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New Exhibit at the Cress

The UTC Cress Gallery of Art is housing three new media installations through March 16. Each is a response to a clinical decision of life long effect:

In the Main Gallery of the Cress, three artists and three new media installations:

  • STRUCK by Michele Barker, Professor of New Media at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, which results in varying, and sometimes severe levels of reduced cognitive and/or physical function.

  • IF / THEN by Jessica Westbrook, UTC Adjunct Professor of Photography and Graphic Design, diagnosed with Diabetes Type II, a disease that results when insulin produced naturally by the body malfunctions, with widely varied effects, often severe.
  • NEVER SURRENDER by Jack Dingo Ryan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, University of the South, Sewanee, Tn., diagnosed with Otosclerosis, a disease of the bones of the middle ear which results in a gradual loss of hearing, sometimes severe in its extent.

“Each of these installations combine moving and/or still images, objects, sound, and text, which address at various levels, the emotional, the experiential, the historical, the spiritual, and the analytical to deeply link contemporary art to the human condition and our own trial of living within the cycles of nature, often catastrophic and inevitably mortal, versus the beauty of ‘being’ in doing just that,” said Ruth Grover, Curator of Galleries, Exhibitions and Collections, UTC Department of Art.

Artist’s talks by Jack Dingo Ryan and Jessica Westbrook, February 27 in Room 356 Fine Arts Center, followed by a Pubic Reception for the Exhibition.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Gallery.

In Gallery II, see a visually and conceptually provocative exhibition of work by UTC Department of Art Lillian B. Feinstein Scholarship Award Recipients Patrick Nelligan and Gabriel Negrete.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Admission to the Gallery and all events is free and open to the public.

Gallery talks are available to the public and the campus upon request; to schedule, contact the Curator. The Gallery is located in the lobby of the UTC Fine Arts Center at the corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets. Visitors to the Gallery during regular business hours may obtain a parking pass at the Facilities Building on Palmetto Street. Visitors may park in any lot after 5 p.m.

For more information contact the Curator at (423)425-4600. Visit the website.

February 21, 2006

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