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. Joel Carreiro is an artist based in New York City.
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 the U.S. Ambassador to Poland from 2004 until 2009.
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.
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 School 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.
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.
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 orchestra is collaboration with students and faculty of the UT music department. Jazz musician, composer, and UT alum Jason Thompson 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.
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. Zausner’s fascination with the imagery from the film compelled her to reexamine the content and the structure of the different scenes through collage. 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.
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.
Life in the City: The Art of Joseph Delaney
September 11 – October 30, 2004
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.
The George & Helen Spelvin Folk Art Collection
November 6 – December 19, 2004
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.
Gregg Schlanger: Holston River Diaries
January 12 – March 8, 2005
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.
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Walker Evans’ Photographs
March 11 – April 17, 2005
Walker Evans’ photographs made for James Agee’s classic work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men served as the culmination of Evans’ talents as well as the realistic portrayal of the conditions of the American tenant farmer during the 1930s Depression. Walker Evans’ images revolutionized the standards of documentary photography.
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Jennifer Leach, Printmaking
April 20 – Apr 27, 2005
Graphic Design Senior Show
April 30 – May 6, 2005
Senior Graphic Design Students display their design work and attend the opening to meet and greet potential clients and employers
Through the Lens of Ed Westcott: A Photographic History of World War II’s Secret City
June 16 – September 3, 2005
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.
Enduring: The Social Conscience of Eleanor Dickinson
September 10 – November 5, 2005
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.
Alternative Typestyles: An Homage to Vernacular Letterforms
Nov 12 – Dec 20, 2005
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.
Mysterious Pleasures: The Art of F. Clark Stewart
January 7 – February 25, 2006
Over the past 40 years, 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. The works on exhibition, as with his tenure at the university, span 40 years. 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.
Unfiltered: AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers
March 3 – April 1, 2006
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 such as trade, reference, juvenile, university and museum publications, and also limited edition and special-format books. The exhibition includes books and book covers designed in 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.
MFA Thesis Exhibition: “Valuistics: The Making of” by James Greene
April 7 – April 14, 2006
The 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.
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Ryan O’Mara
April 19 – 26, 2006
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.
AGIA Poster Design Show
Apr 28 – May 10, 2006
Three Design Students from the University of Tennessee were included in the American Institute of Graphic Arts National Poster Competition. 30 posters were exhibited from national and international designers.
Portrait of Self
May 13 – June 3, 2006
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 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.
Thresholds: Expressions of Art & Spiritual Life
June 23 – Aug 4, 2006
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 of Art and Architecture and the UT Downtown Gallery.
Drawings from the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China
August 25 – October 11, 2006
30 figure drawings from students at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China. Organized and curated by University of Tennessee School of Art Professor, Tom Reising.
The Color of Diaspora: Afro-Ecuadorian Images
October 20 – November 24, 2006
40 black and white photographs of the Afro-Ecuadorian culture. Organized by University of Tennessee History Professor William Dewey.
Polska Fraba/Polish Iink: Contemporary Printmaking on Poland
December 1 – December 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.
Reverberating Echoes: The Art of Indian Artist M.R. Renjan
January 5 – February 24, 2007
Black and white ink paintings by Indian Artist M.R. Renjan. Organized and curated by University of Tennessee graduate student, Shaurya Kumar.
Shelter: A Mixed Media Installation
Mar 2 – 31, 2007
An exhibition organized through the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA by sculpture professor Tulu Bayer and paining professor Xiaoze Xie.
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Lin Lee
April 2 – 9, 2007
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Tea Kim Kasor
April 10 – 17, 2007
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Shaurya Kumar
April 18- 23, 2007
Human Rights Portfolio from South Africa
May 4 – June 8, 2007
Hunt Clark & Deborah McClary
June 15 – August 3, 2007
Recent collaborative work by Tennessean sculptors, graduates of the UT School of Art. The mixed media piece consists of