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2017 FL3TCH3R Exhibit-Socially and Politically Engaged Art- International Juried Exhibit

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Event History

The exhibit’s proceeds after expenses will fund the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship for an art and design student. Fletcher Hancock Dyer, age 22, died in a motorcycle accident on November 5th, 2009. He was a senior in the Dept. of Art and Design at East TN State University and he was pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. As a high school senior Fletcher used a quote by Gerald W. Johnson, “Every great work of art is offensive to someone, for a work of art is a protest against things as they are and proclamation of things as they ought to be.” Fletcher wrote, “I dream of making a difference in some way with my art, I might attempt to right political, social, & religious wrongs by showing society a glimpse of how I feel about serious issues in the world…Hopefully the awareness that I can help create will spark an interest in a movement that others will follow." This Exhibit aspires to honor Fletcher’s legacy by providing a venue for artists to exhibit artworks that continue the dialogue.

What Makes this event different?

The Fl3TCH3R Exhibit is in its fifth year. It became a multi-national exhibit after only one year to currently be known as an international exhibit. The venue, The Reece Museum at East TN State University in Johnson City, TN serves the TN, Va, W.VA, & N.C. Southern Appalachian region of the US. The exhibit brings an awareness to the region, students, & faculty of the university that exhilarates and exposes ideas from artists worldwide. The theme of the exhibit continues the dialogue of socially and politically engaged issues through visual arts and brings a plethora of diversified artists' views from around the world together in one place. A nationally/internationally renowned juror is chosen each year to select works to be shown in the exhibit. Entries for the 2017 FL3TCH3R Exhibit will be selected by illustrator/painter Anita Kunz, O.C., DFA., a visual artist whose work has made her one of The National Post’s 50 most influential women in Canada and whose magazine covers for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and Fortune and jacket covers for more than 50 books have reached readers the world-round.

Image Usage Rights

Work should be original and the sole copyright of the Artist/s. Accepted work will be disqualified if misrepresented, different from submitted entry, or if photos are digitally enhanced. Only one image per 2D entry; 3D work may include up to 3 detail shots. All notifications will be sent via email as long as artists include a legible email address. All video art submissions should be in digital .mov format. Video art should not exceed 15 minutes running time and file size must not exceed 300MB. All accepted video art/sound/audio will be played collectively on a loop unless artist sends a separate viewing/listening device (via headphone,etc.). Artist must agree to allow images of accepted 2D/3D/ film/video to be included in online archived catalog. In addition, artists must agree for all film/video selections to be presented via YouTube (or linked to artist’s site) at exhibit online catalog.

Art Call Social & Political Relevance – the FL3TCH3R Exhibit is accepting submissions through Aug. 22, or by the extended deadline of Aug. 31, keeping alive a legacy of commentary, activism through art.

Now in its fifth year, the FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art will be on display at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum Oct. 9th to Dec. 15th.

This year there is an audio/sound category. Other categories include graphic design, ceramics, fiber, digital, glass, jewelry/metals, mixed media (2D), mixed media (3D), painting, performance/installation (via video), sculpture, photography, printmaking, video/film and other.

There is a non-refundable fee of $40 that is required for submission of up to three entries if submitted by Aug. 22nd.  Entries in excess of three may be submitted for an additional $10 per artwork/title. Arwork should be submitted online or artists should consult the prospectus, which can be found at http://www.FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com/downloads/prospectus.pdf. There is an extended deadline, with a $45 fee for three entries, by Aug. 31, 2017.

The exhibit offers four main cash awards – a Best of Show Award; two Awards of Excellence; the Reece Museum Award; and the Sammie L. Nicely Appalachian Artist Award, in memory of Nicely, who was artist-in-residence at Reece Museum in 2014 and 2015 and died in May 2015.  

Illustrator/painter, Anita Kunz, is the juror for entries for the 2017 FL3TCH3R Exhibit. She is a visual artist whose work has made her one of The National Post’s 50 most influential women in Canada and whose magazine covers for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and Fortune and jacket covers for more than 50 books have reached readers around the world.

The exhibit provides an opportunity for socially relevant expression, and supports the annual Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship for an ETSU Art & Design student.

“The exhibit was created to honor the legacy of our son who was passionate about incorporating social and political concerns as commentary in his artwork,” says co-founder and co-director Wayne Dyer, a faculty member in Art & Design at ETSU. “Fletcher wrote in a high school essay: ‘I might attempt to right political, social and religious wrongs by showing the rest of society a glimpse of how I feel about serious issues in the world … Hopefully the awareness that I can help create will spark an interest in a movement that others will follow.’ ”

Interest has indeed been sparked. In the four years of the exhibit, nearly 1,500 entries have been considered from 17 countries, including the U.S. Submitting artists have shared their enthusiasm for the socially engaged framework for their art and the opportunities for conversation, as well as reflection.

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.

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