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Artist Jerry Hagaman presents Malaprops & Mixed Metaphors

Athens, Tennessee artist Jerry Hagaman shares his most recent art collection with the Athens community through an exhibit in the Muriel S. Mayfield Gallery. Hagaman’s collection, “Malaprops & Mixed Metaphors,” features pieces that he created for the viewer to associate their own story.

Hagaman, who also serves as an adjunct professor in the art program at Tennessee Wesleyan University, collected items throughout the years that hold sentimental value or have a shape, texture or visual quality that held a poetic value to compose this exhibit. Each piece is housed within a box of which Hagaman comments on the importance of, “the box creates a stage, a sort of enclosed world where the elements interact with the audience by virtue of the significance of being selected.” He adds, “thus, boxes, curio cabinets and even shelves impart a sense of importance for the things they hold.”

Notable items include small military figures, vintage toys and a bobble head of a memorable Saturday morning cartoon favorite. Boxes were crafted specifically to share these items and provide the stage to help tell their story. Hagaman’s desire for the exhibit is for viewers to be pulled into the story and that the narrative would be fluid from the viewer’s perspective. “If a narrative is suggested, it is by no means fixed. It is my hope that the viewer is pulled in to the story.”

Hagaman’s collection will open at Tennessee Wesleyan University’s Mayfield Gallery, located in Reece Hall on Friday, January 25. The opening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a talk from Hagaman followed by a reception from 6 p.m. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Saturdays by appointment. To make an appointment please call, 423.746.5307.

Gallery location and contact:
Tennessee Wesleyan University
Muriel S. Mayfield Gallery, Reece Hall
216 North Jackson St.
Athens, TN 37303
423.746.5307