Art students become professionals at Visual Arts Society sale

Posted by Lori Shull - Monday, November 28 2011
lshull@tntech.edu

 

thumb HolidaySaleSome of the Upper Cumberland’s most unique, and reasonably priced, holiday gifts will be available at the end of this week at Tennessee Tech University’s Derryberry Gallery.

The one-of-a-kind glass, fiber, ceramic and metal pieces are creations of TTU Appalachian Center for Craft students.

“It’s getting all of us prepared to do craft shows on our own and be professional about it,” said TTU junior and ceramics major Jodie Masterman. “It drives us to make art in such a way that we’ll be able to be professional artists after we graduate.”

Student work, including Craft Center pieces as well as paintings and drawings, will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2, in the gallery on the first floor of the Roaden University Center on the TTU campus.

The Visual Arts Society, a student group that helps students travel to professional conferences, is sponsoring the Holiday Art & Fine Craft Sale. Part of the proceeds from the sale goes to the student group, while the rest goes to the artist.

“The VAS sale gives the students first-hand experience in presenting, promoting and selling their art to the public,” said Beth Smith, program manager for the Craft Center. “VAS raises funds for art students to attend national conferences, host visiting artists and gain professional presentation experience.”

In addition to some of the functional bowls, cups and mugs Masterman has been working on for the sale, other students will have jewelry, scarves, glass vases and ornaments of all shapes, sizes and media.