Matt Alexander is the founder and designer behind Holler Design, a furniture design/build studio located in rural Lascassas, TN.
Matt got his start in furniture design while studying sculpture at the University of Tennessee, where his work was heavily influenced by his childhood and growing up in the South. After receiving his BFA in Art, Matt moved to Detroit and received an MFA in 3D Design from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art.
With two degrees under his belt, Alexander packed his bags and moved to New York City in search of a job. He landed at Jason Miller Studio in Brooklyn, where he worked directly under Jason creating many of the quirky, conceptual designer objects and lighting that were exemplary of Brooklyn design during that period. During his days at Jason Miller Studio, Matt began laying the groundwork for what would become Holler Design.
A circuitous path brought Matt back home to his family’s farm in 2009. Currently his time is dedicated to Holler Design, where he creates original designs that are inspired by traditional Southern furniture typologies and textures yet include an unabashed sense of the contemporary. His clients include architects and designers across the US. Locally his work can be seen at Barista Parlor, Rolf and Daughters and Frothy Monkey in Franklin.
Begun in 1947 by C. Kermit Ewing, founder of The University of Tennessee School of Art, the annual student exhibition has become one of the oldest competitions in the country and one of the highlights of the Ewing Gallery’s exhibition season. This competition has been an outlet for UT’s talented students for 67 years, wherein countless works of art of every form and medium have been displayed and applauded by The University and Knoxville community.
The selection of a student art exhibition is a challenging but meaningful task, and we are grateful for this year’s jurors: Angela Ho (Art History) John Pearson and Pamela Jorden (Fine Arts), and MIchael Hendrix (Graphic Design).
The Opening Reception for Expo, the 67th Annual Student Art Competition will be Friday, March 7, from 6-8PM with awards announced at 7PM. Please join us for this beloved event! Expo will close Friday March, 14 at 2PM.
Wednesday March 26th, 6-9pm
Exhibition by UTK MFA Candidate Jen Scheuer and SGCI Fellowship Recipient
Academy of Art University Atelier Gallery, 79 New Montgomery St.
Wednesday March 26th, 8-10pm
Alumni Reunion at the Thirsty Bear
Thursday March 27th, 11:30am – 5:30pm
Flying Portfolio / Printed Kites Demonstration
San Francisco State University
The UT School of Art is pleased to announce that Pablo Helguera,
Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York will present two lectures.
On Thursday March 6, 7:30pm: lecture on the artist’s work in Art and Architecture Room 109
Friday March 7: 1:00-2:00pm, lecture “Contemporary Art in Latin America,” Hodges Library Auditorium.
Born in Mexico City in 1971, Pablo Helguera is an internationally recognized artist and curator. He has shown his work in various biennials such as the 8th Havana Biennial, San Juan’s Poly-graphic Triennial and PERFORMA 05, New York’s first performance art biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo del Barrio in New York, an institution that holds some of his primary works in its permanent collection. He also has also exhibited at the Shedhalle in Zurich, PS1 in New York, MCA Chicago, IFA Bonn, Metropolitan Museum in Tokio, MALBA in Buenos Aires, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, Sculpture Center, Bronx Museum, and others, as well as in Zagreb, Berlin, Athens, Ljubljana, São Paulo, Bogotá, Chicago, and others. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, and Flash Art, among others.
Helguera has organized nearly 500 public programs. He has been the co director of the international forum of contemporary art experts in ARCO, Madrid (2003-05), and was director of the 5th SITAC in Mexico City in 2005 (Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory). He has also been juror of the biennials of Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the national contemporary art competition of San Juan. He is the author of four books Endingness (2005), Las Brujas de Tepoztlán (2007), The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style (Spanish edition, 2005; English edition 2007), and the novel The Boy Inside the Letter (2007). His website is: pablohelguera.net.
Helguera’s visit is sponsored by the UT School of Art and Ready for the World.
ACTION + OBJECT + EXCHANGE
The show opens March 6th and runs through the 23rd.
“verisimilitude without realistic rendering” – Eleanor Aldrich
“choreographed processes…. the act of pouring” – Andrew Ross
“systems of classification: military insignia, ornamental patterns, scientific diagrams”- Derek Dunlop
“the use of charcoal to insert and inscribe bodily action…” – Yara Pina
“a visitor may press gold leaf onto my images in exchange for a wish.” – Heather Hart
“transforming the paper into a physical and structural form” – Lauren Seiden
“dualities – nature/culture, organic/inorganic, abstraction/representation – break down” – Barbara Weissberger
The Open Sessions exhibition will feature the work of Eleanor Aldrich, Derek Dunlop, Heather Hart, Yara Pina, Andrew Ross, Lauren Seiden, and Barbara Weissberger. A closing reception will be held Sunday, March 23, from 4-6pm.
ACTION + OBJECT + EXCHANGE is the first exhibition of Open Sessions, a two-year program with over fifty artists working in a variety of disciplines. It offers exhibition opportunities in The Drawing Center’s Lab Space and other outside venues, as well as studio visits, public programs, and informal gatherings. The program is organized by Open Sessions Curators Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal and the participating artists, with support from Open Sessions Fellows Kamrooz Aram, Nathan Carter, Emilie Clark, and E.V. Day.
