Spotlight: Painting + Drawing Spring 2014

Visiting artists, Artists in Residence, national and international faculty exhibitions and a student body committed to artistic growth, make the Painting and Drawing department at the University of Tennessee a vibrant and exciting place to be. The Spring semester rolls on at a dizzying pace leaving a trail of success and accolades in its wake. The Painting and Drawing Spotlight might look more like a strobe light, highlighting a number of ongoing developments in the department.

Karla Wozniak, Synchronous Fireflies, 2013, Oil and Oil Bar on Panel, 48 x 55 inches

Karla Wozniak, Synchronous Fireflies, 2013, Oil and Oil Bar on Panel, 48 x 55 inches

Karla Wozniak recently returned from Brooklyn after attending the opening of SOVENIR, a four person show including some of Karla’s newest paintings. The show, on view at Regina Rex until May 10, considers place and surrounding as a catalyst for reflection and change. These large works can not be fully appreciated without a one on one viewing. The richness of paint and seemingly innate color application are trademarks of Wozniak’s impressive body of work.

Joshua Bienko, MARTIN, ADAM SANDLER, ADAM SANDLER, Labor Ebertplatz, Köln, Germany, March, 27, 2014

Joshua Bienko, MARTIN, ADAM SANDLER, ADAM SANDLER, Labor Ebertplatz, Köln, Germany, March, 27, 2014

Joshua Bienko’s arms are similarly tired. He recently returned from Germany where MARTIN, ADAM SANDLER, ADAM SANDLER, a solo show of new paintings just closed. Bienko split his time in Germany between Labor Ebertplatz in Köln, and Bonn, where he taught a three day “Serious Comics” workshop and made plans to begin a study abroad program (Summer 2015) at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung.


Jered Sprecher, Half Moon Maker, 2014, oil on linen, 11 x 8 inches

Jered Sprecher’s arms are exhausted from flying and painting! HALF MOON MAKER, a solo show at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, opened on April 3rd. The show builds on a body of work Sprecher worked on while in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Keep an eye out for Sprecher this summer at Ox-Bow where he will teach a painting class, in New Orleans where he is working on a solo project, and in San Francisco where he will be working on another solo effort slated for September 2014.

Eleanor Aldrich, Wagon, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

Eleanor Aldrich, Wagon, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

The Spring semester for many graduates, signifies the end of an incredible and intensive journey. The School of Art is abuzz with thesis exhibitions from our third year graduate students. Eleanor Aldrich, a UTK graduate alumni (2012), was recently included in “Open Sessions,” at the Drawing Center in New York. This is an incredible opportunity from an exciting artist we’re proud to have had the opportunity to work with.

Marta Lee, The Best Date (Because I was 19), 2013, Colored pencils, pens, and markers on paper

Marta Lee, The Best Date (Because I was 19), 2013, Colored pencils, pens, and markers on paper

Many of our undergraduate alumni who are now attending graduate school or living in New York, were able to attend Karla Wozniak’s show. Our current undergraduate’s are also committed to artistic growth inside and outside of Knoxville. Marta Lee, a Junior Painting student, will attend the Vermont Studio Center this summer for an intensive time of concentration and work.

Rochelle Feinstein, Rochelle Feinstein, 2013, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY, exhibition documentation

Rochelle Feinstein, Rochelle Feinstein, 2013, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY, exhibition documentation

As we make plans to introduce and acclimate our newest Drawing Faculty member to the University of Tennessee (stay tuned for details!), we have also hosted a number of prominent artists and scholars. Rochelle Feinstein, head of Graduate Painting and Print Program at Yale University, was our most recent guest. Her generosity through studio visits, and informal lunch and dinner chats was supported by an incredible lecture that served to enrich the already lively marketplace of ideas in the Painting and Drawing department at the School of Art.



Jaya Howey, the 2014 Artist in Residence (AIR), has had a productive and impactful presence at the School of Art. His kindness, patience and seemingly limitless knowledge has had a big impact on the students and faculty of the School of Art at large. He has become such a part of the fabric of our school, it’s difficult to imagine him leaving.

