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.”