All Cress Gallery events are free and open to campus and community.

Cress events range from artist's lectures, presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and gallery talks as well as informal receptions that provide an opportunity for one on one conversation with the artists in association with exhibitions of their work.

(Pictured above: Michael Vasquez, Fall 2010 Diane Marek Visiting Artist, speaks about his exhibition What Comes with the Territory in the Cress)

Upcoming Events

June 20, 2014

The Cress Gallery and the Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series are "on the road" to Atlanta for the upoming 9/50 Southeast Arts Presenters Summit, June 20 -22 at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center!  Click the "exhibitions" tab for details and more information, and DO plan to join us there!!!

November 25, 2015

Fall Holiday 2015 Closure: The Cress will Close at 5:00pm Wednesday Nov. 25 for the Holiday Nov. 26 - 29. Normal operating hours resume Monday Nov. 30 with Carmen Papalia's unique exhibition "How to Close Your Eyes" running through Dec. 08! Next up in the New Year: the UTC Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition with Juror Vesna Pavlovic, Vanderbilt University.

October 27, 2015

Carmen Papalia (Vancouver, British Columbia) will appear October 26 - 30 as UTC Diane Marek Visiting Artist in conjunction with his exhibition "How to Close Your Eyes". Artist's Lecture Tuesday October 27, 5:30pm in Derthick Hall Room 101, 624 Vine Street (see "Exhibitions" tab for link to a map), followed by an opening reception at the Cress, 752 Vine Street. Exhibition dates: October 27 - December 08!!

September 12, 2015

2015 AVA Downtown Gallery Hop! The Cress will feature the UTC Department of Art Faculty Exhibition during this year's Gallery Hop!! The Hop's shuttle bus will bring visitors to the Fine Art Center between 2:00pm - 8:00pm and the Cress will open from 1:00pm - 8:00pm with plenty of free parking in nearby UTC lots! Join us for conversation, refreshment, and Art!! For more information about the Hop visit

September 07, 2015

The Cress will be closed for the holiday Monday, September 07, 2015 but will be open regular weekend hours 1:00pm  4:00pm September 05 & 06.
Featured exhibition: The UTC Department of Art Faculty Exhibition!

September 01 - October 10, 20i5

UTC Department of Art Biennial Faculty Exhibition opens with a Public Reception Tuesday September 01, 2015, 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Immediately preceding the Opening from 5:00 to 5:30pm a film screening associated with the exhibition will occur in Room 356 Fine Arts Center adjacent to the Cress! Park free in any UTC lot not marked "24 hour Reserved" after 4:30pm

June 02 - July 29, 2015

Selections V: Art from the UTC Permanent Collection
From the gift-based collection of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, a selection of paintings, drawings, and original prints whose creation dates span nearly a century of the history of the University, the Chattanooga community, and the National and International Modern Art Movement. Summer hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday. Closed on weekends and July 4th.

April 14, 2015

Next in the Cress: UTC Department of Art 2015 BFA Thesis Exhibitions! Show Two opens Tuesday, April 14. Artists' Presentations begin at 5:00pm in the Auditorium of nearby Cadek Hall, 725 Oak Street, followed by a reception at 6:00pm in the Cress! Park free for this event after 4:30pm in any UTC lot not marked "24hour reserved". Click the "Exhibitions" tab for more details and see you at the Cress!