MC art exhibit showcases student and faculty photography

March 7, 2003

(Written by student LeeAnn Godbey)

An exhibition by Maryville College Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts Stan McCleave and five of his advanced photography students will open March 3 and continue until March 28 at the Maryville College Fine Arts Center Galley.

A public reception and gallery talk for the artists is planned for 6-8 p.m., March 24, in the Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit includes students’ photographs from the fall semester, as well as some of McCleave’s own prints. The photographs were created with fiber-based printing, a method that creates a more permanent image with a sharper, cleaner look. These exhibition quality prints were a requirement for students’ work to be included in the display. The prints represent students’ mastery of this advanced printing method.

McCleave and his students chose a range of subjects for their photographs. Local children, late-night diners, landscapes and Maryville College faculty all served as subjects of the prints, reflecting each artist’s personal interests and style.

A 1983 alumnus of Maryville College, McCleave believes learning the art of photography can be an integral part of a liberal arts education.

“ These students are able to bring together many different disciplines – psychology, chemistry and physics. Photography encourages creative thinking and incorporates different types of skills,” said McCleave. “They will be prepared when, in 30 years, they must ‘reinvent themselves’ in a new job market.”

Exhibiting students include Amanda Baker, a 1999 graduate of Clinton High School; Lorie Hamilton, a 1999 graduate of Gibbs High School; Allison Harrell, a 2001 graduate of Farragut High School; and Ian Lane and Meredith McCaslin, both 1999 graduates of Maryville High School.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, please contact the Fine Arts Center at 865.981.8150.