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When:
Oct 16, 2015 @ 7:52 pm – Nov 30, 2015 @ 8:52 pm
2015-10-16T19:52:00-04:00
2015-11-30T20:52:00-05:00
Where:
Renaissance Arts Center, Atrium Gallery, 2nd Floor
1200 E Center St
Kingsport, TN 37660
USA
Cost:
Free & Open to the Public, Reception on Nov. 13th, 5-8 pm
Contact:
William Kai Stephanos
423.392.8414

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Transitional Zeitgeist

WHEN: Exhibit up through the end of November 2015
RECEPTION: Friday November 13, 2015 from 5-7 PM
WHERE: Atrium Gallery, 2nd Floor of the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre, 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport
COST: FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC, Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 8 pm, Sunday: 9 am-Noon

CLICK HERE to download Press Release:   PR TRANSITIONAL ZEITGEIST, Group Show at Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center Atrium Gallery, October and November 2015, Reception Nov 5, 5-7 PM

CLICK HERE to download ARTIST STATEMENTS:   SPDA-TransitionalZeitgeist-ArtistStatements

Kingsport———– Transitional Zeitgeist: A Group Exhibit by the Student Painting and Drawing Association at ETSU will be featured in October and November at the Atrium Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre. The Reception will be held on Friday, November 13 from 5pm to 7pm, and the public is invited to attend, and interact with the artists.

Zeitgeist [tsahyt-gahyst] (noun):
The spirit, attitude, or general outlook of a specific time or period, esp. as it is reflected in art, literature, philosophy, etc.

Zeitgeist is the dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a period in time. Culturally, East Tennessee is deeply filled with traditional values as evident in local art and philosophy.

As time moves, societies begin to develop changes in their attitude and thoughts, this is ultimately the zeitgeist in transition. This exhibit brings new perspectives to the face of fine arts in East Tennessee.

Transitional Zeitgeist incorporates artwork that uses traditional painting and drawing techniques with contemporary concepts as well as artwork without a regard for traditional techniques.

This exhibit is comprised of students who are members of The Student Painting and Drawing Association at East Tennessee State University. SPDA is an organization that advises professional development for students and actively engages the role of art in surrounding communities.

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Transitional Zeitgeist” is a fine art exhibition featuring members of the Student Painting and Drawing Association at East Tennessee State University. SPDA brings professional development opportunities for students and actively engages the role of art on campus and in local communities. Students have received guidance and instruction by Mira Gerard who is the Department Chair of Art & Design as well as Amanda Hood who is a visiting art instructor.
Zeitgeist is defined as the attitude or general outlook of a specific period as reflected in art, literature and philosophy. It is the dominant school of thought that influences the culture of a particular time period. Culturally, East Tennessee is deeply filled with traditional values as evident in local art and philosophy. As time has moved into the 21st century, societies have begun to develop changes in their attitude and thoughts from the 20th century. This movement of ideologies with time is ultimately the zeitgeist in transition. The exhibition brings new perspectives to the face of fine arts in East Tennessee.
Transitional Zeitgeist” incorporates a wide variety of artwork. Paintings and drawings that implement traditional techniques yet contain contemporary concepts. Alongside traditional pieces, the exhibit is also filled with artwork that disregard traditional techniques completely.
Elena E. Wyatt is the President of SPDA. Elena’s artwork is vividly abstract and reflects societal changes through created systems.
Jonathan Adams is the Vice-President of SPDA. Jonathan’s large-scale drawings emerge from emotions and explore the moment of being free.
Andrew Norris is the Secretary of SPDA. Andrew’s oil paintings portray characters in a traditional manner that are often subject to gender bias.
Mary Ann Wagner is the Treasurer of SPDA. Mary Ann’s artwork brings auto-immune disorders to light with beautiful yet grotesque imagery.
Christopher Gullion, a member of SPDA, indulges in the illusion of painting by breaking boundaries with vivid materials and textures.
Todd Simmons, a member of SPDA, uses mixed media to form narrative paintings about residual energy within antique objects.
Shai Perry, a member of SPDA, visually deposits herself into her drawings that demonstrate bold changes and actions in life.

SUPPORT PUBLIC ART GRAPHIC sTEpHANoSThis exhibition is part of Public Art Kingsport. We are always looking for new artists to participate. CALL TO ARTISTS: Public Art Kingsport invites all visual artists to submit proposals for exhibiting work in public art gallery space in the City of Kingsport.

