CressGallery

Permanent Collection
Selections: An Exhibition of Work From the Permanent Collection; exhibition view Summer 2011

Permanent Collection

Now near 2,000 individual works in number, the Permanent Collection of Art is comprised of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work in all media. Included in the collection are a large body of original prints and works on paper by 20th century Modern European and American artists such as Robert Motherwell, Larry Rivers, Dieter Roth, John Piper, Tom Phillips, Patrick Caldwell, Piero Dorazio, etc. (gift of the Ackermann Foundation, 1980); a large body of photographs from the 1970's by famed photographer and former Chattanooga resident Rosalind Solomon (on extended loan from the artist); works by distinguished alumni such as Barry Moser, Robin Hood, and Jack Denton (gifts of the artists), artists with local and regional ties such as Lillian B. Feinstein, Leonard Baskin, Frank Baselitz, Lamar Dodd, and Edward Shorter (various sources); and former art faculty such as E. Alan White and George Cress (various gifts).

Recent acquisitions include former UTC Diane Marek Series visiting artists Keetra Dean Dixon & J.K. Keller's sculpture "AND YET", 2011, wax and acrylic (gift of the artists 2014) and Okay Mountain's photographic series "Meditations #1-9" (acquired with funds provided by the Mark and Hilarie Moore Family Trust in memory of Timothy A. Fallon, 2015); and well-known former Chattanooga resident and National promoter of textile art and quilting, Bets Ramsey's "Shroud for a Kalikari Prince" 2006 (gift of the artist, 2011.)

Additional works acquired over the last decade are photographs by contemporary Chinese artist Gao Lei (gift of the artist, 2010); a body of works by American graphic designer and illustrator, and former Department of Art Head, Weimer Pursell (gift of the Pursell Family 2006); a selection of original polaroids and gelatin silver prints by Andy Warhol (gift of the Warhol Foundation 2006), a large screenprint by Doris Leeper (gift of Kurt Stagmaier, 2009), and George Cress "Bright Day" 1981, acrylic on canvas (gift of Ms. Alice Blank, Savannah, Ga., 2008).

Monumental public sculpture can also be viewed on the campus of the University: John Henry's painted steel "Sky Toucher" 1986 (gift of William and Ruth S. Holmberg, Chattanooga, Tn) and "Northern Blue" (gift of John Marek, Chattanooga, 2016); Jim Collins's "Three Shades of Green" 2013, painted steel and turbine blades (commissioned gift to the University by Mrs. Ruth Holmberg, 2013); Henry Moore's "Upright Motive No. 8", 1955-56, cast bronze (gift of Citizens Interested in the Fine Arts, Chattanooga, Tn); and Victor Contreras "The Hands of God" (gift of the McKee Family, Collegedale, Tn.).

While curated selections from the collection are rotated for temporary display in many of the University's public spaces and exhibited periodically in the Cress Gallery, the remainder is now housed in a state of the art archival facility in the new campus library located at the west campus entrance. There it is being professionally assessed with the support of a 2015 Preservation Assistance Grant From the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Collected Works

2014 Mary Britten Lynch
2014 Mary Britten Lynch
Chicago World’s Fair Poster: A Century of Progress
Chicago World’s Fair Poster: A Century of Progress
Mary Britten Lynch
Mary Britten Lynch
Monk
Monk
Pia Miller
Pia Miller
Sky Toucher
Sky Toucher
The Hands of God
The Hands of God
Upright Motive #8
Upright Motive #8
Washington D.C., Capitol Building
Washington D.C., Capitol Building