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Joan Derryberry Art Gallery

1st Floor of TTU's Roaden University Center

Open and Free to the Public

September 1-24

September 24 | 4:30 p.m. - Gallery Talk and Reception

Steve Belz, Sculpture Exhibition

Artist's Statement

My sculptures express the beauty of nature and the tension created by our manipulation of the environment. Through abstraction, I translate my visions of botanical shapes and landscapes into beautiful forms and surfaces. I use disparate materials and forms to create tension in my sculptures.

Through my work, I interpret contemporary global issues, such as genetic modification within our food system, energy consumption, and society's perception of the Earth's natural resources. I am interested in creating a balanced perspective where viewers of all backgrounds are compelled to investigate their personal relationship with the natural world, opening a dialogue on the topic with others. I hope that my art will highlight some of the tensions present in our environment and encourage viewers to consider their relationship with the Earth's natural resources.

September 28-October 22

October 22 | 4:30 p.m. - Gallery Talk and Reception

William Ruller, Painting Exhibition

Artist's Statement

The abandoned mills and tanneries of my youth and the dilapidated areas of metropolitan and rural sites, with its rust grey tones inform the visual and aesthetic language present in my work. These residual sites serve as the foundation for the work, which allows for a reinterpretation of the space into an abstracted image. The evidence of physical and experiential textures of crumbled brick and concrete serve to represent the frailties of humanity; and the erosion of lives that once existed.

October 26-November 24

November 13 | 5:30 p.m. - Reception

TTU Art Department Invitational Alumni Exhibition

The TTU Art Department Invitational Alumni Exhibition will feature recent works by outstanding alumni invited from each of Tennessee Tech's art degree programs, showcasing the high caliber of work, varied formats and wide range of styles, and the diverse artistic practices evident in recent works by these alumni.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Tennessee Tech was first established at the Appalachian Center for Craft in the early 1980's in clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood. Art education followed in 1989, and painting in 1997, based on the main campus in the Department of Music and Art. The separate Art Department, encompassing these seven concentrations was established in 2012, and an eight concentration in design, begun in 2013, is expected to produce alumni beginning 2017. This exhibition is part of the university's Centennial Celebration.

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