All Cress Gallery events are free and open to campus and community.

Cress events range from artist's lectures, presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and gallery talks as well as informal receptions that provide an opportunity for one on one conversation with the artists in association with exhibitions of their work.

(Pictured above: Michael Vasquez, Fall 2010 Diane Marek Visiting Artist, speaks about his exhibition What Comes with the Territory in the Cress)

Upcoming Events

April 03 - 27, 2018

The Cress Gallery and the UTC Department of Art announce the 2018 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions! Each Show opens with Student Presentations at Cadek Hall, 725 Oak Street at 5:00pm, followed by a Reception at the Cress 6:00pm. Show One opens April 03, and runs through April13. Show Two opens April 17, and runs through April 27. Visitors on Opening Days may park free after 4:00pm in UTC Lots 10, 12, &18. Join us in celebrating the achievement of these artists!! For more info 'click' the Exhibitions tab!   

March 09, 2018

The Cress continues KAZUKO an exhibition of NEW work by 2018 Diane Marek Visiting Artist Michi Meko!  UTC Spring Break hours! From March 12 - March 16, the Gallery will be open 10:00am - 4:00pm. Plenty of street parking should be available. Please note that UTC Lots will be patrolled during the Break. Weekend hours will continue Saturday & Sunday March 10-11 and March 17-18, 1:00pm - 4:00pm with free parking in any UTC Lot not marked "24 hour reserved."  

February 11, 2018

Michi Meko, Spring 2018 UTC Diane Marek Visiting Artist, RETURNS to Chattanooga and campus February 11 for Events open to all students and the public. On Monday Feb. 12: 11:00am - 12:00 noon, Process & Materials Session, Cress Gallery; Pizza Lunch with the Artist, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm, Cress Gallery; and Professionalism Session, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Cress Gallery. For more information about the artist, click the EXHIBITIONS tab. 

February 06, 2018

Next in the Cress, 2018 Diane Marek Visiting Artist Michi Meko with his exhibition KAZUKO opening February 06! Artist's Public Lecture 5:30pm, Benwood Auditorium, 735 Vine Street, Room 230 UTC EMCS Bldg., directly across Vine from the Fine Arts Center and the Cress! Opening Reception follows, all free and open to the public! For more information, click the Exhibitions tab or the Diane Marek Series tab.

January 09, 2018

The doors have opened for the 2018 UTC Department of Art Annual Juried Student Exhibition. This year's Juror, Melissa Vandenberg, artist and Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Kentucky University, returns Tuesday January 23, 2018, to present a public lecture about her own practice at 5:30pm in the Benwood Auditorium, Room 230 UTC EMCS Bldg., located directly across Vine Street from the Fine Arts Center, followed by a reception for the exhibition at 6:30pm and the Student Awards Ceremony at the Cress in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center!! For more information click the Exhibitions tab; for a list of students selected by this year's Juror click the News tab.

December 8, 2017

Final Days! "fearless & resilient" Open until 7:30pm weekdays & 1-4:00pm Sat&Sun. Last day Sunday Dec. 10. Featuring KEN GRIMES, LAURA CRAIG McNELLIS, & DAN MILLER! And in Gallery II, an exhibition of works by the emerging artists of Chattanooga's AIM Center, Inc., curated by Roger Ricco, an expert on artists with disabilities and co-founder of Ricco Maresca Gallery, NYC. Click the Exhibitions tab for more info.

November 22, 2017

The Cress announces holiday hours for "fearless & resilient" featuring Ken Grimes, Laura Craig McNellis, and Dan Miller, alongside a curated selection of works by Chattanooga's AIM Center, Inc Art Program Members. CLOSED Thursday Nov. 23 & Friday Nov. 24;  OPEN Sat. & Sun., Nov. 25 & 26, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. For more information, click the "Exhibitions" tab.

November 16, 2017

Up next in the Cress: "fearless & resilient" Ken Grimes, Laura Craig McNellis, and Dan Miller! and in Gallery II a curated selection of works by the emerging Artists of the AIM Center Inc's Arts Program. SPECIAL LECTURE by Roger Ricco, gallerist, artist, author, and 2006 Diane Marek Series Visiting Artist, who will discuss his research and experiences with these and other remarkable artists with disabilities. Lecture Thurs., Nov. 16, 5:30pm, Derthick Hall, 624 Vine St., followed by Opening Reception at the Cress. Shuttle service available between Derthick and the Fine Arts Center. Exhibition dates: Nov. 16 - Dec. 10, 2017.