Smith Gallery at Appalachian presents Art and Design Expo 2017

The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University presents Art and Design Expo 2017, an annual juried student exhibition and arts competition for Appalachian students, March 5 through March 30, 2017. The exhibition is organized by the Smith Gallery and juried by Lia Newman, the director and curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, and Rebecca Tegtmeyer, a graphic designer and assistant professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University.

Works exhibited in Art and Design Expo 2017 were selected from hundreds of entries by current students at Appalachian. Guest jurors Newman and Tegtmeyer chose more than 40 works of various media, including clay, drawing, fibers, metals and jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design and video, for the exhibition. They will award first, second and third place prizes as well as determine the best in show.

Visitors to the gallery are invited to vote for their favorite work throughout the duration of the exhibition to determine the People’s Choice Award. These awards, and any purchases made for the Appalachian Permanent Collection at Plemmons Student Union, will be announced at the reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday March 29 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Smith Gallery. The public is invited to honor these student artists, celebrate with the award winners, and to recognize Department of Art students receiving scholarships given for their achievements. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Newman graduated from Winthrop University with a bachelor’s degree in art history and BFA in general studio, with concentrations in sculpture and photography and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University. She came to Davidson from Artspace, Inc. in Raleigh, where she served as director of programs and exhibitions from 2002-2012.

Tegtmeyer is a graphic designer and assistant professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. Prior to entering academics, she worked at Willoughby Design, a boutique design studio, followed by Kuhn & Wittenborn, an integrated marketing agency, and Hallmark Cards. She is the director of visual interaction design at MATRIX, MSU’s Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. In this role, she creates dynamic interactive environments for searching large data collections. Projects include the Vietnam Archive, Slave Biographies, Foodborne Illness Tracker and a Language Preservation Project for Cherokee and Ojibwa.

 About the Smith Gallery

The Smith Gallery is located in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 733 Rivers Street on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Admission is free for all events and programs. Hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during special events. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook at

About the Department of Art

One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department of Art at Appalachian State University prepares students to explore art, identity, expression and creative problem-solving while challenging them to go beyond their previous limits by discovering new connections to culture. The department offers degrees in art and visual culture, art education, graphic design, studio art, commercial photography and graphic arts and imaging technology, with minors in art history, studio art, commercial photography and graphic arts and imaging technology.

About Appalachian

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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Published: Mar 6, 2017 9:42am