A portion of a painting created by two graphic design students has been mounted on the wall outside the Chattanooga Room of the University Center. As part of an assignment, Lindsey Higgins and Dustin Hysinger worked together to create a piece of art for their Drawing IV midterm.
After brainstorming, Higgins and Hysinger decided to build an 8 ft. by 12 ft. triptych, which was made by assembling drywall and planks into three pieces and joining them together. On the internet, they found a photo of a child who survived the earthquake in Haiti last January, traced and painted it.
“John Tallman has been my professor for three out of the four drawing classes that I have had at UTC and he has pushed and worked with me to become a better artist,” said Hysinger. “Since we had to use text with our project, I suggested we add a Bible verse to show our ideas with our art. We used Exodus 9:16, to show that this child was spared for a purpose,” said Hysinger.
The entire piece also included two additional panels depicting hands reaching in to aid the child, but space limitations prohibited using them. The middle panel hung in the UC is clearly the focal point—art with a purpose, according to the students.
“It’s an honor to have it up there, it’s amazing,” said Hysinger.