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Dolly Parton is focus of 35th annual national juried art exhibition at ETSU

Contributed • Feb 21, 2020 at 4:47 PM

The focus of Slocumb Galleries’ 35th annual “Positive/Negative” exhibition is a familiar one.


More to the point, the exhibition’s theme is visualizing “the ideas, complexities, and cultural significance of iconic Appalachian musician Dolly Parton.”

“Dolly: P/N 35 National Juried Art Exhibition” is now at East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries and will continue through March 13.

The juror of this 35th annual “Positive/Negative” exhibition, East Tennessee native Logan Lockner, created the theme. An ETSU release noted he looked for works emerging from “the ideas or associations she represents: homespun charm and Appalachian heritage but also camp, celebrity and sexuality; an embrace of Christian traditions alongside vocal and longstanding support of the LGBTQ community; the self-made singer-songwriter in Nashville (and) country music; (and) gender and identity performance.”

Lockner is an Atlanta-based writer and the editor of Burnaway, an online magazine of contemporary art and criticism from the American South. The call for entries noted that he sees Parton as a “unifying cultural figure.’

His writing has also appeared in such national publications as Art Papers, Pelican, Bomb, Photograph and The Rib, and he recently edited the anthology “Stranger, Harder, Brighter: The 2019 Burnaway Reader.” In 2018, he was a finalist for the Rabkin Prize for Arts Journalism.

Lockner will present a juror’s lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ball Hall Auditorium. Prior to his talk, a reception will be held at 5 p.m. in Slocumb Galleries, with live music provided by students from the ETSU Department of Music at 6 p.m.

He holds a B.A. in English literature from Emory University in Atlanta, and has given talks and led workshops on art writing at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art and Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art.

The exhibit, reception and juror’s talk are free and open to the public.

The Slocumb Galleries are lin Ball Hall, 232 Sherrod Drive, and are open weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Thursdays and during lectures and receptions, and other times by appointment.

For more information, contact Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, director of Slocumb Galleries, at [email protected]

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