Art + Design News and Events
BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Did It Really Happen? by Kaya Gasperich and We're Both Forever by Rachel Prince
APSU Department of Art + Design presents the senior BFA Thesis Exhibitions, Did It Really Happen? by Kaya Gasperich and We're Both Forever by Rachel Prince. The exhibitions will be held in the Barbara Beach Gallery, room 201, in the Art + Design Building. There will be an opening reception April 23rd from 5-7pm. The artists will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through Friday April 27th.
Austin Peay’s graduating fine arts senior Kaya Gasperich will present her Senior Thesis exhibition; Did It Really Happen? in the Beach Gallery. Her gallery will be filled with large scale black and white images. Kaya Gasperich says about her exhibition, “My work explores the huge gray area on consent and the effects and repercussion of being sexually assaulted.This work also tackles the bias against those that have been sexually assaulted. It incorporates not only imagery but also audio content so the viewer has an immersive experience to my work. An experience that will hopefully leave them asking questions about the ambiguity of some of the images and some of the straightforwardness of the other ones.”
Graduating senior Rachel Prince will present her senior exhibition We're Both Forever. Through automatic writings and paintings, Rachel chronicles the emotional isolation she encountered as she maneuvered through a long distance relationship. Rachel says of her work, "We're Both Forever is a letter to myself. The work forces me to remove myself from the isolating anxiety I put myself through and view it as if I am an onlooker. Thus, forcing myself to realize all of this turmoil is only alive in my mind."
The exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Dr. Smithers Publishes Essay on How Michelangelo "Broke Bad”
Dr. Tamara Smithers recently published an essay entitled “Michelangelo: Going against
the Grain” in an edited volume called Breaking with Convention in Italian Art. Few artists before his time ignored convention as much as Michelangelo did, especially
in regard to established social norms, working practices, and artistic style. When
dealing with colleagues and patrons, his no-nonsense, larger-than-life personality
cast a large shadow. Whether requesting double pay or refusing pay in order to maintain
full creative control, Michelangelo practiced art his way. For the most part, he refused to work with apprentices; the attempts to teach a
singular student how to draw were so comical that the two could only laugh at how
bad the drawings were. In his pursuit of artistic freedom, Michelangelo rejected the
traditional bottega system (by claiming not to run a typical workshop) and eschewed guild membership.
Moreover, his individualism reveals itself in his personal style, especially his carving
technique. His tendency to refine parts of his sculptures while leaving others rough
suited his multi-faceted persona, as he claimed to be both rozzo and aristocratic. As explored briefly in this study, Michelangelo went against the
grain in more ways than one.
BFA Thesis Exhibition John Edmondson: The Word That Matters Opens April 16th
On April 16th from 5-8pm Austin Peay graduating senior John Reid Edmondson Jr will present his Senior Thesis exhibition; The Word That Matters in the Barbara Beach Student Gallery. Located on the second floor of the new Art + Design Building, the exhibition will contain recent works of a Biblical nature. John will also have an outdoor public sculpture installed in front of the Art + Design Building entitled Genesis 8:21 and 22. This piece consists of a simulated rainstorm inspired by both Hurricane Harvey, as well as, the biblical story of The Flood.
There will be an opening reception April 16th from 5-7pm. The artist will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through April 20th. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
50th Annual Student Exhibition opens at The New Gallery
The Department of Art + Design celebrates the end of the 2017-18 academic year with the 50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The professionally juried exhibition opens in The New Gallery on April 2 and runs through April 25. Join us in recognizing the achievements of our students during the reception + awards night on Wednesday, April 25 from 5-7 p.m. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., we will announce the award winners for the juried student exhibition, CECA Purchase Award winners and Summer Research Award recipients. The closing event will be held in The New Gallery, and all are invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public.
According to this year’s juror, Yvette Cummings, “I consider it an honor and privilege to have been asked to select work for this year’s 50th Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition. The difficult but enjoyable task of selection that falls to any juror was amplified by both the high quality and large number of the pieces submitted. This year’s exhibition saw 306 submissions with 47 of those selected. Those works selected represent, to a certain extent, the biases of the juror. As an educator and artist myself, I am faced with the challenges of evaluating artwork from a broad spectrum of artists. I use my curatorial experience to select the best examples of artworks submitted. Those exceptional objects that demonstrate sincerity, ambition, and uniqueness were singled out for special recognition.”
BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Misconception by Joshua Jenkins and Corporis by Blaine Gundersen
APSU Department of Art + Design presents the senior BFA Thesis Exhibitions, Misconception by Joshua Jenkins and Corporis by Blaine Gundersen. The exhibitions will be held in the Barbara Beach Gallery, room 201, in the Art + Design Building. There will be an opening reception April 2nd from 5-7pm. The artists will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through April 6th.
This week graduating senior Joshua Jenkins will present his senior exhibition of oil paintings. Josh Jenkins says of his work, “I believe that the writings in all forms of scripture and religions hold true and are a great starting point for a person's understanding of how they should attempt to live, but in these paintings I aim to showcase some grey areas where I hold reservations or might just think are obsolete to a world we live in. I want the viewer to leave this room seeing my point of view whether they agree with it or not.”
Austin Peay graduating senior Claudia Blaine Gundersen will present her Senior Thesis Exhibition & Undergraduate Research; Corporis at APSU’s Beach Gallery. The exhibition will be filled with anatomical organs of the human body shown through the techniques of papercutting. The artist wants to show to the viewer that the actions that we take on our bodies now will have negative long-term effects. The primary examples include drinking excessively, abuse of drugs, and smoking. These specific actions target organs such as the liver, heart, and lungs. Gundersen displays her body of work as grotesquely beautiful within our own bodies.
Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Dr. Smithers invited to speak at the University of Rochester
As one of four scholars invited to participate in the annual Ferrari Humanities Symposium held March 26-28, 2018 at the University of Rochester in New York, Dr. Tamara Smithers will present her new research.
This year’s symposium theme is Michelangelo. Her talk is entitled “Michelangelo’s Artistic Sainthood,” which discusses the cult following of Michelangelo known as “il Divino,” the Divine One, in Florence.
BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Phylum Mechanica: The Works of Alak Gene by Josh Coggins and Re-collecting by Abigail Damer
APSU Department of Art + Design presents the senior BFA Thesis Exhibitions, Phylum Mechanica: The works of Alak Gene by Josh Coggins and Re-collecting by Abigail Damer. The exhibitions will open Monday, March 26th with a reception from 5-7pm. The artists will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through March 30th.
Josh Coggins presents Phylum Mechanica: The works of Alak Gene. Exhibition features the research and creations of renowned mycologist, Alak Gene. Known for his secrecy and advanced techniques, most of Gene’s work was lost or is still being discovered. The creations he made would pave the way for advancements in the field of mycology as well as advanced technology. The mechanized organism he created employed technology and skills well ahead of his time. His source of materials and techniques are still unknown as well as the fate of Gene himself. Viewers are urged to immerse themselves within the experience. To explore and investigate the work space of Gene. Perhaps finding clues to solve the missing information surrounding such an interesting character.
Austin Peay graduating senior Abigail Damer will present her Senior Thesis exhibition; Re-collecting. Loss and remembrance are strong themes imbedded in the installation. The loss of loved ones, memories, and emotions are reclaimed through the work as the artist shares the intimate spaces and objects found in her grandmother’s home that remind her of departed family members.
Professor Cynthia Marsh to Lead Letterpress Workshop in Australia
Professor Cindy Marsh will lead a one day workshop on April 7th titled, "BIG, BOLD and in your FACE: Using letterpress text in posters." The workshop will explore the potential of working with large scale wooden type from the F.T Wimble collection to create posters with a message and impact. This workshop is presented as part of the Wimble’s Wayzgoose 2018 Program at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armindale, New South Wales, Australia.
For more information on the event, visit the website here.
BFA Thesis Exhibitions: An Immigrants' Daughter by Yasmine El-Chaer and Nature of Beast by Tara Swalgren open Monday March 19th
APSU Department of Art + Design presents the senior BFA Thesis Exhibitions An Immigrants’ Daughter by Yasmine El-Chaer and Nature of Beast by Tara Swalgren. The exhibitions will open Monday, March 19th with a reception from 5-7pm. The artists will give short talks about their work beginning at 5:30pm. The show will continue through March 23rd.
Yasmine El-Chaer: An Immigrants’ Daughter will be a series of work revolving around the experience that her and other girls have grown up around in America. Yasmine wants to create a series of work that sheds light on the life of second generation women. She feels that they are an underrepresented class and due to her own experiences was moved to speak on the topic.
Tara Swalgren says about her exhibition Nature of Beast, “I have always been interested in animals. They are majestic, mysterious, and desired. These are some of the many reasons I pursue making these works. I find them captivating, but I want to make the animals more desired, more captivating, more mysterious. I integrate other natural elements into these images. They are fantastical yet they appear feasible. They don’t look so far off from the animals we see in our lives. You might even believe that you have seen something like this before. I want my viewer to enjoy the creature and plants integrated into each piece. I want you to get lost in the color and textures of the work. I want you to indulge yourself, if only for a moment.”
Professor Ken Shipley and APSU Senior Heather Smith in Exhibition in Italy
La Meridiana, International School of Ceramics, presents an exhibition of the ceramic works created by the teachers and students involved in the On Centre 2018 program on March 25 in Certaldo Alto, Italy. Professor Ken Shipley and Austin Peay senior Heather Smith have been in Italy this semester at La Meridiana. Ken Shipley has been teaching classes, researching, and creating, while Heather Smith has been preparing for her senior thesis exhibition. Both will be exhibiting work in this show along with the other international teachers and students from On Centre 2018 at La Meridiana.
BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Heather D. Gilliam "Entropy" and Addyson Skelton "Meander" open Monday, March 12th
APSU Department of Art + Design is proud to present the BFA thesis exhibitions for Heather D. Gilliam and Addyson Skelton.
The exhibitions will take place in the Barbara Beach Gallery located on the second floor of the Art + Design building (rm 201). An opening reception with remarks by the artists will be held Monday March 12th from 5-7pm. The gallery will then be open daily through Friday, March 16th.
Heather D. Gilliam's show “Entropy” will cover a wide range of work mimicking that of films and video games. These conceptual works include comic book- like storyboards, painted landscapes, interiors, and character turn-arounds. This will be Gilliam’s very first exhibition at Austin Peay.
Gilliam says of her work “Entropy is a law of the universe in which all orderly things must move towards chaos. My senior exhibition ‘Entropy’ takes this concept and forms an entity with a will.”
Graduating student, Addyson Skelton will be exhibiting "Meander." "Meander" is a short demo and concept for a future indie game. The exhibition includes documentation of the development process, future plans, and the opportunity to play the demo, yourself.