Self-portraits to be featured in ‘Yours Truly’ exhibit Dec. 7

December 4, 2013 | Arts, Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Staff

UT art students and local artists will offer reflections of themselves in the “Yours Truly” exhibition, which will be on display Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave.

Yours Truly (3)finalWorks will be in the sixth-floor gallery and open studios on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors. The free, public event is part of the seventh annual “ ’Tis the Secor.”

Advanced art students from the Concepts in Art Studio and Theory class have created an unusual group of self-portraits in response to the question, “Who am I?”

“The show, ‘Yours Truly,’ is the culmination of a great deal of hard work,” Barbara Miner, UT associate professor of art, said. “These pieces are the result of an entire semester spent writing reflectively about works as varied as Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken,’ Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Emperor’s New Suit’ and Nobel Prize-winning scientist E.O. Wilson’s Letters to a Young Scientist.”

“Yours Truly” highlights how the students stretched the self-portraits in unexpected ways.

“In addition to exploring existentialism and contemporary art criticism, students gamely tackled issues of what role failure plays in the creative process and the unanticipated benefits of failure as a means of growth,” Miner said. “We also explored the issue of art’s intrinsic value both from a monetary standpoint as well as from the view that all societies create and value art.”

She said the Concepts in Art Studio and Theory class isn’t like any other studio course: “This class is about building community through intense dialogue, hashing out where these young artists stand in terms of their own artworks and the greater community, and creating a lasting set of research and reflection skills that are truly cross-disciplinary.”

For more information on “Yours Truly,” contact Miner at or 419.530.8315.

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