Ceramics Student and Alumni News

Kevin Kao, MFA 2015 had his work featured in Ceramics Now Magazine, Artist’s Interview & Feature, Spring 2015 and the 2015 book “500 Figures in Clay V.2” juried by Nan Smith and published by Lark Books. Kevin is busy working as an Apprentice at Moravian Pottery, Doylestown PA and as Lab Technician at Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA. This spring Kevin will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Coker College, Hartsville SC.

Ed Miller, MFA Candidate in Ceramics had work included in eleven exhibitions over the past year including: “Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design Space”, Prague, Czech Republic; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Summer Group Exhibition, Deer Isle, ME;“MysteryLand”, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY; “Earth Elements”, Juror: Allison Newsome, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; “Art in Odd Places”, New York, NY and “VMRC Art Exhibition” Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, VA. In addition to these exhibitions, Ed received funding to participate in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts.

AJ Masterson, MFA Candidate in Ceramics had work included in eight exhibitions over the past year including: “Queering Our World” The Greenly Center Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA ; “2015 Seattle Erotic Art Exhibition” Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, WA; “Handmade Here” Emporium Center for Arts and Culture, Knoxville, TN;“Appendage and Torso” Dueling Galleries, Knoxville, TN; “Tiny Town” University of Illinois, Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL; “Silent Auction Benefit” University of Illinois, Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL, and “3D Lives!” Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN.

Aaron Benson, BFA, Summa Cum Laude 2009, is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL.

Adam Paulek, MFA 2004, was commissioned by Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center to make 100 cups for the kitchen and for a special event. Adam is Assistant Professor at Longwood University VA.

Printmaking Showcase Gallery Presents: “Ghost Prints”

drypointsThe Printmaking Showcase Gallery, on the second floor of the Art and Architecture Building, is pleased to present “Ghost Prints,” a series of monoprints by The Dry Points, a band of printmakers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The exhibition will be on view during the month of November.
Formed in 2011, the Dry Points are a group of Milwaukee printmakers who model themselves after a rock band with the intention of having fun, rocking out, and producing “studio albums” of original, collaborative art works. Like a band, they consider their studio time together as “practice sessions,” where they “lay down tracks, or make marks, with an earnestness tempered by the swift play of spontaneity.”

“Ghost Prints” started as high-resolution enlargements of steel engraved portraits from The History of Milwaukee, from its first settlement to the year 1895, edited by Howard Louis Conard. Each member approaches a blank portrait and embellishes it using photocopies printed via acetone transfer on a 30 x 50 Charles Brand Etching Press. The transfers are then reworked with a variety of printmaking, drawing, painting and collage techniques.
Prior to being exhibited in Knoxville, “Ghost Prints” was shown at Milwaukee City Hall. Members of the group include N. Adam Beadel, Charles Dwyer, Stanley Ryan Jones , Zachary Rueter, Fernando Gonzalez, and Devin Owsley-Aquilia.

Fall 2015 AIR – Caitlin Keogh

“Caitlin Keogh is a painter whose work plays with, and undermines, the traditional relationship between technical illustration and painting. Her use of pattern and decoration suggests that we approach the construction of imagery and its efficacy of communication with our eyes wide open.” _Piper Marshall

Catlin Keogh was born in 1982 in Spenard, Alaska, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from Bard College, New York, and a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The Corps, Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2015) and Good Value, Fine Quality, MoMA PS1, New York (2012). She has participated in select group exhibitions at Algus Greenspon, New York; Melas Papadopoulos, Greece (2013); Renwick Gallery, New York (2011); Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland (2011); and White Columns, New York (2010).

About the Artist-in-Residence in Painting & Drawing at UTK

The Artist-in-Residence Program was initiated in 1982. 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.

