‘Painting Painters Paint’ leads new fa...

‘Painting Painters Paint’ leads new fall exhibits at Todd Gallery

MTSU’s Department of Art is celebrating the fall 2012 semester with “Painting Painters Paint,” an exhibition of the collected works of 15 innovative current artists, in the Todd Art Gallery through Thursday, Sept. 20.

Art Professor Sisavanh Houghton, who envisioned the exhibit, and fellow professors Melissa Newman, Bob Durham and Charles Clary invited colleagues from across the Midsouth to participate.

The result is an outstanding collection of style, interpretation and process, according to gallery curator Eric Snyder.

The participating artists are well-known in the region, and many also have achieved national recognition. “Painting Painters Paint” artists include Mark Bradley-Shoup, Ron Buffington, Tom Burtonwood, Gianna Commito, Jeff Danley, Joshua Dildine, Hamlett Dobbins, Greg Eltringham, Jason Hoelscher, Joshua Huyser, Mead McLean, Laura Mosquera, John Nelson, Yvonne Petkus and Craig Drennen.

Todd Gallery also plans a busy autumn with more exhibits, including:

  • the annual Graphic Design Juried Student Exhibit Sept. 25-Oct. 11, sponsored by the MTSU chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, with an artists’ reception on Monday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.;
  • “Forms of Expression: A Survey of Contemporary Clay” Oct. 17-Nov. 17, curated by Professor John Donovan and featuring ceramic artists Dana Chapman-Tupa, William DePauw, Lisa Elrich, John Oles, Quintin Owens and Adam Paulek, with an Oct. 22 artists’ reception;
  • the fourth annual Seasonal Scholarship exhibit Nov. 19-21, featuring work donated by MTSU art faculty, staff, students, alumni and community artists; and
  • three graduating-senior exhibits in studio art, known as the “Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibits,” scheduled Nov. 6-8, Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 27-29. The BFA exhibits feature work in painting, sculpture, clay, printmaking and letterpress and include a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. each Monday before each exhibit’s Tuesday opening.

Todd Gallery exhibitions, receptions and lectures are always free and open to the public. The Todd Gallery is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and is closed on state and university holidays.

For additional exhibit or parking information and directions, contact Snyder at 615-898-5653. You also may visit