• The Human Exceptionalities degree program truly widened my view on the education system and the best ways to serve students that are differently-abled. My professors were willing to go above and beyond to make sure that I was
    prepared to continue and obtain my master’s degree. As a second year OT student, I am able to have a different viewpoint and see my clients from multiple perspectives due to my Human Exceptionalities degree.
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C-N Faculty Art Exhibit Opens This Week

Campus News | October 31, 2011

Watercolor painting by William C. Houston

Carson-Newman College’s 10th Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition opens Tuesday, November 1 with a reception from 3:30 -5 p.m. in Warren Art Building’s Omega Gallery.

The free show is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 7.

“It’s good for us to exhibit our personal artwork on a regular basis,” said David Underwood, department chair. “Exhibiting our own work shows students and the community that we are working artists who also teach art-making skills.”

Artists include:

Dr. Chad Airhart, assistant professor of art, who holds the PhD in aesthetic studies and art history from the University of Texas in Dallas. He teaches art appreciation and art history. His oil paintings of abstracted human figures will be included in the exhibit.

Michael Alvis, instructor of art, who earned the MFA in studio art from Florida State University. He teaches computer graphics, photography, and painting. He is exhibiting new watercolors and photo-grids.

Lisa Ellis, assistant professor art, who earned a MFA in photography from East Tennessee State University. The art appreciation and photography teacher will display recent black and white photographs of East Tennessee scenes.

William C. Houston, associate professor of art and C-N artist-in-residence who holds the MAT in art education and painting from the University of South Carolina. He teaches fine art honors classes as well as drawing and painting. He will exhibit recent watercolors and hand-built furniture.

Gretchen McMurry, the department’s administrative assistant and C-N alumna who earned a BA in art. She will display a new watercolor painting.

Julie Rabun, associate professor of art, who holds the MFA in design/visual communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. The computer graphics and graphic design professor will exhibit digitally modified photo-grids.

Raquel Kennedy Roy, instructor of art, who earned the MS in art education from FSU. She teaches art at Maryville High School and art methods part-time at C-N. Her work features recent realistic figurative paintings.

David Underwood, professor of art and chair who earned the MFA in studio art from FSU. He teaches senior seminar and photography. His recent composite photographs and a mixed-media collage will be included in the show.

Mark Wankel, instructor of art, who holds the MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He teaches art fundamentals, art appreciation and drawing. He will present new abstract paintings.