The AIR is integral to the core of the graduate student and undergraduate student experience, and adds significantly to the vitality and vibrancy of the dialectic engaged by the various faculty and students of the School of Art.


for more information contact Assoc. Prof. Jered Sprecher at jspreche@utk.edu or 865.974.9396

Sculpture Student Receives Prestigious Award

Terrence Cameron Kite - A Tension of Time

Terrence Kite – A Tension of Time

Terrence Cameron Kite has been named a 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Honorable Mention by the International Sculpture Center’s 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program. Out of an exceptional number of nominees; 423 students from over 158 colleges and universities, world-wide. The jury, which included Chakaia Booker, Sculptor, NY; Kelly Kivland, Assistant Curator at Dia Art Foundation, NY; and Maki Hajikano, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at York College at CUNY, NY, reviewed more than 952 images of student art work to make their selections for this prestigious award. Terrence Kite will be recognized in the 2015 October issue of Sculpture magazine, as well as on the www.sculpture.org website.

Terrence Cameron Kite - Hexagon

Terrence Cameron Kite – Hexagon

Terrence Cameron Kite - Breathe

Terrence Cameron Kite – Breathe

Poet and Art Critic John Yau to speak at UT

A Thing Among Things Yau

Poet and Art Critic John Yau

Public Lecture: Thursday April 9, 2015, 7:30 PM
Room 109 – Art and Architecture Building

Poetry Reading: Wednesday April 8, 7 PM
Hodges Library Auditorium

Sponsored by VADSCO, UTK School of Art, and the Department of English

John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher of Black Square Editions, freelance curator, and an Associate Professor in Critical Studies at Rutgers. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2008) and Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. He was the arts editor for the Brooklyn Rail from 2006 to 2011. In January 2012 he started the online magazine HyperallergicWeekend with three other writers.

In 1996, he curated Ed Moses:A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawingsfor the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In 2010, Yau helped organize Oil and Water for Stephen Harvey Fine Art Projects. In 2012, he organized Broken/Window/Plane for Tracy Williams, New York City.

He has collaborated with many artists, including Norman Bluhm, Ed Paschke, Peter Saul, Pat Steir, Jürgen Partenheimer, Norbert Prangenberg, Squeak Carnwath, Thomas Nozkowski, Max Gimblett, and Richard Tuttle, on different projects. These collaborations have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City: the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia.

He has received grants and fellowships for his poetry, fiction, and criticism from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, Peter S. Reed Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation. His awards include a General Electric Foundation Award, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Brendan Gill Award. In 2002, he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

The University of Tennessee Hosts Major International Printmaking Conference


March 18-21, 2015 The University of Tennessee hosted more than 1,500 printmakers from around the world for the SGC International Conference. Held at the Knoxville Convention Center and on the UT campus, the conference included keynote addresses, panel sessions, technical demonstrations, a product fair and numerous exhibitions. The conference web site is: http://web.utk.edu/~sphere.

Numerous exhibitions and events were held during the conference that were free and open to the public. Taken as a whole, March was printmaking month in Knoxville!

A two-page PDF with a listing of exhibitions and events is posted at:

For more information, contact Beauvais Lyons (blyons@utk.edu).

Graphic Design and Smart Communities Initiative Making Impact


Midway through its first year, the Smart Communities Initiative at UT has already made a major impact—both on the students and faculty involved in the projects and on our first-year partner, the city of Cleveland, Tennessee.

This year, faculty and students in twenty courses are working on thirteen projects as part of the initiative. One of the projects is developing a marketing and branding plan for Cleveland.

Just before the winter break, Cleveland city officials came to campus for a two-hour presentation by Associate Professor Deb Shmerler’s senior graphic design class, which spent last semester doing research to lay the groundwork for the branding campaign.

Through interviews, discussions, and an online survey, Shmerler’s students learned that Cleveland residents want to retain their community’s history and balance its southern charm while embracing industry. Cleveland residents are also determined to counter urban sprawl with small-town ingenuity, capitalize on the beauty of the surrounding area, and promote a healthful, balanced lifestyle.

A small group of Shmerler’s students have traveled to Cleveland this month to present their findings to the Cleveland City Council. They’ll spend the rest of the semester developing visual ideas for the city’s brand and preparing a final report.

SCI is a key component of Experience Learning—the Universities new Quality Enhancement Plan, part of our reaccreditation process for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Read more about the Smart Communities Initiative here.


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