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2016 exhibitions

You Call That Art!: an exhibition of editorial cartoons by Charlie Daniel

December 4 - January 29, 2016

The exhibition featured a large selection of “Rosy’s Diner” cartoons as well as a variety of subjects and themes from the past two decades. Charlie Daniel came to Knoxville in 1958 as the editorial cartoonist for The Knoxville Journal. He moved to the Knoxville News Sentinel in January 1992 and has been the editorial cartoonist here ever since.

Science and Nature: Larry Brown

February 5 - 27, 2016

Larry Brown is a painter who has taught drawing in the Cooper Union School of Art Since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona.

Larry’s paintings and works on paper are based on concerns with relative relationships between science and nature. His most recent work is defined by a geo-political narrative focused on ecological and geological tensions related to the environment and climate.

Allison Berkoy - PERFORMANCES / Jonathan Lukens - time-based Visualizations of Local Particulate Matter Data

March 4 - 26, 2016

Allison Berkoy presents recent works in video, electronic sculpture, and interactive installation. The exhibition features performances by tea cups, a cockroach, a clock, projected actors, computer algorithms, and more.

Lukens employs design as a means of understanding and explaining relationships beyond the visual. This exhibition presents time-based visualizations of particulate matter data recorded at an air monitoring station near Pearl Place and Stewart Street in Knoxville. Particulate matter is a term for airborne pollution in the form of very small particles which can pass through the throat and nose and enter the lungs.

Modes of Faltering: Shambhavi Kaul

April 1-2, 2016

Artist Shambhavi Kaul premiered her latest video installation, Modes of Faltering, at the UT Downtown Gallery as part of a special exhibition in collaboration with the Big Ears music festival. Kaul's work has been exhibited in galleries and on the film festival circuit, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, Rotterdam, the Edinburga International Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Shanghai Bienniale.

ARTSOURCE 2016

May 6 - 20, 2016

Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

Through the Lens of Ed Westcott

June 2 - August 6, 2016

In 1942, the Army Corps of Engineers relocated James Edward Westcott to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and assigned him the task of official photographer for the Manhattan Project - a massive wartime effort to produce the first atomic bomb. As secrecy of the project was paramount, the "atomic" city was fenced, and communication with the outside world was limited. What is more, no cameras were allowed inside its boundaries.

Thus, Westcott became not only the official photographer for the Manhattan Project, but he also became the sole photographer of the social and recreational events of Oak Ridge. It is only through Westcott's photographs that the visual history of Oak Ridge can be appreciated.

Top Soil: Body Farm

August 19 - 27, 2016

An Exhibition of the MFA Class of 2019

The UT Downtown Gallery will host an exhibition of the incoming class of 2019 graduate students. The exhibition includes, Printmaking, Transmedia & Design, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and installations. These student artists have chosen UTK School of Art as their home for the next three years to complete their Master of Fine Arts Degree. The exhibition highlights their current work and their artistic accomplishments prior to arriving at the University of Tennessee.

Artists included in the exhibition are:

Katie Gentner - painting and drawing, University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Eric Hines - painting and drawing, Ohio State University
Miles Ingrassia – printmaking, OCAD University, CanadaHolly Kelly – sculpture, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Cara McKinley – ceramics, Florida Atlantic University
Rachel Sevier – ceramics, Southeastern Louisiana University
Mengmeng Shan - Transmedia Design, Communication University of China
Lila Shull – printmaking, Winthrop University
Baxter Stults – printmaking, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Michael Tracy - painting and drawing, University of Iowa

Persona: Process Portraiture

September 2 - 30, 2016

UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present, Persona: Process Portraiture, and exhibition of work by Leah Schrager, Marcia Goldenstein, Judith Page, and Gail Skudera

 

 

FIred Up! UT Collects Ceramics

October 4 - 29, 2016

UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present, “UT Collects Ceramics,” a collection of work from the Ewing Gallery permanent collection as well as from private collections of professors, staff and community members. 

Guts Coming and Going: Jessica Ann

November 4 - 23, 2016

 

Drawn But Not Forgotten

December 2 - 23, 2016

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present a selection of sketches and lithographs from the Ewing Gallery Permanent Collection. On display are working and finished sketches and print portfolios from four illustrators working during the “Golden Age” of illustration. The four men whose works you see here, worked tirelessly drafting ad campaigns, illustrating children’s books, comic strips, and covers for weekly publications, such as The Saturday Evening Post. The Ewing Gallery is fortunate to have acquired many of these works through generous gifts to the gallery. The 4 drawings on display by F.R. Gruger were given by his son, F.R. Gruger Jr.. The sixteen lithographs illustrating scenes from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were given by Harold Shaw. Many of the illustrations by Walter Haskell Hinton were given by his son, Ray Hinton and later by his children as part of Ray’s estate. The illustrations and prints by Harrison Cady were gifts of David Eldredge, a nephew of Cady. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to see the works of these four illustrators from the Ewing Collection exhibited together for the first time. Take time to notice each artist’s unique illustration style and choice of media.

 


2015 exhibitions

Paul Sacaridiz: Configurations

January 23 - February 28, 2015

The work in this exhibition explores the non-objective and propositional quality that sculpture can have, and the ways in which we can understand something devoid of specificity and illustration. Presented on custom-built risers and linear structures, individual components are often physically or conceptually networked together with arrangements of objects ranging from the random and chaotic to the precise and articulate. Through careful positioning and intentional framing the works are suggestive of abstracted models and diagrammatic systems that allude to a sculptural logic that is both pragmatic and allusive at the same time. 

TIme and Again: Ruth Wesiberg

March 6 - 27, 2015

Ruth Weisberg is 2015 recipient of the SGC International Printmaker Emeritus Award

Ruth Weisberg has been an important influence on printmaking both as an artist and educator. Her creative activity and scholarship encompasses not only studio production in printmaking, painting, and drawing, but central and influential articles, essays and book chapters that have played a vital role in advancing print theory. Her 1986 essay “Syntax of the Print” published in the Tamarind Papers is frequently assigned to students in printmaking programs and remains relevant almost 30 years after it was first published. As one of her nominators, Mark Pascale, Associate Curator of Printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago, praised not only her work as a printmaker and draftsman, he also emphasized her writings as an important contribution to the field of printmaking.

ARTSOURCE 2015

April 3 - 17, 2016

Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

Strangers and Stand-Ins: Sunita Prasad

April 22-25, 2016

The three works on display express my desire to distill and undermine normative expectations about which behaviors and expressions are appropriate for whom. A choreographic example can be found in Presumptuous?, an ongoing video series shot in cities around the world which disrupts the codes of urban co-existence by inserting hyper-intimate and often queer interactions into public space.

The Civil War Series: Richard J. Lefevre

May 1 - June 27, 2015

Richard J. LeFevre's Civil War Series presents the history of the War Between the States (1861 – 1865) through works on paper that depict 32 of the war's most significant battles. By combining his love of history and his skill as an illustrator, LeFevre used inventive mixed-media techniques to create these powerful images inspired by his personal investigation into that terrible and definitive era.

Life in Light: An Exhibition of Poems in Paintings

Life in Light is an exhibition of paintings inspired by the poetry of local doctor, Humayun Kabir. Dr. Kabir's poetry has been transformed into image by Bangladeshi artist, Mostafiz Karigar.

Non-Exempt: A Staff Exhibition

Our hardworking staff members step out from behind the scenes and exhibit what they work on when they're not at work. 

