Cumberland University


Art Student Wins Regional Competition


Joseph Bates, junior at Cumberland University in Lebanon Tn., was awarded First Place in the three-dimensional category at the “Artist of the 21st Century Competition” held at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Humbolt, Tennessee. The juried exhibition featured 40 outstanding art works created by university student from ten states.

During this year, Bates has developed a unique body of work featuring household tools created out of neon and mixed media. His winning sculpture was a neon handsaw cutting into a real hand-hewn log.

Bates hopes to attend graduate school to enhance his sculptural skills in neon.

Stephanie Gieseler and Micah Beard, two other Cumberland University students were also juried into the competition in the photography category. Gieseler, a senior, plans to attend graduate school next year.

Student, Anna Torrence, also received area recognition by winning the Reader's Choice award in the 2014 Nashville Scene photo competition, giving her the honored cover photo of the Nashville Scene Photography Issue. 

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Stephanie Geisler, Just To Live

Micah Beard, Electrofied

Joseph Bates, Hammer

Joseph Bates, Impossible Saw

Anna Torrence, Cornelia Fort Airpark