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Painting and installation combine in Pellissippi State art exhibit

Work on exhibit in "Dance of the Mythmakers" in the Bagwell Gallery - July 2023
“The Seeker Games,” an art installation by Jana Ghezawi, is interactive with difficult tasks and puzzles to complete and solve. Instructions and a timer are tucked away inside the chess board.

“Dance of the Mythmakers” is the third and final exhibition in the 2023 Summer Alumni Exhibition Series in Pellissippi State Community College’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery. 

The show features work by Kevin Krieps and Jana Ghezawi. Krieps earned a certificate for Visual Communication Graphic Design from Pellissippi State in summer 2016, while Ghezawi graduated from Pellissippi State in spring 2019 with an Associate of Arts in Foreign Language. Both went on to finish their studies at the University of Tennessee. 

Painting of a white cat with large wings
“Let’s Dine on Pink Slime” is one of several acrylic paintings by Kevin Krieps included in “Dance of the Mythmakers.”

“Krieps’ and Ghezawi’s work is a combination of traditional pop-influenced painting along with installation,” said Professor Herb Rieth, who curated the exhibit. “There is a strong component of goofy, noodley fun, mystery and, as stated in the title, Mythmaking.” 

“Dance of the Mythmakers” will be on display through Friday, Aug. 11, with a closing reception with the artists tentatively planned for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 27. 

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and all exhibits are free and open to the public.