Art & Design Open House

On March 17th, I had the unusual opportunity to be on campus on a Saturday, and I was surprised by the amount of activity I found. Parking lots were full; visitors to campus strolled the wide sidewalks from Peck Hall to the Student Union. Though on campus for the Linguistics Olympiad, I had the chance to visit the Art and Design Open House in the Todd art building, and I soon found myself wishing I had nothing else to do. A variety of workshops and demonstrations beckoned from the galleries, classrooms, and hallways, and it was with regret that I moved far too rapidly from one to the next and still got to see less than half of what was offered. Of course, if I had been blessed with more time, I would have settled in at my first stop, rolled up my sleeves, tie dyed a tee shirt with Amanda Micheletto-Blouin, and seen nothing else.

A sign coming into the Todd Building suggested there were twelve activities, and I visited only six—an encaustic workshop, led by Erin Anfinson

the Art Ed Printmaking room with Mary Ellis and Brigette Adkins

an inking demonstration by Doug Dabbs

silk screening with Tanner Pancake

an etching demo by Kenny Page

Etching

and the tie dye workshop. Others I didn’t get to see included sculpture, letterpress, button making, vinyl cutting, sand casting, 3-d printing, and illustration. Hmmm…math isn’t my strong suit, but I’m guessing extra activities were added after the sign was made. Regardless, if a similar event comes along again, I will be there, ready to dig in and enjoy, and I hope you will be too!

Poster image

Over the Next Hill, by Dana Tri

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Dana Tri was born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and has traveled most of her life.  She found the constant moving exhilarating and discovered she had a passion for culture and language.  She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and spent her time in service as a Korean Linguist.  Currently, she and her husband reside in Spring Hill, Tennessee.  After obtaining her Associate of Science at Columbia State Community College, she has now transferred to Middle Tennessee State University to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts where she plans to graduate in Spring of 2018.  Her medium of choice is oil, both on canvas and board.  She has had work published in print and web media.  Coordinating both nationally and internationally, she has completed personalized commisions in both traditional and digital mediums from places such as Hawaii, Florida, and England.

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Over the next hill
16X20 Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

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The essence of the human spirit is what I am driven to study.  It is not a path driven by religion, culture or politics, but rather one birthed from a desire to share and connect with individual members of society who, over time, have become increasingly more isolated and compartmentalized from one another.  In the creation of each piece, there is the ambition that each viewer of the finished product will feel a sense of community, unity and belonging.

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My process continues to evolve as I delve further into the field of oils.  Application of the paint in thin glazes over the initial background color enables deeper colors and sets the mood of the artwork.  Using the technique of glazes is a tool to better tell the story, to better describe the feelings I wish to evoke in the artwork.  The application of thicker paint is also a choice that involves the sensations I want to evoke.  The glazes allow for a luminescence, while the thicker paint is used for emphasis.  There is a sense of thoughtfulness within an artwork created this way, and I believe that the process along with the actual message of the piece are both equally as important for the final piece.

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See Dana’s online portfolio and sketchbook.