above: Greg Smith, Fall 2014 Diane Marek Visiting Artist, speaks to students about his exhibition "Breakdown Lane Orrery" at the Cress.

homepage image: Fall 2018 Diane Marek Visiting Artist Michi Meko (photo: courtesy of the artist)

Diane Marek recognized the importance of the visual arts in all lives as art proved to her to be a "glimpse" to a path beyond oneself and a means to image a new personal frame through the inspiration of another's vision.

Established in 2006, the Series now brings an average of two to four artists of national and international reputation to Chattanooga yearly with visits of five to seven days for events each academic semester.

All Diane Marek Series Artists appear in association with an exhibition of their work in the Cress Gallery supported by the Friends of the Cress Gallery.

Diane Marek artists present a public talk, and participate in a program of both one-on-one and group activities with UTC Department of Art student majors, members of the University's campus, students and educators from other Chattanooga area academic institutions, and the citizens and artists of the Chattanooga community and beyond. The Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series provides the region with a provocative level of exposure to contemporary artists and artistic production encompassing a full range of media and aesthetics. This exposure spans demographics and geographic boundaries to address the broader essence and significance of today's artistic investigation, practice, and expression.

Exhibitions in the Cress and all Diane Marek Series events are open to the public. Admission is free.

Spring 2018 Diane Marek Series Visiting Artist:

Michi Meko (Atlanta, Georgia)  

Public Lecture Tuesday. February 6, 2017, 5:30pm in the Benwood Auditorium, Room 230 UTC EMCS Bldg., located directly across Vine Street From the Cress and the Fine Arts Center. Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series events February 05 through February 09, 2018. Exhibition February 06 - March 22, 2018. Michi Meko's multidisciplinary approach combines common materials with an iconography of humble objects to create stunning and remarkable visual metaphors about African American heritage and experience, built upon themes of resilience and purpose, remembrance and spirituality.

Previous Diane Marek Series Visiting Artists: Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi), Conrad Bakker, Sangram Majumdar, Amy Elkins, Carmen Papalia, Monica Cook, Greg Smith, Keetra Dean Dixon & JK Keller, Michelle Segre, Michael Scoggins, Summer Wheat, Matthew Deleget, OKAY Mountain, Wendy White, Ian Pedigo, Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Michael Vasquez, Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Rob Nadeau, Jered Sprecher, Jade Townsend, Sarah Wagner, Johnston Foster, Christine Gray, Mark Andreas, [dNASAb], Ryan Wolfe, Norman Lundin, Dannielle Tegeder, Roger Ricco, Frank Wick, and Joe Ramiro Garcia.

below: Fall 2016 Diane Marek Visiting Artist, Sangram Majumdar discusses his working process during his Cress Gallery exhibition of paintings.