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Digital creativity comes alive at new art exhibit

Jacob Smith • Oct 18, 2017 at 6:04 PM

A reception for a new art exhibit at Cumberland University was held Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Heydel Fine Arts Building’s Adams Gallery.

The exhibit was titled 'Digital Storytelling’ and was put together by Sally Ham Govan.

Govan teaches graphic design, typography and 2D computer illustration as an adjunct instructor at Cumberland University. She has a Master’s of Fine Arts in Illustration degree from Hartford University and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Drawing degree from the University of Tennessee.

The illustrations in “Digital Storytelling” were created using Adobe Illustrator along with graphite drawings. The exhibited scenes represent iconic views of Lebanon; Knoxville; Pasadena, California; the Fort Worth, Texas Rodeo; a New York City sidewalk; and the Knoxville Symphony performing in the Tennessee Theater.

Govan said that some of the city scenes were based on prominent places in her life.

“I grew up here, I went to Lebanon High,” said Govan. “I went to UT in Knoxville and I got a Master’s’ at the University of Hartford. I lived in Knoxville for 20 years and I worked there as an art director.”

Another section of the gallery featured pieces Govan drew out using graphite then scanned into Adobe Illustrator to edit.

“These are some pages from a children’s book,” said Govan. “It’s a little bit autobiographical about a girl who is afraid of dogs, but she loved to make art. So she’s painting and this dog starts to show up in the painting she’s doing, and starts to model and do tricks to get her attention, so they become friends and she’s not afraid of dogs anymore. That’s what happened to me, I do pictures of dogs and I was afraid of dogs until I started drawing them.”

There is a section of the show dedicated to Gavon’s drawings of dogs, including the first graphite drawing Gavon scanned into the computer.

The exhibit is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and will remain on display until Oct. 20. 

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