Austin Peay’s Art + Design celebrates student work with annual juried exhibition

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Department of Art + Design will celebrate the end of the 2021-22 academic year with the 54and Annual student exhibition with jury. The exhibition with professional jury opens in the new gallery on April 4 and continues until April 27.

The exhibition will conclude with a reception and awards ceremony from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 27. All are invited to attend the free ceremony.

APSU President Mike Licari, middle, reviews student art at the 2021 Juried Student Exhibition.

Art + Design is proud of its students and wants to reward its outstanding student artists for their hard work and creativity. The 54and The annual student-juried art exhibition is curated by professionals from outside Austin Peay State University, mimicking the practice of real-world art exhibitions. The exhibition presents the best works of art produced by students during the past year and allows students to participate in a professional exhibition where a qualified jury selects the works of art and awards artistic merit.

About the juror

This year’s juror was Adrienne Chadwick, director of arts at the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation and arts consultant at Culture Conduit.

Chadwick is an artist and arts administrator who has dedicated 27 years to reinventing audience engagement and diversity in art museums. Previously, she was Curator of Interpretation at the Mississippi Museum of Art (2019-2020), Associate Director of Education at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (2016-2019), Head of Education at the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (2012-2016) and Director of Education at the Young At Art Museum (1995-2012).

She serves on selection committees including the National Endowment of the Arts, National Congressional Art Competition, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, and is a member of the Caribbean Museums Association Board of Directors.

Chadwick’s studio art practice uses accumulation, repetition and translucency to express ideas related to power and resistance, in society and nature. Some group exhibitions include “Introspective: A Reckoning of the Soul” (2021) Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida; “The Tree, Is the Porch, Is the Waterhole” (2020) African American Research Library and Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; “Local Global Borderless Caribbean XII” (2020) Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, Florida.

Based in Hollywood, Florida, born in Toronto, Canada, and a citizen of Belize, Chadwick is an avid traveler who has visited all seven continents and is dedicated to supporting the cultures and customs of her local communities.

About the art

This year’s exhibition features 58 works of art chosen from 145 submissions created by the following artists: Kaos Armstrong, Freddy Batts, Emelia Beck, Rheanne Bouchard, Katie Boyer, Brayden Clark, Hayley Collins, Peyton Dickens, Micah Downing, Gene Duncan, Barb Edwards, Jordan Fulsom, Uyango Ganzorig, Courtney Gatewood, Gore, Vivian Havelka, Garlyn Jarrell, Samuel Lara, Mars LeBlanc, Autumn Maczko, Iseabeul Melvin, Danny Miller-Romero, Melodie Moen, Carol Nadeau, Ray Nidiffer, Emma Schwartz , Arays Smith, Taylor Spainhoward, Sarah Spillers, Cassidy Stanfield, Suncerea Stephens, Starr Thorne and Jada Wilson.

For those unable to view the work in person, a virtual 3D gallery tour will be released by April 8.

The department will announce the winners of the jury prizes – as well as the winners of the CECA purchase price and the summer research prize – from 5:30 p.m. on April 27 during the awards ceremony in the new gallery.

For more information about this exhibition, contact Michael Dickins, Gallery Director, at

James C. Tibbs