The ETSU Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Alliance and the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship proudly present ‘The FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art’ from November 1 to 27, 2013, at the Tipton Gallery. The awarding reception is on November 1, First Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland as guest of honor. In line with the new gallery art talk program ‘ArtIfact’, Prof. M. Wayne Dyer will discuss political art on November 21, 3rd Thursday at 6 p.m. at Tipton Gallery.
The FL3TCH3R Exhibit is a national juried show focused on socially engaged and politically motivated art. Progressive art has been integral in the development of contemporary art, this exhibition explores the current trends and trajectory in this field. Recent social, political and economic uncertainty has encouraged the production of work that are not meant for mere market commodity but rather, works serve as avenue or agent for societal transformation. The exhibition aims to recognize and advance this endeavor for politically motivated art. Furthermore, the exhibit benefits the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship Fund which eventually will benefit an ETSU Art & Design student and will be endowed through the ETSU Foundation.
This year’s juror is Michael Aurbach from Vanderbilt University and former President of the College Art Association (CAA). Juror Aurbach selected 50 works out of the 119 artists’ submissions from forty (40) different US states and Canada. The participating artists are: Kamal Al Monsour (CA), Sharyn Bachleda (TN), Cristina Blau (TX), Bryna Bobick (TN), Art Brown (TN), Mark Burleson (GA), Melisa Cadell (NC), Katelyn Chapman (SC), Morgan Chivers (TX), Erik Conrad (KS), Derek Decker (IN), Justin Diggle (UT), Deanna Douglas (MS), Debra Drexler (HI), Matt Drissell (IA), Carrie Dyer (TN), Myra Eastman (CA), Cathy Fields (WA), Lucy Annis Ganje (ND), Amy Guidry (LA), Rogelio Gutierrez (AZ), Lucy Julia Hale (GA), Kathryn Handzlik (TN), Lidia Hasenauer (CA), Margaret Haydon (CO), Mary Hood (AZ), Shreepad Joglekar (KS), Kent Kapplinger (ND), Gary Keown (LA), David Marquez (KY), Jill Martin (NC), John Meza (PA), Cristin Millett (PA), Kelly Nelson (VA), Soon Ee Ngoh (MS), Nancy Ohanian (NJ), Alfred Quiroz (AZ), John Risseeuw (AZ),Skip Rohde (NC), Steve Rossi (NY), Douglas Sandelin (CA), Michael Sanford (NC), Alan Skees (VA), Liselot Van der Heirjden (NY), Cindy Wang (CA), Andrea Wheless (NC), Mitchell Williamson (TN), David Willison (FL), Joyce Wynes (NC).
The exhibition is in memory of former ETSU student Fletcher H. Dyer, age 22 who was lost too soon in a motorcycle accident on November 5, 2009. As an artist and graphic designer, Fletcher created works that addressed social and political issues that exposed injustices through visual means. Fletcher’s work embodied purposeful, deliberate perspective of his personal endeavor to employ art as social commentary. A son of equally socially-engaged lawyer and ETSU faculty/artist, Fletcher was a senior at the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) under the Bachelor of Fine Arts program with concentration in Graphic Design. Fletcher won 5 ADDY awards locally and one SILVER district ADDY award. To find more about Fletcher, visit: http://fletcherdyer.com/.
For more information, contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via email@example.com or call 423.483.3179. The Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring St., Downtown Johnson City. All events are open to the public free of charge. Gallery hours are: First Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., Mondays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays 2 to 5 p.m., Thursdays 4 to 6 p.m. and by appointment.