All entries must be two-dimensional. Exhibitions will run approximately for two months. There is no exhibition theme and all two-dimensional media will be considered. Exhibit locations will depend on space and availability. All original works should be appropriately finished for display and/or hanging (i.e. matted framed, and equipped with appropriate hanging hardware). Exceptions can be made for youth art. Individual artists, consortia or artist, and organizations who work and/or live within 150 miles of the Kingsport area are encouraged to apply. There is NO entry fee. Contact the OCA for more information.

CA Get Engaged LOGOCity of Kingsport Mission: To provide economic, educational and quality-of-life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse community.
Office of Cultural Arts, a department of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. Programs & partnerships include: Public Art Kingsport, Art in the Heart Gallery, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, the Kingsport Carousel and more. They provide a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations and individual artists. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in order to facilitate their objectives.
For more information visit www.EngageKingsport.com
or call the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414

The arts are transformative to places as well as individuals.

Transitional Zeitgeist
A Group Exhibit by the Student Painting and Drawing Association at ETSU
Reception: Friday, November 13 from 5pm to 7pm
Zeitgeist [tsahyt-gahyst] (noun):
The spirit, attitude, or general outlook of a specific time or period, esp. as it is reflected in art, literature, philosophy, etc.
Artist Statement
Elena’s artwork reflects societal changes through created systems. Constructed grid abstractions narrate layers of social systems that are perhaps a little bit dirty. Elena often uses mixed materials such as wood or plastic to emphasize man-made creations and ideals imbedded in natural, unchangeable occurrences.
Elena Wyatt is 22 years old and is from Chattanooga, TN. She will be graduating from East Tennessee State this upcoming spring with a Bachelor’s of Arts. She is studying Sociology and Studio Art with a concentration in painting. Elena is the president of the Student Painting and Drawing Association.
Elena Elizabeth Wyatt
www.elenaewyatt.com
wyattee@goldmail.etsu.edu
(423) 667-5694

“Dirty Systems I” Acrylic and Paper. Detail of “Dirty Systems I”

“Dirty Systems III” Acrylic and Wood.
Artist Statement
Andrew Norris is influenced by video games as well as current pop culture. He portrays characters that are often subject to gender bias such as women are only seen as damsels in distress while men are heroic.
Andrew is 22 years old and lives in Fall Branch, TN. He will be graduating from East Tennessee State University in spring 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting. He was awarded the Painting Award at the juried 2015 Student Honor Show at ETSU. He also has an extensive background in graphic design. Andrew is the Secretary of the Student Painting and Drawing Association.
Andrew Norris
andrewstephennorris.weebly.com
norrisa@goldmail.etsu.edu
(423) 765-3449

“Princess Zelda” Oil on Canvas. “Princesse de Broglie” Oil on Canvas.

“This Looks Like A Job for Aquaman” Oil on Canvas.
Artist Statement
I have always possessed an intense fascination with antique and retro objects. It is my attraction to these forms and my love for the process of painting and mixed media that induce me render these objects. As this process takes place, powerful narratives emerge from the objects as if a residual energy is compelling me to tell their story. This phenomenon is known as Psychometry, a belief that residual energy from highly charged emotional events can attach themselves to these items. The first law of energy states, that energy can be neither be created or destroyed, it can only change forms. It is my intent to capture these moments of energy that have been frozen in time.
Todd Patrick Simmons has been an illustrator and graphic artist for many years and holds an Associate of Arts from Cleveland State Community College. He currently resides in Johnson City, TN and is working on his BFA at ETSU with a concentration in painting.
Todd Patrick Simmons
toddsimmons@yahoo.com
(423) 716-0773
Detail of “Her Favorite Boots” Mixed Media.
“Mother’s Little Helper” Acrylic, Oil & Resin.
Artist Statement
All humans experience different stages of life and things we must go through to reach the next phase of life. Change is a scary thing for most people while it can help us it still can hurt at the same time. My work revolves around actions that I have gone through in life. Some of them express an idea. I create a visual for the viewer to take in and think about on a personal leave. Not every piece will mean the same to others and it means to me. Art is a broad world of interpretations. The use of mixed media in my work gives a new and fresh way to experience materials. Furthermore, I often model my forms from my own body, which further deposits myself into the work.
Shai Perry is from Johnson City, TN. She graduated from Science Hill High school in 2011 and is currently a senior at ETSU. She is majoring in Fine Arts with a minor in Anthropology.
Shai Perry
perrysm@goldmail.etsu.edu
(423) 747-0412

“Finding Myself” Charcoal Drawing.

