Johnson City, TN
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Each year, the FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art reaches new milestones. In 2019, the seventh annual exhibition at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum – Sept. 30-Dec. 13 – will feature two new awards and a juror known worldwide for her books, essays, political graphic art and unapologetic activism, Sue Coe.
The FL3TCH3R Exhibit itself was created as an equally unapologetic forum for social and political expression through the visual arts, say co-directors Barb, Wayne and Carrie Dyer, who established the exhibition in memory of Fletcher Dyer, senior ETSU Art & Design student who was in a fatal motorcycle accident in 2009.
“Every year we are humbled by the new bonds we’ve formed, the roots we have grown, the loyal supporters who are here year after year and by the soul-touching artists and their work that is unearthed,” says Fletcher’s sister, Carrie Dyer, a graphic artist and art educator. “We know now more than ever how important this exhibit is for establishing common ground for our community and the voices of social responsibility that are formed.”
The directors of the 2019 FL3TCH3R Exhibit have issued their Call for Entries to artists through Aug. 23, 2019, with an extended deadline of Aug. 31. A non-refundable fee of $40 is required for submission of up to three entries, with an additional $10 fee per artwork/title over three. Artists should submit entries online or consult the prospectus, which can be found at www.FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com/downloads/prospectus.pdf. The extended deadline, with an additional fee, is Aug. 31, 2019.
A portion of the entry fees funds the Fletcher Hancock Dyer BFA Graphic Design Scholarship Award given annually to an ETSU Art & Design student.
Work submitted for the FL3TCH3R Exhibit, the website says, should reflect current issues that affect contemporary culture and investigate societal and political concerns. Submissions will be accepted from the following categories: audio/sound, ceramics, digital, fiber, glass, graphic design, jewelry/metals, mixed media (2D), mixed media (3D), painting, performance/installation (via video), photography, printmaking, sculpture, video/film and other.
Submissions will be considered and selected this year by printmaker and author Sue Coe, who began her visual art career in the U.S. as an illustrator for The New York Times Op-Ed page, as well as The Nation, Entertainment Weekly, The Progressive, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone magazines. Coe has become known for her stark renderings of victims and their tormentors – including the Ku Klux Klan, famine in Africa, factory farming, mistreatment of dogs and certain political figures – as well as for her activism, essays and four books.
New this year are two memorial awards, the first, in memory of former Art & Design faculty member and chair Jack Schrader, known for his filmmaking, photography and sculpture. Schrader died on Nov. 7, 1993, while serving as chair of the department.
“I am excited for the exhibit to offer more awards celebrating significant arts supporters, as well as benefiting more FL3TCH3R artists whose work is also celebrated,” says Wayne Dyer, Fletcher’s father and graphic design faculty member at ETSU. “Jack Schrader was a significant part of the arts community in Johnson City and at ETSU and I am especially pleased to honor and celebrate his life through the Jack Schrader Award.”
This year, the Dyers have also added an award in memory of Dorothy Carson, the mother of graphic design legend David Carson, and the healthcare and arts award has been renamed in honor of Dr. Eric Avery, 2016 FL3TCH3R juror, 2019 Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science and printmaker, psychiatrist, educator and activist. Avery is now funding the Avery Healthcare and the Arts Award.
The FL3TCH3R Exhibit’s more than $1,000 in awards will be announced and presented at the exhibition reception and juror talk on Thursday, Nov. 7, 5-8 p.m. at ETSU’s Reece Museum. The talk by Coe is 5-6 p.m. and the awards presentations and reception 6-8 p.m.
“We are confident that the exhibit has facilitated Fletcher’s dream to ‘create a movement that others will follow,’ ” says Barb Dyer, Fletcher’s mother and a local lawyer. “We know Fletch would love the extended family created by the exhibit and all of us hope that it will continue to grow.”
For more information about Fletcher Dyer, visit http://fletcherdyer.com/about.html. For more information about the exhibit and submissions, visit http://www.FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com. For more on Reece Museum, visit www.etsu.edu/reece or call 423-439-4392.