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8th Annual International Juried 2020 FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT- Socially and Politically Engaged Art- >> Deadline- August 23, 2020/ Extended Deadline- August 2

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The 2020 8th Annual FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT is an international juried exhibit focused on socially and politically engaged art. The goal is to recognize and advance this endeavor by providing a venue for the exhibition of socially and politically engaged art. Furthermore, the exhibit’s proceeds after expenses will fund the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship for an art and design student. In its eighth year, the exhibit is in memory of Fletcher H, Dyer, 22, senior in Art and Design at ETSU, who was lost in 2009 motorcycle accident in Jonson City, TN. As an artist and designer, his passion for art was a vehicle that allowed him to mirror his passion and marry it to a concern for social and political issues through visual arts. Fletcher wrote, “I dream of making a difference in some way with my art, 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.” Fletcher’s work embodies a deliberate perspective of his personal endeavor to employ art as social and political commentary.

Social-Political Zeitgeist

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The international “FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art” at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum never fails to reflect the social and political milieu and zeitgeist of the country and world. The 2020 exhibition, which runs Oct. 5-Dec. 11, will follow suit, with virtual, as well as on-ground, programming and a special award to an artist whose work reflects the Black Lives Matter movement. The 2020 juror will be Carlton Wilkinson.

“There will be no general theme for entries except social and politically engaged artworks,” 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. “But this year's exhibit will honor Black Lives Matter.”

The directors of the 2020 exhibit have issued their Call for Entries to artists through Aug. 23, 2020, with an extended deadline of Aug. 31 for an additional fee. 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 at www.FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com/downloads/prospectus.pdf.

A portion of the entry fees funds the Fletcher Hancock Dyer BFA Graphic Design Scholarship Award given annually to an ETSU Art & Design student. “As an artist and graphic designer, Fletcher's passion for art was a vehicle that allowed him to mirror his passion and marry it to his concern for social and political issues through visual means,” says Fletcher’s mother Barb Dyer, a children’s advocacy attorney. “Fletcher was always curious and aware of current events. He experimented in innovative ways to create works that investigate contemporary social issues.

“The ‘FL3TCH3R Exhibit’ aspires to honor Fletcher’s legacy by providing a venue for artists to exhibit artworks that continue the dialogue.”

Work submitted should reflect current issues that affect contemporary culture and investigate societal and political concerns.

In response to recent events worldwide, the Dyers have added an award for artwork focusing on Black Lives Matter. “The ‘FL3TCH3R Exhibit’ is dedicated to supporting people of color after 401 years of systematic racism,” says co-director Carrie Dyer, a graphic design faculty member at High Point University in North Carolina. “The co-directors of the exhibit denounce racist structures, constructs and daily subconscious oppression. We are working and committed to a lifelong pursuit of learning about racism and working to dismantle these systems.”

The exhibit’s more than $1,500 in awards will be announced and presented at the exhibition reception and juror talk at ETSU’s Reece Museum, on a date still to be determined, says Fletcher’s father and retired ETSU Art & Design faculty member Wayne Dyer, exhibit co-director.

As a result of continuing COVID-19 concerns, ETSU’s Reece Museum will be welcoming the public, but allowing no more than 10 people in a gallery at a time, requesting use of masks and social distancing, says Exhibition Coordinator Spenser Brenner. The ‘FL3TCH3R’ awards ceremony and juror talk will have limited seating in the museum but will be shared online in some form, Brenner says.

A positive and exciting aspect of “the first virtual ‘FL3TCH3R,’ ” Barb Dyer says, “might be that more people and artists, who cannot normally travel here for events such as the reception and awards or discussions during the exhibition, will be able to join and participate online in numerous ways.”

About Fletcher Dyer, visit http://fletcherdyer.com/about.html. .

About Reece Museum, visit www.etsu.edu/reece or call 423-439-4392.

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Download the Prospectus: http://fl3tch3rexhibit.com/downloads/prospectus.pdf

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