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Three Art Students' Work Featured in Exhibit
January 30, 2020

Three pieces created by Walters State art students will be part of the Tennessee Board of Regents Intercollegiate Art Show. Forty-one art works were chosen out of 103 submitted pieces.

Works by Goreti Lopez Rodriguez of Jonesborough, Laura Harper of Mohawk, and Nathaniel Steward of Morristown will be part of the exhibition at Volunteer State Community College. Harper and Stewart also received Juror’s Awards. 

“Having the works of three student artists chosen to be part of this exhibit is an honor for the college. This also reflects well on the enthusiasm and dedication of the art faculty,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State. 

Juror’s Awards were given to 12 pieces in the show and are what the juror deemed as the highest quality work, according to Amy Evans, head of the college’s art department. 

Rodriquez’s chosen work is a paper and acrylics collage titled “Texture Pattern Kitchen.” 

“Goreti’s work is an assignment to address texture, pattern, value, dominance and subordination. Students had to recreate an interior space from their homes using only existing textures and patterns,” Evans said. 

Harper’s work is a shoe, made of clay and acrylic paint.

“Laura’s work was completed in an assignment that addresses the trompe l’oeil approach to sculptural constructions. Students are asked to reverse-engineer a shoe of their choice. This involves texture, pattern, scale, and proportion,” Evans said.

Steward’s work, “Cotard Delusion” is acrylic on canvas. 

“Nate’s assignment grew from an assignment asking students to make a collage that indirectly told a story. His work is successful in that it creates a strong sense of character and setting, but is mysterious and open-ended,” said Eleanor Aldrich, adjunct faculty member in art at Walters State. 

The exhibit opened Jan. 22 and is in the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building on Volunteer State’s Gallatin Campus.