Artist Statement

My process involves long amounts of time daydreaming and constant observation of the world around me. I find a particular quality of inspiration from the flow and geometry of nature. This ranges from cloud forms, texture of tree bark, interactions of people, but also from other aspects of life such as the spacing of lights within a room, and architectural elements of buildings. All these things, along with personal questions of purpose, individualism, consciousness, spirituality, and existence, fuel my imagination and creative process. I enjoy producing pieces that are large in scale, for me, this helps engulf the viewer into the piece much like a mandala or religious work of art in which one must experience the work and be humbled by it. Producing a pulsating geometric landscape to be experienced as a sublime environment of vivid colors and geometric elements that are both compelling and discomforting through a contrast of materials and textures, I indulge in the illusion of painting and how to break those boundaries with a more sculptural approach into a three dimensional space.
Christopher Gullion is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at East Tennessee State University with a concentration in painting. Christopher is an intern at the Slocumb Galleries and Tipton Gallery in Johnson City.
Christopher Gullion
www.christophergullion.weebly.com
cmgullionart@gmail.com

“Mother of Essence” Mixed Media. “Transition” Mixed Media. “Sight” Mixed Media.

Artist Statement
Hello! I hope you enjoying the artwork! I’m Jonathan Adams, a Bristol, VA born artist and raised. I always drawn, ever since childhood. Works like Captain Underpants and traditional comic books (Spiderman, Batman etc.). However, I have turned to crazy things. I draw and make what feels right. If I have an idea to draw a caterpillar commandeering a ship, that’s what I’m going to do.
My work is all about emotion, the moment being free to explore beyond recognized confines. Honestly, I just really like to have fun. I don’t consider myself an artist or consider my work “master pieces”. I’m simply a man who has an impulse to chronicle what strikes his fancy.
Hopefully there is something here that strikes your fancy!
Jonathan Adams is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at East Tennessee State University. He is the vice-president of the Student Painting and Drawing Association.
Jonathan Adams
jadamsdesigns05@gmail.com
(423) 268-1327
“…Look Closer” Ink and Gold Leaf
Artist Statement
An auto-immune disorder occurs when, for one reason or another, the immune system attacks the body instead of protecting it. My work is centered on the place to which these circumstances take us. When the body’s only defense mechanism (the immune system) becomes a threat to bodily destruction, one is faced with a great obstacle: self-destruction. I utilize my work to juxtapose this inner beauty and grotesque imagery in order to expose the defective self. I use bold and bright colors inviting viewers to analyze the distorted imagery highlighting transformation of the human body beyond what we understand to be normal. This forces us to examine our own perceptions of the grotesqueries and beauties that inherit ourselves. I utilize positive colors to anesthetize the pain of self-examination and the true beauty of the defections exposed. In painting internal subject matter, I have particularly noticed internal grotesqueries are generally more difficult for viewers to perceive. However, in the presence of external distortions viewers immediately recognize the distortion and are often discomforted by the sight of a disfigured body surface. I feel that metaphorically using the mechanisms of the human body is the most direct and realistic way to portray coping with emotional destruction and self-defection.
Mary Ann is from Chattanooga, TN. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at East Tennessee State University. Mary Ann is the Treasurer for the Student Painting and Drawing Association.
Mary Ann Wagner
wagner@goldmail.etsu.edu

“Rheumatoid Arthritis” Acrylic.

 

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Author
Cultural Arts Administrator, City of Kingsport Tennessee Stephanos@kingsporttn.gov Will is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and has lived in the Tri-Cities since 2001. He has been with the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport since September 2012. He has two adult sons. He graduated with a BS as well as a Master of Education and a Master of Public Administration from East Tennessee State University. He is an art collector and enjoys painting, making/designing jewelry, and films. For over 20 years, Will has been the owner of Stephanos Jewelry & Fine Art, designing and fabrication art metal jewelry in Sterling Silver and Gold. Will maintains a home studio and exhibits and sells his work in Downtown Kingsport at the Art in the Heart Gallery at Broad street and Center Street. He loves his fluffy orange cat "Dario" and leopard-striped "Sir Winston", who both showed up at his door. Will has traveled to 29 countries in 4 continents and is always up for a new adventure.