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African American Artist Michael Ray Charles to Present Juror’s Lecture at the 28th Annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition at ETSU
Start Date: 3/4/2013
End Date: 3/4/2013

Event Description:

The Slocumb Galleries and the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University in partnership with the the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Affairs Association and the ETSU Student Government Association (SGA) proudly present the 28th Annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition from February 18 to March 8, 2013. This year’s Juror is acclaimed contemporary artist Michael Ray Charles, an African American painter based in Texas and one of the first group of artists featured at the high profile series on contemporary art at PBS - ART21. Juror Charles will present a lecture during the Awarding Reception on March 4, Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ernest C. Ball Hall Auditorium.

This year’s theme for the 28th Annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition is “Minority Rule”. According to Charles, the theme Minority Rule “is a concept inspired by evolving forces integral to life in America during, what I refer to as, the threshold years of the 21st century. Cultural norms, traditions, and values are in a constant state of negotiation.  In an attempt to accommodate non-traditional norms that are shaped by technology, labor, economics and globalization, established customs and beliefs are re-examined, modified, and, in some cases, rendered obsolete.“ He added, “As Americans take measure of complexities associated with accommodating non-normative perspectives, they also seek to understand our society's shared  triumphs and failures.  This exhibition seeks nuanced artworks that reflect the complexities artists confront today.”


Juror Michael Ray Charles is a professor at the Department  of Art and Art History at the university of Texas at Austin.  His paintings “scathingly address issues of identity that concern postmodern art and society. Charles’s paintings ridicule the ‘romance’ of the Old S o u t h a n d b l a c k subservience. By situating viewers in an historical continuum, Charles is able to emphasize the extreme nature of racist stereotypes, producing a sense of dissonance as viewers find themselves.” He had solo and group exhibitions in New York, Germany, Paris, Belgium, Santa Fe, Norway, Miami and Spain. His work have been reviewed and documented on various publications and film documentaries, one of which is “Race Is Place” in 2006, he was also consultant to Spike Lee’s film “Bamboozled.”  He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and his work are on private and public collection including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, San Antonio Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. He is represented by the Tony Shafrazi Galery in New York  and the Cotthem Gallery in Belgium and Spain.


For more information, please contact the Slocumb Galleries’ Director, Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay via email or call 423.483.3179. All events at the Slocumb Galleries are open to the public free of charge. The Slocumb Galleries are located at Ernest C. Ball Hall along Sherrod Drive, open Mondays thru Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours during receptions and scheduled group tours. For event updates, please visit or ETSU PlanIt Calendar under Museum and Galleries category. You may also ‘Like’ or ‘Friend’ us at Facebook to receive event updates.

Contact Information:
Name: Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay
Phone: 423.483.3179
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