Media and subject matter were not stipulated at the outset of this exhibition. The pieces on display, therefore, represent an honest 'work sample' from a talented segment of the UT community in the School of Art and College of Architecture and Design whose artistic skills might otherwise remain unrecognized outside of their duties as staff members.

Devin Balara – Metal Shop Tech, Sculpture/Installation; Mike C. Berry – UT Downtown Gallery Manager, Painting; Eric Cagley – Ewing Gallery Staff, Painting; Debbie Cooper – School of Art Staff, Quilting; Heather Eades– Media Pool, Painting; Jeremy Hammond– Wood Shop Manager, Sculpture; Tally Locke – Fab Lab Manager, Sculpture; Sarah McFalls – Ewing Gallery Staff, Multi-media installation; Hannah Shimabukuro –Printmaking Tech, Installation/photography; Jason Tyler -School of Art Media Tech, Photography

Lorrie Fredette: between locations

October 2 - 31. 2015

Fredette creates site-specific investigations that examine beauty, harmony, and comfort to comprehend the incomprehensible aspects of infection, pandemic and the plague.

Her pieces have been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe. Exhibition venues include Cynthia –Reeves Project (Brattleboro, VT), Art Southampton (Southampton, NY), Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ), Bank of America Headquarters (Charlotte, NC) Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis, MA) and Jyvaskyla Art Museum (Jyvaskyla, Finland) Fredette holds a BFA in sculpture from the Herron School of Art / Indiana University. Cynthia-Reeves in New York represents her work.

John Messinger

November 6 - 28, 2015

John Messinger combines elements of photography and tapestry to create large-scale, 3-dimension mixed media artworks. His body of work consists of thousands of individual 3.25” x 4.25” instant photographs assembled together to create photographic tapestries that examine the proliferation and ubiquity of the photograph in the digital age.

Inspired by the notions of singularity and time, Messinger combines hundreds of varying images and transforms them into a single experience. His work fuses indexical and abstract imagery to question the notion of photography, photographer, and subject. On melding constructed histories into a documentary format to question the perception of truth. Messinger states. “I believe that all documentary work is on some level a self-portrait of the documentarian.”

You Call That Art!: an exhibition of editorial cartoons by Charlie Daniel

December 4 - January 29, 2016

The exhibition featured a large selection of “Rosy’s Diner” cartoons as well as a variety of subjects and themes from the past two decades. Charlie Daniel came to Knoxville in 1958 as the editorial cartoonist for The Knoxville Journal. He moved to the Knoxville News Sentinel in January 1992 and has been the editorial cartoonist here ever since.


2014 exhibitions

Death Rock City: Dannielle Tegeder

January 24 - February 28, 2014

an exhibition of works by New York based artist Dannielle Tegeder as she presents an installation of wall drawings, animation and sculpture entitled; Death Rock City. Featuring new and recent work, the exhibition will examine how Tegeder challenges the two-dimensional boundaries of traditional painting through the integration of animation, sculpture into her work.

About Dannielle Tegeder
Dannielle Tegeder earned her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has had solo gallery exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston and participated in numerous group exhibitions at PS1/MoMA, The New Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She is the recipient of many residencies and grants including from Yaddo, Triangle Arts Association, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Governor's Island Swing Space Residency, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program. She has been a visiting artist at Cornell University, RISD, Pratt Institute, San Francisco Art Institute, Princeton University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and other educational institutions. Her work is in the collections of a number of museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

New Topology: Paul Krainak

March 7 - March 29, 2014

"Topology" employs elements of early modern logic and its attendant forms in art and technology. It considers aesthetic and industrial incentives originating in rural America and calls into question modernism's strictly urban mythology. Grids, cruciforms, and wood grain details are embedded in extended patterns calling to mind Constructivist and Bauhaus Schools' principals of industrial hybridity and utopianism. But the site of industry here is agriculture with distilled forms taken from domestic textile design, land management diagrams, and vernacular architecture.

Paul Krainak is an artist, critic, and Chair of the Art Department at Bradley University. He has exhibited widely in the US including the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, The Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art and The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta, the Bemis Center for the Arts in Omaha, Artist Image Resource Center in Pittsburgh, Semaphore Gallery in New York City and NEXUS Gallery in Philadelphia. He has lectured at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czechoslovakia, The Academy of Art in Bratislava, Slovakia, The Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bejing China and the School of Fine Art in Nanjing China. His work is represented by Ingrid Fassbender in Chicago. His writing has been published by Indiana University Press, Afterimage, New Art Examiner, Dialogue, Sculpture Magazine and Artpapers where he is the St. Louis Editor.

NEXUS 2014

April 4 - 19, 2014

As one of the Dogwood Arts Festival's featured exhibits, NEXUS, showcases national and international artists working in contemporary sculpture and 3D media. Indoor sculptures comprising all styles and genres from emerging and established artists will be selected by esteemed professor, Laticia Bajuyo, for exhibition at the University of Tennessee's Downtown Gallery.

MFA Exhibition: Eric Cagley

April 21-25, 2014

http://www.ericcagley.com

ARTSOURCE 2014

Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

Marion Greenwood in Tennessee

June 6 - August 9, 2014

Marion Greenwood in Tennessee features her mural of the history of Tennessee music painted for the University Center at the University of Tennessee in 1954; "The Partnership of Man and Nature," a WPA mural painted in 1940, graciously loaned by the Crossville, TN Post Office; preparatory sketches loaned by UT Special Collections; and lithographs from the Permanent Collection of the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture. 

Ask Me, I can Help.

August 22 -23, 2014

An exhibition of the incoming class of 2017 MFA candidates. 12 student artists feature their current work as they begin their graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, School of Art.

AIR of UT

Air of UT is an exhibition of the Limited Box Edition project, curated by artists Wade Guyton '95, Josh Smith '98, and Meredyth Sparks '94.

The Limited Box Edition project is part of a fund raising campaign to support the School of Art's Artist-in-Residence in Painting and Drawing program. Now in its 32nd year, the Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) program enriches a student's experience by bringing a different artist to spend the semester teaching undergraduate and graduate students. The resident artists are selected because they have launched successful careers in the contemporary gallery and museum world nationally and internationally. They furnish students with significant role models and faculty with new professional connections beyond Knoxville.

Each of the organizing alumni -- Wade Guyton, Meredyth Sparks, and Josh Smith -- benefited from this program, and have asked their former School of Art peers as well as past Artists in Residence to contribute images to the three curated portfolios making up the Limited Box Edition. AIR of UT and the Limited Box Edition is a celebration of the legacy and impact of the Artist in Residence program on the School of Art and its graduates.

DeWitt Godfrey: Drawings, Proposals, Plans, Models, Diagrams, Documents

October 3 - 31, 2014

DeWitt Godfrey is a Professor of sculpture in the department of Art and Art History at Colgate. Prof. Godfrey did his undergraduate work at Yale University, was a member of the inaugural group of CORE Fellows at the MFA Houston and received his MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Artist's Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists Fellowship, a Japan Foundation Artist's Fellowship, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Artist Fellowship. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. His commissioned work includes "Concordia" for Lexarts, Lexington, KY; "Waverly Place" Cambridge Arts Council; "Greenwich South" a visioning exercise by the Downtown Alliance, New York, NY and installations at Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI; The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; and the Kennedy Art Museum, Ohio University, Athens, OH.

My Home: Louis Chan

November 7 - 26, 2016

My Home is an on-going project aimed to help define my identity as a Chinese American and attempt to preserve generations of memories and experiences of Chinese immigrants through photography. My Home serves as a contemporary marker for Chinese Americans to reflect on the hopes, dreams, and sacrifices made for them by older generations in order for their children to have a chance of a better life in America.

