The ETSU Department of Art & Design and the Slocomb Galleries in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies and the Urban Redevelopment Alliance (URA) present Ascension, a multimedia group exhibition by Graduate Fine Arts Association (GFAA) at the Tipton Gallery from March 20th through April 5th, 2013. The reception and gallery talk is on April 5th, First Friday from 6-8 pm., with Dr. Cecilia A. McIntosh, Dean of the Graduate Studies as Guest of Honor.
The works in the exhibition demonstrate a range of expression and exploration in a variety of approaches including new media, painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, book arts, and graphic design. Ascension features new works by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates and New Media Studio (MA) students. The participating artists are Katherine Block, Art Brown, Melisa Cadell, Kyle Darnell, V. Kelsey Ellis, David Gwaltney, Sherry Maddox Murphy, Greg Pace, Neal Peterson, Maja Savic, Katie Sheffield, Brooke Wedding, Jennifer Weiler, and Danielle Winger.
Ceramicist Sherry Maddox Murphy collects clay from around the country, especially from her home state of Colorado, which she adds to her porcelain pieces; while Greg Pace’s ceramic paintings demonstrate a complex relationship of color exploration and ceramics.
Sculptor Melisa Cadell’s sculpture portrays the human form as a fragile vessel commanding examination from many different perspectives. Meanwhile, printmaker Kyle Darnell’s self-portrait woodcut relief prints reflect a process of self-discovery within the context of spiritual enlightenment.
Paintings and drawings by Katherine Block, Danielle Winger, and Kelsey Ellis explore concepts regarding self-identity, human relationships and decadence.
Neal Peterson and David Gwaltney, both in the New Media program will present performances during the reception. Peterson’s video performance addresses his desire to combine art and music while Gwaltney’s musical performance reflects his interest in ethos of the DIY movement as well as a deep respect for the spiritual and psychedelic. Also from New Media is Jennifer Weiler’s whose work focuses on the aesthetics of traditional painting shown through animation and computer programming.
Graphic designers Maja Savic explores the beauty of the old abandoned and discarded household items in digital collages, while Brooke Wedding combines her exploration of the meaning of words combined with her love of book arts. In his work using linocuts and antique letterpress wood type, Art Brown is creating images based on recent events and news stories—such as last year’s presidential election and the controversial closing of Hostess bakeries,
Katie Sheffield’s photographs are based upon her lifelong interest of the people and communities of southern Appalachia. She is currently photographing Civil War re-enactors and how they have integrated into the twenty-first century south.
The Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring Street, Downtown, Johnson City, TN. All events are open to the public free of charge. The Tipton Gallery is open to the public for viewing on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., Friday’s 5-7 p.m., or by appointment; with extended hours during receptions, First Fridays and scheduled tours. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact SG Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423.483.3179. You may also visit www.etsu.edu/cas/art/slocumb or the ETSU PlanIt Calendar for event updates.