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Two UT Knoxville School of Art Alumni Receive Awards

secacVirginia Derryberry (MFA 1984) and Scott Betz (MFA 1992) were recognized at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) held in Greensboro, North Carolina. Derryberry, who is a Professor of Art and Department Chair at the University of North Carolina Asheville, received the SECAC Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Betz, who is a Professor of Art at Winston Salem State University, received the SECAC Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference was held October 30-November 2 included presentations by School of Art faculty members, Joshua Bienko, Tim Hiles, Beauvais Lyons, Norman Magden and John Powers and Printmaking technician Jessie Van der Laan. Graduate students presenting papers included Raluca Iancu and Jennifer Scheuer, both in Printmaking.

SECAC is a non-profit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis.


4D arts program features interdisciplinary arts courses.


It is part of 4D’s mission to expand its curriculum with other campus units to demonstrate the role time art plays in a variety of other disciplines. This fall two courses taught by Professor Norman Magden utilize this approach.  In the Art436C Video Art class students will produce a video called Communicating Science Through Video Art.  This will involve working with scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory through Christal Yost at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and the National Institute for Computational Sciences.  These scientists are working on different projects utilizing the super computer to communicate their theories through visualization projects.  These videos demonstrate the students’ understanding of that research through visual art and presents their interpretations of the scientist’s ideas in a video that includes creatively designed interviews.  These videos are used for promotion and NSF grant applications.

In another class, Art232C Performance as Art, Magden will team teach with Professor Joe Payne in the Theatre Department, who teaches projection and sound techniques.  The students will create a series of performances that combine projection media and live performance in a context of non-traditional theatre. Performance becomes a medium for each student to expressive personal creative concepts.

Emily Bivens interviewed by the Visual Artists Network

van2012School of Art 4D professor, Emily Bivens (also part ofThe Bridge Club), was interviewed by the Visual Artists Network, along with artist Steve Lambert (Beacon, NY). The interview included a phone conversation between Emily and Steve, in which they discussed their work and careers. The Bridge Club was awarded an Idea Fund Grant, through the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, for their project, The Trailer.

To read the whole interview, click here or click the image in the top-left corner of this article.

The School of Art gains two faculty members


Mr. Paul Harrill joins the faculty of the School of Art as Associate Professor of 4D and Transmedia Design. Mr. Harrill, a UT alumnus with a B.A. in College Scholars, received his M.F.A. in Film & Media Arts at Temple University prior to becoming a member of the faculty at Virginia Tech. Paul Harrill’s short films include Gina, An Actress, Age 29, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking, and Quick Feet, Soft Hands, a co-production with the Independent Television Service.

Called “one of America’s finest and most sensitive directors of actors” by film critic Ray Carney, Harrill’s films have screened around the world at festivals (Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Los Angeles, Sydney, Nashville), museums (the Museum of Modern Art, ICA London, Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art), and on television. His work has been supported by the Aperture Film Grant, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Harrill has also been named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine.

Professor Harrill is teaching ARTC 235 Introduction to Digital Media: 16mm as Art and ARTC 239/439 Narrative Filmmaking this fall.  These courses are also cross-listed in Cinema Studies.

For more about Professor Harrill, be sure to visit his website, Selfreliant Film at .



Mr. John Powers joins the faculty of the School of Art as Assistant Professor of 3D. Mr. Powers completed his B.A. in Art History at Vanderbilt University and his M.F.A. in Sculpture at the University of Georgia. In 2008 he joined the faculty in Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. John Powers is the recipient of a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, a Joan Mitchell Residency in New Orleans, as well as a Southeast College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, and the 2001 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award.

In May 2013 he was awarded First Place in the annual Virginia Groot Foundation Grant Program, an award of $35,000 in support of his work.  John describes his work as an investigation of how things work that involves sound and movement and in the end reflects life processes with all their tensions and contradictions.

Professor Powers is teaching ARTB 241 Beginning Sculpture and the graduate courses in 3D this fall.

For more about Professor Powers, be sure to visit his website at .


Spotlight: 4D

A scene from Norman Magden’s experimental horror short film, Cafe.

Norman Magden’s film CAFÉ has been published in a DVD album called “Short Horror Films” for national distributed by Ascent Releasing entertainment in Los Angeles.  Distribution includes video store outlets – major chains and smaller individual stores, libraries, individual book stores, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, Independent Television Stations, Redbox, Netflix , and Hulu.

Café has been awarded “Best Experimental Film” in international film festivals, including the Los Angeles International Film Festival.  The film has also been accepted for screening at international venues that include Toronto, Rio, Ireland, and Australia.  Professor Magden teaches time based courses including video, 16mm, sound art, and performance as art in the undergraduate 4D Arts Program and in the graduate Transmedia Design Program. To watch the film and other works:

UT High School Arts Academy

The 12th annual UT High School Arts Academy was held on March 16 in the School of Art for day-long classes in Drawing, Watercolor, Ceramics, Printmaking, Book Arts, Photography, Video, and Improv Design. All classes were taught by faculty, graduate students or former graduate students. The 80+ students were provided with lunch, a t-shirt designed by a former MFA student and an opportunity to view the UT Student Art Competition currently on exhibit in the Ewing Gallery. Students who participated came from 22+ area high schools in East Tennessee. At the end of the day, students toured the Art and Architecture facility to see the work produced in each of the classes. This event is coordinated by Marcia Goldenstein from the School of Art and Peggy Leland, Art Teacher, Central High School. Thanks to Lynn Champion in the College of Arts and Science, the William T. Ray Fellow and Scholar Fund, The School of Art, Knoxville Jerry’s Artarama, and XMC of East TN for making this special event possible.

INSTA: International Show + Tell Annual Media Festival

INSTA: International Show and Tell Annual Media Festival is a juried exhibition committed to exploring the communicative modes of Showing and Telling in Art. Time based media is prevalent in all cultures, whether it be performance, video, or sound art. Art presents new ways to perceive the world, telling of an experience that has happened or showing a new experience all together.

The deadline to submit is March 8st, 2013. Submit your work to Include application form and links to online documentation. All work must be under 10 minutes and must function within the modality of show and tell. There is no application fee. The exhibition is held during the first week of April in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as online at INSTA Media Fest.

Application form is available at INSTA Media Fest.

Juried by SOMA: Society of Media Arts

UT to host 12th annual High School Arts Academy

The School of Art is hosting the 12th annual UT High School Arts Academy on March 16. The registration form can be downloaded and printed. Classes being offered this year include: Ceramics, Layered books, Cell Phone Video, Watercolor, Photo/Collage, Printmaking, Drawing (two courses) and Improv Design.

Spotlight: 4D

Professor Emily Bivens is a member of The Bridge Club, a contemporary visual and performance art collaborative consisting of artists Annie Strader, Christine Owen, Emily Bivens and Julie Wills.


The Bridge Club is  a 2013 grant recipient by The Idea Fund, a regional re-granting program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Idea Fund is administered through DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses in Houston, TX. The Bridge Club’s Idea Fund grant will be used to support a Texas tour of The Trailer project in 2013. More info about The Trailer can be found on the project website at

“Null_Sets” Collection Awarded at Film Festival

Collaborative work performed by the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center (RDAV) and 4D assistant professor Evan Meaney that examines the interplay of data, information, and knowledge has won the jury prize for the Distributed Microtopias exhibition at the 15th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. The RDAV–Meaney collaborative project, entitled “Null_Sets,” is a collection of artwork that visualizes the size and structure of data. To read the entire article, visit the National Institute of Computational Sciences website.

Source: Tennessee Today

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