Koczwara paintings move to TTU library for temporary display

Due to renovations in Tennessee Tech University’s T.J. Farr building, eight paintings of Christine Trella Koczwara have moved to the Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library for a while.

Koczwara, TTU professor emeritus of art, was the first woman commissioned by the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat artist during the Vietnam War. The U.S. Navy commissioned her to paint the liftoff of Apollo 7 as well.

“The College of Education and the department of art are glad to partner with the Volpe Library to display the paintings during the renovations,” said Matthew Smith, dean of the College of Education. “It is anticipated the paintings will be viewed by a large number of students during their stay in the library.”

Four of Koczwara’s paintings are in the library’s main stairwell. One painting is behind the front desk at the entrance of the library, and another is behind the technical support desk. The remaining two paintings are in the dean’s office and conference room. 

The art will remain in the library until renovations at T.J. Farr are complete.