Greater Cultural Awareness Focus of Guest Artist Visits to TTU Campus

Whether they major in engineering, agriculture, fine arts or any other field, students on Tennessee Technological University's campus will have the opportunity to get first-hand exposure to the arts on campus in order to provide them a more well-rounded education.

As part of a first time effort to bring greater cultural awareness to campus, every artist that presented an exhibit in the Derryberry Gallery will also be available for talks open to the public and presentations for students enrolled in General Education courses, those courses required by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

"As educators, we all have the responsibility of creating a well-rounded and informed human being," said Sally Crain-Jager, professor. "And especially in this age of overwhelming technology and information, our students take the risk of getting cheated from the very beginning of their education if all we give them is the cognitive - if we don't also enrich their souls. By emphasizing general education in this project, we have the chance to get them in the habit early of going to the gallery, going to a concert hall and feeling comfortable with culture and understanding the artists who create it."

Participating in this effort, print artist Kate Borcherding will present a slide lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Room 128 of Pennebaker Hall. Her work, a response to the immediate world and events around her, reflects her attitude toward print making as a plastic contemporary medium. A reception for the artist and a gallery talk by Borcherding will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Derryberry Gallery. She will be available to talk with classes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. that day in the same location. Borcherding's exhibit will be on display in the Derryberry Gallery from Nov. 3 through Nov. 30. Representing five major universities and eight states, the remaining artists participating in this year's program are:

Jan. 25-26: painter and woodcarver Kristy Deetz, who studies the history of Medieval tapestry and fabrics.

Feb. 9-10: digital media artist Frank Rozasy, who creates electronic photo prints based on the work of Ray Avery, jazz artist and photographer. These presentations will be of particular interest during Black History Month.

March 17-18: painters Kathy Dettwiller, Sharon Carney and Nancy Blackwelder, all of whom are participating in Women's History Month.

The expanded programming was made possible through recommendations made during the review of Tennessee Tech's General Education program earlier this year.

For more information about the program, call Crain-Jager at 372-3775. ***