, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at dickinsm@apsu.edu. To stay informed of upcoming events or scheduling changes, follow both The New Gallery and the Department of Art + Design on Facebook and Instagram.

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