Of A Feather

December 5, 2014 - January 15, 2015 

Artists throughout history have found inspiration in the form of birds. Man imbued birds with mystical and religious meaning due to their fascinating ability to exist in two worlds – the earthly world, and the sky, or heavenly realm. Drawn primarily from the Ewing Gallery’s permanent collection, Of a Feather features works from historic and contemporary artists who represent birds in a diverse assortment of styles. While some artists approach the bird as studies of simplified form others utilize strategies of space and distance to take a more poetic or analytical look at the economic and social issues attached to birds. Works range from hyperrealism to whimsical to abstract. This exhibition incorporates a number of artists of artists from New York and Chicago including Keith Haring, Michael Kirk, Keith Long, Diane Churchill, and Laurie Hogin; regional artists, Howard Finster, Todd Johnson, Kelly Hider, Heather Middlebrooks, Gary Monroe, and Richard Jolley, as well as distinguished faculty from the University of Tennessee – Jered Sprecher, Diane Fox, Beauvais Lyons, Marcia Goldenstein, Don Kurka, Bill Kennedy, Clark Stewart and Byron McKeeby. The artworks on display consider themes of scientific inquiry, symbolism, environmental consciousness, and the rituals of birding, among others. The exhibition is organized by Sam Yates, Director and Curator of the Ewing Gallery, in tribute to the late artist, Ellen Lanyon, who often used images of birds in her art. Two of her works will be on display.


2013 exhibitions

Northern Exposure

January 23 - 25, 2013

In the summer of 2013, six students accompanied Ewing Gallery director, Sam Yates to New York, Philadelphia, Boston, New Haven, and Washington DC. They visited major art museums, had studio visits with artists, and learned about the contemporary art world. The work on display was inspired by their travels. The exhibiting students are, Alexandra Gellis, Eric Cagley, Brandon Donahue, Sarah Campbell, Jessica Beeler, and Kelly Householder.

Panorama of Desire: Chad Curtis

February 1 - 23, 2013

Chad D. Curtis is an artist and technologist living and working in Philadelphia. Drawing inspiration from both digital technology and homebrew DIY makers, Curtis's work examines the abstraction of materiality in the digital age and the effects of high technology on the relationship between human beings and the natural environment. Curtis has exhibited internationally, including more than fifty solo and group exhibitions in the past ten years. He holds an M.F.A. from Alfred University and is an Associate Professor at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Fieldwork: William Lamson

March 1 - 2, 2013

William Lamson is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in video, photography, performance, and sculpture. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a number of private collections. Since graduating from the Bard M.F.A. program in 2006, his work has been shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, P.S.1 MOMA, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, among others. Lamson is currently working on two installations for Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York. 

NEXUS 2013

March 25 - April 6, 2013

As one of the Dogwood Arts Festival's featured exhibits, NEXUS, showcases national and international artists working in contemporary sculpture and 3D media. Indoor sculptures comprising all styles and genres from emerging and established artists were selected by nationally recognized juror, Durant Thompson, for exhibition at the University of Tennessee's Downtown Gallery. The 2013 co-chairs of the NEXUS exhibition committee are Jason S. Brown and Brian R. Jobe.

Durant Thompson is an Associate Professor of sculpture in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi. In 1997, Durant received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and in 2001 he earned an MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University. He has also worked at The Johnson Atelier School of Technical Sculpture in New Jersey and at the University of Southern Mississippi as a technician and instructor before accepting his current position.

MFA: Grag Daiker, Alex Merchant, Shelly O'Barr, and Neil Ward

In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

Greg Daiker - www.daikerart.com and www.practicallyoriginalproductions.com; Alex Merchant - www.alexmerchant.net; Neil Ward - www.neiloward.com and Shelly O'Barr

ARTSOURCE 2013

May 3 - 18, 2013

Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

Knoxville Watercolor Society 50th Anniversary Exhibition

June 7 - 29, 2013

The KWS celebrates its 50th anniversary with an exhibition of works by the current members as well as highlighting the founding members: Robert Birdwell, Ted Burnett, Richard Clarke, Kermit "Buck" Ewing, George Galloway, Martha Godwin, Arlene Goff, David Joyner, Josephine Mayo, Margaret Scanlan, Walter "Holly" Stevens, Carl Sublett, and Betsy Worden.

Print Resonance

July 5 - 27, 2013

Fifty graduate students and faculty members at five universities: the University of Alberta, Canada; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium; Silpakorn University, Thailand and Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan created prints specifically for this project. The participating artists made their prints on the same size paper, allowing the viewer to focus on the image, rather than the scale of the work. The audience is encouraged to consider the artistic expression from each university and to find commonality across geographic and cultural borders, as the printmakers share ideas about their own interests, lives, and values.

The works were created using various print techniques, which include inkjet, etching, drypoint, chine-colle, lithography, woodcut, intaglio and blind printing. This portfolio is a limited edition of 10 copies, two for each of the five universities, with the goal of further development of printmaking education around the globe.

Echo of the Object

September 6 - 26, 2013

"Echo of the Object" is an exhibition by the artists and Ball State faculty members: Hannah Barnes, Jennifer Halvorson, David Hannon, and Jacinda Russell. This exhibition will bring together several series of works in drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Each body of work explores how objects of symbolic or personal significance play a role in the construction of memory, identity, and meaning. The metaphor of containment is a consistent theme in each artist's work, both in the use of objects whose literal function is to contain (bags, jars, boxes), and also in the suggestion that seemingly insignificant objects have a certain capacity to become filled with meaning. Time, humor, absurdity, the domestic, and the everyday are additional themes this exhibition will seek to explore.

Ossuary: A project by Lorrie Beth Clarke

October 4 - 26, 2013

Three hundred artists have contributed to this Ossuary. Their work, in many media, includes single bones, clusters of bones, and art works inspired by, using, or playing with the idea of bones. These bones are political statements and personal elegies, memorials to individuals and statements about mortality. They represent connections to our ancestors and/or to our descendants. Some works are serious and some use bones in a completely playful manner.

Ossuary was developed in response to the repositories of bones that have accured in countries like Cambodia and Rwanda, but Ossuary is not a project about those traumas. Rather, Ossuary offers a poignant counter-image to mass violence. It is a project about the hope that art brings.

Images and statements for all the bone works from this iteration can be found online at www.ossuaries.net.

Ossuary is a cummulative traveling project. It began in Madison, Wisconsin. Artists interested in contributing bones to future exhibitions should write to ossuaries@gmail.com.

This relational project was initiated and developed by the artist Laurie Beth Clark. Clark, who is a Professor in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin, has shown work in galleries, museums, theatres, and public spaces in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Extensive documentation of prior projects can be found at www.lbclark.net.

AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio

November 1 - 16, 2013

This is the first digitally produced portfolio published by American Abstract Artists. All past portfolios—1937, 1987, 1997—were produced using various forms of lithography and means of transferring image to plate. Unlike traditional printmaking, the digital inkjet process does not involve a physical matrix from which ink is transferred to paper. This marks both a technical and a conceptual shift in printmaking. Our choice of the medium situates this portfolio squarely in the current century and is an indication of the group's forward momentum.

The artists were asked to provide a digital file meeting predetermined specifications, yet no restrictions were placed on how the file could be created. The digital process enabled a wide variety of approaches that include abstract and documentary photography, scanning of flat-work made expressly for the project, digital compositing and image manipulation, as well as the use of vector-based software and hand-coded algorithms. The results are as varied as the artists' individual sensibilities.

