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Motlow to Host Marc Burnett Art Show and Soul Food Tasting

January 27, 2012
Artist Marc Burnett at Fayetteville Center

In celebration and recognition of Black History Month, Motlow College Fayetteville Center will host "A Taste of Soul - Art Show and Soul Food Tasting" Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Artist Marc Burnett of Cookeville will feature a display of his artwork in the Sundquist Center for the duration of the event and a soul food tasting will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Burnett is Vice President of Student Affairs at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) where he earned all of his higher education degrees - bachelor's, master's, and education specialist. He went to Tech on a basketball scholarship immediately following high school and has continued his uninterrupted longevity there, rising through the university ranks within the Student Affairs Division.

In his position with TTU, Burnett oversees policies and programs within the division which includes Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Eagle Card, Greek Life, Health Services, Minority Affairs, Orientation and Student Success, Recreation and Fitness, Residential Life, Student Activities, and the Roaden University Center.

Burnett was featured on a Tennessee Crossroads segment where he shared the story of how his painting career began 12 twelve years ago. Being homebound, because of injuries sustained in a car accident, some friends brought him a paint set with six colors and one small brush. Because he had always like doodling, Burnett began to draw and paint on small watercolor cards given to him by his wife Tammie.

The artist in Marc was awakened and his evolution began. Initially his subjects, characterized by blank faces, were often personalities and memories from his predominately African-American neighborhood, the Halls Community, in the foothills of Alcoa, Tennessee.

The Remnants theme came as a natural description of Burnett's works. He describes his eclectic collection of paintings and sketches as a quilt created as he pieces together bits of his southern African-American heritage.  One of his favorites is "Marm", which is a depiction of a teacher in a one room school house and is a tribute to his former teachers.

Burnett's ability to capture movement and mannerisms in the physique of his subjects clearly identifies each personality. Two of his paintings, Cradle To Grave and The Embrace, are from his Mortal Coil collection that continues his study of modern abstract art. Another emotionally favorite piece is the one entitled, Come Unto Me. Burnett said, "It is a very personal painting. I painted it in the days following the September 11th attacks to express my anger, my sympathy, my hopelessness, but also my belief that God will carry us through in times of crisis."

His artwork has been on display at Art & Images in Nashville's Bellevue Center, First Tennessee Bank, Poet's in Cookeville, Roane State Community College, Columbia State Community College, the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Motlow College in Moore County and now will be featured at Motlow's Fayetteville Center. Burnett is also the pastor of Gainesboro First Baptist Church. He has been married for 28 years to Tamelyn (Whitted) Burnett and the couple has two children, Mario 27, and Bianca 22.

Visit the College website; for additional information about Black History Month celebrations at all Motlow locations.