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Motlow College Faculty Art Exhibit Opens on Feb. 7

January 30, 2013

Work in a variety of mediums by Motlow College art faculty will be featured during an exhibit on Motlow's Moore County campus this month, said Brian Robinson, an associate professor of art at the college.

The exhibit will open with a public reception from 11 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Eoff Hall Art Gallery. Art by Robinson and adjunct art instructors Angela Burks, Fran Church, Eric Claunch and Ann Smotherman will be displayed in the gallery through Feb. 22. Included are oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, sculpture and installation, which is artwork created for, and installed in, a specific space.

Burks, who has taught art classes at several universities and schools, received a bachelor of fine arts from Middle Tennessee State University and a master of fine arts from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is a painter and also creates installation art with Mandy Rogers Horton. Works by Burks and Horton are displayed at Twist Gallery in Nashville.

Burks said of her art, "In my most recent paintings I am using the vanitas tradition combined with patterned prints as a method of examining the relationship between fear and control. The fear being represented by the painted flowers which are fragile and fleeting, and the control is manifested in the printed patterns as they are restricted and predictable. In the most perfect moments of the paintings the viewers may be uncertain which they are seeing."

Church received a bachelor's degree in art from MTSU and completed a master's degree and a doctorate in art education at the University of Oregon. She has taught at the elementary and secondary school levels and at colleges and universities in Arkansas and Alabama. In addition to her adjunct position at Motlow, she teaches at Calhoun Community College and Oakwood University in Huntsville. Her work has been exhibited at galleries in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Oregon.

Claunch has taught a wide variety of art courses, including drawing and composition, acrylic painting, design and charcoal drawing. Before joining Motlow's adjunct faculty, he taught English, communication, art and western culture at universities in the Peoples Republic of China.

His work has been exhibited in galleries at the Hebei Normal University in China and across the U.S. from San Francisco to Chicago, and is part of a collection at the Turner Print Gallery at California State University, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts. Claunch completed a master of fine arts at Washington State University and attended several military schools while a member of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.

Robinson received a bachelor of fine arts from MTSU and a master of fine arts from Washington State University. He studied art in Italy through the MTSU foreign study program and has taught classes in figure drawing, painting, design, art appreciation and screen printing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hamilton County Department of Education, and Middle Tennessee State University. His work has been exhibited in galleries in several states and as part of an "Americans in Italy" exhibition in Gubbio, Italy.

Smotherman taught art at the high school level and has been a member of Motlow's adjunct faculty for more than 20 years. Her oil and watercolor paintings have been displayed throughout the area, and one of her watercolors took first place in a national art competition sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Smotherman earned a bachelor's degree in art from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., and a master's degree in art education from the University of Georgia. She also has studied with nationally-known artists such as John Howard, Jim Seward, and Burt Silverman, whose work has been in Time magazine and The New Yorker.