ETSU’s Reece Museum exhibits preserve regional heritage

Published 10:41 am Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum is showcasing a trio of distinguished exhibitions, each offering a unique lens through which to explore the rich tapestry of cultural expression in the Appalachian region. 
“Storehouse of Knowledge: Recent Acquisitions to the Reece Museum’s Collection” features 39 artifacts recently added to the permanent collection. This exhibition, which runs through March 22, showcases the diverse community that supports the Museum’s work, honoring the generosity of 22 donors and showcasing the eclectic contributions to the museum’s holdings since 2020. A reception will be held on February 29 from 4-5 p.m. 
ETSU alum and artist Bill Nickels captures the essence of a singular landscape in the installation “View from West Poplar Street to Gilmer Park,” an evocative collection of over 200 paintings, 31 of which are on display. This series, born from a moment of inspiration in 1989, represents a deep, experimental dive into the constancy of change within a singular view. The exhibition runs until March 8, with a special reception on February 29 from 5-6 p.m. 
Completing this trio of exhibitions is “Embodying Culture: Women in Appalachia,” a profound exploration of the roles women play as culture bearers within Appalachian traditions. Through art, performance and academic discourse, this exhibition, which remains open until July 5, delves into themes of identity, activism and tradition. Highlights include Nija Woods’ color psychology workshop, “Column of Diversity,” on February 23, offering an interactive exploration of cultural and emotional expression. A reception will take place on February 29 from 6-7 p.m. 
Each exhibition reflects the Reece Museum’s dedication to fostering an appreciation for the complexities of Appalachian culture and the myriad ways it can be expressed and understood. The museum, a cornerstone of the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies and a unit of the Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services, continues to serve as a vibrant hub for educational and cultural enrichment. 
The Reece Museum is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibitions, special events or accommodations, visit the museum website and follow the museum on social media for additional content and digital programming.  

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