CLARKSVILLE, TN – An Austin Peay Point out College graphic design and style pupil has landed a summer internship at the renowned Chautauqua Institution in New York.
Katie Boyer – who is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Style at Austin Peay and very last 12 months earned APSU’s inaugural Hazel Smith Summer time Investigate Fellowship – will be a gallery assistant for Chautauqua Visual Arts (CVA) Galleries through the beginning of August.
“This chance implies really a great deal to me,” Boyer explained. “It is a amazing likelihood for me to gain additional palms-on knowledge in the gallery planet.”
Boyer joined the CVA crew in early June, and her duties include performing with staff to install and get rid of exhibitions, encouraging in the CVA Craft Gallery, and packing and shipping and delivery artwork.
CVA is part of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, and is centered on four pillars (School of Art, Galleries, Lecture Collection & Functions and Enrichment).
Boyer is the very first Austin Peay college student to commit the summertime at Chautauqua since Khari Turner and Ashanté Kindle gained residencies at the University of Artwork in 2019.
“I have also under no circumstances completed everything rather like this in advance of,” Boyer mentioned. “The traveling experience by itself is something I have never ever performed by myself, and it is just as thrilling – and nerve-wracking – as the internship.
“This is a major milestone for me and my upcoming, and I can’t wait around to see what all it has in retail outlet for me,” she extra.
Boyer’s internship is courtesy of the Center of Excellence for the Imaginative Arts and the 6 Abilities Basis.
She’s also grateful for Austin Peay’s Michael Dickins, who has guided her as a result of major projects at APSU – this kind of as setting up an on the internet databases of the university’s artwork selection – given that the drop of 2020. Dickins is curator and director of The New Gallery and College Collections at Austin Peay.
“This possibility would not have been achievable devoid of him,” Boyer stated. “He was the one particular who launched this placement to me and who seriously advocated for me getting below.”
In the course of the internship, she’s looking ahead to opening evenings of the gallery’s exhibitions and setting up and eliminating the displays.
“It’s quite worthwhile to see an exhibition complete and to see people’s reactions to the will work,” she mentioned. “The bodily labor that goes into putting an exhibition jointly is 1 of my beloved elements due to the fact you get to be up shut and private with all the wonderful artworks. It is pretty fulfilling to see all that difficult perform spend off when the exhibition is entirely put in.”
After Boyer returns to Clarksville in August, she’ll total her senior yr at Austin Peay. She’s also eager to have “an awesome ultimate marching band season” with the Governors Have Marching Band and making her senior graphic design and style showcase.
“My objective is to make this very last 12 months at Austin Peay the very best a person but.”