Tag Archive | MFA

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.”

UT graduate printmakers come off the wall

carryGraduate students at the University of Tennessee have organized Through and Through, an exhibition of installation art that utilizes print media in a variety of different ways. The exhibition opens at the West Jackson Workshops (514 West Jackson Avenue), on Friday December 6th from 6­9pm. The exhibition will continue Saturday from 12 to 5pm.

Through and Through presents the work of seven graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts studio art program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Historically printmaking has existed as a two-­dimensional medium, however in recent years print artists have increasingly chosen to utilize the printed multiple as material for creating three dimensional installation based works that are not restricted to the wall and work to alter the gallery environment.

The printmaking program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is ranked #3 nationally by US News and World Report. The program is populated by students from all over the country as well as students from Canada and Slovakia. For more information, contact Professor Althea Murphy­-Price at 865.974.3247.

UT design team named a winner in latest Regional Design Annual Awards

Project selected as an award-winning design from top creative teams and individuals.

Cincinatti — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville School Of Art MFA Recruitment Materials, a project developed by Deborah Shmerler in collaboration with SoA faculty and Graphic Design Students, Jared Langel, Ben Smith, Chris Ruppelt and Kelton Carter was chosen as one of 345 award-winning designs in the 2013 Regional Design Annual. This highly selective and well-regarded competition, sponsored by Print magazine, is the most comprehensive survey of graphic design in the United States and recognizes outstanding creative work produced by individuals and groups. The work in the 2013 Regional Design Annual is divided into six geographical regions: South, Southwest, Midwest, East, Far West and New York City.

The six regional judges evaluated more than 4,000 entries and selected winning projects that demonstrated an ideal mix of design, communication concepts, strategy and execution. Designers and creative teams from across the U.S., representing individuals, small firms and major corporations and organizations, such as Turner-Cartoon Network Marketing and MoMA, were among the entries. Submissions were judged by Petrula Vrontikis (Far West), Dana Lytle (Midwest), Stan Church (New York City), Frank Baseman (East), Hank Richardson (South) and Doug May (South West).

All winning entries will be prominently featured in the December 2013 issue of Print magazine.

About Print
Print magazine (printmag.com) is the oldest bimonthly magazine about graphic design and visual culture, showcasing extraordinary design since 1940. Print covers all aspects of the field, from publication and book design to animation and motion graphics to environmental design. Print sponsors several design competitions, such as the New Visual Artists, and offers a wide variety of products, such as design tutorials, graphic design books and online education. Visit printmag.com for more information.

Two painting students accepted to top MFA programs

The Painting and Drawing area is please to announce that Bill Warden has been accepted to the Yale University School of Art, and Sam Cockrell to Columbia University School of the Arts.

Bill Warden makes abstract paintings with inventive, scraped surfaces. His paintings allude to both landscape and still life, but can’t quite be categorized as either. Bill, originally from Knoxville, received both a BA in Philosophy and a BFA in studio art from UT.

Bill Warden, Still Life with Flowers and Tape
Bill Warden, Southern Levant (Nuevo Laredo)

Sam Cockrell’s abstract paintings translate cultural and personal experiences into coded reflections. His artwork is fueled by his interest in popular culture, color, and technology. Sam, originally from Murfreesboro, will receive his BFA in Studio Art from UT this spring.

Sam Cockrell, Under the Door
Sam Cockrell, We All Have Something To Hide

University of Tennessee School of Art offers new MFA concentration


The School of Art announces a new three-year MFA concentration designed to support discovery, research and creative activity between graphic design and time-based media. Transmedia Design merges the former Graphic Design and 4D area masters concentrations into a new graduate curriculum. Combining faculty from both areas, it will begin its inaugural year with the Fall 2013 semester. “This program will compliment our other MFA concentrations already offered in Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Ceramics,” says David Wilson, School of Art Associate Director and Graduate Program Director.

Within Transmedia Design, the faculty foresee work being produced on a variety of levels including: interaction design, design strategy, video, film, performance, gaming, identity and branding, sound art, information design and motion. “The fields of both design and time-based media have changed considerably over the past several years. We see this merger as an opportunity to expand in a manner that does not require an approach through only one lens,” says Sarah Lowe, Associate Professor of Design.

In addition to the core curriculum work, advanced research will be conducted via three courses that have already been in rotation across the two areas. Experiments in Space, Experiments inSystems, and Experiments in Sequence are upper division courses that explore topics and theories beyond the world of art within a studio context. Evan Meaney, a joint hire between the Design and 4D areas, is the first hybrid faculty member within the concentration. He is currently conducting interdisciplinary work with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and sees these classes as critical to evolving an understanding of what Transmedia Design can be. “Collaborative research outside of the art and design worlds deepens a students understanding of what their own notions of art and design are. Discovering new concepts of what their work can be illustrates our intentions with the Transmedia Design program.”

The program has four graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) available for the 2013-2014 academic year. Graduate assistantships offer both a tuition waiver and a stipend, providing students with the opportunity to become more involved in the School of Art teaching community. GTAs complete a course on teaching methodologies, and there is the potential to both assist faculty and be an instructor of record.

For more information on the program, please contact:

Evan Meaney, emeaney@tennessee.edu
David Wilson, dwilson3@tennessee.edu

Or visit the website: http://art.utk.edu/transmedia.html.

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