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‘Positive/Negative 24’ on display at Slocumb

Tuesday, February 03, 2009JOHNSON CITY – “Positive/Negative 24,” an annual juried exhibition at East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries, continues through Feb. 20.

Juror Pradip Malde will give a lecture, followed by an awards reception this Friday (Feb. 6) in conjunction with downtown Johnson City’s First Friday celebration. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium.

Malde is a professor of digital art and photography in the Department of Art and Art History at Sewanee: The University of the South. The Arusha, Tanzania, native graduated from the Glasgow (Scotland) School of Art in 1980 and has lived and worked as a photographic artist and teacher in Scotland and Tennessee. He has taught at such institutions as Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland; the Art Institute of Chicago; California State University at Long Beach; and Anderson Ranch, Colo., and his works are held in numerous collections throughout the U.S. and Britain.

Since 1985, Malde has been involved with the Imogen Cunningham Trust, for which he has made platinum/palladium prints from the late American photographer’s negatives, curated numerous exhibitions of her work in the U.S. and Europe, and authoring a book of her photography entitled The Poetry of Form.

Established at ETSU in 1985, the Positive/Negative national art competition contributes to the promotion and appreciation of contemporary visual art in East Tennessee and the surrounding region, and provides a venue for students from ETSU and area communities to interact with diverse perspectives in art. Its primary purpose is to encourage creative thinking through critical observation and exposure to new media.

It is sponsored by ETSU, Mountain States Health Alliance,, and Earth Fare.

The exhibit, lecture and awards presentation are free and open to the public. Slocumb Galleries, located in Ball Hall, is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended hours during the reception. Those organizing group tours or out-of-town visits are encouraged to contact Slocumb Galleries in advance for scheduling. Visitor parking permits may be obtained at the ETSU Parking Office located on Maple Street.

For special scheduling, more information, or assistance for those with disabilities, contact Slocumb Galleries at (423) 483-3179 or

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