Amber Briggs and Amy Dean awarded APSU Art & Design’s first Student Summer Research Award
Posted by: Barry Jones at www.artapsu.com
The Student Summer Research Award is sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Art & Design and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts. It was established to create opportunities for selected art students to conduct studio research during the summer when they might not be registered for classes. The award provides $2500 to two students who propose a well conceived and intriguing body of work. The award will culminate in an exhibition on the campus of APSU in the fall after the award. This is the first year of the award.
The 2015 Summer Research Awards were granted to Amber Briggs and Amy Dean.
The jury was delighted with the quality of the applications! This is the first year for this award, and we didn’t know what to expect; every one of the submissions had merit. A broad range of techniques and sensibilities was represented – from classic documentary photography to performance art, from paintings based on ancient techniques to collaboration as a contemporary art practice. The applications were of a professional level, and ratified for us that our advanced students are already transitioning into their lives as professional artists.
– Professor Billy Renkl, Chair of the Summer Research Award Committee
Amber Briggs will use the funds to create a body of collaborative works based on her family dynamic. In her proposal she stated “Truly at the heart of this motivation are motherhood and my relationship with my four year old son, Parker”. She is inspired by her son’s creativity and way of looking at the world.
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