Revealed: Pat Badt and Paul Briggs

December 7, 2012 - January 18, 2013

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present Revealed, an exhibition of paintings by Pat Badt and ceramic sculptures by Paul Briggs. The paintings and sculptures share a similar modesty in size, creating an approachable and intimate relationship between object and viewer. The work is meditative in process. Lines and leaf-forms vary in length, color, orientation, and proximity to the next. It is repetitive, yet unique.


2012 exhibitions

Redefining the Multiple: Thirteen Japanese Printmakers

January 20 - February 25, 2012

 This exhibition examines the state of contemporary printmaking in Japan, and challenges the traditional definitions of prints and printmaking.  All of the participating artists received their formal training as printmakers and the production of multiples remains at the heart of their creative process. While utilizing tools and techniques of the printmaker, some of the artists now create work that has transitioned into forms that are associated with other media, such as sculpture, painting, and digital imaging. Of the selected participants, four make three-dimensional objects and installations, two paint with printmaking tools, three utilize digital photography and technology, while the others pursue traditional and recognizable printmaking techniques. Each artist will exhibit three to five works, resulting in a diverse selection of objects and images from the hands of an equally diverse group of artists, including men and women of various ages from their mid-twenties to mid-sixties. The artists reside and work in different regions throughout Japan, and the visual content of their work ranges anywhere from formal abstraction, to iterations of traditional Japanese cultural images.

Co-curated by Ewing Gallery Director Sam Yates and Hideki Kimura, Chair of Printmaking at Kyoto City University of Arts, Redefining the Multiple brings the best of contemporary Japanese printmaking to the United States. The rich tradition of Japanese woodblock printmaking during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and its influence on Western Art is well documented. Today, Japanese artists remain similarly innovative and continue their contribution to the international art community.  

In Action: Mark Newport

March 2 - 31, 2012

The exhibition consists of hand-knitted acrylic yarn recreations of hero costumes, prints of the artist in costume, and carved, costumed figure sculptures. The costumes are life size, wearable objects that hang limply on hangers. They challenge the standard muscular form of the hero and offer the space for someone to imagine himself or herself wearing the costume, therefore becoming the hero.

Mark is an artist and educator living in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is the Artist in Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991. Newport's work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

ARTSOURCE 2012

March 2 - 31, 2012

Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

NEXUS 2012

April 2 - 14, 2012

As one of the Dogwood Arts Festival's feature exhibits, NEXUS, showcases national and international artists working in contemporary sculpture and 3-D media. Indoor sculptures comprising all styles and genres from emerging and established artists were selected by internationally recognized juror, Allen Peterson, for exhibition at the University of Tennessee's Downtown Gallery. The chair of the NEXUS 2012 exhibition committee was Brian R. Jobe.

MFA 2012: Vickie Phipps and John Purtill

In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

On Location Part I: Five Tennessee Plein Air Painters

June 1 - 30, 2012

Plein air painting has a rich international tradition, and our regional Tennessee artists are part of that continuum. Mike C. Berry, manager of the UT Downtown Gallery, and a plein air painter himself, curated this exhibition. We are grateful to the artists who have so generously allowed their work to be shared with the Knoxville Community. Please click on the links below to visit their websites and learn more about the exhibitors.

The five featured artists were: Anne Blair Brown, Franklin, TN; Roger Dale Brown, Nashville, TN; Lori Putnam, Franklin, TN; Brett Weaver, Chattanooga, TN; and Dawn Whitelaw, Franklin, TN.

On Location Part II: Land Portrait

July 6 - 27, 2012

Land Portrait features works from members of the Culture Laboratory Collective based upon their relationship with a particular place, landform, landscape, topography, or state of current residence. These pieces, when combined, serve as comprehensive land portraits.

Translations of localities can act as reflections of communities continually in flux. The visual statements produced for this exhibition may provide a more complete understanding of who (and where) we are.

The value of place and landscape is immeasurable. Memories from places can become etched in our minds and contextualized over time. This exhibit offers a view into a collective memory and re-locates interpretations of place into a public, conversational setting.

Curated by Brian R. Jobe

Figurative Works on Paper from the Ewing Gallery Permanent Collection

August 3 - 18, 2012

August's exhibition featured figurative works on paper, including watercolors, drawings, photography, and printmaking. Notable works include: portraits by Chuck Close and Alice Neel, prints by Francisco Goya, Leon Golub, Kathe Kollwitz, Keith Haring, Luis Jiminez, and William Hogarth, and photography by Helmut Newton and Walker Evans. Also in the exhibition were works from School of Art professors, students, and visiting artists, past and present. These artists are, Baldwin Lee, Don Kurka, Eleanor Dickinson, Mark Steinmetz, and Joseph Delaney.

Sweetbreads

August 23 - September 1, 2012

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to exhibit the work of our first year graduate students who are entering the UT School of Art Graduate program within their various disciplines. The exhibit showcases the outstanding talent and artistic visions of these new students, which includes painting, printmaking, graphic design and sculpture works.

The following artists exhibited work: James Boychuck-Hunter, David Harman, Raluca Iancu, Kevin Kao, Alexandra Kirtley, Kevin Varney, Thomas Wharton

The Legacy of James Randolph Denton

September 7 - 8, 2012

Pencil Pushed

September 19 - October 28, 2012

 In this exhibition, the word pencil functions simply as a metaphor or symbol for drawing and its activity. The artists selected are known for their drawing or drawing activity as their primary means of expression and have either pushed the material, process, or boundary of conventional drawing. Media included video, sculpture, animation, installation, and of course, works on paper. This exhibition is neither a survey nor the definitive grouping of mark-making artists. It is more a conversation about artists who have and continue to explore these regions in drawing. The diversity of the exhibition favored mid-career artists, but ranged from emerging to late.

Featured artists in Pencil Pushed are:

William Anastasi, William Pittman Andrews, Caroline Burton
Elisa D'ArrigoMary Reid KelleySharon LoudenJennifer MacdonaldPeter MollenkofDarcy Brennan PoorBill Richards
Beatrice RieseHilda ShenDrew ShiflettStephen Talasnik, and Sam Vernon

Based on a True Story

November 1 - November 21, 2012

 Curated by New York artist Joel Carreiro, Based on a True Story features work by artists who use narrative in a variety of ways. This exhibition includes 2 and 3 dimensional works, as well as video projections. Matthew Garrison is based in Reading, PA; Yeon Jin Kim lives and works in New York, and Chris Miner is based in Memphis, TN.

Capstone 2012

November 27 - 30, 2012

The Capstone course is a requirement for all BFA Studio Art majors. Students take Capstone in the final semester of their BFA degree. During Capstone students engage in a self-initiated research project to demonstrate that a graduating senior has learned and can practice the skills and concepts of a chosen concentration (2D, 3D, 4D). The Capstone also demonstrates the student's ability to intellectualize and articulate issues and ideas about contemporary art. Successful completion of the Capstone course is a requirement of graduation.

The UT Downtown Gallery is excited to present the work of 5 graduating seniors in this year's capstone exhibition.

Sarah Crumley, Kayla Courtoy, David Holland, BIll Warden, and
Catherine Widner

Revealed: Pat Badt and Paul Briggs

December 7, 2012 - January 18, 2013

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present Revealed, an exhibition of paintings by Pat Badt and ceramic sculptures by Paul Briggs. The paintings and sculptures share a similar modesty in size, creating an approachable and intimate relationship between object and viewer. The work is meditative in process. Lines and leaf-forms vary in length, color, orientation, and proximity to the next. It is repetitive, yet unique.


