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Volume 24, Number 10 — November 2017

Arts Calendar

BFA Exhibitions "Welcome Home'

Date(s):  November 13 - 22, 2017
Venue: Slocumb Galleries
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614

JOHNSON CITY, TN — The East Tennessee State University department of art & design and Slocumb Galleries present BFA exhibitions "Welcome Home" by Brooke Day and "Fragile Flamboyance" by Kalliope Yvonne Strapp from Nov. 13-22, with joint reception Friday, Nov. 17, from 5-7 p.m., at the Slocumb Galleries.

"Welcome Home" features sculptural and multimedia installations by Day who describes the objective of work "to facilitate conversations about social issues that affect humanity" and address issues such as "sex, gender, identity, preconceived ideas of beauty and power struggles." Day added that she "gravitates to theses issues from direct experience of stereotyping, body shaming, sexual assault and dehumanization." Furthermore, as a visual strategy, she disconnects the figures as forms of objectification, exposing daily inequalities and challenges the social constructs that marginalize the oppressed.

Strapp is a ceramic artist and sculptor from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She resides in Johnson City, Tennessee, where she is a BFA candidate at East Tennessee State University. Strapp received the sculpture award during the Student Art Honor Show 2017. "Fragile Flamboyance" features Strapp's current ceramic work that uses the relatability of sculpted animals to explore the delicate foundation of flock mentality in religion.

Day is an undergraduate senior in the Department of Art and Design at ETSU under the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Day was raised in a small town just north of Knoxville, Tennessee, and in 2008 she moved to Johnson City, Tennessee. As a sculptural and multimedia artist, she addresses issues of social injustices and the human experience. Her work focuses on offering alternative perspectives, specifically pertaining to the prejudiced ideas of social norms, gender, sexuality and oppression. Day has displayed work in galleries such as, Tipton Gallery, The Reese Museum and Slocumb Galleries, where she has received numerous art awards from the annual ETSU juried Student Honor Shows. In 2015, she received the Core 3-D Award for her sculpture, "Ornament,' the Extended Media Award for her installation, "Equally Human" in 2017, and the Faculty Choice Award for two consecutive years, for her work, "Honey, Sweetie, Sugar" in 2016 and "Seated AND Lovely" in 2017.

Slocumb Galleries are located at Ernest C. Ball Hall, 126 Sherrod Drive, ETSU campus. Hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 6 p.m., during receptions and by appointment. Parking and handicapped access available. To schedule a visit, email or call/text 423-483-3179. You may also visit for more information on events.

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