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Jessica Anderson goes to Finland

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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.


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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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 http://www.selfreliantfilm.com/ .



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 http://www.john-powers.com/ .


Spotlight: Downtown Gallery


NEXUS 2013

As one of the Dogwood Arts Festival’s feature exhibits, NEXUS, showcases national and international artists working in contemporary sculpture and 3-D media. Indoor sculptures comprising all styles and genres from emerging and established artists have been selected by nationally recognized juror, Durant Thompson, for exhibition at the University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery. This year, the co-chairs of theNEXUS exhibition committee are Jason S. Brown and Brian R. Jobe. 


Where: University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, 106 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

When: MARCH 25 until APRIL 6, Monday- Friday, 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-3pm (Note: Special Hours on Mondays & Tuesdays)

Admission: Free

Opening Reception: Friday, (First Friday) APRIL 5 from 5-9pm

Awards Ceremony: Friday, APRIL 5 @ 6:30pm

The Downtown Gallery is a contemporary art gallery exhibiting professional work through funding and support from The University of Tennessee.

Sculpture area to be recognized during Volunteer Leadership Awards

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On Friday, October 19, selections from the Sculpture area will be displayed during the cocktail hour at the Volunteer Leadership Awards, in the Convention Center.

“FREE: A Sculpture Show” at Gallery 1010

On September 7, students from the Sculpture area hosted a show at Gallery 1010. The artists whose work was showcased included Jessica Brooke Anderson, April Bachtel, Jonathan Broyles, G.M.Bundy, Sarah Campbell, Jenny Chin, Caroline Hatfield, Alexandra Kirtley, Kevin Varney, and Dean Yasko.


According to the show statement, it is “an exhibition that presents contemporary work made by UT undergraduate and graduate students, FREE art celebrates the power of transformation in everyday items, found objects, and recycled materials. The ideas behind these works may be diverse, but they are united by their innovative use of everyday items. These artists manipulate and repurpose common materials and by doing so, create an opportunity for dialogue between the audience and the perception, use, and reclamation of these materials. Things that might be considered trash can in fact become art, and vehicles for expression and creativity.”

Sculpture class exhibit at Knoxville Zoo

The sculpture area’s Professor Tinajero’s independent study class finished a 19 feet tall permanent sculpture for the Knoxville zoo. The official opening of the exhibit will be announced in the next few weeks.

The names of the students who participated in this class are A. Johnson, D. Yasko, J. Gibson, B. Miller, T. Wheeler, V. Walker, S. Eason, T. Nguyen, H. Yoon, K. Ryan, A. Hilley, W. Hippensteal, and C. Hatfield.

These students were part of Professor Tinjero’s “Special Topics in Sculpture” and “Independent Study in Sculpture” classes.

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