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

October 21, 2017

CAFE AVATAR an exhibition of work by Sonnenzimmer, the collaborative of Fall 2017 UTC Diane Marek Series Visiting Artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, CONTINUES thru Nov. 3 for the public, and on Nov. 4 for a special visit by the and its weekend participants! First edition copies of Sonnenzimmer's book, "Cafe Avatar", containing the artists' essay and original screen prints and risographs, is still available for a $40 or more contribution to the UTC Friends of the Gallery. Contact or visit the Friends of the Gallery tab.

September 26, 2017

Next in the Cress SONNENZIMMER! Diane Marek Visiting Artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, who form the collaborative Sonnenzimmer (Chicago, Illinois) present their exhibition "Cafe Avatar" with an artists' lecture and opening reception Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Benwood Auditorium, 230 EMCS, directly across from the UTC Fine Arts Center, followed by a public reception at the Cress. Other Diane Marek Visiting Artist events open to campus and the public: Process and Materials Session: Wednesday, September 27, 11:00am – 12:00 noon, Cress Gallery; Professionalism Session: Wednesday, September 27, 4:00 – 5:00pm, Cress Gallery; Professionalism Session: Thursday, September 28, 12:15 – 1:30pm, Room 201, EMCS directly across Vine Street from the Fine Arts Center.

August 23, 2017

The UTC Department of Art Studio Faculty opens their Biennial Exhibition with a Public Reception in the lobby of the UTC Fine Arts Center from 5:30pm - 7:30pm Wednesday, August 23! Exhibition runs through September 15.

June 01, 2017

The Cress has opened its doors for this years summer exhibition "Selections VII: Art from the UTC Permanent Collection" now through July 28, 2017, featuring astounding examples of painting, drawing, mixed media, and original prints created by revered artists with ties to the history of the University and Chattanooga along with a selection of original works on paper by international figures of 20th century art and graphic design. For more information, click the "Exhibitions" tab.  Please note our Summer Gallery Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday and the 4th of July; open July 3.

April 04, 2017

Next in the Cress, the UTC Dept of Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions! Show One opens April 04 with Student Presentations at 5:00pm, Cadek Hall, 725 Oak Street, followed by a Reception at the Cress 6:00pm. Show Two opens April 18, with Presentations at Cadek 5:00pm & a Reception at the Cress 6:00pm. Visitors on Opening Nights may park free after 4pm in UTC Lots 10, 12, & 18. See the Parking & Admission tab and click the Exhibition tab for more information. 

February 07, 2017

Next up in the Cress, 2017 Diane Marek Visiting Artist: Conrad Bakker "Untitled Project: The Robert Smithson Library and Book Club" and "Untitled Project: The Crystal Land". Diane Marek Visiting Artist public lecture Tuesday, Feb 07, 5:30pm, Derthick Hall, Rm 201, 624 Vine St., followed by a reception at the Cress, 752 Vine St. Visiting artist activities Feb. 06 - 09. The Cress gratefully acknowledges Range Projects, for their support of this exhibition, and the Friends of the Gallery for their support overall. 

Other events associated with Bakker’s visit and open to the public: Wednesday February 08 / 9:30am – 10:30am Process & Materials / Cress Gallery; 12:40pm – 1:40pm Professionalism Session / Cress Gallery; 5:30pm – 6:30pm Process & Materials / Cress Gallery & Thursday February 09 / 9:30am – 10:30am Professionalism Session / Cress Gallery  

January 18, 2017

Juror Jeffrey Morton, Prof. of Art and Department Chair, Covenant College presented the juror's and Curator's Awards after his lecture at the exhibition reception for this year's Student Exhibition. See the News tab for a list of participating students and Award recipients.

November 22, 2016

The Cress will close Wednesday Nov. 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm and remain closed through the holiday weekend. Regular operating hours 9:30am - 7:30pm will resume on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016