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Upcoming Exhibits at the Reece Museum
  • Image: Jonathan Adams
Glorious Failure... But I had to Try 
Pen and ink on paper, 2017

    Along the Horizon: Contemporary Drawing in Tennessee

  • Image: Taken by Gediyon Kifle

    Finite Disappointment / Infinite Hope




Along the Horizon: Contemporary Drawing in Tennessee is a group exhibition focused on artists living in, or from, Tennessee, who utilize drawing as a substantial part of their contemporary practice. The thirteen contributing artists, residing in cities from Memphis to Johnson City, use a range of methodologies, which explore the limits, and traditions of the medium. Curated by East Tennessee State University’s Department of Art & Design Professors Andrew Scott Ross and Vanessa Mayoraz, Along the Horizon will take place in both the Reece Museum and Slocumb Galleries on ETSU’s main campus.

Along the Horizon: Contemporary Drawing in Tennessee opens January 16 and will remain on display until February 23. A reception will be held on February 15 beginning at 5 p.m. in Slocumb Galleries.  During the reception a panel discussion featuring Stephan Wicks, Curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Richard A. Lou, Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Memphis, and Denise Stewart-Sanabria, a Knoxville based artist will occur at 5:30 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium. Following the panel, the reception will continue at the Reece Museum with light refreshments.

Featured artists:

Ben Butler – Memphis

Nick DeFord – Knoxville

Althea Murphy-Price – Knoxville

Rob Matthews – Nashville

Joel Parsons – Memphis

Jonathan Adams – Johnson City

Paula Kovarick – Memphis

Dawn Martin Dickins – Clarksville

P.A. Turner – Telford 

Wade Guyton – formerly Knoxville/ currently in NYC

John Hilton – Johnson City

Denise Stewart-Sanabria – Knoxville

Richard A. Lou – Memphis


The Reece Museum and Slocumb Galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the Reece Museum please visit or call us at 423-439-4392. For more information about Slocumb Galleries please visit or call 423-483-3179.

The exhibition Finite Disappointment / Infinite Hope by contemporary Washington DC-based photographer, and ETSU alumni Gediyon Kifle for January 2018, at the Reece Museum is in tribute of, and in commemoration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ongoing saga for justice and racial equality. The exhibition provides an innovative and educational retelling of historical narratives viewed from an African-American artist’s perspective,

As one of the official photographers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, Kifle provides photo documentation not only of this significant space, but also of the leading figures in the Civil Rights Movement including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. John Lewis and others.   The exhibition is composed of four elements, photography, video, sound and architectural installation.  Portraits of Civil Rights leaders with gazes of determination and postures of empowerment will be suspended from the ceiling to greet viewers as they enter the gallery.  Images of the anonymous, common folks whose lives are intertwined with historical events are also present.

On the concave wall are famous quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. sermons and speeches.  In front of this wall suspended from the ceiling is the image of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.   On the opposite wall are several IPads with headphones for listening to three excerpts from influential sermons and speeches by MLK. This provides the historical context via visual and auditory methods.

The exhibition gallery also contains an enclosed space surrounded with mirrors inside. This installation invites viewers to enter and reflect on private perceptions of justice, hope, love and democracy.  It is important to rethink unconscious prejudices and social apathy that contribute to the propagation of racist realities.

Finite Disappointment / Infinite Hope will be on display January 2018 through February 23, 2018. Information on programming and other related events will be updated soon.

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