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Milligan’s ‘Art from the Buffalo School’ to open at Nelson Fine Art Center

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Jan. 29, 2016) — Throughout the month of February, an array of artwork from Milligan College students will be on display in the exhibit “Art from the Buffalo School” at the Nelson Fine Art Center in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee.

The show, now in its 14th year, features student paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media and graphic design and will have its opening night and reception on Friday, Feb. 5, from 7-9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The work of Milligan alum Tim Hartman (’82)—now an accomplished actor, storyteller, political cartoonist, music minister and motivational speaker—also will exhibit some of his political cartoons at the show, and he will be present to discuss his work for the duration of the art reception. Hartman will be on campus for a residency Feb. 2-5. For more information on events, visit

One student piece that will be on display is “Gazing,” by Milligan sophomore Mitchell Hancock. His black and white digital photograph shows a couple seated on the ferry from New York City, New York, to Governor’s Island.

“I think that this photograph has a certain quality of timelessness,” said Hancock. “Nothing in the photo designates that it is tied to a specific decade or time period.”
Hancock believes the experience of exhibiting his work in the community is critical for any aspiring artist.
“It’s a great opportunity for a college student to display artwork in a public gallery,” said Hancock.

“With an exhibit at Nelson’s, both Milligan art students and the public benefit,” said Alice Anthony, associate professor of art at Milligan. “Students have the opportunity to experience showing their work in a professional gallery, which is a great learning experience for them and a fun way to interact with our community.”

The Milligan fine arts department offers five areas of emphasis: art, film studies, music, photography and theatre. All fine arts majors are designed to educate the whole person while increasing the student’s appreciation and knowledge of human creativity.

For more information on the Nelson Art Gallery, located at 324 E. Main Street in Johnson City, visit

Posted by on January 29, 2016.