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Juror: Anja Foerschner, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

P/N 32 'We Are The Artists'
March 13 to April 7, 2017, Slocumb Galleries
Reception: March 23, Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., Slocumb Galleries
with Juror's Lecture at 6 p.m., Ball Hall Auditorium

P/N 32 'Open'
March 13 to 24, Tipton Gallery
Cabaret Performance by ETSU Patchworks: March 17, 6:30 p.m.

Presented by the ETSU Department of Art & Design, and Slocumb Galleries with the Honors College Student Society, Women's Resource Center
and ETSU Civility Celebrations



Jurying, selecting, and curating an exhibition is an incredibly exciting, but also terribly challenging process. How do you choose the right works?

There is a reason that no one was ever able to find a universally valid definition for the often-asked question of “What is good art”?: Art and its audience interact in a subjective way that prevents any objective criteria from being established for what makes a viewer respond to an artwork positively or reject it. Every viewer, regardless of if s/he is “professional” or not, comes to an artwork from a different background, and with an idiosyncratic set of emotions, knowledge, and expectations. Vice versa is every artwork created by a unique individual, who has their own skillset, intention, creative process, material of choice, or intention.

When reviewing artwork, I thus have to resort to and rely on my own dialogue with it, a sometimes scary, but necessary process. In my experience, the greatest exhibitions have been curated following a strong vision with, with a curator pursuing rigorously a certain, often personally colored idea or argument. The reason for these narratives to become successful being that a good exhibition is not about pleasing everyone in the audience and illustrating a point everyone can agree on, but rather being about visualizing, narrating, and mediating a particular, maybe novel or unusual statement or thesis. This will, without doubt, draw criticism as not everyone will agree with that argument or the tone in which it is presented. But criticism is ultimately what makes an exhibition (and for that matter also an artwork) good. An exhibition that creates dialogue and dissent is an exhibition that triggers thought processes and thus goes beyond being pure pastime.

In my opinion about today’s art we are, in our contemporary culture, beyond the point where art is merely for pleasant contemplation. Now, more than ever, art needs to reclaim its place in society by moving us, making us think, pushing us to reconsider our opinions. We need art that interferes with our everyday lives, with our society, our politics, our history, and our culture. Art can do this in numerous ways and sometimes it is not even the most overt way that proves the most effective. At the same time, art needs to remain a unique tool for an artist to express his or her opinion, to work through one’s own struggles, and articulate one’s standpoint. In societally or politically difficult times, art is (and remains to be) a valid form of expression as well as a mirror in which we are confronted with our individual and common truths.

March 2017

Best of Show Award: 'Tension' by Brandy Scholl

Honorable Mention: 'Hidden Face' by Eun-Kyung Suh
'Engage' by J. Casey Doyle
'Mountains and Streams: Secular & Pecuniary' by Xia Gao (P/N32 Open)
'Rebuild #2' by Sapun Ngoensritong (P/N32 Open)

P/N 32 ‘We Are The Artists’
Mahedi Anjuman, Jenny Balisle, Jan Burleson, James Buxton, Bradley Coulter, Alex Curtiss, William Douglas, Sofia Dow, J. Casey Doyle, Stuart Fingerhut, Joel W. Fisher, Lidia Hasenauer, Adrian Hatfield, Meena Khalili, Gediyon Kifle, Sara Madandar, Noelle Mason, Dan McCormack, Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, Adam Mysock, Brittany Richards, Kelly Salchow MacArthur, Brandy Scholl, Nikko Sedgwick, Todd Slaughter, David Stein, Eun-Kyung Suh, Patricia Turner, Lara Vaienti, Jennifer Weigel, Shaun Whiteside, Raymond Yeager

P/N 32 Open
Shafaq Ahmad, Marissa Angel, Aaron Bernard, Jeanne Brady, Christine Carr, Antuco Chicaiza, Brent Dedas, James Deeb, Emily Denlinger, Amber Eckersley, Michael Fischerkeller, Haley Floyd, Xia Gao, Andrew Hairstans, Mark Hall, Briena Harmening, Thomas Jackson, Perry Johnson, Jini Kim, Blazo Kovacevic, Monika Malewska, David McBeth, Amy Misurelli Sorensen, Dale Newkirk, Sapun Ngoensritong, Carlos Pacheco, Nicholas Petrow, Terre Layng Rosner, Anika Smulovitz, Sarah Sutton, Mary Turner, Carlos Urdaneta

Past Exhibitions

Positive/Negative 22
Juror: Toby Kamps
Menil Collection, TX

Positive/Negative 23
Juror: Antoine Guerrero

Positive/Negative 24
Juror: Pradip Malde
Sewanee University, TN

Positive/Negative 25
Juror:Julien Robson
PA Academy of Fine Art, PA

Positive/Negative 26
Juror: Sammy Nicely
Atlanta, GA

Positive/Negative 27
Juror: Dr. Gail Levin
PN27 'Material Transformation'

Positive/Negative 28
Juror:Michael Ray Charles
Art21 & UT Austin, TX
PN28 'Minority Rule'

Positive/Negative 29
Juror: Buzz Spector
Washington University, MO
PN29 'Open and Pages'

Positive/Negative 30
Juror: Dr. Mika Yoshitake
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Positive/Negative 31
Juror: Al Miner
Museum of Fine Arts,
MFA Boston, MA
PN31 'American' and 'Woman'


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