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Walter McConnell: Installation in Clay
February 4 – 26, 2011
Seeing Things: Joel Carreiro
March 4 – 26, 2011
Art of Poland
April 1 – 30, 2011
May 6 – 27, 2011
Richard LeFevre: The Civil War Series
July 1 – August 13, 2011
Goes to Eleven: First Year MFA exhibition
August 19 – 27, 2011
Scott Sherk: Mapping Sound
September 2 – 30, 2011
Justin Randolph Thompson: The Pits
October 7 – 28, 2011
Unseen and other projects: Holly Zausner
November 4 – 26, 2011
Genus species: Ewing
December 2, 2011 – January 15, 2012
Redefining the Multiple: Thirteen Japanese Printmakers
January 20 – February 25, 2012
In Action: Mark Newport
March 2 – 31, 2012
March 2 – 31, 2012
April 2 – 14, 2012
MFA 2012: Vickie Phipps and Jon Purtill
On Location Part I: Five Tennessee Plein Air Painters
June 1 – 30, 2012
On Location Part II: Land Portrait
July 6 – 27, 2012
Figurative Works on Paper from the Ewing Gallery Permanent Collection
August 3 – 18, 2012
August 23 – September 1, 2012
The Legacy of James Randolph Denton
September 7 – 8, 2012
September 19 – October 28, 2012
William Anastasi, William Pittman Andrews, Caroline Burton, Elisa D’Arrigo, Mary Reid Kelley, Sharon Louden, Jennifer Macdonald, Peter Mollenkof, Darcy Brennan Poor, Bill Richards, Beatrice Riese, Hilda Shen, Drew Shiflett, Stephen Talasnik, and Sam Vernon
Based on a True Story
November 1 – November 21, 2012
November 27 – 30, 2012
Revealed: Pat Badt and Paul Briggs
December 7, 2012 – January 18, 2013
January 23 – 25, 2013
Chad Curtis: Panorama of Desire
February 1 – 23, 2013
William Lamson: Fieldwork
March 1 – 2, 2013
March 25 – April 6, 2013
MFA: Greg Daiker, Alex Merchant, Shelly O’Barr, and Neil Ward
May 3 – 18, 2013
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.
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.
20 Years After
August 2 – 24, 2013
This exhibition features the work of 14 MFA artists from the UTK School of Art Class of 1993. Artists will be displaying work that is current or important in their journey in fine arts over the last 20 years. The UT MFA program attracts students from different regions of the United States as exemplified in this exhibition, which include artists from Mississippi, Florida, Minnesota, New York, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Artists included in the exhibition: Scott Palmer — Ceramics, Annette Bongers – Ceramics, Melody Reeves — Printmaking, Rob Tarbell — Painting, Eric Fracassi — Sculpture, David Deitrick — Graphic Design, Eric Smith — Graphic Design, Joel House — Sculpture, Melanie McLaughlin — Graphic Design, Kris Rehring Jones — Graphic Design, Debi Henry Danielson — Painting, Brad Cantrell — Ceramics, Laurie Robichaux — Ceramics, Earl Watson — Graphic Design.
Echo of the Object
September 6 – 26, 2013
Echo of the Object is an exhibition featuring work by Ball State faculty members: Hannah Barnes, Jennifer Halvorson, David Hannon, and Jacinda Russell. This exhibition brings 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.
October 4 – 26, 2013
Three hundred artists have contributed to 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 accrued 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. Ossuary is a cumulative traveling project. It began in Madison, Wisconsin. Artists interested in contributing bones to future exhibitions should write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
AIR 30th Anniversary Exhibition
December 6, 2013 – January 10, 2014
Begun after the retirement of painting professor Carl Sublett, the Artist-in-Residence Program enriches a student’s experience further by regularly bringing new artists from outside the university who are active in the contemporary gallery and museum arenas. Each semester an invited resident artist teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in the painting and drawing curriculum. The AIR program has been highly successful in making a direct connection to the marketplace of ideas that surrounds art centers such as New York City, Chicago, and LA. The artists we bring to campus represent a spectrum of current sensibilities in painting and drawing holding sway in the art world today. This exhibition features work from past participating artists from the Ewing Gallery permanent collection.
