2013-14 Diane Marek Series

September 23, 2013

The Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga announces its 2013 – 2014 participants and schedule. All Diane Marek Series Artists appear in conjunction with an exhibition of their work in the Cress Gallery at UTC supported by the Friends of the Cress Gallery and the University.

Michael Scoggins  October 14 – 17, 2013; Diane Marek Visiting Artist’s Public Lecture Tuesday, October 15, 5:30pm followed by a reception and exhibition opening.

Michelle Segre  February 3 – 6, 2014; Diane Marek Visiting Artist’s Public Lecture, Tuesday February 4, 5:30pm followed by a reception and exhibition opening.

Michael Scoggins examines our 21st century culture by objectifying paper materials common to communication and thought, most prominently the pages of the humble spiral bound notebook that he meticulously recreates by hand at colossal scale, and in his words “proceeds to destroy”. With a legacy from the Dada and Pop Art movements and a deep interest in how popular culture, mass media, and world events shape us all, Scoggins’ personal observations become universal.  Born in Washington D.C., and raised in Virginia, Michael Scoggins holds a BA Studio Art and a BA Political Science from Mary Washington College, VA; and an MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003 and has just completed a 2013 Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony.  

Michelle Segre’s biomorphic forms engage despite their lovely alien strangeness, exploring our wonderland on earth and opening unknown universes. On the gestural side of surrealist abstraction, Segre makes an unintended nod to Miro and Calder; yet Segre and her work exist independently in our contemporary times, on their own and in a singular regard. Born in Israel, Michelle Segre currently resides in New York City. She received a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, NY, and studied abroad with the Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy. Segre received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2001 and an Arts and Letters Award from the New York Academy of Art 2011. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, and recently received a 2013 solo exhibition “Antecedents of the Astral Hamster” at the University Art Museum, University of Albany.