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Aug 6 2014 - 3:52pm


Rusty Mitchell is the Vice President of Design for Mercury Intermedia. Based in Nashville, TN, Mercury provides mobile app strategy, design, development and platform solutions for iOS and Android.

At Mercury, he leads a team of designers in product strategy and design as well as participates in business planning and direction. He has over 15 years of design experience, including several years as an art director and music packaging designer before shifting focus to application user experience and design.

While at Mercury, he have helped leading brands such as USA Today, TED Talks, The New York Times, CNN, and many others succeed in the native mobile app space. These apps have been downloaded and used by millions and parodied on The Daily Show and Futurama. They have also garnered awards and recognition from Communication Arts, The Webby Awards, and Ad Age, while receiving promotion and praise from Apple and Google. He also contributed interviews for Josh Clark’s book Tapworthy about designing great iPhone apps, as well as Suzanne Ginsburg’s book Designing the iPhone User Experience.

From Mercury Intermedia’s Crossly Press Release:

Nashville, Tennessee – July 24, 2014 – Mercury Intermedia, one of the world’s leading mobile development and design agencies, today announced the launch of Crossly, a free competitive crosswords game for iPhone and iPod touch. Crossly marks the first direct-to-consumer release for Mercury Intermedia and combines the classic crossword format with head-to-head competition, as two players race to occupy the board with each correct answer.

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Jul 18 2014 - 12:14pm

King Wurts

The Framemaker proudly presents “The Trick is in the Landing” a collaborative painting exhibit by artists Laura King and Alex Wurts. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on August 7, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of August during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Laura King currently attends Austin Peay State University seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Primarily a watercolor painter, King explores the issues of patterns, material through the topic of micro-anatomy. Alex Wurts also attends Austin Peay State University and is seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Wurts paintings are often experimental in nature, the results deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

In the show, “The Trick is in the Landing” Wurts and King have collaborated together to create a body of work based in casual experimentation. Both artist function primarily within the realms of drawing and painting, working within different styles and approaches but sharing similar concerns of material, pattern and form. Self-amused but not unserious, these painters have abandoned the rigorously structured propositions and serial strategies of previous generations in favor of playful, unpredictable encounters.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

Jul 18 2014 - 10:06am

kaleidoscopic minds poster


The ETSU Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Wyatt Moody Scholarship Fund present“Kaleidoscopic Minds: Wyatt Moody Invitational Exhibit of TeN” featuring print and painting students representing ten art programs from Tennessee from July 7 to August 15, 2014. The reception is on July 17th, Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the Slocumb Galleries.

The Kaleidoscopic Minds: Wyatt Moody Invitational Exhibit of TeN features work by: Brian Baker and Adonica Supertramp from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Amelia Briggs from University of Tennessee (UT) Memphis, Heather Calfee of Tennessee Technological University (TN Tech), Aaron Carroll from Maryville College, Ashley Hamilton representing University of Tennessee (UT) Chattanooga, Raluca Iancu of University of Tennessee (UT) Knoxville, Krista Knudtsen from Milligan College, kate Kolodi of Tusculum College, Cynthia Sukowatey representing Austin peay State University (APSU), Myles Triplett from Noreast State Community College and Wyatt Moody+ from ETSU.

The Slocumb Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended hours during receptions and by appointment. Located at Ernest C. Ball Hall, 232 Sherrod Drive, ETSU campus in Johnson City. For more information, please contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via or call 423.483.3179.