The Cress Gallery of Art at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga announces the 2014 UTC Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition, supported by the Friends of the Cress Gallery.  Jered Sprecher, Artist and Associate Professor of Art at University of Tennessee Knoxville, serves as juror.

Best in Show, Stomp, Kyle Wood

Best in Show, Stomp, Kyle Wood

From the 140 works submitted, Sprecher choose 61 works by 45 student artists for inclusion in the exhibition.  Eight awards were announced and presented during the public reception on Tuesday, January 14:

Best in Show

Kyle Wood



video documentation of his performance

First Place Overall

Maggie Paden

Personal Victory #217


paint and plaster on wood and wire armature

Second Place Overall

Claire Bloomfield

Tea and Ink


video transferred to dvd

Third Place Overall

Travis Hitchcock

America the Beautiful


digital output on various papers

Award of Merit

Dolores Hoffman

Trap #1


sticks, mirror, fishing line

 Award of Merit

Adam Kirby




Award of Merit

Angel Renta

Abandoned Sculptures


color photographs

Award of Merit

Danielle Anderson

The Illusionist


wood, paint, mirrors


First Place Overall, Personal Victory #217,Maggie Paden

First Place Overall, Personal Victory #217,Maggie Paden

Sprecher also announced the Curator’s Awards:

Curator’s Award

Keren Beddoe

4th year Photo + Media Arts

untitled (suite of 4 related video performances transferred to dvd)


Curator’s Honorable Mention

Corinne Atamaniuk

2nd year Pre-Art

Isolation (Narrative)


oil on paper

Curator’s Honorable Mention

Brooke Craig

2nd Year Pre-Art

untitled independent project (suite of 4 related b&w photographs)


film based photography


This exhibition runs through January 27, 2014.

Any student enrolled in courses within the professional curriculum of the Department of Art at UTC could enter up to two works in any media created within the framework of their classes. Entries spanned the Department’s concentration areas from first to fourth year level in Foundations, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Art, Sculpture, and Graphic Design.

“The submissions overall were very strong this year, and the Juror’s independent selections clearly demonstrate powerful conceptual themes, mastery of skills, and hours of commitment on the part of the Department’s students and, by extension, the dedication of the faculty who guide and mentor them,” said Ruth Grover, Director and Curator of the Cress Gallery.

Exemplary of the full art curriculum, the exhibition includes a broad range of work from pen and ink to performance with a stunning variety of visual forms that reference both trends in contemporary art practice, and the extraordinary complexities of our 21st century.

Admission to the Cress and any Cress event is free and open to the public.

The Cress Gallery is located in the lobby of the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine Street, 37403.

Gallery hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm Monday – Friday

1:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday (closed January 20)

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