The University’s Chairs of Excellence
The University’s Chairs of Excellence include the Roy Acuff Chair in the Creative Arts, APSU Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise, Harper-Bourne Chair in Business, and Lenora C. Reuther Chair in Nursing.
The Center of Excellence for Field Biology
College of Science & Mathematics
Phone: (931) 221-7019
To identify, study and preserve biodiversity.
The Center of Excellence for Field Biology at Austin Peay State University brings together scholars from various biological disciplines to conduct research on biotic communities in Tennessee-Kentucky and adjacent eco-regions, including experimental ecology, general ecological theory, definition of biodiversity, evolution and systematics, applied biological science, and community outreach through focused and regional environmental education programs. Field-based observations and methodologies are an integral component of these research endeavors.
The Center provides research assistantships to undergraduate and graduate students that provides them with hands-on experience in various areas of field biology under the mentorship of practicing scholars. For more information visit our website at http://www.apsu.edu/field-biology/.
Art Galleries and Information
To learn more about the following, visit www.apsu.edu/art-design or call 931-221-7333.
The New Gallery is Austin Peay State University’s contemporary art gallery operated by the Department of Art + Design. Located in the Art + Design building, the New Gallery features 6 professional exhibitions each year with corresponding guest artist lectures, gallery talks, and other programming. The New Gallery, and all corresponding programming, is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Curator-guided tours of exhibitions are available by request.
The Barbara Beach Student Gallery is located in the Art + Design building and hosts senior exhibits featuring works by graduating art majors. Hours vary with each exhibit.
The Living Gallery is a communal studio space that accommodates ten dedicated student studios for Art + Design majors. It’s a space where selected students can share ideas and visitors can see our students at work.
The Jenkins Gallery, located in the Morgan University Center, showcases the Ned and Jacqueline Crouch Folk Art Collection.
The CECA Visiting Artist Speaker Series, sponsored by CECA, brings as many as 8 top artists, designers, curators, and thinkers to Austin Peay State University and the Clarksville community each year.
The University Art Collection is comprised of approximately 3000 pieces of very diverse art objects: paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, drawings and historical objects. The permanent collection can be viewed throughout campus and includes the Trahern Edmondson Sculptures, the Ned and Jacqueline Crouch Folk Art Collection, and the Robertson Photography Collection.
Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts
College of Arts and Letters
Location: Harned Hall, 128
Phone: (931) 221-7876
The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA or “seek-ah”) offers students, faculty, and the Clarksville community unique experiences in music, theatre, dance, creative writing, and visual arts. Whether you are a participant or an audience member, there are over 100 arts events to choose from each year presented by nationally and internationally-acclaimed guest artists. CECA is symbolic of the University’s commitment to the enrichment of life, which can be realized through an understanding and appreciation of the arts. Most events are free and open to the public.
Established in 1985, CECA is the only program of its kind in the state, offering students rare opportunities to learn from as many as 75 esteemed guest artists from around the world each year in the preparation and study of the arts. CECA’s programs emphasize collaboration between visiting artists and university students, resulting in the highest possible standards of artistic achievement.
CECA coordinates with the departments of Art + Design, Creative Writing, Music, and Theatre & Dance to support the creation of new works and to present works musical productions, recitals, concerts, theatre performances, literary readings, and visual arts exhibitions. Curricular activities sponsored by CECA include classes, lectures, workshops, seminars, master classes, public school outreach, and symposia focusing on the various arts disciplines and interdisciplinary nature of the arts for undergraduates, graduate students, and members of the community. CECA also manages the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence, which brings exceptionally high-level authors, musicians, artists, actors, and teachers to campus to work with students and the community in a dynamic atmosphere of unrestricted experimentation. CECA also funds undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students in the creative arts.
CECA also took over the management of APSU’s Community School of the Arts (CSA) in 2017. The CSA offers a variety of arts classes for children and adults, from beginning to advanced levels, in the areas of dance, theatre, music, creative writing, and visual art, serving over 300 students per year.