Cumberland University


Jessica Taylor Senior Exhibit - "Affliction"


The Adams Gallery at Cumberland University is pleased to present “Affliction,” a student art exhibit by Jessica Taylor, starting Dec. 3. The show is Taylor’s senior exhibit, in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with Teaching Licensure in Art Education degree at Cumberland.

Taylor’s exhibit, “Affliction,” is a collection of pieces that showcase her interest in the conceptual and the technical aspects of art. The artwork shows Taylor’s knowledge in ceramics, photography, sculpture, and plaster. Taylor’s pieces stem from her own personal experiences and feelings regarding the different topics.

The works presented by Taylor are intended to raise awareness for some assorted afflictions that may have been ignored or overlooked. Taylor wants the audience to be able to relate to some areas of the artwork, whether based on their own personal experiences or through empathizing with others. Taylor also wants the viewers to reexamine their life and to remember to not take things for granted, because these things do happen. Taylor believes that people need to remember to be appreciative of what they have, because things could be worse. 

Taylor has received a number of scholastic awards and honors, such as Cumberland’s School of Music and the Arts’ Art Educator Award and Excellence in Ceramics Award. She has had works accepted into the seven-state University of Tennessee at Martin’s Artists of the 21st Century competition. She was also chosen as a student counselor for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts at Middle Tennessee State University during the summer of 2012. Taylor will graduate in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with K-12 Teacher Licensure. She aspires to teach art at the high school level and also plans on continuing her education at the graduate level in order to teach within higher education.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run from Dec. 3 to 14. The Adams Gallery is located in the Heydel Fine Arts Center at Cumberland University. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday.