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Upcoming Exhibits at the Reece Museum
  • FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art

  • 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)

    A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting after 2000



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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