Tipton Gallery (ETSU) / 126 Spring St., Johnson City, TN April 6, 2023 - May 2, 2023

Katlyn Brumfield
Jordan Fowler
Travis Graves
Nora Hartlaub
Jay Jacobs
Devin Lovett
Amanda Musick
Sun Young Park
Sandra De La Rosa
Hugo Ximello Salido
Marissa Shell
Linda Tien
Kathleen Thum
Dr. Jason Davis

Tipton Gallery redefines the term environment through Conditional Surroundings Exhibit, an exploration of the complexity of the environment. The opening reception is on April 6, Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at ETSU’s Tipton Gallery, with Guests of Honor Washington County Commissioner Dr. Jodi Jones and ETSU College of Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Joe Bidwell with curators Shai Perry, Brooke Day and artists.

Additionally, there are two other community engagement events, a virtual Curators and Artists Talk on April 20, Thursday, 6 p.m. via ZOOM ID 710 908 4999; and Environmental Oral Histories on April 26, Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Tipton Gallery organized by the Department of Media and Communications. The Conditional Surroundings exhibition runs until May 2, 2023.<

The exhibit features artists Katlyn Brumfield, Jordan Fowler, Travis Graves, Nora Hartlaub, Jay Jacobs, Devin Lovett, Amanda Musick, Sun Young Park, Sandra De La Rosa, Hugo Ximello Salido, Marissa Shell, Linda Tien, Kathleen Thum and ETSU Basler Chair for Rhetoric, Science and the Arts Dr. Jason Davis.

Conditional Surroundings incorporates the works of fourteen artists and intends to broaden the preconceived notion of the term "environment." The word itself incites many ideas varying from person to person, yet often our minds turn to "The Environment." As ecological concerns become increasingly dire, it is a natural response to distill this enigmatic term into what feels most relevant. However, curators Brooke Day and Shai Perry curated this exhibition to broaden our understanding of the term and its facets. They brought together a collection of artists whose works speak, without constraint, to the multifaceted complexity of the environmental theme through the guise of the human experience.

Day and Perry are both alumni of the ETSU Art Department. “Through this curatorial process, we have connected with new artists and reconnected with former peers and professors. It is wonderful to curate this exhibit in the community that first sparked our careers,” Perry said.

The exhibition is part of the Tennessee Triennial and in partnership with EcoNuts, Reece Museum, Department of Media & Communications, Department of Sustainability with funding from ETSU College of Arts & Sciences, Arts Build communities grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and Arts Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

For more information on the exhibition or events, contact Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, Director of the Slocumb Galleries, at contrera@mail.etsu.edu. Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 and open Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. with extended hours on receptions and by appointment.