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FL3TCH3R exhibit accepting submissions through Aug. 22

Contributed • Jul 7, 2018 at 10:30 AM

JOHNSON CITY - In 2009, senior East Tennessee State University art and design student Fletcher Dyer was in a fatal motorcycle accident. In 2012, a visual art exhibition illustrating timely - and timeless - social and political issues was established in Fletcher’s memory because of his passionate interest in drawing attention to contemporary issues.

In 2018, the international “FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art” will enter its sixth year of sustaining that legacy. The exhibit will be on display at ETSU’s Reece Museum from Oct. 8 to Dec. 14, with expanded awards and a fully vested scholarship base.

The directors of the 2018 “FL3TCH3R Exhibit” have issued their call for entries to artists. A non-refundable fee of $40 is required for submission of up to three entries through Aug. 22, with an additional $10 fee per artwork/title over three. Artists should submit entries online or consult the prospectus, which can be found at www.FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com/downloads/prospectus.pdf. An extended deadline, with an additional fee, is Aug. 31. A portion of the entry fees funds the Fletcher Hancock Dyer B.F.A. Graphic Design Scholarship Award.

This year, the “FL3TCH3R” directors - ETSU Department of Art and Design Professor M. Wayne Dyer, attorney Barbara Dyer and graphic designer and educator Carrie Dyer - are celebrating a milestone. The scholarship has reached the minimum amount to be endowed through the ETSU Foundation, says College of Arts and Sciences Development Director Michael Webb.

Artists who submit entries will not only get to express their concerns about societal issues and support student artists, but they also will be considered for a number of “FL3TCH3R Exhibit” awards, which now total nearly $1,000. The newest award - the Healthcare and the Arts Award established by 2016 juror and artist Dr. Eric Avery - recognizes visual artists who are also in health care professions. More information is on the exhibit website.

Entries for the 2018 “FL3TCH3R Exhibit” will be selected by internationally renowned American graphic designer, art director and surfer David Carson, who is the most Googled graphic designer in history. Carson, whose design company has offices in New York and Los Angeles, is best known for his innovative magazine design and experimental typography that has been widely imitated. Carson’s work has been published in more than 150 magazine and newspaper articles around the world, including The New York Times, Eye, Idea, The Guardian, Metropolis, Wired and Émigré.

Carson will be considering “FL3TCH3R” submissions from the following categories: audio/sound, ceramics, digital, fiber, glass, graphic design, jewelry/metals, mixed media (2D), mixed media (3D), painting, performance/installation (via video), photography, printmaking, sculpture, video/film and other. In the five years of the exhibit, nearly 1,900 entries have been considered from 20 countries, including the U.S.

For more information about Fletcher Dyer, visit http://fletcherdyer.com/about.html. For more information about the exhibit and submissions, visit http://www.FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com.

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