Monthly Archives: December 2016

Black Women To Host Mayoral

The forum will be moderated by retired educator Edna Varner, who currently works for the Public Education Foundation and is very involved in community service.

For those seeking to hold City Council seats, a second forum will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, 1734 East Third St.

The forum will be moderated by Tom Griscom, former managing editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press and who currently provides strategic communication consultations with a focus on education, utilities and health care.

Candidates from both races have been extended invitations to participate. As an organization interested in Chattanooga’s future and actively engaged in the city’s political and economic process, NCBW strongly encourages the community to attend both forums.

NCBW is a non-partisan, advocacy organization and does not endorse candidates or contribute to political campaigns. The organization’s role is to provide a means to educate and inform the public, allowing voters to make better, more informed decisions.

The mission of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is to advocate on behalf of Black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.  Michele McNeill-Emery is national president and Beverly P. Johnson is president of the local NCBW chapter.

Juried Student Exhibition

The UTC Department of Art 2017 Annual Juried Student Exhibition with Juror Jeffrey S. Morton, professor and chair, Art Department, Covenant College, is now open at the Cress Gallery at UTC.

There will be a Juror’s Public Lecture Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Room 201, Derthick Hall, 624 Vine St., followed by the public reception and juror’s awards presentation in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center.

There will be a Juror’s Professionalism Session on Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. in Room 356 Fine Arts Center.

The exhibition runs through Jan. 27, closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  All events and daily admission are free and open to the public.

A longstanding tradition within the mission of the Cress, this event provides students currently enrolled at all levels of the UTC Department of Art’s curricula the opportunity to submit their work for consideration by an independent jury. Participation in this professional process exemplifies the dedication of these students, the quality of their efforts in studios and classrooms, and their investment in their education from foundations to contemporary trends in art, said officials.

This year’s exhibition is unlike any in the past. It is diverse in content, varied in media and scale, and authentic in nature. Each work is unique. Whether the solution to an assigned problem or the development of an original concept, mastery of skill, embrace of risk, and desire to creatively express an objective are clearly apparent, said officials.

Mr. Morton selected 57 entries from a total of 105 submissions. His selections include two dimensional work created in graphite, charcoal, oil, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas, wood, or paper; sculpture in metal, wood, plaster, concrete, or fiber; analog and digital photography; animation, manipulated and original video; “zines”, artists’ books, posters, and other examples of graphic design. Visitors will find themselves not just observing but also physically interacting, reading and listening.

In his statement, the juror offers an analogy to the wild fires that blanketed the city in smoke on Nov. 7, and the political fallout that surrounded the national election of Nov. 8. “Whatever we call it, the last few months for many of us felt like we had been stumbling our way through a material fog and a political haze,” said Mr. Morton.  “Since art is a part of a particular community and context, our artists felt it too….The works in this collection address how artists not only feel their way through the haze, but more importantly how they work their way through it. They use their work to make sense of their environment and the events that surround them.”

Museum Announces Summer

Full day camps run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and include snacks. Campers are asked to bring a peanut-free, brown bag lunch. Admission is $184 for members; $230 for non-members.

June 5 – 9
Street Level: Ages 12 to 14
Young teens break boundaries in this camp when they discover spray paint as a way to make art and create their own graffiti work.

June 12 – 16
C-ART-ography: Ages nine to 11
“X marks the spot” for treasure hunters and geography lovers alike when they create artistic maps and chart a new course for artistic adventure.

June 19 – 23
Move It, Bend It, Shape It, Sculpt It: Ages six to eight
Yoga and art become one when campers make their bodies into living sculptures and then create artistic sculptures with other media.

June 26 – 30
Art2 D2 Squared: Ages nine to 11
Imagination meets invention when campers meld art and robotics to create something truly distinctive.

July 10 – 14
Art Detectives: Ages six to eight
Campers uncover the mysterious histories of art and artists and then create their own works filled with clues and mystery.

July 17 – 21
Mixed with Media: Ages nine to 11
Go viral with art this week when campers learn more about messages in art and in social media. Participants will create their own mixed media works blending technology and traditional media to make their own viral sensation.