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Beauvais Lyons to present key-note address at University of Nevada


Beauvais Lyons will present a key-note address on the topic of “Prank Theory” at the University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium on Friday February 26th.

From the presentation abstract: “A prank is defined as “a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature, or to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner.” The prankster creates deceptions that reveal larger truths, while also calling attention to the relationship between creativity and mischief. Pranksters can disrupt our normative experience and the status quo, and can rupture our preconceptions about the world. As a form of creative rebellion, pranks can critique social, political, religious and institutional systems, and provide a tool for those who do not have access to systems of power. In this paper, I will offer a case for the cultural and artistic importance of pranking, which has precedence in the trickster and the court jester, but also finds expression during the past century in Dada, Surrealism, and Fluxus. Essential to many pranks is the use of irony as an aesthetic, social and political strategy – which links pranking to both parody and satire. Pranking crosses all form of culture, both high brow and low brow, and has currency in fine art, academic and scientific contexts, as well as the popular arts, from Candid Camera and Improv Everywhere to the MTV series Jackass. Given this range forms, how might one develop a theory of pranks? Are pranks a means or an end? What are the ethical implications of pranks? Do pranks offer a case for play as a form of cultural or political resistance? Finally, do pranks offer a case for the importance of humor in art?”


MFA Students exhibit work at CAA in D.C.


Please join us on Thursday night, February 4th from 6—9PM at The Fridge DC. ( at 516 8th Street SE, for a reception and alumni reunion celebrating Orange4. Orange4 runs from February 4-7. Gallery Hours are Thursday & Friday 1pm—7pm, Saturday 12pm—7pm, and Sunday 12pm—5pm. This annual exhibition, now in its 4th year, features the work of 18 graduate students currently in pursuit of their MFA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Previous Orange Exhibitions have been held at the UNIX Gallery in NYC,
Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago and White Box Gallery in NYC.

The experience of showing work in a public gallery is one of several experiences that help graduate students build their professional skills— a significant aspect of sustaining a successful professional practice as an artist or designer.

Featured in this exhibit is work from five concentration areas in the MFA UT program: Printmaking, Sculpture, Transmedia Design, Ceramics and Painting.

Printmaking Graduate Students Selected for Chicago Exhibition


Lucien and Gatlin are currently in their second year of study in the MFA studio art (printmaking) program. Their collaborative project titled Nature’s Intent™, features an invented cosmetic company specializing in hair care products for an “acceptably natural woman.” Nature’s Intent™ investigates concepts of contemporary beauty standards, cultural identity and the history of media representation of women of color.

Founded in 1992, Woman Made Gallery cultivates, promotes and supports the work of female-identified artists by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and public programs that invite discussion about what feminism means today.

Lucien and Gatlin will attend the exhibition reception on January 22, 2016 from 6-8pm at Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642.

Jessica Gatlin:
Abigail Lucien:
Woman Made Gallery:

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:

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 (

Two Printmaking Graduate Students Receive Fellowships

BJ and Raluca

B.J. Alumbaugh and Raluca Iancu, both printmaking graduate students in the UT School of Art have been recognized in two separate, highly competitive fellowship competitions.

B. J. Alumbaugh, a second year graduate student has been selected to receive the 2015 SGCI International Graduate Fellowship for $1,000. The fellowship will support a project that he will complete during his thesis year, and will be exhibited at the 2016 SGC International conference in Portland, Oregon next March.  Alumbaugh will be presented the award during the upcoming SGC International Conference to be held in Knoxville in March. Alumbaugh received his BFA degree from the University of Northern Iowa and worked at Yee Haw Industries before starting his graduate studies at Tennessee.

For his project he will create an immersive space utilizing variable editioning. On his project Alumbaugh states “I am interested in the ways we take in and reproduce information, whether it is through CMYK printing or RGB on-screen viewing, we absorb information through highly evolved, codified systems. These systems are exactly calibrated, and in most cases, their underlying mechanics are invisible to us when viewing them. I enjoy seeing what happens when these color registration systems are disrupted to reveal what lies underneath. When broken down, they create new and dynamic visual languages to be experienced in a much different way than their original intent. I want to create a space for rich commentary on variable methods in contemporary printmaking, and I see this project as a way to focus on process as the subject matter itself.”

Third-year graduate student Raluca Iancu has been selected to receive the 2015 Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshop Graduate Fellowship.  As recipient, she will present an exhibition of her work at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the campus of the University of South Dakota in July 2015. In addition to the solo exhibition, Iancu will also have her course fees waived to attend the Frogman’s 2015 Print Workshop.  Iancu, who completed her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and received the J. Wallace & Katie Dean Graduate Fellowship
during her first year at UT, will be the third graduate student from UT to be selected for this award since it was established eight years ago. The subject of Iancu’s art is crashes of various sorts; cars, planes, boats and trains. Iancu is interested in the media representation of such crashes, their trivializing by over exposure and the loss of empathy for the victims.

