FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Art & Activism 2018 exhibit accepting submissions through Aug. 22, adds new award, announces David Carson as juror
In 2009, senior East Tennessee State University Art & Design student Fletcher Dyer was in a fatal motorcycle accident. Three years later, a visual art exhibition illustrating timely – and timeless – social and political issues was established in Fletcher’s memory because of his passionate interest in drawing attention to contemporary issues.
The international FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art will enter its sixth year of sustaining that legacy in 2018. The exhibit will be on display at ETSU’s Reece Museum Oct. 8 to Dec. 14, with expanded awards and a fully vested scholarship base.
The directors of the 2018 FL3TCH3R Exhibit have issued their Call for Entries to artists through Aug. 22, 2018, with an extended deadline of Aug. 31.
A non-refundable fee of $40 is required for submission of up to three entries, with an additional $10 fee per artwork/title over three. Artists should submit entries online or consult the prospectus, which can be found at www.FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com/downloads/prospectus.pdf. The extended deadline, with an additional fee, is Aug. 31, 2018.
A portion of the entry fees funds the Fletcher Hancock Dyer BFA Graphic Design Scholarship Award.
This year, FL3TCH3R directors – ETSU Art & Design Professor M. Wayne Dyer, attorney Barbara Dyer and graphic designer and educator Carrie Dyer – are celebrating a milestone in the endowing of the exhibit scholarship. The scholarship has reached the minimum amount to be endowed through the ETSU Foundation, says College of Arts & Sciences Development Director Michael Webb.
“We are very gratified that we’ve met our first milestone to contribute to the education of Art & Design students at ETSU through scholarships provided by FL3TCH3R Exhibit supporters,” Barb Dyer says. “Our family is deeply touched, our hearts are filled with hope, and in essence, the whole FL3TCH3R Exhibit community has made this possible. Each artist or designer who has entered the exhibit each year has contributed to this goal.”
While an exciting milestone in funding has been met, “It’s just the beginning,” Wayne Dyer says. “We would like to expand the scholarship to more students as the fund allows. We hope the exhibit will allow more expression for artists working in arts commentary as well as support emerging students of art and design. This is just the first milestone!”
Artists who submit entries will not only get to express their concerns about societal issues and support student artists, but they also will be considered for a number of FL3TCH3R Exhibit awards, which now total nearly $1,000. The newest award – the Healthcare & the Arts Award, established by 2016 juror and artist Dr. Eric Avery – recognizes visual artists who are also in healthcare professions. More information is on the exhibit website.
Entries for the 2018 FL3TCH3R Exhibit will be selected by internationally renowned American graphic designer, art director and surfer David Carson, who is the most Googled graphic designer in history. Carson, whose design company has offices in New York and Los Angeles, is best known for his innovative magazine design and experimental typography that has been widely imitated.
Carson’s work has been published in more than 150 magazine and newspaper articles around the world, including The New York Times, Eye, Idea, The Guardian, Metropolis, Wired and Émigré. Smithsonian magazine called him “one of America’s most important artists” and Graphic Design USA listed Carson as one of the five “most influential graphic designers of the era.”
“Everybody in design knows who David Carson is,” Wayne Dyer says. “I always felt he would be a great person to have as a FL3TCH3R juror but we didn’t imagine that we would actually get him on board.”
Carson will be considering FL3TCH3R submissions from the following categories: audio/sound, ceramics, digital, fiber, glass, graphic design, jewelry/metals, mixed media (2D), mixed media (3D), painting, performance/installation (via video), photography, printmaking, sculpture, video/film and other.
In the five years of the exhibit, nearly 1,900 entries have been considered from 20 countries, including the U.S.
“From micro to macro we feel this exhibit has the ability to transcend space and time,” Barb Dyer says. “Through our beloved Fletcher, we have been able to help the creative community grow and bring awareness to important issues that impact our society.”
The FL3TCH3R Exhibit is truly a mission for the Dyers. “Especially in these times, our family, more than ever, knows we need to keep the conversation and exhibit going to continue raising funds for more opportunities within the creative arts,” Carrie Dyer says. “Creativity nestled within Art & Design is extremely important for the future of our society, our children and is our way toward innovation and positive change.”
For more information about Fletcher Dyer, visit http://fletcherdyer.com/about.html. For more information about the exhibit and submissions, visit http://www.FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com. For more on Reece Museum, visit www.etsu.edu/reece.