 As we head into the crescendo of the Spring semester, we look forward to senior capstone exhibitions, summer study abroad trips to Florence, a host of residencies and the ongoing, relentless pursuit of continued growth.

Graphic Design Open House

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The Graphic Design area at the University of Tennessee School of Art will host an open house on Friday, April 11. The evening will provide prospective students, area educators and the university community an opportunity to learn about the program in depth.

Beginning at 4:30, and occurring along the 3rd floor of the Art + Architecture Building, the evening is open for browsing during the entire three hours in order to:

    • view work of current students in the program
    • visit the undergraduate studio
    • tour the facilities
    • watch the outcome of the 2014 sophomore motion design workshop with Scripps Networks
    • speak with faculty, current students and alumni
    • read about alumni success
    • learn more about the curriculum and process for entering the School of Art

There will be light refreshments and a drawing for various design related door prizes.
For more information about the event, please contact Sarah Lowe at

Matthew Deleget

Matthew Deleget

The Artist, Curator & Arts Worker, Matthew Deleget will give a public talk about his life and work through the lens “Surviving and Thriving as an Artist”. This will be Thursday April 10th at 7:30pm in Room 109 Art & Architecture Building. This talk is open to the public and will include time for a lively Q & A.

Students interested in critiques can sign up in the School of Art Office.


Matthew Deleget is an artist, curator, and arts worker. Matthew has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. His work was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His additional museum exhibitions include MoMA/P.S.1 (Long Island City, NY); Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, NY); Herbert F. Johnson Museum (Ithaca, NY); Bass Museum of Art (Miami, FL); and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (Indianapolis, IN).

Matthew’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, Artnet Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. He is a member of American Abstract Artists, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Artist Advisory Committee, and the board of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

In 2003, Matthew founded MINUS SPACE (, a platform for reductive art on the international level based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2006, he has organized nearly 50 solo and group exhibitions at both MINUS SPACE’s gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn, as well as other collaborating venues on the national and international levels, including in Mexico, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand.

Brought to you by The Chancellor’s Fund for Graduate Education and The School of Art at The University of Tennessee.

Any questions regarding these events can be directed to Jered Sprecher at

Rochelle Feinstein



Public Lecture – Thursday April 3 @ 7:30 pm

Room 109 – Art and Architecture Building

Rochelle Feinstein’s work is included in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2014). Upcoming solo exhibitions include Circus Gallery, Berlin and a solo retrospective at Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2015), and Love Vibe at On Stellar Rays Gallery in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include two solo shows at on Stellar Rays (2013, 2011), Higher Pictures, New York, NY (2013); LAB Space/Art Production Fund, New York, NY (2009); Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY (2008); and The Suburban, Chicago, IL (2008). Awards and grants include The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters purchase prize, an Anonymous Was A Woman grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant.

Feinstein received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1975 and an MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1978. She was appointed to the Yale University/School of Art faculty in 1994 where she is currently professor and Director of Graduate Studies of painting and printmaking. Her work is in numerous prominent museum and private collections including the Pérez Art Museum Miami and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Matt Alexander

Matt Alexander

Matt Alexander is the founder and designer behind Holler Design, a furniture design/build studio located in rural Lascassas, TN.
Matt Alexander
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.
Matt Alexander
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.Matt Alexander

67th Annual Student Art Competition


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.

SGCI San FranciscoTHREE KEY EVENTS FROM UT Printmakers at the 2014
SGCI Conference in San Francisco, California:

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

Pablo Helguera To Visit UT

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:

Helguera’s visit is sponsored by the UT School of Art and Ready for the World.

Open Session

Open Sessions


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.

Spotlight: Ceramics

"Illusions of Stability", ceramic and steel pins. 2014 by Victoria Buck

“Illusions of Stability”,
ceramic and steel pins. 2014 by Victoria Buck

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.

"SmokeSta#3C8E31" by Ed Miller

“SmokeSta#3C8E31″ by Ed Miller

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.

Untitled, 2013 by Kevin Kao

Untitled, 2013 by Kevin Kao

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

"I'll Be Gentle", 2013 by A.J. Masterson

“I’ll Be Gentle”, 2013 by A.J. Masterson

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.


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