Cumberland University





Eleven Cumberland University students had thirteen art works exhibited in a juried collegiate art competition held at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center. The exhibition entitled “Artists of the 21st Century,” was sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin, and brought in a wide range of entries from seven states.
Some of the schools which had work accepted in the competition included Missouri State University, Mississippi State University, University of North Carolina, University of Kentucky, University of Alabama, and University of Tennessee at Martin.
Cumberland art students had a diverse body of work accepted for the competition. Kyle Upton, Adrian Baker, Aaron Brown, and Sarah Huddleston had drawings exhibited, while Corey Hamilton, Jessica Taylor, and Jerry Alexander had their sculptural pieces displayed. Xia Gladney, Scott Miller, Rachel Mullins, and Casey Phillips had photography and graphic pieces included in the show.
Bill Hickerson, the curator of the Art Center, said that Aaron Brown’s mystical drawings on wooden panels, Jerry Alexander’s “Wasp” made of plastic utensils, and Jessica Taylor’s neon wall relief of a butterfly created a great deal of interest from the crowds attending the exhibition. Mr. Hickerson also mentioned that Cumberland University art students had twenty-two percent of the works exhibited in the sixty piece show. He commented that was one of the largest amounts of work accepted by a a single institution.
Mr. Shane Gregory, Director of the Ice House Gallery in Mayfield Kentucky, jurored the exhibition which ran from April 2 until the 26th.