2011 exhibitions

Walter Haskell HInton: The Golden Age of Illustration

December 3 - January 15, 2011

This collection of work includes original drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings representing an array of clients during his prolific career as an illustrator. Some of Mr. Hinton’s clients include, Outdoor Life Magazine, Sports Afield Magazine, Mammoth Western Magazine, The John Deere and Company, Fairmont Railways, and Washington National Insurance Co.

Walter McConnell: Installation in Clay

February 4 - 26, 2011

McConnell, who is well recognized for his large-scale, unfired ceramic sculptures will work with UT art students to construct this project. McConnell’s installations address the relationship between nature and culture – more specifically, the means through which contemporary culture constructs an understanding of nature. McConnell currently serves on the faculty at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY.

Seeing Things: Joel Carreiro

March 4 - 26, 2011

Joel Carreiro’s work organizes and recomposes small squares of imagery borrowed from Renaissance paintings, European drawings and Medieval manuscripts and transforms them into large works on wood panels that create a new visual language entirely different from its original intent.

Mr. Carreiro is an artist based in New York City. He has exhibited his work at the Brooklyn Museum, The Johnson Museum at Cornell University and many other galleries around the country and in Europe. He also has received grants from the City University of New York, The New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Art of Poland

April 1 - 30, 2011

The UT Downtown Gallery is especially pleased to present "Art of Poland, the Collection of Ambassador & Mrs. Victor Ashe" during the month of April and the Dogwood Arts Festival Celebration. This exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, folk art and glass works by some Poland's leading artists working today such as Edvard Dwurnik, Stanislaw Borowski, Leszek Sokol and Michal Puszczynski among others.

Victor Ashe, was mayor of Knoxville from 1987-2003 and served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland from 2004 until 2009.

ARTSOURCE 2011

May 6 - 27, 2011

Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students.  For more than a decade, the Knox County Art Educators Exhibition has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.  The exhibition has greatly increased awareness of the importance of art education in Knox County. This is the Downtown Gallery’s third year to host this exhibition, which includes, paintings, drawings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and video.

Being There

June 3 - 25, 2011

Exhibiting together for the First time, a selection of five UT’s Visiting Artists showcase their most recent works in the group exhibition entitled Being There. Artists included John Bissonett, Can Birand, Nick DeFord, Pam Jorden & Michal Puszczynski. These five outstanding national & international artists will display wall-hung works alongside sculpture pieces produced within the last year. Working independently, each past or present UT Visiting Artists shows the variety of concepts and materials that drive their independent practices.

Richard LeFevre: The Civil War Series

July 1 - August 13, 2011

Richard LeFevre taught graphic design and illustration courses at The University of Tennessee for 33 years and was the first graphic design faculty member hired by the Department of Art.  He continued his professional career while teaching at UT  One of his most enduring interests was the history of the Civil War.  He served as President of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable.

Goes to Eleven: First Year MFA exhibition

August 19 - 27, 2011

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to exhibit the work of our first year graduate students who are entering the UT School of Art Graduate program within their various disciplines. The exhibit showcases the outstanding talent and artistic visions of these new students, which includes painting, printmaking, graphic design and sculpture works. Exhibiting students were: Andrew Merriss, April Bachtel, Eric Cagley, Cierra Reppert, Daniel Ogletree, Hannah Skoonberg, Jennifer Scheuer
Jonathan Lisenby, Justin Clay, Tamra Hunt, and Victoria Buck

Scott Sherk: Mapping Sound

September 2 - 30, 2011

Mapping Sound explores ideas about the representation of space through the use of sound. If sculpture is an exploration of space through form, in these works of sound sculpture, sound becomes the primary focus of the exploration of three-dimensional space.

Included in the exhibition were a sound drawing in eight channels of field recordings of New York City. This three-dimensional drawing with sound in space uses vector based amplitude panning of three sound sources over eight speakers.

Sherk presented several sculptural shapes that contain soundscapes of natural sounds in identifiable spaces. These works play with ideas about perspective and the perception of space through sound. Recent works that juxtapose video images with audio were also presented for listening on headphones.

The artist performed a live set of field recordings and audio manipulations along with a video actualization of ambient sound during the First Friday opening event. Spectrographic representations of the live sounds will be projected onto the gallery walls.

Scott Sherk is a sculptor who often works with sound. His work has been widely shown, including his Katonah Sound Project installation at the Katonah Museum of Art and several exhibitions at the Kim Foster Gallery in New York City. He has released several collections of field recorded and manipulated sounds.

A Professor of Art at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, he has won several awards and grants including the Class of '32 Chair and the Hoffman Research Fellowship.

Justin Randolph Thompson: The PIts

October 7 - 28, 2011

The Pits is a multi-disciplinary installation and performance that investigates the political employment of sound, both in realm of propaganda and as protest, and the visual hierarchies of the architectural organization of theatre space. The work involves a direct collaboration with sculpture, architecture and music department students and can be broken down into four interrelated parts:
-A raised stage supporting a faux marble inlay floor
-A pit orchestra performance
-A chandelier
-A series of three freestanding sculptures

This orchestra will be a collaboration with students and faculty of the UT music department. Jazz musician and composer Jason Thompson (a Knoxville local and UT Graduate) will work with this group to create an 8-10 piece pit orchestra that will be conducted to perform a score that shifts from classical, triumphant marches, into the drum and flute sound of Black Power poets, through folk styles of spiritual praise, and finally into abrasive Hip Hop. The score will be recorded with each instrument taken separately, and following the opening performance, the orchestra will be replaced (in each of their seats) by their recording. The mix of sound references is meant to associate triumph with climax and climax with ascent and the skewing of the elements geographical and cultural identity addresses sound's social transcendence and simultaneous role as entertainment.

Unseen and other projects: Holly Zausner

November 4 - 26, 2011

Holly Zausner’s work is about transformation through mediums both literal and metaphorical. For this body of work, she has transformed Unseen, a super 16 mm film made in 2007, which was shown at the Bode Museum, into a series of black, white, and colored collages.
In the film “Unseen” the artist searches through key locations and museums in the city of Berlin attempting to find metaphorical space and literal rest for two rubber sculptures, one female and one male. As Zausner and her two rubbery protagonists move through the city, a non-linear narrative unfolds. They encounter sites central to the life of the city, like a bread factory and a newspaper plant, as well as historical sites, like a defunct amusement park in the former East. In the beginning of the film, a skywriting plane spells out the word unseen about the city and the window of the artist’s gallery explodes onto the street. Airports, train stations, and large avenues are curiously empty of people, two real tigers patrol through the sculpture garden of the Neue Nationalgalerie, and the carved baroque saint statues in Berlin’s Bode-Museum seem to eye Zausner and her two companions as they move through the museum galleries. Evocative dialogues result between urban environment and art, body, and production, instinct and will, while a strong sense of displacement and unrest alternates with a sense of understanding and acceptance.
Zausner’s fascination with the imagery from the film compelled her to reexamine the content and the structure of the different scenes through collage. She re-edits the film and redefines the structure, which enables a new way of looking at the source material. Using repetition and reconfiguration, the collages are a different way of exploring the act of filming, editing, and making the sound, which are all components that create the foundation and meaning of the collages.
Each collage consists of 1,824 images taken from the film that are 13/16 x 15/16 inches and mounted on 40 x 60 inch museum boards. Each image is hand cut and adhered to the board with double foam stick tape, emphasizing the handmade quality of the pieces and increasing their visual energy.
With each collage, Zausner recreates another version of an individual scene from the film through variations of color and black and white images. The complexity of the details create an abstraction when looking at the work from a distance, while up close the figurative or abstract images create rhythmic patterns which depict individual moments in the film. With her collages, Zausner allows us to step back and have an overview, while at the same time, makes it possible to capture the details.

