Joan Derryberry Art Gallery featuring a drawing exhibition by artist Kreh Mellick

COOKEVILLE – A drawing exhibition by artist Kreh Mellick will be featured in Tennessee Tech University’s Joan Derryberry Art Gallery Feb. 14 through March 24.  

Mellick is an artist living and working in Asheville, N.C. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Maine School of Art, was a CORE fellow in Penland School of Crafts and was a resident at the Oregon School of Art and Craft. 

Mellick works primarily with gouache on paper, often cut and layered in reassembled environments. She combines complex, decorative patterns with airy, minimalist, ethereal landscapes. 

Her works on paper relate narratives inspired from childhood folk tales with her own imagined characters in richly patterned environments that are at once playful and eerie. Mellick’s color palette has become a signature feature in her work. For her, red represents the changing and ethereal, while black articulates the steadfast and alive. 

Mellick’s artwork has been featured in publications such as “Bearings and Trachodon Magazine,” along with album artwork for musician Angel Olson.

Center Stage events are paid by student fees and open to the public with priority seating given to students. Many guests provide additional educational opportunities for students through workshops or master classes during their residencies. Email or call Liz Kassera, Center Stage coordinator, for more information at or(931) 372-3637.

The Joan Derryberry Art gallery is located in the Roaden University Center at 1000 N. Dixie Ave.

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