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January 19, 2012

ULM art professor's work accepted at national exhibition

A work by University of Louisiana at Monroe Associate Professor of Art Cliff Tresner has been accepted to a national art exhibition in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Fifth Biennial Sculpture Exhibition has been an important part of Chattanooga's growing public art program since 2005.

Tresner is one of seven artists selected for this exhibition from a national pool of entries.

Tresner's piece, which he constructed over the summer of 2011, is a large Corten steel figurative sculpture titled, "The Gesture."

Corten steel is a weathering steel made specifically for outdoor use, generally in bridges and architecture.

The material was purchased through funds awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences Research and Creative Project Fund in 2010-11.

"The Corten steel sculpture explores language, communication and the human form," said Tresner.

"By expressing the figure through words I explore the relationship between language and writing to body language and how people convey ideas physically."


All works will be on view for 18 months, from December 2011 through May 2013.

Public Art Chattanooga is working on a smart phone augmented reality application that will enable visitors to easily locate public art works, learn about the art and artists, and take tours. Tresner's work will be included on this application.

According to the exhibition website, Public Art Chattanooga, housed in the city of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department, is dedicated to introducing a wide variety of high quality public art into the community, enhancing the civic environment and enriching the lives of visitors and residents.

For more information about the exhibit, visit or visit Tresner's website at

Tresner became interested in Public Art in 2005 and initiated ULM's own sculpture garden located just off Mitchell St. on the ULM Campus. This space exhibits many artists from around the nation on a rotating basis.

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