Staff & Volunteers


The Slocumb Galleries recognize the service and commitment of our hardworking staff and volunteers whose contributions are essential to the success of every exhibition and accompanying activities that we present. We are grateful and appreciative to all your support. Maraming salamat po!

Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay


Administrative & Curatorial Support

The Slocumb Galleries are supported by the ETSU Department of Art & Design, an advisory Gallery Committee comprised of select faculty who reviews proposals, the Slocumb Galleries Student Society (SGSS) and the Friends of the Slocumb Galleries whose membership range from volunteers and sponsors from the academic and local communities.

The SG Staff are comprised of graduate and undergraduate students under the Tuition Scholars (TS), Academic Performance Scholars (APS), Federal Work Study (FWS) and the Career and Internship Program.

If you wish to volunteer or apply for internship, please contact
Karlota I. Contreras-Kotervay at or call 423.483.3179
Thank you and see you at the Slocumb Galleries!


Students may apply for internships for the Slocumb Galleries. We offer either 1 credit hour or 3 credit hour ARTA course. Applicants need to submit their resume via Careers & Internship Services at ETSU c/o Mr. Wayne Speer. Applicants will be interviewed and accepted by the Slocumb Galleries Director. If enrolled, the internship class is allocated as ARTA (studios art) course.



Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay is the Director of the Slocumb Galleries under the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University. Since her appointment in 2006, the Slocumb Galleries has developed a consistent year-round exhibition program of innovative shows and collaborative activities with the various units within the academic and local communities.

As director at Slocumb Galleries, one of her priority programs was to strengthen the Visiting Artists Program. She has curated numerous exhibitions of emerging, regional and nationally-renowned artists, some of which are: 'Constructing Image: Insights to the Andy Warhol Photographs' (2009),'Action Drawings' (2007) by international conceptual artist Tom Marioni, 'Crafting Contemporary Art: Studio Craft in Appalachia' (2010) in partnership with the Penland School of Crafts, Appalachian Center for Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, 'Secrecy Series' featuring sculptures by former College of Art Association (CAA) president Michael Aurbach, and the 'Reunion: Invitational Exhibit of 100 Art Alumni' (2010) in commemoration of ETSU's centennial. She also organizes the highly anticipated annual Positive Negative National Juried Art Exhibition that provides survey of contemporary art from all over the country, juried by respected curators and artists.

Contreras-Korterbay has also organized international exchange exhibitions including 'ETSU at Studio Arts Center International Exhibit" (2007) in Florence, Italy, 'Filipina as Artist and Feminist' (2008) featuring artists from the Philippines, 'Frolic: Humor and Mischief in New Taiwanese Art' (2008), 'Neo-Garde' (2010) Contemporary South Korean Art, and the 'New APP: Contemporary Art In Appalachia' (2012) in Ulsan, South Korea.

She has received grants from various sources including the ABC Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, ETSU Student Government Association BUC Funds, and from the Andy Warhol Foundation bestowing 151 original photographs of the American master to the ETSU Department of Art & Design Collection.As Director, Contreras-Koterbay has initiated the formation of a sponsored downtown satellite exhibition venue called Tipton Gallery, and has secured it as in-kind gift to the university since 2007. She has also organized the Friends of the Slocumb Galleries and the SG Student Society.

Aside from improving the access to visual arts for the academic and local communities, she is also active in volunteering to local and regional art institutions. She serves in the Exhibition Review and the 4x4 Annual Fundraising Committees at the Johnson City Area Arts Council as well as Member of the Artistic Direction and Exhibit Review Committees at the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA. She also juried the Dogwood Festival Regional Fine Art Exhibition (2009) in Knoxville, TN; The Kingsport Arts Guild Annual Exhibition (2012) and served as one of three jurors for the Hunting Art Prize 2013 in Houston, Texas.

Some of the exhibitions she has organized while in the Philippines include: 'Ten Years of Artwalking Festival' celebrating the tenth year anniversary of The Artwalk, 'Balintawak, A Continuing Revolution: The Art of Resistance' Centennial Traveling Exhibit at the National Museum of the Philippines and the Puffin Room in Soho, New York, USA, and the 'Four Filipino Sculptors' (2001) in Makuhari, Japan. She has presented lectures in the Philippines, Japan, and the United States.

Contreras-Koterbay received her MA in Art History and BA in Anthropology with honors from the University of the Philippines - Diliman. She is a member of the International Association of Aesthetics, International Council on Museums, Southeastern College Art Conference, and the Johnson City Area Arts Council and the Association of Academic Museum and Galleries. She served as Board Member for the Art Association of the Philippines, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay was awarded the ETSU Distinguished Staff Award in 2013.