New Generation, 1967
collage, 36 x 48.25 x 1.5 inches, 80.106A
I work primarily with textiles and produce constructions …a painterly approach with textiles …multimedia …involving silk screen and other assemblages…products are wall hangings, quilts, clothing, and greetings cards. – Gregg
Artist and social activist, Gregg (formerly Sister Mary Ruth) received her B.S. degree in 1964 from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH, and her M.A. from Cambridge-Goddard Graduate School for Social Change in Plainfield, Vermont, in 1972. In the 1960s, she became noted for creating poster art for social movements in the Appalachian region. She subsequently attended Columbia College in Chicago; the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada; and received her M.F.A. from East Tennessee State University in 1992. Gregg has worked as a studio artist, a faculty member of the Lithuanian Institute of Art in Vilnius and at East Tennessee State University. She directed Mill Creek Art Place in Limestone from 1994 to 2007. She was also a graphic artist for NCI Appalachia Leadership Initiative, research coordinator for the James Agee Film Project, and was an executive director for Broadside Television, Incorporated. Commissions include work with the National Cancer Institute’s Appalachian Initiative on Cancer, Federation of Communities in Service; various churches, libraries; and private residences. Gregg resides in the Elder Spirit Community in Abingdon.