Clarksville, TN – A graphic design student from Austin Peay State University (APSU) has landed a summer internship at the famous Chautauqua institution in New York.
Katie Boyer — who is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design at Austin Peay State University and was awarded APSU’s first Hazel Smith Summer Fellowship last year — will be an assistant to gallery for Chautauqua Visual Arts Galleries (CVA) until early August.
Boyer joined the CVA team in early June, and his responsibilities include working with staff to set up and take down exhibits, assist with the CVA Craft Gallery, and pack and ship artwork.
CVA is part of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, and is centered on four pillars (School of Art, Galleries, Lecture Series & Events, and Enrichment).
Boyer is the first Austin Peay State University student to summer at Chautauqua since Khari Turner and Ashanté Kindle were awarded residencies at the School of Art in 2019.
“I’ve never done anything like this before,” Boyer said. “The travel experience alone is something I’ve never done on my own, and it’s just as exciting – and nerve-wracking – as the internship.
“This is an important step for me and my future, and I can’t wait to see what all of this has in store for me,” she added.
Boyer’s internship is courtesy of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Six Talents Foundation.
She is also grateful to APSU’s Michael Dickins, who guided her through major projects at APSU – such as the creation of an online database of the university’s art collection – since Fall 2020. Dickins is Curator and Director of the New Gallery and University Collections in Austin. Paid.
“This opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without him,” Boyer said. “He was the one who introduced me to this job and really advocated for me to be here.”
During the internship, she looks forward to the opening nights of gallery exhibitions and the installation and removal of exhibitions.
“It’s very gratifying to see a full exhibition and to see people’s reactions to the works,” she says. “The physical labor involved in setting up an exhibition is one of my favorite parts, because you can be up close and personal with all the amazing artwork. It’s very rewarding to see all that hard work pay off when the exhibit is fully installed.
After Boyer returns to Clarksville in August, she will complete her senior year at Austin Peay State University. She’s also looking forward to having “an amazing final marching band season” with the Governors Marching Band and building her senior graphic design showcase.
“My goal is to make this past year at Austin Peay the best yet.”