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APSU hosts 40th annual student exhibition

Austin Peay State UniversityThis 40th Annual Student Exhibition is on display now through April 13 at the Trahern Gallery Austin Peay State University.We offer a mere tease of the exhibit, a sampling of what our artists have to offer. Hopefully it will entice you visit.

This annual student exhibition is an inspiration and a source of pride to me. Viewing this show gives me that other kind of food that is as necessary as air to a prosperous nation.

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication.~Claus Oldenburg


In Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, she says that to recover our own sense of creativity and well-being we need to make “artist’s dates” with ourselves. We need to go out and see what others are doing, what the world is presenting to us in the way of creativity. Doing that is a huge source of food for thought and inspiration to us.


Cowboy Shakespeare

Since I worked to recover the inner artist much later in my life, I sometimes wonder “what if” I had followed my interest in art as a younger person. Influenced by the age-old idea that art is not something that makes a living, that it’s what you do in your spare time, I pursued things that were more difficult in the business world. I once thought that something that was easy and fun for me was not practical. I admire those who can stick to their life interest in the arts, and I have discovered that even in the business world, art is a necessary way of communication.

(about the father)


Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.~Margaret Young,

(my favorite)

The Trahern Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

* Quotes found in the Artist’s Way

Debbie Boen
Debbie Boen
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter's choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.

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