Alumbaugh Website:
Iancu Website:

MFA Students to Showcase Work in NYC

The University of Tennessee MFA students return to NYC to show their best work.
Please join us on Thursday night, February 12th from 6—9PM at the UNIX Gallery ( at 532 W 24th street, for a reception and alumni reunion celebrating Orange3. Orange3 runs from February 10-14,
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This annual exhibition, now in its 3rd year, features the work of 13 graduate students currently in pursuit of their MFA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The inaugural Orange Exhibition opened in February 2013
at White Box in NYC, and Orange2 opened in Chicago last February at

Co-Prosperity Sphere.
The experience of showing work in a prominent gallery setting such as UNIX, is one of several experiences that help graduate students build their professional skills— a significant aspect of sustaining a successful professional practice as an artist or designer.
Featured in this exhibit is work from five concentration areas in the MFA UT program: Printmaking, Sculpture, Transmedia Design, Ceramics and Painting.
Artists whose work is included are:
Natalie Petrosky
Petrosky_StillLifeStill life, Acrylic paint and fabric on canvas, 90”x60”, 2014
Thomas Wharton
2_wharton_thomas_3Land Ho, paint marker, graphite, oil pastel, acrylic ink, spray paint, collaged paper, and digital print on panel, 46” x 47”, 2014.
Peter Cotroneo
3_cotroneo_01The Perils of a Seafaring Man, oil, charcoal, and enamel on canvas. 45”x 51”, 2014
David Harman
Make it SoMake It So, oil on panel, 5” x 7”, 2014
Kevin Varney
Varney-Orange3ImageEvent Horizon, Steel, Light Bulb, Photography Umbrella, Motor, 75” x 32” x 32”, 2014
Elysia Mann
5_ElysiaMannEmbarrassment of Riches, mixed drawing, print media on paper and balsa, 70” x 14” x 50”, 2014
BJ Alumbaugh
6_Alumbaugh2Static Variation No. Series, Silkscreen Print, 30”x40”, 2014
Abigail Lucien
James Boychuck Hunter
8_JamesB-H (1)Slow Passage #1 and #2, Photo etching, 45 x 35 inches, 2014
Kevin Kao
9_kevinrkao_BouffantBouffant, Terracotta, 16″ x 10″ x 9″, 2014
Shannon Herron
Please Call Stella; vinyl letters and audio, 2014
Christopher Spurgin
Spurgin UnixUntil the end, or whenever , A/V installation, 2014
Martin Lang
langBreathing Through Foods, Video, 7:14m, 2014


Tanja Softic to Visit UT


The University of Tennessee Print Club will host Tanja Softic for a public lecture on Thursday January 29, 7:30pm, in Art and Architecture room AA109. On Monday February 2nd, from 4-5pm Softic will also participate in an artist’s tour of the exhibition “Drawn from the McClung Museum,” McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on the UT campus.  Both events are free and open to the public. During her visit she will also work with students on an editioned print and present a mezzotint demonstration.

Tanja Softic is a Professor of Art at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Softic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned her M.F.A. in Printmaking from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 1992. From 1991-92, she printed at Kathy Caraccio Etching Studio in New York. She works across the media of printmaking, drawing, photography and book arts. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. She participated in 12th International Print Triennial in Cracow, Poland and won a First Prize at the 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan in 2002. She completed print projects at Flying Horse Press, Tamarind Institute and Anderson Ranch’s Patton Print Studio.

Tanja Softic website:

Koichi Yamamoto in Italy


Koichi Yamamoto, Associate Professor of Art is one of only three artists working in the United States selected for Premio Leonardo Sciascia E’stampes, an international exhibition of intaglio prints that will tour through Italy over the next year. The first stage of the exhibition will take place in Palermo opening January 30th, and will continue to galleries in Florence, Ancona, Venice, and Milan through February 2016.   The 29 artists in this exhibition come from France, Australia, Belgium, Poland, China, Holland, Canada, Greece, Japan, Belarus, Italy and the United States. Yamamoto has taught at the University since 2007, and his prints are in the collections of University of Hawaii at Hilo; the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Center in the Portland Art Museum; and the University of Alberta Museum and Collection, Edmonton, Canada. Yamamoto earned tenure at Utah State University (2000-2006) and taught at the University of Delaware (2006-2007) before coming to UTK. His work may be viewed at:

Yamamoto in Italy

Beauvais Lyons Receives Santo Award


Beauvais Lyons, a Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Art is one of three artists from an international pool of applicants selected for a $5,000 Artist Award through the St. Louis-based Santo Foundation. The Santo Foundation was established to recognize and assist the careers of individual artists.  As the self-appointed Director of the Hokes (sounds like “hoax”) Archives Lyons’ work explores various forms of academic parody. His subjects have included archaeology, folk art, medicine, zoology and various forms of biography.  His one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 60 museums and galleries in the United States and abroad with upcoming shows this February at Webster University in St. Louis and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. His prints are in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. PA. In 2002 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznañ, Poland.

Printmaking Grad Featured in TV Series

Raluca Iancu, an MFA Candidate in Studio Art (Printmaking) is featured in the Emmy award-winning television series Tennessee Crossroads.  Iancu, who came to UT from Canada, discusses her work, which addresses car, train, boat and plane crashes as its subject.

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