Genus species: Ewing

December 2, 2011 - January 15, 2012

Genus species: EWING focuses on selections from the permanent collection of the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture. Each work of art is united by a common subject matter -- the Kingdom Anamalia. This exhibition includes art in all media -- video, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and photography. Genus species: EWING includes works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Andy Warhol, Sue Coe, Eleanor Dickinson, Walter Haskell Hinton, Salvador Dali, Mark Steinmetz, Harrison Cady, Bessie Harvey, and Ed Westcott. A number of the pieces are also by current and former University of Tennessee art professors: Clark Stewart, Paul Lee, Beauvais Lyons, Byron McKeeby, and Diane Fox.


2010 exhibitions

Preparations: Artists’ Sketchbooks and Journals

December 4 - January 8, 2010

Much of the development for an artwork happens well before the brush meets canvas, the hand meets clay, or the finger meets camera, etc. These preliminary inspirations and concepts go mostly unnoticed and unappreciated. This exhibit brings to light the methods artists employ to inform themselves of the possibilities for their as yet unrealized works. Artists providing access to their journals include Fred Burton, Memphis, TN; Joseph Delaney, New York City; Gage Opdenbrouw, San Francisco, CA; Susan Kemenyffy, McKean, PA; and John Copeland, Brooklyn, NY. This exhibit was curated by Timothy Massey, Director of the Tower Fine Arts Gallery at CUNY Brockport. He is also a native of Knoxville and a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition

January 15 - February 20, 2010

The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition continues a tradition begun by the University of Hawai‘i Department of Art.  By invitation only, this exhibition is comprised of 81 sculptures by artists from 14 countries and includes “Meta Physical #4” by Knoxville artist Richard Jolley. The small format of the works in the exhibition, with the subsequent ease and economy of handling, provides exposure to a broad spectrum of contemporary sculpture. These triennial exhibitions were initiated as an attempt to incorporate a variety of multicultural traditions and a range of sculptural ideas, styles, and materials. As geographical borders are fractured and the global context dominates, the identity of the individual often becomes hybrid. Whether defined by the artist’s ethnicity or the location of production, all art is increasingly integrated into the fabric of contemporary society. Although the act of affirming cultural identity becomes more complex, these sculptures demonstrate the imaginative spirit and endless creativity of the individual artist.

Deliquesence and Other Transformations: The Photography of Robert Creamer

March 5 - 27, 2010

In his recent series of photographic studies of botanical subjects, Maryland artist Robert Creamer blends his interests in technology and the aging process. These photographic images, captured using a digital flatbed scanner, began as an investigation into the revelatory power of technology. Although the scanner is a tool that enhances Creamer’s ability to observe, it is not the apparatus, per se, that interests him most. Moreover, these images are about time, transformation and transitions. As noted by the curator of Creamer’s 2007 exhibition Transitions, at the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History:

Dali Illustrates Dante's Divine Comedy

June 4 - July 9, 2010

he exhibition represents Dali’s visual interpretation of Dante’s literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy, chronicling Dante Alighieri’s symbolic journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Salvador Dalí was one of the most well known of the surrealist artists who concentrated on depicting the unconscious and subconscious mind. Dalí labored for nine years to produce a series of 100 watercolors as illustrations to Dante’s classic epic, with each print depicting a verse from the poem.

His paintings were reproduced by Jean Estrade of Les Heured Claires and released as a limited edition print suite in honor of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s birth in 1265.
 
This collection of work was generously donated to the University of Tennessee’s Ewing Gallery by UT alumnus and businessman Gary Johnson.

Through A Transparent Lens Inside Out

July 16 - August 14, 2010

A unique installation of video, films and multi-image performance works by Norman Magden, School of Art Professor of 4D Arts, will be on display at the University of Tennessee, Downtown Gallery from July 16 to August 14, 2010.  The exhibition is titled THROUGH A TRANSPARENT LENS INSIDE OUT, which refers to the time based images displayed and Magden’s focus on transparent and super imposed images to create a mesmerizing effect. The exhibition will be a quasi-retrospective in that one part will show earlier works and another section will contain more recent pieces.

Magden’s work recently received first place in the Experimental Film category at the Los Angeles Movie Awards and received several Awards of Excellence for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. He also received First Place in the Experimental Film category in the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival with additional awards of Best Cinematography, Best Concept, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. Other venues where his work was selected for screening include New Filmmakers (Hollywood), International Vampire Film Festival (New Orleans), Festivus Film Festival (Denver), Peoples Awards Film Festival (Quito, Ecuador), Byron Bay International Film Festival (Australia), Kansas City Film Festivaland The Rome International Film Festival (Georgia).

Fresh Pickins

August 20 - 28, 2010

The First Year Graduate Show is held annually to commemorate the acceptance of the Student's candidacy for Graduate work at the University of Tennessee, by which the public becomes acquainted with the newest of the Fine art Graduate students. Exhibiting students were: Alex McClurg, Natalie Harrison, Brandon Donahue, Gretchen Bundy, Alex Merchant, Greg Daiker, Kelly Porter, Alicia Faciane, Hannah Short, Jessica Anderson, Ashton Ludden, Clifton Riley, Shelly O'Barr, and Neil Ward.

Happens Everyday

Happens Everyday features a wall painting/installation by UT Professor David Wilson, who joined the faculty in 1985, and Chicago artist Pamela Fraser, who taught at UT during the fall semester, 1999.

Everything Shines

October 1 - 30, 2010

Everything Shines features recent paintings by UT Professor of painting Marcia Goldenstein who joined the faculty in 1976, and New York artist Julia Jacquette, who taught at UT during the fall semester, 1995.

Pictures Hold Us Captive

November 5 - 24, 2010

Pictures Hold Us Captive features recent paintings by UT Professor of painting Jered Sprecher who joined the faculty in 2006, and New York artist Carrie Moyer, who taught at UT during the fall semester, 2001.


2004-2009 exhibitions

2004 

Sept 11 – Oct 30, 2004
Life in the City: The Art of Joseph Delaney
Like Lloyd Branson, Catherine Wiley, and his brother Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney was a Knoxville-born artist who gained international recognition. Inaugurating The University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery, Life in the City: The Art of Joseph Delaney highlights some 60 works that demonstrate Joseph’s interest in urban life – parades, public parks, architecture and street scenes.

Nov 6 – Dec 19, 2004
The George & Helen Spelvin Folk Art Collection
Created by Beauvais Lyons, Professor of Art and Director of the Hokes Archives at The University of Tennessee, The George and Helen Spelvin Folk Art Collection presents fictitious contemporary folk art. As the “exhibition curator,” Lyons created all the artworks and designed biographical text panels with photographic portraits of each of the 11 imaginary artists. Included are enamel painted records by Lucas Farley, Arthur Middleton’s portrait paintings of American presidents, velvet paintings of brides by Charlotte Black, Max Pritchard’s hand-painted religious tracts on cereal boxes, Rufus Martinez’s ceramic face jugs, and Lester Coleman Dowdy’s “limberjack” puppets. This irrelevant exhibition emulates folk art, and at the same time, it ironically imitates museum conventions.

