The works in this show were inspired by the artists’ personal beliefs or the faith of their surrounding communities.
The art depicts abstract and literal interpretation of icons, prophets and symbols, as well as photographs of congregations and places of worship.
The exhibition is on display at the Reece Museum on the ETSU campus until Feb. 15 and at the Tipton Gallery until Feb. 22.
In conjunction with the exhibit, a “Tangibility of Faith” Interfaith Panel Discussion was held Thursday at the Reece Museum, followed by a reception.
Panelists included Father Steve Mathewes of Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Bristol; artists Dr. Halide Salam of the Muslim faith and Masud Olufani of the Baha’I faith; and Kiran Singh Sirah, Sikh and interfaith peace activist, who serves as president of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.
An opening reception for the exhibit was held at Tipton Gallery on Friday in conjunction with Johnson City’s monthly First Friday celebration.
The reception included a musical performance of bluegrass/gospel and traditional Iranian music by recent ETSU graduate Sasan Hovan.
“Tangibility of Faith” is curated by ETSU Slocumb Galleries curatorial interns Cheyenne Good and Amber Howard, along with art historian and Slocumb Galleries curatorial fellow Moira Frazier.
These three previously co-curated the 2017 exhibit “Our Appalachia: Community and Innovations,” which, like “Tangibility of Faith,” also filled two ETSU art galleries.
Artists whose works are included in “Tangibility of Faith” are Clorinda Bell, Rachel Boillot, William Cross+, Nancy Fischman, Jeff Marley, Jocelyn Mathewes, Mary Nees, Masud Olufani, Halide Salam, Randy Sanders, Katie Sheffield, Page Turner, Yancy Villa-Calvo and Carlton Wilkinson.
The exhibit is presented by ETSU’s Slocumb Galleries, Department of Art and Design and Reece Museum in partnership with the Department of Philosophy and Humanities and Women’s Studies Program.
It is supported by a Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Project Support grant.
The exhibit and related activities are free and open to the public. Regular hours at the Reece Museum are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Tipton Gallery, located at 126 Spring St., is open Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m., with extended hours for receptions and by appointment.
For more information or to schedule a Tipton Gallery viewing appointment, contact Slocumb Galleries Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay at 423-483-3179 or [email protected]