‘FL3TCH3R Exhibit’ housed at ETSU celebrating 10th

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The international “FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged
Art” at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum faithfully continues to represent
the spirit of social and political movements of the country and world. The 2022 exhibition
runs Oct. 3-Dec. 9. 

The 2022 juror will be Wesam Mazhar Haddad, a conceptualizer, creative and art director,
designer and the founder and curator of the New Jersey-based annual intercontinental
poster competition known as Poster Stellars. 

Haddad is a social poster designer and has won over 70 global awards. Haddad’s universal
visuals “evoke an everlasting siren that touches every single human no matter their
ethical/ cultural background,” organizers said. 

“There will be no general theme for entries except a focus on social and politically
engaged artworks,” said co-directors Barb, Wayne and Carrie Dyer, who established
the exhibition in memory of their son and brother, Fletcher H. Dyer, a senior ETSU Art and Design student who was in a fatal motorcycle accident in 2009. “However, this year’s exhibition
will especially honor visual works depicting protection of human rights including
women’s rights, gun violence reform and the invasion of Ukraine.”

The directors of the 2022 exhibition have issued their call for entries to artists
through Aug. 23, with an extended deadline of Aug. 31 for an additional fee. A non-refundable
fee of $40 is required for submission of up to three entries, with an additional $10
fee per artwork/title over three. 

A portion of the entry fee funds the Fletcher Hancock Dyer BFA Graphic Design Scholarship
Award given annually to an ETSU Art & Design student.

As an artist and graphic designer, Fletcher’s passion for art was a vehicle that
allowed him to mirror his passion and marry it to his concern for social and political
issues through visual means.

Barb Dyer, Fletcher’s mother, a children’s advocacy attorney.

“As an artist and graphic designer, Fletcher’s passion for art was a vehicle that
allowed him to mirror his passion and marry it to his concern for social and political
issues through visual means,” said Fletcher’s mother, Barb, a children’s advocacy
attorney. “Fletcher was always curious and aware of current events. He experimented
with innovative ways to create works that investigate contemporary social issues.
The ‘FL3TCH3R Exhibit’ aspires to honor Fletcher’s legacy by providing a venue for
artists to exhibit artworks that continue the dialogue.” 

Work submitted should reflect current issues that affect contemporary culture and
investigate societal and political concerns. 

In addition to a focus on the protection of human rights, the Dyers continue to support
artwork focusing on protection of voting rights and systemic racism. 

A photo from the 2021 FL3TCH3R Exhibit

“The co-directors of the exhibition denounce racist structures, constructs and daily
subconscious oppression especially as constitutional rights are affected. We are working
and committed to a lifelong pursuit of learning about racism and working to dismantle
these systems especially as they affect voting and other constitutional rights,” said
co-director Carrie Dyer, a graphic design faculty member at High Point University
in North Carolina. “The ‘FL3TCH3R Exhibit’ is dedicated to supporting people of color
after 401 years of systematic racism.”

This year, two new awards will be given to artists, including a celebratory award
to honor the exhibition’s 10th anniversary and another to support visual arts concerning
protection of human rights.

“The exhibition’s more than $2,000 in awards will be announced and presented at the
exhibition reception and juror talk at ETSU’s Reece Museum on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022,
beginning at 5 p.m.,” said Fletcher’s father and retired ETSU Art and Design faculty
member and Professor Emeritus M. Wayne Dyer, exhibition co-director. 

“The Reece is proud to once again welcome the ‘FL3TCH3R Exhibit’ to the museum. Now
more than ever, providing a welcoming space for these social and political works to
be viewed, experienced and discussed is so very important,” said Rebecca Proffitt,
museum director. 

To learn more about the exhibition and submissions, visit FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com.

The Reece Museum is a unit of the Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and
Services. The Reece Museum is located on the campus of ETSU and is open Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit  etsu.edu/reece or call (423) 439-4392.