Open Sessions is made possible by Faber-Castell and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Special thanks to Triangle Arts Association, which supports emerging and mid-career international and U.S. visual artists.
UT Ceramic Graduate Students have been busy exhibiting in numerous venues in recent months and they have many more planned. Victoria Buck, Kevin Kao and AJ Masterson each had works included in “ORANGE 2” an exhibition of UT graduate student work held at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL in conjunction with the annual College Art Association conference.
Ed Miller’s work “Smokestack” was selected by juror Buzz Spector, for inclusion in the upcoming “Positive/Negative” exhibition opening at the Tipton Gallery at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, March 7.
Kevin Kao has had his work, Untitled (Gift), selected for inclusion in the “Clay V” show at the Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA juried by Akio Takamori, Doug Jeck, and Jamie Walker.
School of Art Professor Sally Brogden along with students Kevin Kao, AJ Masterson and Ed Miller had work featured in the recent exhibit “Earthen Bodies” curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay for the Tipton Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. And upcoming, Kevin Kao, a second year graduate student in ceramics at
UT and Xia Zhang, a graduate student in ceramics at West Virginia University will present their installation titled Bumfack Co. at this years NCECA Project Space to take place in conjunction with the annual conference in Milwaukee, WI, March 2014.
THE SCHOOL OF ART HOSTS VISITING ARTIST
Cartoonist, Illustrator, Graphic Novelist, Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates
Paige is a 1985 alumna of the School of Art and a 2014 recipient of the University of Tennessee Accomplished Alumna Award.
LECTURE: A Conversation with Paige Braddock
Thursday February 27 • 7:30pm • Room 109 Art + Architecture Building
Reception immediately afterwards on the 3rd floor
Paige Braddock knew at the age of 7 that she wanted to be a cartoonist. Early in her career she worked as an illustrator for several newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Constitution. She launched her own publishing company, Girl Twirl Comics, in 2001 to make Jane’s World available in comic shops and bookstores. In 2006, Paige received an Eisner Award nomination for best humor book. Now distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, daily installments of “Jane’s World” appear on GoComics <http://www.gocomics.com/> website. There are currently 10 volumes of “Jane’s World” in print. Additional work includes the science fiction graphic novel series, The Martian Confederacy, with writer Jason McNamara and a new graphic novel to be published in 2016 from Andrews McMeel Publishing entitled “Stinky Cecil,” a book for kids with a toad as a main character.
By day Paige is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates having worked with Schulz over the last 6 months of his life and being asked by his family to assume this position upon his death. In this role, she is charged with overseeing the visual and editorial direction for all Schulz licensed products worldwide. She has illustrated several Peanuts-themed children’s books, including a pop-up book released by Simon and Schuster, and several books featuring the Peanuts characters published by Running Press.
Artist Talk: Jaya Howey, Artist-in-Residence in Painting & Drawing
Thursday February 20 @ 7:30pm
McCarty Auditorium, Room 109, Art & Architecture Building
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
Sponsored by The School of Art the University of Tennessee
Jaya Howey, the Spring 2014 Artist-in-Residence, will discuss his work as an artist. Jaya Howey’s current work draws upon manga, emoticons, and Letterist metagraphics to forge characters and language within the realm of his paintings. His current work uses cut vinyl stencils, which are applied to canvas and painted through. Jaya Howey uses a formal catalog of circles and lines to creates simple yet evocative characters. Through this restrained language, he creates a space where viewers react to the range of emotions, text, and events presented in each painting.
Jaya Howey received his MFA from Columbia University and his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His work has been exhibited nationally and was recently written about by Cameron Martin in Paper Monument. He has a show opening at Bureau in New York City this May.
About the Artist-in-Residence program at UTK
In addition to our core faculty, our nationally recognized Artist-in-Residence program brings a different visiting professional artist to the UT campus each semester. This artist-in-residence (AIR) teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in both areas. The AIR, who typically works and resides in New York or other urban centers, acts as an additional bridge between the university and life beyond it. The AIR brings with them differing experiences, views, aesthetics, and backgrounds.
Graduate Students in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee will present their work next week during the College Art Association to be held in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition ORANGE2² is the second year in a row that work by current UT graduate students has been presented during this national conference.
ORANGE2² will include works in all visual arts media by 22 current students. The exhibition will take place at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St. in the Bridgeport Art District from February 12-15. A public reception and alumni reunion will take place on Thursday February 13th from
UT Sculpture MFA alumna, Jessica Anderson, has been selected for 2 very exciting international opportunities this winter, in Finland.
The first is a one month residency at the Arteles Centerfor their “Silence. Awareness. Existence” residency. It is set during the darkest month of the year and provides full accommodations to a small group of thematically compatible people.
Also, her proposal has been selected for an exhibition on the border of Finland and Sweden titled “Import/Export”. It is a show about borders and exchanges sponsored by the Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti.
The Import/Export show will be in Tornio, Finland and Haparanda, Sweden on November 15th – 30th and the residency is in Haukijärvi, Finland from December 1st – 31st.