2005 

Jan 12 – Mar 8, 2005
Gregg Schlanger: Holston River Diaries
Created by Gregg Schlanger, Holston River Diaries is a two-part exhibition that links the communities of Emory, VA and Knoxville, TN – the first being near the headwaters of the Holston River and later being nears its confluence with the French Broad River, thus forming the Tennessee River. The exhibition’s second part continued at Emory & Henry College’s 1912 Gallery.

Mar 11 – Apr 17, 2005
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Walker Evans’ Photographs
Walker Evans’ photographs made for James Agee’s classic work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men served as the culmination of Evan’s talents as well as the realistic portrayal of the conditions of the American tenant Farmer during the 1930’s Depression. Walker Evans’ images revolutionized the standards of documentary photography.

Apr 20 – Apr 27, 2005
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Jennifer Leach, Printmaking
Thesis exhibition by Printmaking MFA Candidate, Jennifer Leach.

Apr 30 – May 6, 2005
Graphic Design Senior Show
Senior Graphic Design Students display their design work and attend the opening to meet and greet potential clients and employers

June 16 – Sept 3, 2005
Through the Lens of Ed Westcott: A Photographic History of World War II’s Secret City
In 1942, the Army Corps of Engineers relocated James Edward Westcott to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and assigned him the task of official photographer for the Manhattan Project – a massive wartime effort to produce the first atomic bomb. As secrecy of the project was paramount, the “atomic” city was fenced, and communication with the outside world was limited. What is more, no cameras were allowed inside the fenced boundaries.

Thus, Westcott became not only the official photographer for the Manhattan Project, but he also became the sole photographer of the social and recreational events of Oak Ridge. It is only through Westcott’s photographs that the visual history of Oak Ridge can be appreciated.

Sept 10 – Nov 5, 2005
Enduring: The Social Conscience of Eleanor Dickinson
Eleanor Dickinson, a native of Knoxville, TN, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee in 1952, becoming one of the department’s first graduates. One year later, she moved to California and began redefining her process of creating traditional figure drawings via strong emotions. Since then, Dickinson has maintained a life-long commitment to the human form and has responded to intense moments of human existence, ranging from the experiences of Pentecostal Southerners, to the ecstasies of lovers, to the trials of the homeless, to the sufferings of AIDS victims.

Nov 12 – Dec 20, 2005
Alternative Typestyles: An Homage to Vernacular Letterforms
Alternative Typestyles features original art by exhibition creator Matt Tullis, including hand-drawn typefaces, unique collected fonts, and wall-mounted sculptures based on the assemblage of typographic artifacts. Individual photographic prints of vintage letterforms and signs are also featured.

2006

Jan 7 – Feb 25, 2006
Mysterious Pleasures: The Art of F. Clark Stewart
Over the past 40 years, the educator F. Clark Stewart has impacted the lives and maturation of countless aspiring young artists at the University of Tennessee, many former students directly credit him for their own success as professional artists and teachers. His contributions as both a dedicated teacher and a cognizant, active member of the university community are immeasurable. The goal of Mysterious Pleasures: The Art of F. Clark Stewart is, however, to celebrate the achievements and work of the artist F. Clark Stewart. The works on exhibition, as with his tenure at the university, span 40 years. As the viewer will soon recognize, Clark never strays far from his primary subject – the human figure- or his primary interest – the human narrative. Art movements, like fashion, have developed and faded with time, but Clark has remained steadfast in his commitment to figurative art and its ability to create mystery and a range of emotional responses.

March 3 – April 1, 2006
Unfiltered: AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers
Since 1924, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has mounted an annual exhibition that recognizes excellence in book design and production. Books are entered in categories that range from trade, reference, juvenile, to university and museum publications, to limited edition and special-format books. The exhibition includes books and book covers designed between Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2004. Esteemed Jurors selected winners from more than 920 entries. Jurors included; Andrew Blauvelt, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, John Fulbrook III, Simon & Schuster, New York, Sara Gillingham, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, Julia Hasting, Phaidon, New York and Cheryl Towler Weese (chair) Studio Blue, Chicago.

Apr 7 – Apr 14, 2006
MFA Thesis Exhibition: “Valuistics: The Making of” by James GreeneThe print Installation is both a display of James Greene’s valuistics as well as a printed history of the word itself. With ”the Making Of,” Greene – a former grocery store clerk and retail employee – reveals his own consumer politics (contradictions and all) by symbolizing and accounting for each of his consumer decisions. The installation is a scale re-creation of Greene’s home, family, and friends printed on pink insulation board and installed in the Downtown Gallery.

Apr 19 – 26, 2006
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Ryan O’Mara
The work consists of large abstract ink drawings and paintings some measuring more than 20 feet long. “Abstraction has the ability to exist in a realm of non-logic, idealism and an absence of a system. In my work I change this theoretical space into a physical image, thereby defining the gray”, says O’Mara.

Apr 28 – May 10, 2006
AGIA Poster Design Show
Three Design Students from UT were included in the American Institute of Graphic Arts National Poster Competition. 30 posters were exhibited from national and international designers.

May 13 – June 3, 2006
Portrait of Self
Portrait of Self is a community arts project of the Knox County after-school program Shade of Development led by artist and educator Diane Hovis. Created by African American children and adults, the drawings, prints and photographs on view will explore each individual’s sense of self. These visual works are interpretations of written responses to questions posed by Hovis and recorded in journals kept by each participant.

June 23 – Aug 4, 2006
Thresholds: Expressions of Art & Spiritual Life
New York critic Eleanor Heartney has curated an exhibition that showcases the diversity of both art media and religious beliefs in the work of over fifty artists from five southern states, including Tennessee. This is a joint exhibition, on view simultaneously in both the Ewing Gallery on the University of Tennessee campus and the Downtown Gallery.

Aug 25 – Oct 11, 2006
Drawings from the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China
30 figure drawings from students at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China. Organized and curated by UTK School of Art Professor, Tom Reising.

Oct 20 – Nov 24, 2006
The Color of Diaspora: Afro-Ecuadorian Images
40 Black & White Photographs of the Afro-Ecuadorian culture. Organized by University of Tennessee History Professor William Dewey

Dec 1 – Dec 22, 2006
Polska Fraba/Polish Iink: Contemporary Printmaking on Poland
An exhibition organized and curated by Beauvais Lyons, which includes 30 prints by Contemporary Artist from Poland working in Printmaking.

2007 

Jan 5 – Feb 24, 2007
Reverberating Echoes: The Art of Indian Artist M.R. Renjan
Black & White Ink paintings by Indian Artist M.R. Renjan. Organized and curated by Graduate student Shaurya Kumar

Mar 2 – 31, 2007
Shelter: A Mixed Media Installation
An exhibition organized through the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University By Tulu Bayer, Xiaoze Xie

Apr 2 – 9, 2007
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Lin Lee

Apr 10 – 17, 2007
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Tea Kim Kasor

Apr 18- 23, 2007
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Shaurya Kumar

May 4 – June 8, 2007
Human Rights Portfolio from South Africa

June 15 – August 3, 2007
Hunt Clark & Deborah McClary
Recent collaborative work by Tennessean sculptures, graduates of the UT school of Art. The mixed media piece consists of multiple video projections on Plexiglas suspended from the ceiling, and a white ceramic life-sized sculpture of a calf being roped around its neck.

Aug 10 – Sept 7, 2007
Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition
This International Traveling exhibition of small sculptures from around the world show how artists have handled the challenges of space and scale dictated by sixe of a shoebox. An invitation only exhibition, this exhibit has attracted a large number of well – known artists from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Argentina, Cuba, Australia, Korea, Japan, Chia, Thailand, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, and Mexico.