Death Rock City: Dannielle Tegeder
January 24 – February 28, 2014
Featuring new and recent work, Death Rock City examines how New York artist Dannielle Tegeder challenges the two-dimensional boundaries of traditional painting through the integration of animation, sculpture into her work.
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.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.
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
May 2 – May 22, 2014
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. Twelve student artists feature their current work as they begin their graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, School of Art. Exhibiting students are: Corinna Ray, Anna Wehrwein, Jing Qin, Josh Shorey, Jessica Gatlin, Abigail Lucien, Elysia Mann, Adam Higgins, Meg Erlewine, Geoff Silvis, Chris Spurgin, and Bailey Davenport.
AIR of UT
September 5 – 27, 2014
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 fundraising 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 (AIR) 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. Godfrey completed 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.
Louis Chan: My Home
November 7 – 26, 2014
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 in tribute to the late artist Ellen Lanyon who often used images of birds in her art.
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.
March 6 – 27, 2015
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. Ruth Weisberg is 2015 recipient of the SGC International Printmaker Emeritus Award.
April 3 – 17, 2015
April 22-25, 2015
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.
May 1 – June 27, 2015
Richard J. LeFevre’s Civil War Series presents the history of United States Civil War (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.
July 3 – 31, 2015
Jason S. Brown, Brian R. Jobe, David L. Jones, Patrick Kikut, and Shelby Shadwell
The Land Report Collective deals with landscape in fundamental ways and as a foundational reference point. Brown considers the politics of mountaintop removal in his construction of objects and installations while also creating playful formal assemblages. Jobe crafts meeting places for public interaction through the delineation of pathways and works with brick and wood. Jones responds to desert environments with experimental interactions, model scale sculpture, and large scale outdoor works. Kikut incorporates a lifelong interest in the horizon line in a series of paintings with flat Midwestern landscapes as his muse. Shadwell views the landscape from a non-traditional lens, responding to ephemeral images from highway road cameras, monumental mining operations and the optical nature of the salt flats through drawing, sculpture and video installation.
August 7 – 15, 2015
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.
September 4 – 26, 2015
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
October 2 – 31, 2015
Lorrie 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.
November 6 – 28, 2015
John Messinger combines elements of photography and tapestry to create large-scale, 3-dimensional mixed media artworks. His body of work consists of thousands of individual 3.25 x 4.25 inch 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.
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.
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 multiple video projections on Plexiglas suspended from the ceiling, and a white ceramic life-sized sculpture of a calf being roped around its neck.
Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition
August 10 – September 7, 2007
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.
September 14 – Oct 5, 2007
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.
Jean Hess & Jeffrey Morton: Reverie
October 12 – November 7, 2007
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.
November 16 – December 20, 2007
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; University of Tennessee School of Art professors Sally Brogden and Frank Martin, their spouses Todd Johnson and Polly Martin, and mentors John and Susanne Stephenson, and Ken Ferguson.
January 4 – February 1, 2008
An exhibition initiated by former UT School of Art Artist in Residence, Pinkney Herbert, and organized by Memphis Arts Organization Delta Axis. InCrave these six artists use paint and photographs 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.
February 15 – March 29, 2008
This exhibition showcases an award-winning documentary, by Kendall Messick, about the town of Corapeake in North Carolina. The exhibit uses oral narratives, black and 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.
MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Crystal Wagner and Katherine Nanfro
April 4 – 19, 2008
Graphic Design Senior Show
April 24 – 26, 2008
May 2 – 28, 2008
An exhibition by Korean artist Dong-Yong Lee, 2007-08 UT Artist in Residence
Carl Sublett: Image Tracks
June 2 – 29, 2008
A retrospective view of Carl Sublett’s art by his son, Eric
July 3 – 19, 2008
Objectionable Action represents an art exchange with participants from around the country. Oorganized by two University of Tennessee alumni, Lee Marchalonis and Jessica Meyer, Objectionable Action features other University of Tennessee graduates now residing throughout the United States.
