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

January 31, 2019

The Cress has closed it's UTC Campus doors to make way for long anticipated renovations to the Cress and the UTC Fine Arts Center!! Please stay tuned to our website for exciting news about our temporary contemporary location in downtown Chattanooga!!

January 22, 2019

This year's Juror, Jill Frank, Assistant Professor in the Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University, returns to UTC to present a lecture about her own work at 5:30pm, Tuesday Jan. 22, in the Benwood Auditorium of the EMCS building directly across Vine Street from the Fine Art Center & the Cress. Following, at approximately 6:30pm in the lobby of the Cress, the exhibition will be celebrated with a reception and an award presentation. Click the News Tab for a full list of accepted students and entries. This event is open to the public; admission is free. Note: Visitors may park free after 5:00pm in any UTC lot not marked "24 Hour Reserved."

December 03, 2018

The Cress announces Finals Week / Semester End hours: Beginning Tuesday Nov. 03 and thru Wednesday Dec. 12, the Gallery will be open weekdays from 10:00am - 4:00pm and closed Saturday and Sunday Dec. 08 & 09. Don't miss your chance to see "The Clamor of Ordinary Things". 

November 21, 2018

The Cress will close at 5:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 21 thru Sunday Nov. 25 for the holiday and administrative closing. The Cress will reopen Monday, Nov. 26 for regular weekday and weekend hours thru Dec. 12. Currently on view: "The Clamor of Ordinary Things" curated by Carolyn Lambert, UTC Lecturer in Photography and Media Arts, and in Gallery II "Weimer Pursell: The Thumbnail Sketches".

November 4, 2018

THE CRESS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 04, DUE TO THE EXTENSIVE STREET CLOSURES AND DISRUPTION SURROUNDING THE PAID POLITICAL EVENT AT THE UTC ARENA. Thanks to everyone who visited yesterday during Chattanooga's annual Gallery Hop and expect a return to regular operating hours tomorrow, Monday, November 05.

October 29, 2018

Jared Thorne, Asst. Professor of Art and Head of the Photography Dept. at Ohio State University, will present an Artis's Talk, Monday, October 29, at 5:30pm in Room 356, Fine Arts Center, followed by a light reception and exhibition preview. Thorne appears in association with his work in the exhibition "The Clamor of Ordinary Things", Oct. 30 - Dec. 12, curated by Carolyn Lambert, UTC Lecturer, Photography and Media Art. See the "Exhibitions" tab for more info.

August 21 - October 4 2018

The Cress opens its 2018-2019 academic season with "Selections VIII", an exhibition of work created after the year 2000 by artists of national and international reputation: Matthew Deleget, Gao Lei, Joe Ramiro Garcia, Kahn & Selesnick, Okay Mountain, and more. Selected to expose conceptual and material process in a broad range of media, all works are part of the UTC Permanent Collection of Art. Note: The Cress will be open during its regular hours noted below, but will be closed Monday Sept. 03 for the holiday.

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!