SYNERGY: East Tennessee Art Educator Exhibition




Celebrating the SYNERGY between art students and art educators!

In it’s third year, SYNERGY showcases East Tennessee’s most gifted K-12 art students alongside their teachers, diverse artists will participate in this special exhibition at the Clayton Center for the Arts. See the results of the artistic student-teacher synergy that happens every day in East Tennessee schools.

The East Tennessee Art Educator Exhibition is a newer exhibition designed to promote the work of East Tennessee’s finest teaching artists. K-12 art teachers and current art interns/student teachers from public schools, private schools and academies are invited to apply to the exhibition which will be alongside an exhibit featuring the creative works by East Tennessee’s most gifted art students. The exhibition will be selected by a TBA peer juror for exhibition. This exciting exhibit will be held in the Blackberry Farms gallery at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN. The exhibit will be on display from April 7-22, 2016.

Where: Clayton Center for the Arts
When: April 7-22
Times: Monday- Friday, 10:00am – 6:00 pm
How Much: Free

2016 Awards TBA

First Place: Jessica Bledsoe “Oh Mommy Look”, Gibbs High School
Second Place: Jenny Snead, “Small Offerings”, Sterchi Elementary
Third Place: Alexis Keever, “Octobowl”, Jefferson Middle
Honorable Mention: Ericka Ryba, “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”, Holston Middle School
Honorable Mention: Suzanne Wedekind, “Reflecting”, West Valley Middle
Honorable Mention Alexis Keever:”Ending to Begin”, Jefferson Middle

2016 Juror

“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” This statement by Picasso is so true. Art is such an important aspect of our society and it is Libby Lynch’s goal to ensure that as many children as possible in Tennessee have access to quality art instruction. Her contribution to making this possible has been to take an active role in our state’s professional art education association (TAEA). Libby has been a member of TAEA since 1991; she taught art with the Shelby County System for 6 years before moving to Humboldt Tennessee. She first became active on the TAEA board in 1996 while working as the curator for the West Tennessee Regional Art Center. In 1997, she accepted the position that she currently hold as the upper school art instructor for University School of Jackson. She is a dynamic teaching and working artist.

Committee Chair

Jim Dodson



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