The Beauty of Holiness: The Art of Arnold Schwarzbart
July 25 – August 16, 2008
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.
My Home Town: Images of New York City by Baldwin Lee
August 22 – September 20, 2008
Photographic images documenting New York City both pre and post 9/11 by New York native, and UT School of Art professor of photography, Baldwin Lee. Lee is the recipient of three Guggenheim and NEA grants. This exhibition was curated by the artist and UT Downtown Gallery director, Sam Yates.
September 26 – October 18, 2008
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. This exhibition was curated by the artist and UT Downtown Gallery director, Sam Yates.
Compassionate Voices: Issues of Animal Rights
October 24 – November 15, 2008
Compassionate Voices: The Art of Sue Coe, Maia Dery, Diane Fox, and Jack Ketner
These artists address issues of animal treatment and exploitation.
Lyrical Tableaux by Conley Harris
Nov 21 – Dec 20, 2008
Inspired by his many trips to India, Boston-based 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.
American Institute of Graphic Arts
January 2 – 31, 2009
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.
Alicia Henry: The Walk
Damond Howard: Still America’s Greatest Problem
February 6 – 28, 2009
African American artists Alicia Henry, Nashville, TN, and Damon Howard, Orangeburg, SC, examine issues of identity, heritage and gender in American society. Henry, who holds an MFA from Yale University, and Howard, who holds an MFA from the University of Florida, have been nationally recognized for their poignant art.
Beyond Surface: Paintings by Tom Riesing and Allen Cox
March 6 – 21, 2009
Although one an abstractionist and one a realist, Knoxville painters Allen Cox and Tom Riesing focus on the “surface” in this exhibit. This exhibition was curated by Sam Yates and the artists.
University of Cincinnati / University of Tennessee Art Exchange
March 25 – April 4, 2009
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.
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Jessie Van der Laan
April 7-12, 2009
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Hilary Williams
April 17 – 24, 2009
Art Source 2009
May 1-31, 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.
Japan International Artists Society Exhibition
June 5- July 2, 2009
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 Gallery of Art and Architecture.
Face It: Contemporary Portraiture
July 15 – August 8, 2009
A national juried competition open to artists from all media and backgrounds. Dr. Carl Gombert, Associate Professor of Art at Maryville College, was the juror for the exhibition.
Michael Aurbach: The Administrator
August 14 – September 12, 2009
This exhibition featured the work of noted sculptor Michael Aurbach who serves on the faculty at Vanderbilt University. Curated by Sam Yates.
Beyond Surface: Contemporary Ceramics Artists
September 18 – October 17, 2009
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.
Contemporary Taiwanese Artist HoJang Liu
Oct 23 – Nov 28, 2009
This exhibition featured the photographic work of HoJang Liu, a Taiwanese artist who lives in Taipei.
Intimate Source: The Artist’s Sketchbook
Dec 4, 2009 – January 2, 2010
Much of the development for an artwork happens well before the brush meets canvas, the hand meets clay, or the finger meets camera shutter. 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 SUNY Brockport.
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.
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.
Dali Illustrates Dante’s Divine Comedy
June 4 – July 9, 2010
The 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
Through A Transparent Lens Inside Out, is a unique installation of video, films, and multi-image performance works by Norman Magden, School of Art Professor of 4D Arts.The exhibition’s title, THROUGH A TRANSPARENT LENS INSIDE OUT, refers to the time based images displayed and Magden’s focus on transparent and super imposed images to create a mesmerizing effect. The exhibition is a quasi-retrospective showcasing earlier work alongside more recent pieces.
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.
September 3 – 25, 2010
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.
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.
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.