ETSU to host "Threads of Empowerment"

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JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 1) – East Tennessee State University is hosting an exhibit celebrating fabrics, “Threads of Empowerment,” through Thursday, Oct 22, at Tipton Gallery.

The opening reception and gallery talk will be held Oct. 2, from 6-8 p.m. as part of Johnson City’s First Friday events.

The featured artists speak through cloth, needle and threads to express their struggles and narratives related to gender, disability, identity, race and the need for empowerment and acceptance of that which is different.

The issues addressed in the exhibition are varied and diverse and weave various conversations into a communal tapestry.

Curated by Slocumb Galleries Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay and fiber artist Lyn Govette, the exhibit showcases the work of Alison Gates of Wisconsin, Jessica Jones of Georgia, Jeana Eve Klein of North Carolina, Joetta Maue of New York, and Lyn Govette, Shara Rowley Plough, Jaime Santos-Prowse and Lydia Wilson, all of Tennessee.   

The ETSU Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries sponsor the program in collaboration with the ETSU Office of Disability Services, Honors College, Women’s Resource Center and Women’s Studies Program, along with the Urban Redevelopment Alliance, Foodtopia and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring St. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and other times by appointment.

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

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