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Summer Wheat, Spring 2013 Diane Marek Visiting Artist, speaks to students about her exhibition "Few and Far Between" at the Cress


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 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 both public and private, 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.

Upcoming Diane Marek Visiting Artists:
Keetra Dean Dixon & JK Keller, September 14 - 19, 2014; Diane Marek Series Artist Lecture September 16, 2014 5:30pm, followed by an opening reception for their exhibition.

Greg Smith, October 26 - 31, 2014; Diane Marek Series Artist Lecture October 28, 2014, 5:30pm, followed by an opening reception for his exhibition.

Monica Cook, February 1 - 6, 2015; Diane Marek Series Artist Lecture February 3, 2015, 5:30pm, followed by an opening reception for her exhibition. 

Previous Diane Marek Visiting Artists: 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.