APSU to host Michi Meko’s ‘How Far We Haven’t Come’


The New Gallery, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art + Design, is pleased to present Michi Meko: How Far We Haven’t Come, to continue an exciting 2017-18 exhibition season.

At The New Gallery at Austin Peay State University, I am still thinking about space, but am shifting gears with the second exhibition of the season: Michi Meko: How Far We Haven’t Come. Unlike the Jamey Grimes exhibition, this work is not a celebration of space, but an investigation of space by asking, “How do you exist in public space when public space is a threat?”

According to Dr. Anthony Morris, Associate Professor of Art History for Austin Peay State Unviversity, “Michi’s work is an attempt to find a place for himself as a black man in 21st century American culture. He often uses the iconography of water, exploration, mapping, and found objects in his work to express a loss of trust, safety, and independence in a world that perceives him as a threat, a criminal, and identifies him first by his race and not his humanity.”

The exhibit opens October 2 at The New Gallery, located in the Art & Design building on the campus of Austin Peay State University, and runs through October 27. There will be a reception on October 5 beginning at noon, and a gallery talk with Michi beginning at 12:30 p.m. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Michi will project select films and video onto the exterior of The New Gallery as part of Clarksville’s First ThursdayArt Crawl. All are welcome.

Michi Meko lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and has exhibited extensively throughout the Southeastern United States. For more on Michi and his work, visit: michimeko.com.

Hours for The New Gallery are Monday – Friday9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays, and follows the university’s academic calendar. For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, Director of Galleries, 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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