APSU concludes 2015-16 Visiting Artist Speaker Series with Jo Dery


apsu-logo-small_150Austin Peay State University’s Department of Art and Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to welcome animator, illustrator, bookmaker and installation artist Jo Dery to campus for a visiting artist lecture. Dery’s lecture will conclude the 2015-16 season of the Department of Art and Design’s Visiting Artist Speaker Series.

The lecture will take place Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in room 401 of the Trahern Building, and is free and open to the public.

Jo Dery is an artist who experiments with visual storytelling. Her creative practice is rooted in drawing, mining autobiography and a deep love of the natural world for inspiration. She makes short films, books and comics, works on paper and mulitmedia installation projects.

Her short films have screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. In 2012, she received the Helen Hill Award, which supports innovative independent filmmakers. She has been awarded grants from the LEF Foundation, The Free History Project and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her drawings and prints have been exhibited in Providence, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Berlin. Her little books can be found in independent stores like Ada Books (Providence), Quimby’s (Chicago) and Little Otsu (Portland).

She is currently an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, and is also serving as one of the outside jurors for The Department of Art and Design’s 48th Annual Student Juried Exhibition.

For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at dickinsm@apsu.edu.


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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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