Crain-Jager honored with exhibition in Joan Derryberry Art Gallery

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An exhibition highlighting the work of the late Sally Crain-Jager will be on display in Tennessee Tech s Joan Derryberry Art Gallery Oct. 31 through Nov. 22, with an opening reception and gallery talk scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Sally was hugely influential to the university and local arts communities, school of art, craft and design director Kimberly Winkle said. She taught at Tech for many years and was instrumental in the creation of the art program at Tech.

Sally moved to Cookeville in 1967 after having worked as an art teacher in Hamilton County schools. She became a member of the art faculty at Tennessee Tech and was a devoted contributor to the university s art programs and was active in supporting the arts in Cookeville.

During her career as an artist and teacher at Tennessee Tech from 1967 to 2001, she helped develop the first art education degree, and the bachelor of fine arts degree in painting. She served on many committees, was chair of the university art committee for a number of terms, and was actively involved in the development of programs at the Appalachian Center for Crafts as an interim director and academic advisor. She is responsible for the dedication of the university art gallery as the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery, and the development of the gallery's programs for the university and the Cookeville community.

Crain-Jager passed away on Nov. 22, 2014, but her legacy is still enriching the university and community through the Sally Crain-Jager Memorial Art Scholarship at Tech.

The Nov. 3 gallery talk will be led by the artist s husband, Robert Jager, and her daughter, Brooke Martin.

Crain-Jager s exhibit is sponsored by Tennessee Tech s Center Stage, which is made possible by the university s general education fund. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The Derryberry Art Gallery is on the first floor of Tennessee Tech s Roaden University Center, 1000 N. Dixie Ave.

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