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

homepage image: 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.

Fall 2017 Diane Marek Series Visiting Artists:

Sonnenzimmer (Chicago, Illinois)  

Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series events September 22 through September 27, 2017.  Public Lecture September 24, 2017, 5:30pm. Exhibition September 22 - November 03, 2017.

Chicago-based publishers, printers, artists, and musicians, Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi) have worked across several mediums in their decade long collaboration. While they continue to grow their practice their foothold remains in the graphic arts. Initially recognized for their idiosyncratic screen-printed posters, their practice has since morphed into an interdisciplinary toolshed spanning multiple platforms including exhibitions, performance, publishing, and design. Equal parts balancing act between art and design and radical reclamation of all aspects of visual expression, the studio is grounded in the lasting potential of the graphic arts, while exploring the friction between abstraction and communication, and how our humanity is being defined by the substrate of media.

Previous Diane Marek Series Visiting Artists: 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.