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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On Saturday, October 9th, the Second Annual Art Alumni Homecoming Exhibition honored the work of the talented art graduates of the APSU Department of Art. Sponsored in addition to the art department by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, the show, located in the Trahern Building Gallery, encompassed more than 100 entries.

A free entry to the art show also included an excellent outdoor reception with hamburgers and all the trimmings prepared by Bill Farmer. One of the surprises of the afternoon was a presentation to Mr. Farmer for his great contributions to the Department of Art. The portrait called “Bill” by artist Brad Reagan portrayed Mr. Farmer himself. The intricate drawing was executed in conte crayon and was worthy of a grand prize in itself.

Christopher Burawa, Executive Director for the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, said, “This show is especially of interest because it reveals how our alumni are growing as artists and it is so good for our current students to see their work.”

APSU executives attending the show included new Provost, Dr. Tristan Denley, (recently joining APSU from the math department of the University of Mississippi), and Dr. Dixie Webb, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of Art History.

APSU history came alive with the memories of Claudell Wootton, an alumnus of the Department of Art, who revealed that her childhood was spent in Harned Hall, the oldest building on the APSU campus. After her mother died when she was eight, Ms. Wootton came to live in Harned Hall with her aunt, Hazel Smith, the first art professor at what was then first “The Normal” and later “Austin Peay State College.”

The show featured a creative variety of artwork including watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil painting; clay, wood and sculpture; digital art; quilting; graphic design; prints; photography; ceramics; stoneware; pen and ink; conte crayon; charcoal; etching; collage; reed and fabric baskets; letter press; stained glass; wood turning; gelatin silver; hand-painted paper; and statement art including compositions featuring laundry lint and a spray-painted oil-filled barrel. Although many pieces were not for sale, those offered ranged from $20 to $3,000.

Gregg Schlanger, chair of the department, served as master of ceremonies after APSU President Tim Hall was detained by serving in the Homecoming Parade taking place down Eighth Street adjacent to the Trahern Building. Schlanger, whose charming sense of humor held the festivities to a relaxed and enjoyable celebration of alumni talent, presented the following awards (parenthesis includes year of graduation):

President’s Awards:

  • Grand Prize – Monica Quattrochio (1998) “Ripple,” digital photo

Outstanding Prizes: (all of equal standing)

  1. Lynne Waters-Griffey (1972) “Civil War Cannon,” watercolor
  2. Patricia A. Hudson (1972) “Intricate Depths,” watercolor/pastel
  3. Sheila Dannenmaier (1978) “After the Storm,” acrylic
  4. David Hughes (1979) “untitled III,” acrylic/acetate canvas

People’s Choice Awards:

  • Jerry Abernathy Church (1977) “Elephant at Sunset,” quilt
  • Monica Quattrochio (1998) “Ripple,” digital photo
  • Susan Tomi McGolrick Cheek (2010) “Fishy,” fish print
  • Gwendolyn Rodriguez (1991) “Black Bean Soup,” oil painting

Judges’ Awards:

  • Amazing Award – Claudell Wootton (1947) untitled watercolor painting

Best of Show:

  • (from 1940 – 1979) Jerry Abernathy Church (1977) “Elephant at Sunset,” quilt
  • (from 1981 – 1999) Lisa Cook (1986) untitled digital print
  • (from 2000 – 2010) Marc Pewitt (2000) “Origins,” mixed


A number of awards were presented by faculty members of the Department of Art and APSU dignitaries.

From Bettye Holte, emeritus faculty, to Miranda Herrick (1999) “C line,” pen and ink

Awards of Merit

  • From Provost Tristan Denley to Melody Shipley (1996) “Open Vessel,” stoneware
  • From Dean of the College of Arts and Letters Dixie Webb to Mandy Schmucker (2006) “3rd Life,” laundry lint

Honorary Mention (chosen by art faculty members):

  • Danesha Stallings (2007) “Energy,” mixed media collage
  • Piper Bell (1999) “Hawaiian Volcano Fern,” digital photo
  • Melody Shipley (1996) “Open Vessel,” stoneware
  • Sam Mathews (2006) “Reach,” oak sculpture
  • Sam Mathews (2006) “Walking Stick,” oak sculpture
  • Leigh Averitt-Neperud (2002) “Spider Web,” photography
  • Howard D. Marklin (1973) “The Bear,” cherry bowl (wood turning)
  • Nikki Romero (2008) “Rest Stop,” holochrome silver gelatin
  • Kristina Lyle (2003) “Movement,” paper
  • Nancy Diamond (1997) “Starla and Darla,” clay
  • August Hampton (2000) “Green Gesture,” painting
  • Lindsey Davis Ward (2009) untitled oil on board

Not to be missed!

The next show at APSU Department of Art is the APSU Faculty Biennial beginning October 14th and continuing through October 30th. Sponsored by The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art, gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am until 4:00pm On Saturday and Sunday, the gallery is open from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Sue Freeman Culverhouse
Sue Freeman Culverhousehttp://culverhouseart.com/
Author of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013) Sue Freeman Culverhouse has been a freelance writer for the past 36 years. Beginning in 1976, she published magazines articles in Americana, Historic Preservation, American Horticulturist, Flower and Garden, The Albemarle Magazine, and many others. Sue is the winner of two Virginia Press Awards in writing. She moved to Springfield, Tennessee in 2003 with her sculptor husband, Bill a retired attorney. Sue has one daughter,  Susan Leigh Miller who teaches poetry and creative writing at Rutgers University. Sue teaches music and writing at Watauga Elementary School in Ridgetop, Tennessee to approximately 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She also publishes a literary magazine each year; all work in the magazine is written and illustrated by the students. Sue writes "Uncommon Sense," a column in the Robertson County Times, which also appears on Clarksville Online. She is the author of "Seven keys to a sucessful life", which is  available on amazon.com and pubishamerica.com; this is a self-help book for all ages.

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