MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin students account for 14 of the 26 artists chosen to participate in the Bellwethers exhibition at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Humboldt this year. The exhibit opened Oct. 29 and will run through Nov. 21 with a public reception from 5-7 p.m., Nov. 6, at the center.
UT Martin students chosen to display work this year are McKayla Cunningham, a senior from Martin; Violet Durden, a junior from Bartlett; Ethan Ellison, a senior from Rives; Kelsey Faith, a senior from Dover; Anna Lax Gatti, a junior from Medina; Chelsey Gordon, a senior from Lyles; Brianna Hinton, a junior from Hornbeak; James Lamb, a senior from Mayfield, Kentucky; Alex McNeal, a senior from New Johnsonville; Jessica Parnell, a senior from Troy; Bailey Radnitzer, a sophomore from Des Plaines, Illinois; Brittney Rose, a junior from Martin; Hunter Wanser, a junior from Brighton; and Chelsea Willis, a senior from Greenfield.
Diane Shaw Miles, formerly a professor of art at UT Martin, is serving as exhibition juror. Miles is known for her oil paintings featured in exhibitions at Ladies First International, Cape Girardeau Missouri Arts, Clarksville Custom House Museum, Pop Revolution International and Indiana Mid-States, among others. Her works have been featured in art publications and have received multiple awards. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting and contemporary art history from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Arts from Union University in Jackson.
The exhibition is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in a visual arts program at a two or four-year institution in one of nine southeastern states. Students who have graduated within the past six months are also eligible to submit work. Participants in the 2018 show were selected from colleges in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.
Work submitted for consideration must be the sole work of the artist and have been completed within the past two years while the competitor was an undergraduate student. Media may include painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, photography, printmaking, digital art, fiber art, mixed media and jewelry.
The West Tennessee Regional Art Center is located at 1200 Main St. in Humboldt. For more information, contact the UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts at 731-881-7400.