"Little Children" art show on exhibit
at Maryville College

April 3, 2002

"Little Children," a senior art show by Maryville College student Rebecca Pusey, opened in the Fine Arts Center gallery April 1 and will continue through April 26. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ten pieces are on display. The artist's medium includes oils and acrylics on canvas.

Pusey, who graduated from Farragut High School in 1998 and is the daughter of Howard and Nan Pusey of Friendsville, is majoring in art education at the College. Her inspiration for "Little Children" came from summers of working at Tate's Day Camp on Cedar Bluff Road in Knoxville.

"During the past three summers, I have worked as an arts-and-crafts instructor for 3- to 6-year-old children at a local day camp," Pusey explained. "In addition to magazine images, I use the photographs I take of children during camp as references for my portraits. I love working with children so young because they are so blissful and innocent, and everything they learn excites them."

In her artist's statement, Pusey references Matthew 18:1-4 of the New Testament and Jesus Christ's words about the reward of childlike faith.

"I long to experience life as [children] do and to share their faith and trust," she said. "By their trust and lack of self-sufficiency, children experience a relationship with Jesus Christ that we as adults have grown far from remembering or understanding."

For more information on the art show, call 865/981-8150.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.