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UT Martin students help brighten downtown Bradford

04-29-2016


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MARTIN, Tenn. — Twenty-eight students from the University of Tennessee at Martin joined together to provide a little cheer to the city of Bradford by painting five wooden window panels to be installed in the downtown district.

These panels are completely student-designed and painted as part of a joint community service effort by the UT Martin League of Striving Artists and the University Scholars Organization. The panels measure roughly seven feet tall and three feet wide and serve several purposes.

First, the creation of these panels allowed non-art students to work side-by-side with art students to learn a new craft and try their hands at flat painting, color mixing and blending techniques. Second, the project brought students together for a common purpose and enabled them to use their respective talents to improve the mood in a historic district.

Third, the installation of these panels will allow students from the Bradford Special School System to observe art created by artists who are also students, hopefully inspiring them to further their knowledge of art beyond high school.

“It has been a great experience for the students of UT Martin to implement this type of service project for a community, and it’s a great memento for the town of Bradford for years to come,” said Jason Stout, associate professor of art and league faculty adviser.

The primary mission of the UT Martin League of Striving Artists is to encourage young art enthusiasts and artists in academics, community, service, leadership and artistic development.

For more information, contact Stout at 731-881-3402 or by email at jstout@utm.edu.

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MARTIN, Tenn., April 22, 2016 – Twenty-eight students from the University of Tennessee at Martin joined together to provide a little cheer to the city of Bradford by painting five wooden window panels to be installed in the downtown district. Participants pictured are (l-r) students Rachel Melton; Luke Robinson; Ashlynn Parry; Jason Stout, associate professor of art; Pam Dethloff, director, Gibson County Office on Aging; Becca Toungette; Nathan Allen; and Taylor Connett.



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