The Cress Gallery of Art celebrates a new semester with a display of student artwork for the the 2013 UTC Department of Art Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The exhibition runs through January 31. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free.

Ziggurat Series: Thresholds by Daniel Fox, one of his two best in show artworks at the 2013 UTC Student Art Exhibition at the Cress Gallery

An exhibition, supported by the Friends of the Cress Gallery, features 61 works by 51 students selected by this year’s juror Joseph Peragine, Artist and Associate Professor of Art at Georgia State University. Peragine’s background is in painting, sculpture, and animation. In making his selections Peragine focused on what stepped beyond assignment or student project to stand on its own as a work of art.

Now in its 18th season, this popular exhibition among campus and community visitors provocatively references both the expectations and difficulties of 21st century life. The employment of traditional materials towards a non-traditional result and, vice versa, the manipulation of non-traditional materials to relate to traditional forms takes this year’s exhibition a step beyond as students challenge and extend their skills to embrace risk in the visual languages of our contemporary world.

Entries spanned the UTC Department of Art’s curriculum areas: Pre-Art / Foundations, Bachelor of Art (BA Art), Bachelor of Science (BS) Art Education, and the Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) programs: Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Art, 3D Studio, and Graphic Design.  All students enrolled in any course of the Department’s degree programs were allowed to submit for jury up to two works created within those courses.

The Cress Gallery is located in the lobby of the UTC Fine Arts Center at 752 Vine Street. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7:30pm Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday (closed January 21). For information, visit www.cressgallery.org or contact the Director/Curator at 423-304-9789 or ruth-grover@utc.edu.

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