Artwork by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor for art and design at Tusculum College, will be included in “Journeys of Women” at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough, Oct. 19 through Nov. 2.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee and the Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts. Bryan is one of 25 area artists invited to participate in the exhibition. The McKinney Center is located in the restored Booker T. Washington School on Franklin Avenue off East Main Street in downtown Jonesborough.
“When I was asked to participate, I was just beginning a series of large graphite drawings,” said Bryan. “By the time the work was due for the exhibition, I had seven drawings completed.”
Bryan said that the drawings are intended to be one part of several triads—a black and white photograph, a graphite drawing based on the photograph and her memories of the scene, and then a black and white etching based on the drawing.
“The subject matter is windows, and is based on a series of window photographs I have taken from 1976 to the present. But with the triads, I’m interested in having the viewer decide which medium they like and why. Each medium is black and white, and even though each triad shares the same subject, the photograph, drawing and etching are distinct.”
This past summer, Professor Bryan also exhibited artist’s books at the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, Mo., had a photograph from her “Natural Structures” series accepted at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, Ga., for their “Sense of Place” exhibition and exhibited at the National Print Biennial in Boston, Mass.