“Dark Impulses” displays what is important to students


(August Crofts/East Tennessean)

ETSU provides students with recognition and exposure with 2022’s Dark Impulses: Student Honor Show.

“The annual Student Honor Show juried exhibition is inspiring. It shows the best creative work of ETSU students and the strength of the art program. The works are not only examples of good mentorship, but also serve as evidence of the technical skills and conceptual development of our students,” said Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, director of Slocumb Galleries and organizer of the Student Honor Show.

ETSU’s Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries are currently hosting the student honor show alongside Jerry Artarama of Knoxville Tennessee Crafts and the Fletcher Hancock Dyer Fellowship. It has been open since April 11 and will remain open to the public until April 29. The Slocumb Galleries are located on the ETSU campus near Sherrod Drive.

This year’s theme, “Dark Impulses”, is inspired by the exhibition’s juror, TK Smith, art curator and writer. The work presented this year is supposed to represent the different visual expressions to tap into the psyche of the students. Work represents what is important to students.

Keely Melton is a senior at ETSU majoring in graphic design. After years of treating ear infections and fallopian tubes, she started using hearing aids at the age of 16. Her experience of hearing loss at such a young age is what inspired her works for the gallery.

“When I was bringing up a topic as personal as mine, it was really hard to separate myself from the feedback that was being given. Many times I had to remind myself that my teachers and peers were not criticizing me, but really my work,” Melton said.

An in-person reception will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 5-7 p.m., and Dr. Kimberly McCorkle, Vice President of Academic Affairs at ETSU, is the guest of honor along with ETSU Provost who will reward the winners. The show ends April 29 and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the event and its attendees, visit https://www.etsu.edu/cas/art/galleries/slocumb.php.

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