2022 MSA SELECT
Mid-South Sculpture Alliance
"Sculpture has the unique ability to alter our perceptions through its use of shape, mass, and space to encourage observation and reflection on the world around us in new ways. Each artwork in this exhibition was selected for its creative insight and conceptual exploration communicated through refined craft and inventive use of materials. This diverse exhibition reflects the innovative, dynamic, and outstanding work being created through a variety of materials, techniques, and content that represents the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA).
Artists are inspired and motivated by a number of influences, reasons and desires to create and that is reflected in works assembled for this exhibition. MSA Select is an eclectic exhibition representing the diverse creativity and commitment of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. As jurors, we were inspired by the range of submissions and challenged to select an exhibition, with the Slocumb Galleries in mind, that would highlight the strength of this nexus of sculptural practices while also respecting the beautiful gallery spaces. Thank you for entrusting us with this responsibility and the privilege to read, explore, discuss, and debate. As these artworks are celebrated in this exhibition, we recognize this is only a fraction of what MSA and its members create and do."
- From Mike Barclay and Leticia Bajuyo's juror statement
Mike Barclay is an independent curator, collection manager and artist based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Leticia R. Bajuyo is an interdisciplinary artist who creates visual poems, drawings, sculptures, and site-responsive installations that are inspired by objects that are byproducts of human ingenuity.
The Slocumb Galleries are educational exhibition venues of the Department of Art & Design under the College of Arts and Sciences at East Tennessee State University.
Their Mission is to develop creative excellence, foster collaborations, promote inclusivity and encourage critical thinking by providing access to and serving as inclusive platforms for innovative ideas and diverse exhibitions. The Slocumb Galleries promote the understanding, presentation and appreciation of contemporary art in support of the academic experiences and the cultural development of the region, through collaborative programming with various units and community institutions.
Thank you to Mike Barclay, Leticia Bajuyo, and all of the artists that have made this exhibition a huge success!
2022 MSA SELECT
Martha Markline Hopkins
Casey Mae McGuire
Gina Lee Robbins
Jared Cru Smith
Patrick D. Wilson