New Faculty Show art exhibit at Pellissippi State

One artist likens her work to a Rubik’s Cube. The other is a former punk rock–bluegrass musician who now composes mixed media and traditional acrylic paintings. Both are full-time faculty members at Pellissippi State Community College and will share gallery space in the current New Faculty Show art exhibit.

Scheduled for Jan. 12-31, the exhibit welcomes Jennifer Brickey and Herbert J. Rieth III as new faculty who have been teaching art at the college since fall 2010. Brickey and Rieth both teach classes ranging from drawing and painting to design.

Brickey received her B.F.A. in studio art (painting) from the University of Tennessee and her M.F.A. in the same discipline from Maryland Institute College of Art. Rieth comes to Pellissippi State after teaching at universities in Alabama, Mississippi and Ohio.

The art on display promises to be engaging. Brickey’s pieces represent five years’ worth of paintings and drawings, many of them autobiographical. Brickey says she is drawn to the connections between her life and work.

“Like the Rubik’s Cube,” she said, “I am enthralled by an indescribable method of organization and placement. I compulsively rearrange and modify each composition in an effort to find a complex system of interrelated parts and colors that is overly harmonious as well as nondescript.”

Rieth’s work draws on his various work experiences as well. In addition to his career as a musician, Rieth also has worked as a cook and “hammer slinger.” His art might include cartoon vocabulary derived from Disney, imagery filtered through the Chicago Imagist movement or the use of fabric.

The Faculty Show takes place in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Arts on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

An artist reception is scheduled for Jan. 20, 5-7 p.m., and will be preceded by an artist talk at noon. The reception, discussion and exhibit are free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Jeff Lockett, Art professor, at or 865-694-6433.

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