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Tipton Gallery to display collaborative works of the late Sam Mays

ETSU Amphitheatre

JOHNSON CITY (June 3, 2013) – “(Un)Finished: Collaborations with Sam Mays,” a group exhibition and silent auction, will be held at the Tipton Gallery in downtown Johnson City June 7-July 12.

The exhibit and fundraiser to benefit the Sam Mays Memorial Scholarship are presented by the East Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Alliance.

An opening reception will be held June 7 from 5-7 p.m. in conjunction with Johnson City’s First Friday celebration and Blue Plum Festival.  In addition to the reception hours, the exhibit will be open June 8-9 from noon-6 p.m. and other times by appointment through July 12.  The silent auction will end Sunday, June 9, at 6 p.m.

The exhibit features sculptural body casts that were part of an unfinished project of Johnson City artist, graphic designer and “cultural provocateur” Sam Mays, who died earlier this year.  His close friends, Whitney Parkinson and Brian Glaze, organized the exhibit after inviting other ETSU alumni and artists who knew Mays to collaborate and finish the painting of the body casts. 

In addition to Parkinson, participating artists include Ariel Adams, Ren Allen, Brian Baker, Kara Bledsoe, Laura Bowman, Emily Boyd, Betty Crawford, David Crowder, Brooke Day, Steven Garnett, Aaron Haynes, Jeremy High, Susan Lachmann, Derek Morton, Cassity Potter, Adria Ryan, Terry Shanks, Emily Watson and Melanie Yodkins.

Most of the works in the exhibition will be available for purchase.  Funds from the sale of the artwork and from the silent auction, which features works donated by Mays’ friends and family, will benefit the scholarship established at ETSU in his memory by his parents, Kathy and Russell Mays.

Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring Street.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, to schedule a viewing appointment, or for special assistance for those with disabilities, contact  Karlota Contreras-Koterbay at or (423) 483-3179.