Tipton Gallery to host ‘The FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art’


JOHNSON CITY (October 28, 2013) – “The FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art,” a national juried show, will be on display at the Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring St., from Nov. 1-27.

An awards reception will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with Johnson City’s First Friday celebration.

“The FL3TCH3R Exhibit” is sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Johnson City Urban Redevelopment Alliance and the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship.

The show focuses on socially engaged and politically motivated art.

“Progressive art has been integral in the development of contemporary art,” said Slocumb Galleries Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay.  “This exhibition explores the current trends and trajectory in this field.  Recent social, political and economic uncertainty has encouraged the production of works that are not meant for mere market commodity, but rather serve as an avenue or agent for societal transformation.”

The juror for the exhibit is Michael Aurbach, a professor of sculpture and drawing in the Vanderbilt University Department of Art and former president of the College Art Association.  He selected 50 works out of 119 submissions from 40 different states and Canada.

Proceeds from artist entry fees and donations received during the exhibit will go toward the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship Endowment, which is being established through the ETSU Foundation in memory of Dyer, who died in a motorcycle accident in November 2009 at the age of 22.  This scholarship will benefit students in the ETSU Department of Art and Design.

As an artist and graphic designer, Dyer created works that addressed social and political issues and exposed injustices through visual means, according to Contreras-Koterbay.  He was the son of M. Wayne Dyer, an ETSU Department of Art and Design faculty member and attorney, and was a senior in the ETSU bachelor of fine arts degree program with a concentration in graphic design.  He won five ADDY awards on the local level and one silver ADDY at the district level of the American Advertising Federation.

In addition to the First Friday reception, Tipton Gallery is open Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and other times by appointment. 

For more information or to make an appointment to visit Tipton Gallery, contact Contreras-Koterbay at (423) 483-3179 or .  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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