Richard Graves’ Work Wins Reece Museum Award

Posted by Monica Hoel

“Dr. Ford” is the digital painting by Richard Graves honored with the 2019 Reece Museum Award.“Dr. Ford” is the digital painting by Richard Graves honored with the 2019 Reece Museum Award.Richard Graves (E&H Class of 2008), recently won honors for his submission to the FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT at ETSU.

The annual exhibit honors the memory of a former ETSU student, Fletcher Dyer, who died in 2009. 

This year’s juried art exhibit included entries from 27 states and 7 countries. From among the 325 entries, Richard’s piece entitled Dr. Ford was chosen for the Reece Museum Award. This honor recognizes an Appalachian-based artist juried into the FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT. The Reece Museum at ETSU hosts the annual exhibit and they are eager to raise awareness of artists working in the region. This year’s exhibit was juried by artist and activist Sue Coe.

The exhibit particularly focused on current events, and Richard’s digital painting depicts Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifying to the U.S. Congress. According to the museum, “The need and freedom to express the full spectrum of emotions and concerns through visual arts is the bedrock of the annual FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art.” 

Richard’s art is available on Etsy, and proceeds from the sales of Dr. Ford benefit Abuse Alternatives in Bristol. The FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT is on display at the Reece Museum at ETSU through Dec. 13, 2019.

  • Richard Graves, E&H Class of 2008.
    Richard Graves, E&H Class of 2008.

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