ETSU presents ‘ Equal: Modern Family in Contemporary Art’ exhibit


JOHNSON CITY (March 26, 2014) — An East Tennessee State University exhibit, “Equal: Modern Family in Contemporary Art,” is on display through April 11 at Tipton Gallery in downtown Johnson City.

Some of the participating artists will meet the public at an artists’ talk during a reception on Friday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gallery, during downtown Johnson City’s First Friday celebration. Parking and handicapped access are available.

Also, there will be a showing and discussion of the film “Unbreakable Thread” by Stacey Summers on Thursday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center auditorium. 

The exhibit is sponsored in conjunction with ETSU Civility Week (April 6-12) by the ETSU Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the university’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Women’s Studies Program, the Women’s Resource Center and the Urban Redevelopment Alliance.

“Equal” explores the evolving definition and forms of the American family, featuring various perspectives by artists who endeavor to push the boundaries of the traditional roles of the family, employing art as an agent for equality, recognition and social justice.

The participating artists include Scott Anderson, Joe Bruns, Laura Chenicek, Cheryl Elich, Jennifer Halvorson, Cortney Boyd, Greg Howser, Tala Isla-Contreras, Liz Layton, Sally Machlis, Delphine Keim, Desiree Markland, Edward Morin, Mike Murphy, Daruth Padilla, Shai Perry, Rogelio Rodriguez, Skip Rohde, Ann Rowles, Jaime Santos-Prowse, Joe Singleton, Irma Sizer, Paul Tosh, Kimberly Walton, Jennifer Weigel and Dave Willison.

The common thread in their art lies in the exploration of the ambiguities of gender and familial identities. The artists portray a multiplicity of voices and diverse visualizations of the concept of “family,” spanning traditional to non-traditional gender households, multiracial families and nuclear to extended families, as well as relations in between the norms.

The exhibit is co-curated by Slocumb Galleries Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay and Michael Hale in collaboration with Dr. Jill Leroy-Frazier.

Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring St. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and on first Fridays or by appointment.

For more information, contact Contreras-Koterbay at (423) 483-3179 or     

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