New year signals new art at Tennessee Tech, Craft Center

The new year brings a whole slew of new art exhibits to Tennessee Technological University, both on the main campus and at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. -

On display at the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery in Tennessee Tech's University Center are works by two area artists, Claire Hampton and Sue Mulcahy, beginning Jan. 9 and continuing through Jan. 31. Both teach art at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn.

Hampton paints representational works are dark in both coloring and subject matter, which complements the haunting look of Mulcahy's abstract charcoal drawings. Both artists have displayed their work throughout the Nashville area, sometimes together, most recently in the exhibit "VAANGuard '95," a regional, juried show sponsored by the Visual Artists Alliance of Nashville.

Works by Ohio ceramics artist Kaname Takada appear in the small gallery at the Appalachian Center for Crafts from Jan. 5 to Feb. 26. Takada considers his ceramic pieces to be "sensual objects," he says, and hopes viewers will "feel my work rather than understand it."

He uses richly colored glazes over simple, rounded forms, allowing the kiln in which he fires the objects to add its own effects of cracks, blisters and texture to the work. A ceramics instructor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Takada's work has been exhibited around the world in international and national competitions and in solo shows throughout the Midwest. His numerous awards include Ceramics Monthly magazine's "Best of 1995" purchase award.

Also on display at the Craft Center, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 26, are fine art and crafts by students from all over Tennessee for the second annual Juried Student Exhibition. Students in all media compete for top honors in a show judged by the Craft Center's resident Emerging Professional Artists.

The current exhibits at the Craft Center showcase Craft Center faculty and students. In the large gallery, the Holiday Festival continues through Jan. 5, with artisans from all media providing an elegant, handmade touch to "The Holiday Table."

In the small gallery, bachelor of fine arts candidates Kerry Ebersole and Rick Swafford display their ceramic works, including hand-carved terra cotta tiles and small, narrative sculptures. In the North Windows Gallery, bachelor of fine arts candidate Katherine McDougal has installed "Secret Garden," a display of colorful, working ceramic fountains. All of these exhibits continue through Jan. 5.

The art of Tennessee Tech can be seen off campus as well. Trella Koczwara, Tennessee Tech art professor and nationally recognized painter, is one of a pair of artists featured in "Flying Solo," the first of a new series of exhibits at the Nashville International Airport. The show includes work from Koczwara's tour of duty as the first woman combat artist to travel to Vietnam, as well as more recent landscapes and abstract paintings. The exhibit continues through Feb. 3.

For more information about art exhibits at Tennessee Tech, call the Department of Music and Art at 372-3161.