Award-winning artists work on display, local visit planned

The work of artist Tajtiana Potts is featured in “A Stroll Through the City of Tajtiana,” the current exhibit in the Catron Art Gallery at Walters State Community College. The gallery is located inside the R. Jack Fishman Library on the Morristown Campus and is open during the library’s regular hours, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Potts will deliver an artist’s talk in the gallery at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

The artist is a visiting assistant professor of printmaking and book arts at Western Carolina University. She incorporates images, artist books and paper installations into a unique form of world making.

“Being a person from a country that no longer exists, I find myself cobbling an identity from my adopted country, the United States, and my country of origin, Slovakia,” Potts said. “This world making is important because as a non-native speaker, I am often in the position of ‘other.’ I am creating a phenomenological space that can be experienced by viewers based on their individual experience.”

Potts’ work has previously been featured at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, New Jersey, and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst University in Amhearst, Massachusetts. She has received the Phyllis Wichner Memorial Award for Excellence in Printmaking in 2021, 2022 and 2023. She holds degrees from Clemson University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Admission to both the gallery show and the artist’s talk are free.