Teen campers create ‘Underwater World’ exhibition at Reece

Published 8:31 am Monday, June 10, 2019

JOHNSON CITY — Teen campers in a Renaissance Camp hosted this week by East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum have been busy creating an art exhibition that will be on display at the museum from June 10-July 12.

ETSU’s Office of Professional Development annually sponsors a variety of Renaissance Camps, and this “Underwater World: A Fibers Exhibition Experience” is the first to be hosted by the Reece Museum.

Nine campers from 7th grade and up have spent the week creating an “underwater” environment in one of the Reece Museum’s galleries entirely out of fiber media. Collaborating with fiber artists and museum staff, campers have learned and implemented such skills as knot-tying, crocheting, dyeing and screen-printing to produce an installation that has transformed the gallery space into an “Underwater World.”

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“The ‘Underwater World’ project has given campers an opportunity to create an exhibition in a professional museum, learn interesting and fun techniques and become involved in regional and global environmental issues,” said Spenser Brenner, Reece Museum exhibition coordinator.

This exhibit is in keeping with the Reece Museum’s early summer theme of fiber arts.  “A Journey,” a selection of works by Abingdon, Va., fiber artist Margaret Gregg, is on display through July 5, and “Textile Traditions of the Mountain South: Fiber Arts of the Overmountain Weavers Guild” will run from June 10-July 26.

Regular museum hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Reece Museum at 423-439-4392. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.