Foster-Tanner exhibit showcases Pinnacle winners

Ashlyn Freeman & Savannah Clemons looking at artwork and sharing their interpretations. Photo by Vanessa Ferguson

The Tallahassee community and Florida A&M students gathered inside the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery Thursday evening for Pinnacle: the 10th Annual National Art Exhibition and Competition.

Pinnacle is an all-media art exhibition featuring artists from various parts of the country. Artists had the opportunity to enter the competition by submitting their recent works. Although there were many entries for this competition, only four artists placed.

The exhibit featured primarily photographs, videos, sculptures and paintings. While FAMU students walked around and observed the art they also had the opportunity to meet this year’s winners and participants in the competition.

Ashlyn A. Freeman, a junior political science student, shared her interpretation of art with other students.

Take-home poster (2020 Pinnacle Best in Show Winner). Photo by Vanessa Ferguson

“I was talking to my friend and we were saying how everyone has their own interpretation of what art can actually mean. It’s pretty amazing to see how people can be artistically inclined,” Freeman said.

The exhibit was directed by Lauren Baker, who is 621 Gallery executive director. Baker is active in the Tallahassee community and provides support for emerging artists.
Baker judged the show and picked the winners.

2020 Pinnacle Best in Show was awarded to Troy Jones for his sankofa oil and acrylic on canvas. Those who attended also received a take-home poster of Jones’ winning piece.

Foster-Tanner gallery director Aja Roache encourages students to stay involved with Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery.

“Follow us on Instagram which is @famufostertannergallery because it’s a great way to find out what’s going on. We have public programs, art classes, book club and so many opportunities for students,” Roache said.

This two-floor art exhibit featured more than 20 pieces. Light refreshments were served during the event. The last day to visit the exhibit is Feb. 15, and admission is free.

Harris Wiltsher, facilitator of FAMU’s visual arts program and associate professor, expressed his love for the gallery.

“There is a different type of life every year in the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery. It’s a beautiful space and I can say it’s the prettiest gallery here in town. I think it’s worthwhile for anyone in town to come out to the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery,” Wiltsher said.

The gallery’s mission is to “present art exhibitions that are both relevant to the FAMU community and serve diverse audiences.” Pinnacle National Juried Art Exhibition does just that.