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Upcoming Exhibits at the Reece Museum



Paper & Ink: Prints, Drawings and Installations is a Reece Museum exhibition (August 7 – September 22) featuring work by Laken Bridges and John Hilton. The idea for the exhibition is rooted in the artists’ shared passion for paper and ink media. Both Bridges and Hilton earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from East Tennessee State University and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Clemson University, with a concentration in printmaking. Beyond these similarities in medium and education, both teach art at ETSU. Stylistically and conceptually there is a “dialogue” between the two artists’ work—both use symbolism and humor to establish critiques and narratives.

Speaking of the exhibition title, Hilton states, “The title for the show is the result of common ground between each artist’s individual work, the use of paper and ink as a primary medium. There is a rich tradition of paper tied to the history of printmaking. Paper has an incredible memory and is the perfect vehicle for recording the marks of each work.”  Bridges adds, “The title references the primary processes we both use -- printmaking and drawing. I love that printmaking is a democratic process - it has a history of collaboration, mass communication, and distribution of ideas. It has not always had the prestige of other fine arts media, but has proven itself to be a versatile medium that provides a platform for making art that is accessible to many”

An artist talk and reception will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the talk and reception are free and open to the public.

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race is a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Through reproductions of photographs and documents, films, and survivor testimony, it traces how the persecution of groups deemed biologically inferior led to the near annihilation of European Jewry. It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection.The exhibition opens July 31, 2017 and will continue through September 30, 2017.

For more information on the exhibition and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum please visit

Programming and other events associated with Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race will be posted as they are developed.

Social & Political Relevance – A Call for Entries

2017 FL3TCH3R Exhibit to accept submissions through Aug. 22, keeping alive a legacy of commentary, activism through art.  

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – In its fifth year, the FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art will be on display at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum Oct. 9 to Dec. 15. The directors of the 2017 exhibit have issued their Call for Entries to artists through Aug. 22, 2017.

New this year is an audio/sound category, says Barbara Dyer, co-founder and co-director of the annual visual art exhibit. Other categories include ceramics, digital, fiber, glass, graphic design, jewelry/metals, mixed media (2D), mixed media (3D), painting, performance/installation (via video), photography, printmaking, sculpture, video/film and other.

A non-refundable fee of $40 is required for submission of up to three entries. Artists may submit entries in excess of three for an additional $10 per artwork/title. Artists should submit entries online or consult the prospectus, which can be found at The extended deadline, with an additional fee, is Aug. 31, 2017.

The exhibit offers four main cash awards – a Best of Show Award; two Awards of Excellence; the Reece Museum Award; and the Sammie L. Nicely Appalachian Artist Award, in memory of Nicely, who was artist-in-residence at Reece Museum in 2014 and 2015 and died in May 2015.  

Entries for the 2017 FL3TCH3R Exhibit will be selected by illustrator/painter Anita Kunz, a visual artist whose work has made her one of The National Post’s 50 most influential women in Canada and whose magazine covers for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and Fortune and jacket covers for more than 50 books have reached readers the world-round. 

Kunz’s magazine covers have illustrated the arts, politics and politicians, the military, athletics, religion, the environment, social issues and finance, as well as featuring celebrities, including Michael Jackson, John Belushi, Woody Allen, Mike Tyson and leaders such as Marion Barry, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Donald Trump.

“We are very pleased and excited to announce Anita Kunz as our 2017 juror,” says Barbara Dyer. “She is an internationally renowned artist and illustrator. We believe she will bring a diverse perspective to the selection process and her own work certainly speaks of her interest in and grasp of social and political issues worldwide.” 

Established in memory of Barbara and Wayne Dyer’s son, Fletcher, a BFA senior at ETSU who passed away in 2009 in a motorcycle accident, the FL3TCH3R international juried exhibit focuses on work with strong social and/or political content. FL3TCH3R Exhibit entries “should reflect current issues that affect contemporary culture and investigate societal and political concerns,” the exhibit website says. 

In addition to providing an opportunity for socially relevant expression, the FL3TCH3R Exhibit supports the annual Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship for an ETSU Art & Design student.

“The exhibit was created to honor the legacy of our son who was passionate about incorporating social and political concerns as commentary in his artwork,” says co-founder and co-director Wayne Dyer, a faculty member in Art & Design at ETSU. “Fletcher wrote in a high school essay: ‘I might attempt to right political, social and religious wrongs by showing the rest of society a glimpse of how I feel about serious issues in the world … Hopefully the awareness that I can help create will spark an interest in a movement that others will follow.’ ” 

2015 FL3TCH3R Exhibit artist Wessam Mazhar Haddad says, “Fletcher truly never died. His legacy lives in the reincarnation of the works created by our hearts and minds as artists.”

Interest has indeed been sparked. In the four years of the exhibit, nearly 1,500 entries have been considered from 17 countries, including the U.S. 

“Each year, we think the exhibit is the best yet, we find that the following exhibit, is extraordinary in its own right,” Barbara Dyer says. 

These artists have shared their enthusiasm for the socially engaged framework for their art and the opportunities for conversation, as well as reflection. “Thank you for all your care and your part in keeping the critical social justice movement alive and active,” says Vicki Gunter, a 2016 FL3TCH3R artist. “The world needs you now more than ever.” 

For more information about Fletcher Dyer, visit For more information about the exhibit and submissions, visit

Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting after 2000, an exhibition composed entirely of paintings by women that attempts to categorize Expressionism in new terms. The featured artists include Gina Beavers, Katherine Bernhardt, Katherine Bradford, Jackie Gendel, Liz Markus, and Rose Wylie.

Referencing cartoons, fashion spreads, and personal narratives, the artists address the fragmentation of individual subjectivity in a technological world. The new figuration is thereby performative, rather than prescriptive, and both the absurd and sincere approaches alike are embraced as subject matter by the artists in the exhibition.

Following its time at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, A New Subjectivity will travel to the Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas, August 16 – September 22, 2017; and Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, October 16 – December 15, 2017.

Curator, Jason Stopa, Visiting Assistant Professor, Fine Arts, Pratt Institute

For more information, please visit

Image, Left: Katherine Bradford, “Moon Painting” (2016), acrylic on canvas 28 x 22 inches (courtesy of the artist and CANADA, New York) Right: Jackie Gendel, “Archers” (2015), oil on canvas, 70 x 72 inches (courtesy of the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York).



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