Special Display in Murfreesboro: Artwork of young artists with Disabilities

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The MTSU Todd Art Gallery proudly announces "The Journey," an exhibition of artwork by an elite group of young emerging artists with disabilities. Recognized by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability and an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the exhibit is an annual event sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America. The selected artworks were unveiled last fall at the Smithsonian Institution and are currently traveling across the United States. Scheduled August 6-20, 2015, a closing reception is set 11 a.m-1 p.m., Wednesday, August 19, Todd Hall, room 224.

The 2014 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the Kennedy Center drew submissions from young artists with disabilities from across America. This year's artists were challenged to create work that explores a journey. The 15 winners, selected from a pool of hundreds, were chosen for their sometimes startling and often enlightening interpretations.

The winners received a total of $60,000 in cash awards and are part of a national

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tour of museums and galleries across the country.

Gianna Paniagua of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania won the $20,000 Grand Prize for Never Stopping, a handcut paper screen print. Gianna received her BA from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2013.

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Timothy Lee of Whitestone, New York, won the $10,000 First Prize for Gookeyes, featuring water color on crumpled paper. Lee is an emerging Korean-American artist working in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Grace Tinsley of Arlington, Massachusetts, took the $6,000 Second Prize for The Disorient, a digital print. She attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston,and takes inspiration from her travels around the world.

Contact Information and Hours:

All MTSU Todd Art Gallery Exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For directions, parking, or other questions call 615-898-5532.

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