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Fall 2022

August 17 - September 16
Paula Kovarik: Herd


Expressing herself through the medium of fabric and thread Kovarik explores what cannot be seen. Her intuitive line work travels the surface of her work as if a meditation has become solid. Inspired by everything from cracks in sidewalks to electronic circuitry and microscopic life she layers meaning and emotion into each piece. The tactile nature of the cloth and thread makes the work approachable and mysterious at the same time. It’s about layered, ripped, cut, and sandwiched together pieces—producing a composition held together by the narrative of the thread. Inward thoughts become outwardly apparent through slow and studied attention to detail.

Kovarik’s award-winning fiber art has been recognized by several national venues including Quilt National, Quilts=Art=Quilts, ArtQuilt Elements, World of Threads, FiberArt Now Excellence in Fibers and the Visions Art Museum. Her work has been collected by the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln NE and the International Airport in Memphis, TN as well as several private collections. She has been profiled in American Craft, FiberArt Now and Art Quilting Studio magazines. Her work is featured in Art Quilts Unfolding – 50 Years of Innovation by Sandra Sider, Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis and Martha Sielman and Art Quilts International Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman.

Paula lives and works in Memphis, TN.

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Artist Lecture: Aug. 31, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120

Reception/Gallery Talk: Sept. 1, noon-1:30 p.m., Gallery Talk begins at 12:15 p.m.  @ The New Gallery (TNG)

First Thursday Art Walk: Sept. 1, 5:00 – 7:30 @ TNG


September 26 – October 28
Chris Friday: One More River

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Friday is a multidisciplinary artist based in Miami, Fl. Her work offers itself as both a contemplative reflection of and counter-narrative to the pervasive under/misrepresentations of Blackness in mainstream media and popular culture. 

Often incorporating a black and white "Chalkboard" aesthetic, which plays on concepts of learning and teaching, Friday identifies problematic perspectives and their origins, questions their legitimacy, and offers possible solutions in her work.

Friday's portfolio features large-scale works on paper, murals, video, ceramics, projections, photography, comic illustrations, and social practice/activism through curating.

Friday has exhibited extensively in her hometown of Miami, Florida, nationally and internationally. Most notably, her work was included as a part of “The Cartography Project” presented by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (2022), “Black Thought Anthology” curated by Octavia Yearwood and presented by Spinello Projects in Miami, Florida, (2020) and “ #WhoOwnsBlackArt?”, presented by Zeal Press at Muce 305, in Miami, Florida (2019). 

Friday received a “The Ellies” Creator award from Oolite Arts (2021), The GMBCV People's Choice award for her work in Miami Beach's No Vacancy juried art show (2021) and residencies with Anderson Ranch Arts Center (2022), and the Visual Arts Residency at Chautauqua Institute (2019).   

Friday is currently a resident studio artist at Oolite Arts in Miami, Florida and an adjunct professor at the New World School of the Arts.

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Artist Lecture: Sept. 27, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120

Reception/Gallery Talk: Sept. 28, noon – 1:30p, Gallery Talk begins at 12:15 p.m. @ TNG

First Thursday Art Walk: Oct. 6, 5:00 – 7:30 @ TNG

November 7 – December 9
Amir Aghareb: The Sky Is [Still] Mine


Amir is a photographer, educator, and lifetime learner who grew up in Isfahan, Iran. He earned his MFA in Art with a concentration in Photography from Pennsylvania State University, after having explored Architectural Engineering and Materials Engineering. Amir has exhibited his photos nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards. His fine art and commercial architectural photos have been widely published. He has received photographic distinctions from international organizations, including the Royal Photographic Society (England), the International Federation of Photographic Art (Belgium), the Global Photographic Union, and the Photographic Society of America. He is the Professor of Photography in the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

Amir enjoys taking carefully composed 2D conventional photographs as well as non-conventional work that pushes the usual definition of the medium. Illuminated encapsulated photographs in translucent cubic frames, laser-etched tea-toned cyanotypes of photographs taken by cellphone, heavily composited photographs that question the trustworthiness of a photograph, and works that occupy the space rather than just a part of the wall are examples of his work.

Amir’s recent work is about physical spaces; he explores the similarities and differences one is exposed to when being relocated. The work is also about finding peace, where one can extend their imagination and place themselves wherever they desire. It is about looking high above when surrounded by unfamiliarity. As the Persian poet Sohrâb Sepehrî said: “No matter where I am, the sky is [still] mine”.

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First Thursday Art Walk: Nov. 3, 5:00 – 7:30 @ TNG *Exhibition Preview

Artist Lecture: Nov. 16, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120

Reception/Gallery Talk: Nov. 17, noon – 1:30 p.m., Gallery Talk begins at 12:15 p.m. @ TNG