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

homepage image: Upcoming Spring 2017 Diane Marek Visiting Artist Conrad Bakker (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 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.

2016 - 2017 Diane Marek Visiting Artists.

Conrad Bakker (Urbana, Illinois)  "Untitled Project: The Robert Smithson Library and Book Club" and "Untitled Project: The Crystal Land" February 07 - March 22, 2017

Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series events February 6 - 9, 2017.  Public Lecture February 07, 2017, 5:30pm.

Conrad Bakker makes carved and painted sculptures of everyday objects and positions them in a wide variety of contexts to reveal and critically comment upon the political economies and relational networks between persons and things. Bakker is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

Sangram Majumdar (Brooklyn, NY.) "here" October 25 - December 13, 2016

Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series events October 22 - 26, 2016   Public Lecture October 25, 2016, 5:30pm

Majumdar explores the intersection of varying pictorial conventions from the figurative to the purely abstract. The resulting paintings evolve as conversations between reality and fiction, logic and ambiguity,the familiar and the unexpected. Majumdar teaches painting at the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore.

Previous Diane Marek Visiting Artists: 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.