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‘Up the Gravel Road’ exhibit at Slocumb features work of Arrowmont artists-in-residence

Contributed • Sep 28, 2018 at 8:12 PM

“Up the Gravel Road: Arrowmont’s Artists-in-Residence” is on display at East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries through Oct. 19.

This exhibit is presented by the ETSU Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Project Support Grant and the Arrowmont School of Crafts, a national art and craft education center in Gatlinburg. It includes a reception and panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5-7:30 p.m. in Ball Hall.

“Up the Gravel Road” features works by the five current artists-in-residence at Arrowmont. Since 1991, the school’s Artists-in-Residence Program has provided young artists with time, space, instruction from visiting artists and other forms of support in a community environment as they create and build a body of work.

Working with a range of materials, these contemporary artists explore different areas of human interaction with other people or objects.

Sasha Baskin creates fiber pieces with the loom to explore the malfunction and glitch of technology, as the correspondence between modern technology and older, traditional means of creating fibers is of interest to her.

Baskin, a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, holds a B.F.A. degree in drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.F.A. in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. The award-winning artist’s practice includes the dyeing technique of ikat, natural dye processes, hand-controlled damask, hand-manipulated glitch and computerized weaving.

Alyssa Coffin, an interdisciplinary artist from Providence, Rhode Island, combines a variety of materials to create poetic metaphors. She calls her work “an investigation of what it means to be human as mind, body and spirit.” Coffin earned her B.F.A. in illustration at Montserrat College of Art and spent a semester studying abroad at the Burren College of Art in Ireland.

Everett Hoffman uses installation, found objects and metalsmithing to create pieces of jewelry, and says his work “reimagines the function of ornamentation and its relationship to the body.” The Idaho native holds a B.F.A. in metals from Boise State University and an M.F.A. from VCU.

Stephanie Wilhelm explores the bond between human and canine in her ceramic work. She uses the “narrative of the dog and human relationship to communicate an internal sense of belonging and comfort formed through companionship.” Wilhelm, raised in Manchester, Maryland, was introduced to pottery while studying abroad in Mexico during her junior year at Elizabethtown College, where she earned her B.F.A. She also holds an M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Florida.

Kari Woolsey creates baskets and table settings referring to everyday items found in a domestic household. “Our domestic spaces, like an overlooked corner of a living room or a catch-all windowsill next to a reading chair, can talk about different moments in our lives,” she says. Woolsey, from Boca Raton, Florida, holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from Florida Atlantic University and has done post-graduate work at the University of Florida and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

“Up the Gravel Road” is curated by Lindsey Rogers, an assistant professor of ceramics in the ETSU Department of Art and Design. Rogers has close ties to Arrowmont, where she has exhibited her own work and serves as a ceramics instructor and coordinator.

The exhibit and reception/panel discussion are free and open to the public. The Slocumb Galleries are located in Ernest C. Ball Hall, 232 Sherrod Drive on the ETSU campus. Viewing hours are weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Thursdays, during events and by appointment.

For more information, contact Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, director of Slocumb Galleries, at 423-483-3179 or [email protected]

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