2018 UTC Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition

Juror Melissa Vandenberg, Artist and Associate Professor of Art, Eastern Kentucky University, selected 46 works from 127 submissions created by UTC Art Majors within the curricula of the Department of Art's programs Pre-Art, Bachelor of Art / Studio, Bachelor of Art / Art History, Bachelor of Science / Art Education, and all Bachelor of Fine Art concentrations. Juror's Public Lecture will be Tuesday January 23, 5:30pm in the Benwood Auditorium, Room 230 UTC EMCS Bldg., directly across Vine Street from the Fine Arts Center, followed by an Awards Presentation & Public Reception in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center. This exhibition is supported in full by the contributions of the Friends of the Gallery! For more information visit or contact the Director email or voice & text 423-304-9789 For a list of featured students click the website News tab.

January 09, 2018 - January 27, 2018 “Unmistakable in this exhibition is your collective concern for the welfare of the body and a deep empathy,” Vandenberg writes to the students in her Juror’s Statement, “and evidence of your humanity, which gives me a great deal of optimism in these divisive times.”

This annual exhibition and its process simulate anticipated professional experiences for student art majors at UTC. All first to final year students were invited to submit up to two works for the jury process and possible acceptance into the exhibition. As Vandenberg notes “The job of the juror is not only to seek out what they believe to be the “best” work, but also to discover any common threads that might bind together an exhibition….knowing there is not enough space for every worthy piece. This exhibition is no exception as some good work was edited. Nevertheless, what remains hopefully represents not only your program, but also a reflection of the frame of mind of current young artists.”

“The Juror’s thorough contemplation and difficult decisions resulted in an extraordinary exhibition,” says Ruth Grover, Director and Curator of the Cress Gallery at UTC. “Overall, this year’s submissions were incredibly eclectic and the Juror’s selections reflect that range of approach, style, and conceptual premise, executed in an amazing variety of media from the traditional to the innovative, all reflecting current trends in the visual arts.”
A view of the 2018 UTC Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition