The eight paintings, part of an exhibit by artist Meredith Spencer Mullins, were on display in the university's Bryan Fine Arts building lobby. The show opened in early June, and the paintings were taken sometime between 9 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday this week.
University officials say the building was locked that evening by a campus police officer, and custodians were in the building most of the night. Several of the pieces were up to four feet high and three feet wide, leading to speculation that it might have taken more than one person to get the paintings off the wall.
Most of the stolen paintings were vibrant color oils on canvas or wood panel. One graphite drawing was also taken.
Mullins' work, which has been described as "flush with glowing color and symbolic references to her own personal sphere of experience," has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Savannah, Ga. She teaches as an adjunct art faculty member at Tennessee Tech and several other colleges and universities throughout Middle Tennessee.To report any information about the theft, please call TTU Police at 372-3234 or CrimeStoppers at 520-STOP. CrimeStoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.