Current Exhibits at the Reece Museum
Local Arts in the Age of the 2020 Global Pandemic
Women Rights are Human Rights
(MUSE)um: Artifacts Seen as Fine Art (May 9 - June 3)
The Reece Museum, along with the Archives of Appalachia, received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support a digitization initiative that will allow the Museum to launch a collections portal, giving the public free online access to the Reece Permanent Collection for the first time in the Museum’s history. The NEH grant is underwriting two staff positions, one of which is fine art studio photographer Amanda Musick. (MUSE)um features photographs of collections artifacts as seen through Musick’s lens. As the title suggests, the artifacts act as a muse, inspiring the unique arrangements seen in the artist’s photographs.
Women’s Rights Are Humans Rights (April 28 - May 27)
Women’s Rights Are Humans Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence, and Discrimination is an exhibition that features posters created by both men and women to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens play in protecting and promoting human rights while challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing reproductive and sexual rights, protecting women and girls against brutality, and promoting women’s empowerment, education, and participation in society. The posters argue for the empowerment of women, achievement of equality between women and men, and the elimination of discrimination against women and girls. Leran more about the exhibition here.
Organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.
The edition of Women's Rights Are Human Rights on display in the Reece Museum is organized by Johnathon Strube,
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in ETSU’s Department of Art & Design.
Local Art in the Age of the 2020 Global Pandemic (April 4 - September 30)
Local Art in the Age of the 2020 Global Pandemic is an exhibition of forty works of art that were made in 2019-2020 by artists living or working in Tennessee’s First Congressional District during the early days of the pandemic experience. This special collection provides an emotive snapshot of artistic expression during the age of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and is part of the permanent collection of the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University.
Although each of these works were created by a different artist, there are distinct themes, stylistic motifs, and colors found throughout the collection, showing an attunement that makes them feel cohesive as a whole. When submitting work, artists were asked to explain how the pandemic affected their lives and art, and how the submitted artwork relates to the pandemic and that specific moment of the artwork's creation overall.
This exhibition features artists Kailyn Beitzel, Sam Boven, Laken Bridges, Danielle Byington, Joel Carillet, Teresa Crowe, Mary de Wit, Cristy Dunn, Richard Dwyer, Joan Elliot, Jason Flack, Brian Fletcher, Ron Fondaw, Lyn Govette, Mike Helbing, John Hilton, Beverly Thomas Jenkins, Storm Ketron, Val Lyle, Gregory Marlow, Jocelyn Mathewes, Joy Messimer, Shannon Mettler, Katie Murphy, Mary Nees, Emily Parris, Charles Peters, Marie Porterfield, Rick Ramsey, James Rathschmidt, Mark Ray, Anne Reid, Garry Renfro, Jonathan Reynolds, Thomas Root, Mike Rose, Martha Rubenstein, Debra Savell Stewart, Christy Ward, and Lauren Whipple.
Tune in on My Memories: The Work and Play of Richard Blaustein (April 2022 - June, 2023
In collaboration with the Archives of Appalachia, Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies, and the Blaustein family, the Reece Museum presents Tune in on My Memories: The Work and Play of Richard Blaustein. The exhibtion is curated by Roy Andrade, ETSU professor and director of Old-Time Music Studies, with Reece staff. The exhibition is comprised of audio and video of Blaustein's music, instruments, photographs, scholarly work, original art, and museum artifacts. Tune in on My Memories celebrates the life of Dr. Blaustein, a consummate old-time musician, ETSU anthropology professor, and first director of the Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services at ETSU.
Embracing the Question: A Conversation with Eclectic Artwork (Online Exhibition)