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Jessica Anderson goes to Finland

andersonUT 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.


Jessica Kreutter featured in Ceramics Monthly

kreutterCeramics alumna, Jessica Kreutter (MFA 2010), was featured in the January 2014 edition of Ceramics Monthly. Below is a short excerpt. To read the full article, please clickhere.

“I generally work in fired clay because it is a material I know how to manipulate. It can assume a myriad of surfaces and mimic other materials. It can look soft and be hard. It is a material waiting to be transformed, yet part of that transformation is disguising that it ever happened. I love and hate the unknowability of how a piece will emerge from the firing. I love and hate the vast array of pos- sibilities of what clay can become.”

The Tennessee Walking Men

Tim Duggan (left) walking to Martin, Tennessee, September, 2013.

Tim Duggan (BA 2011) is one of the three Tennessee Walking Men. They have been walking across the state of Tennessee since August 24th. The group has been documenting their experience and the Tennesseans they are meeting on their odyssey with photographs and videos. Follow their daily postings on Facebook:


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Current student and alumni news


Ed Miller, MFA Candidate in Ceramics; and Kevin Kao, MFA Candidate in Ceramics; Works were selected from both MFA Candidates’ by Juror Nan Smith to be reproduced in the upcoming book Figurative Ceramics 500 Figures in Clay, Volume 2. Aaron Benson, Ceramics BFA, Summa Cum Laude 2009, Started August as an Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL.Adam Paulek, Ceramics MFA 2004, ,Guldagergaard’s 100 Cups Artist for 2013. Guldagergaard – International Ceramic Research Center commissioned Adam to make 100 cups for the kitchen and for a special event to support GG programs. Adam is Assistant Professor at Longwood University VA.

Tara Wilson, BFA 2000 Tara will conduct a five-day wood fire workshop and public artist talk in October at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT Tara’s work also on display in Grasp a Group exhibit at the Schaller Gallery. Tara’s work will be on display along with 19 other ceramics artists from July 10- July 30, 2013. Chris Pickett, Ceramics, BFA 2001, in September will exhibit a two-person show and one dayworkshop at National recognized Red Star Studio in Kansas City, MO, Chris will demonstrate how to use molds and templates to make tableware inspired by mid 20th century modern design.

Spotlight: Sculpture

Recent BFA Sculpture alumni achievements:

Mike Calway-Fagen (BFA 2006) is starting a new faculty position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University in Bloomington this fall. Originally from Nashville, Mike earned a BFA from UTK in 2006 and an MFA from the University of California in San Diego in 2012. He was most recently a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He has also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, residencies at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE among others. His work may be viewed at http://mikecalway-fagen.commcalway2_082113 mcalway1_082113










A.C. Wilson (BFA 2012) just completed a 2013 post-baccalaureate summer residency program at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) in Richmond, VA. He is back in Knoxville this fall and is continuing to work on his portfolio for upcoming MFA graduate school applications. A.C.’s new work may be seen at http://ac-wilson.com/home.html His sculpture was featured in the Dogwood Arts Festival’s 2013 NEXUS exhibit this past spring. He was recently featured on Other People’s Pixels blog http://blog.otherpeoplespixels.com/opp-art-critics-series-the-child-is-dead-taxidermy-art-as-resurrected-victorian-post-mortem-photography

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Tommy Dean Yasko, Jr. (BFA 2012) has been accepted in the MFA Sculpture program at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Dean recently moved to Philadelphia, where he is setting up a new studio and starting graduate school this fall. His work was also in the 2013 NEXUS sculpture exhibit http://www.dogwoodarts.com/indoor-sculpture-exhibition/ Check out Dean’s sculptures, short films and videos at http://www.deanyasko.com

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Recent Ceramics alumna to be intern at Archie Bray

Samantha Briegel, BFA ceramics 2013, has been selected to be an intern at The Archie Bray Foundation Clay Business for the 2013/14 school year. As an intern, Samantha will assist the research mission of the Archie Bray Clay Business by developing new glazes and helping them to initiate their new custom ceramic decal enterprise. While in Helena, Samantha plans to keep her pottery work going with the plan of moving on to graduate school afterwards.

Works by Samantha Briegel.

School of Art alums and their time with Google Creative Labs

The UT Torchbearer online magazine recently did a story on some interesting School of Art alumni. Here’s a brief overview of what they covered.

simonSchool of Art graduate (2012), Simon Sok, was hired on with the Google Creative Lab Five. It is a highly competitive paid internship, where a team of five people work together to create and innovate. According to Graphic Design professor, Sarah Lowe, Sok is the youngest person ever to be part of the team. He is almost done with his year at Google, and he is in a great position to handpick where he wants to work next.

Another SoA grad (2005), Jeff Baxter, works with Sok in the Google Creative Labs. Another 2005 graduate, Paul Schlacter, came to GCL with Baxter, but now he works atYahoo as a mobile product developer. To read the entire article from the Torchbearer, just click here: Tech Design, and Vols.

Wade Guyton honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

On December 12, School of Art alumnus (graduated in 1995) Wade Guyton (center in above photo) was presented with a UT Accomplished Alumni Award. He is the first UT alumnus to have his work featured in the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The award was presented to Guyton by Theresa Lee, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (left in above photo) and Dorothy Habel, School of Art Director and Professor of Art History (right in above photo).

Guyton grew up in Lake City, Tenn., but he now lives and works in New York. The Whitney Museum of American Art is currently showing a mid-career collection of Guyton’s work. The exhibition opened on Oct. 4 and will continue until Jan. 13, 2013. To read the full article in Tennessee Today, click here. There is also a photo album from the reception on the School of Art Facebook page.

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