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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. The Along the Horizon: Contemporary Drawing in Tennessee exhibition and reception is provided through a partnership with the Reece Museum, Slocumb Galleries, and the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts

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 alumnus Gediyon Kifle, at the Reece Museum beginning on January 17, 2018, through March 23, 2018, is in tribute to, 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 the official photographer 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 Muhammad Ali, Dr. Maya Angelou, Rep. John Lewis and others. The exhibition is composed of three elements: photography, 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.

The exhibition gallery also contains an enclosed space. 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 17, 2018 through March 23, 2018, a reception will be held on Thursday, January 18 from 5 to 7 pm. During the reception Kifle will give provide a curators talk in the gallery. Receptions and events are free and open to the public.

BFA Senior Exhibitions: Senior exhibitions for Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates

OPEN:  March 12, 2018
CLOSE:  April 6, 2018

Salvador Dali and the Divine Comedy Part III: Paradise:  An exhibit that shows the 33 prints created by Dali for each canto (book Chapter) of the Divine Comedy.

OPEN:  April 3, 2018
CLOSE:  June 15, 2018

Find the Pattern and Break it: A group exhibition featuring work of Master of Fine Arts candidates

OPEN:  April 11, 2018
CLOSE:  May 4, 2018 

New Developments: An exhibition featuring the work of photographer Matthew Brown

OPEN:  August 7, 2018
CLOSE:  September 22, 2018

Personal Impressions: An exhibition exploring the work of Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club

OPEN:  June 25, 2018
CLOSE:  August 17, 2018

FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art : 6th annual

OPEN:  October 8, 2018
CLOSE:  December 14, 2018

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