Sept 14 – Oct 5, 2007
AIGA 365
The 2006 juried selection of the best communications design produced in 2005. 365 is widely recognized as the most discerning statement on design excellence today, extending a legacy that began 90 years ago. By means of competitions, AIGA creates a chronicle of outstanding design solutions, each demonstrating the process of designing, the role of the designer and the value of design.

Oct 12 – Nov 7, 2007
Jean Hess & Jeffrey Morton: Reverie
This two-person exhibition consists of recent works by Knoxville-based painter Jean Hess and Chattanooga based painter Jeffery Morton. Hess’ work addresses dream, recollection, nostalgia and memory with an emphasis on obscure imagery, dissolving texts and marks and natural forms suffused with light. Jeffery Morton explores images of wind, electricity, twilight, humidity, photosynthesis, and pollen juxtaposed against creatures in flight.

Nov 16 – Dec 20, 2007
Lineages
This exhibition of ceramics explores the pathway and influences of the academic ceramicist. UT professors of ceramics, their spouses, and their mentors will all have work on display. Artists included are; Professors Sally Brogden and Frank Martin, and their spouses Todd Johnson and Polly Martin and mentors John and Susanne Stephenson, and Ken Ferguson.

2008 

Jan 4 – Feb 1, 2008
Crave
An exhibition initiated by UT visiting artist Pinkney Herbert and organized by Memphis arts Organization Delta Axis. In this exhibition “Crave” these six artists use paint and photgraphs to explore craving, yearning, longing for or hankering after. Their diverse work is unified by an attachment to charged images and obsessive processes that speak to this underlying appetite or “craving.” Artist included in the exhibition are, Joel Carreiro, Betsy Chaffin, Amanda Sparks, Thomas Weaver and Brian Wood.

Fed 15 – Mar 29, 2008
Corapeake
This exhibition showcases an award-winning documentary about the town of Corapeake in North Carolina by Kendall Messick. The exhibit uses oral narratives, black & white photography and artifacts to describe and commemorate the lives led by now-elderly African-American inhabitants of this small rural town. This film has been shown at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Wake Forest University, UVA and many other reputable venues.

April 4 – 19, 2008
MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Crystal Wagner and katherine Nanfro
Masters thesis work by graduating MFA candidates in visual art.

April 24 – 26, 2008
Graphic Design Senior Show
Seniors in UT’s graphic design program display recent work completed for BA candidacy.

May 2 – 28, 2008
Air Box
An exhibition by Korean artist Dong-Yong Lee, 2007-08 UT Artist in Residence

June 2 – 29, 2008
Carl Sublett: Image Tracks
A retrospective view of Carl Sublett’s art by his son, Eric

July 3 – 19, 2008
Objectionable Action
This exhibit represents an art exchange with participants from around the country. It was organized by two University of Tennessee Alumni, Lee Marchalonis and Jessica Meyer, and features other University of Tennessee graduates now residing throughout the United States.

July 25 – Aug 16, 2008
The Beauty of Holiness: The Art of Arnold Schwarzbart
Schwarzbart is a Judaic artist who lives in Knoxville.  He has worked for over eighteen years designing and producing ceremonial objects as well as Donor Recognition Walls and decorative wall pieces for Jewish organizations throughout the United States.

Aug 22 – Sept 20, 2008
My Home Town: Images of New York City by Baldwin Lee
Photographic images documenting NYC both pre and post 9/11 by New York native Baldwin Lee. Lee is the recipient of three Guggenheim and NEA grants. Curated by artist and Sam Yates.

Sep 26 – Oct 18, 2008
Global Mapping
Andrea Loefke, a Brooklyn, New York and Leipzig, Germany-based artist creates hierarchies in which events and narratives compete and communicate. The groupings of objects and their placement within a particular space become a journey of discovery.

Future States:  Atlas
Recent works by Pennsylvania mixed-media artist Dan Mills.  This group of drawings addresses issues of American imperialism and globalization. Curated by artist and Sam Yates.

Oct 24 – Nov 15, 2008
Compassionate Voices: Issues of Animal Rights
Compassionate Voices: The Art of Sue Coe, Maia Dery, Diane Fox, and Jack Ketner
These artists address issues of animal treatment and exploitation.

Nov 21 – Dec 20, 2008
Lyrical Tableaux by Conley Harris
Inspired by his many trips to India, Boston painter Conley Harris pays tribute to the history of Indian paintings while using it to explore questions of composition, figure/ground relationship and other painterly issues., 2008.

2009

January 2 – 31, 2009
American Institute of Graphic Arts
AIGA, the professional association for design, creates an authoritative chronicle of outstanding design solutions, each demonstrating the process of designing and the value of design.  AIGA’s suite of competitions is widely recognized as the most discerning statement on design excellence today.

February 6 – 28, 2009
Alicia Henry:  The Walk
Damond Howard:  Still America’s Greatest Problem
African American artists Alicia Henry, Nashville, TN, and Damon Howard, Orangeburg, SC, examine issues of identity, heritage and gender in American society.  Henry, MFA from Yale University and Howard, MFA from the University of Florida, have been nationally recognized for their poignant art.

March 6 – 21, 2009
Beyond Surface:  Paintings by Tom Riesing and Allen Cox
Although one an abstractionist and one a realist, Knoxville painters Allen Cox and Tom Riesing focus on the “surface” in this exhibit. Curated by Sam Yates and the artists.

March 25 – April 4, 2009
University of Cincinnati / University of Tennessee Art Exchange
This exhibition will feature new work by graduate students representing all disciplines—2-D, 3-D, and media. The exhibition will be on view concurrently at The University of Tennessee 1010 Gallery.

April 7-12, 2009
MFA Thesis Exhibition:  Jessie Van der Laan
On view will be work from Master of Fine Arts candidates.

April 17 – 24, 2009
MFA Thesis Exhibition:  Hilary Williams
On view will be work from Master of Fine Arts candidates.

May 1-31, 2009
Art Source 2009
Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity in their students. The Knox County Art Educators’ Exhibition gives these teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

June 5- July 2, 2009
Japan International Artists Society Exhibition
324 works of art by 305 Society members who create in various media ranging from traditional Japanese calligraphy and ceramics to contemporary landscapes and abstraction is on exhibit here and in the Ewing.

July15 – August 8, 2009
Face It: Contemporary Portraiture
A national juried competition open to artists from all media and backgrounds.  Dr. Carl Gombert, Associate Professor of Maryville College was selected as the sole Juror for the exhibition.

Aug 14 – Sept 12, 2009
Michael Aurbach: The Administrator
This exhibition featured the work of noted sculptor Michael Aurbach who serves on the faculty at Vanderbilt University. Curated by Sam Yates.

Sept 18 – Oct 17, 2009
Beyond Surface: Contemporary Ceramics Artists
This exhibition featured the art of eight East Coast ceramicists. The works on view represent the variety of techniques and concepts found in the ceramics field today.

Oct 23 – Nov 28, 2009
Contemporary Taiwanese Artist HoJang Liu
This exhibition featured the photographic work of HoJang Liu, a Taiwanese artist who lives in Taipei.

Dec 4, 2009 – Jan 2, 2010
Intimate Source: The Artist’s Sketchbook
Much of the development for an artwork happens well before the brush meets canvas, the hand meets clay, or the finger meets camera, etc. These preliminary inspirations and concepts go mostly unnoticed and unappreciated. This exhibit brings to light the methods artists employ to inform themselves of the possibilities for their as yet unrealized works. Curated by former Ewing Gallery staff member Timothy Massey, Director of the Tower Fine Arts Gallery at CUNY Brockport.

 

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