Juried Art Show opens at The New Gallery


CLARKSVILLE: 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. There will be a reception + awards ceremony on April 25, from 5-7 p.m. All are invited to attend.

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.”

Cummings continues, “The diverse works on display represent a broad set of styles and themes, but share the common element of being the best examples of those particular media. I was excited to be able to see challenging content and exceptional craft throughout the submissions. Even more gratifying is how many artists are exploring the difficult terrain of social issues and challenging traditional models of representation and beauty. Together, these works encompass the finest impulses in the world of art.”

Yvette L. Cummings received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. While still enrolled at DAAP she was director of the 810 Gallery, interned at the Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati, and was the recipient of the Wolfstien Travel Fellowship to Spain.  Following her graduate work, Cummings became an instructor for the University of South Carolina Department of Art.  She was awarded the Stephen J. Dalton Teacher of the year from USC University in 2011. Cummings is currently a Teaching Associate at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Her work has been exhibited in multiple group and solo exhibitions throughout the South and Midwest. Her work can be found in both public and private collections and has been featured in the 701 Center for Contemporary Art 2015 South Carolina Biennial in Columbia, SC as well as Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC.  Cummings was most recently the recipient of the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists under 40. Yvette L. Cummings currently resides in Conway, South Carolina where she devotes her time to her studio work, teaching, and family.

The exhibition is open from April 2 – April 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  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.
For more information on this exhibition, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at dickinsm@apsu.edu.

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 The New Gallery, 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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