Reece Museum at ETSU with Randy Sanders

Reece Museum at ETSU with Randy Sanders

Hello readers everywhere!

Today I’d like to introduce you to a business man who, works in my local community.

His name is Randy Sanders, and he has some information he’d like to share with you.

So, without further ado, I give you, Mr. Randy Sanders.

First, tell us, in your own words, a little about you.

I am married, a father, and currently serve as the director of the Reece Museum at ETSU.

Where do you live?

In Johnson City, Tennessee.

Where do you work, and can you tell us all about it?

In 2006, I was hired to serve as the managing editor of a magazine published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at ETSU. In January 2014, I was asked to serve as the interim director of the Reece Museum, a unit of the Center. I served as interim director from that January until the end of June 2015, when I was named director.

Who, are the special people in your life?

Family and friends.

Do you have any pets?


If so, can you tell us about them?

I inherited a black pug, Annie, when my daughter left for college.

What are your likes, and dislikes?

Likes: Reading, Writing,

Dislikes: Arithmetic

What are your hobbies?

Writing and Walking—just not at the same time.


What keeps you going?


What is your favorite song?

“Anything Goes” by Cole Porter

What is your favorite movie?

The Bicycle Thief, directed by Vittorio De Sica

What is your favorite book?

A tie: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Who is your favorite author?

Mark Twain

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite quote?

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” Mahatma Gandhi

What is your favorite affirmation?

“Life is happening in this moment.”

What is your biggest pet peeve?


What do you think your best strengths are?

Empathy, Humor

How do they help you in your work?

Emotional intelligence sets a certain tone for the museum as a community gathering place. On a personal level, empathy and humor are wonderful stress reducers.

What are your weaknesses, and, how are you working on making them stronger?

Finding balance between work and play.

What is your dream for the future?

The realization of the Unitarian minister Theodore Parker’s sermon, distilled and made famous by Martin Luther King’s quote, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”


How, does that relate to your work?

I’m not sure it does. I will have to ponder this.

What is your preferred way of communicating?

Thoughtfully . . . which seldom occurs in 140 characters.


How, can someone reach you if they’re interested in buying from you, or working with you, in some way?


Is there anything about you, that you’d like to share, that I’ve not covered here?

Thank you for the offer, but not at this time.

Well, that’s Mr. Sanders in a nutshell, and now we’d like to share a very exciting announcement.


The Reece Museum at ETSU, in partnership with the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and ETSU Department of Art and Design, is hosting the traveling exhibit A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting after 2000, from October 16 through December 15, 2017. This traveling exhibition originated at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York. According to Jason Stopa, exhibition curator, “This exhibition, composed entirely of paintings by women, attempts to categorize Expressionism in new terms.” The featured artists include Gina Beavers, Katherine Bernhardt, Katherine Bradford, Jackie Gendel, Liz Markus, and Rose Wylie.

Another partnership associated with A New Subjectivity involves the Reece Museum and the ETSU Office of Disability Services. With assistance from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Reece Museum and the Office of Disability Services are offering two, free A New Subjectivity tours to the low-vision and blind communities—on Tuesday, October 24, at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 28, at 1:00 p.m. These docent-led tours will include verbal descriptions of the works and hand-held tactile boards of the paintings.

On Thursday, November 9, Jason Stopa will give a free lecture in the Reece Museum that will be followed by a reception for the curator.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit:

or call the Reece Museum at 423-439-4392.


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