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Book to benefit UTC gallery

Admirers of beautiful art will have an opportunity to indulge their tastes by purchasing George Cress: Paintings and Drawings, 1953-2005, a monograph of the artist’s work.

With an introduction by artist Barry Moser, the book features 40 paintings and drawings by renowned artist George Cress, Guerry Professor Emeritus of Art at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“George Cress is a creative treasure for this campus and this community,” said UTC Chancellor Roger Brown. “His talent as an artist is only matched by his ability to inspire students”

A native of Anniston, Alabama, Cress was educated at Emory University and the University of Georgia. In addition to his distinguished career as a faculty member at UTC, his teaching career has included appointments at the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina.

His work has been exhibited across North America and is in many prominent permanent collections, including the High Museum of Art, IBM, the Mississippi State Museum, the Mint Museum of Art, the Birmingham Museum, the Columbus (GA) Museum, and the Hunter Museum of American Art.

In the books introduction, Moser writes of his friend, mentor, and teacher. “His color still stuns and surprises me to this day. In fact, I think that George Cress is one of the most remarkable colorists of his and my generation.”

Proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Friends of the Cress Gallery. The Cress Gallery is located in the UTC Fine Arts Center and features the best in UTC student and faculty art along with changing exhibits by artists from around the world.

George Cress: Paintings and Drawings, 1953-2005 is available for purchase at several local bookstores and gift shops, including:

UTC Bookstore
651A E. 5th Street
A Novel Idea
38 Frazier Avenue
River Gallery
400 E. 2nd Street
Hunter Museum Gift Shop
10 Bluff View

The book may also be purchased on line at the UTC Bookstore or by calling (423) 425-4107.

June 29, 2006

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