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Making flying prints for San Francisco

UT Knoxville Professor Koichi Yamamoto talks to printmaking students about issues to consider when making printed kites.



A Collaborative Project for the 2014 SGC International Conference in San



The UT Printmaking Program is playing a key role in organizing a project

titled ³Flying Portfolio / Printed Kites² at the SGC International

Printmaking Conference in San Francisco in March 2014. The conference is the

largest showcase for artists and educators working in contemporary

printmaking, hosting over 1500 delegates. In preparation, printmaking

students and faculty are working on several printed prototypes that will be

presented at the conference, and which will be exhibited in Gallery 103 in

the Art and Architecture Building from January 27 ­ February 7, 2014.


Coordinated by Professor Koichi Yamamoto, the project will be featured

during two days at the conference, and will include a demonstration and

workshop on making printed kites and a ³flying portfolio² event in Berkeley,

California. Also participating will be students and faculty from Ohio

University (USA), The University of Alberta (Canada) and Musashino Art

University in Tokyo (Japan). A Facebook Group has been established to assist

in project planning and communications:




To help fund travel for UTK students participating in this project, please

visit: http://volsconnect.com/s/1341/utk/index.aspx?sid=1341&gid=2&pgid=3814


Fransje Killaars: Color at the Center

Fransje Killaars: Color at the Center is sponsored by VADSCO and UT’s Ready for the World and is on display in the Ewing Gallery through October 21.

Fransje Killaars (b. 1959, Maastricht, The Netherlands) is a remarkable colorist whose vigorously conceptual installations exist in a space that merges painting, architecture, fashion and interior design. Killaars creates installations with fabrics she designs, periodically incorporating the human figure in the form of mannequins and other elements in order to create impressive room-filling sculptures and wall hangings with characteristic horizontal layers of fabric inspired by the principle of swatch books. In addition to her autonomous installations, Killaars has made a name for herself with commissions for the public domain, including the Herenkamer at the Catshuis, the lobby of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and the foyer of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In addition, Killaars recently designed a piece for the North Delegates’ Lounge of the UN Headquarters in New York.

Killaars’ work is imbued with craft and its handmade and functional associations, which is another reason why her work resonates with fiber artists in Maine and other rural communities with a strong tradition in woven textiles. Her installations may combine fabrics from Japan, blankets designed by the artist and hand-woven in India, and draped figures reminiscent of contemporary and historic representations of women. At the same time, Killaars has been placed in the context of deskilling, the continued removal of the artist’s hand from the creation of art. Her most common ‘formats’ are carpets and bedspreads, or gridded pieces of fabric, which she has made in a women’s cooperative in India.

Trained at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Killaars began her career as a painter. Influenced by the works of Barnett Newman, Ellsworth Kelly, and Henri Matisse, Killaars is a Dutch artist with a recognizable, yet singular Dutch aesthetic. In 1984, the year she left art school, she became a studio assistant for the internationally recognized painter and sculptor, Sol Lewitt—another artist who left a lasting impression on Killaars. In 1990, just as Killaars was establishing a strong career as a painter in the Netherlands, she traveled to India on the advice of a friend, the first of a number of trips there that influenced her practice in profound ways. According to the artist: “Everything in this chaotic world [India] is colourful—the street is one huge overwhelming palette…through India I discovered the power of colour as a part of everyday life. I felt that it could be different, that you could live in those colours…”

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:   vimeo.com/mimesis1/videos

Spotlight: Foundations

The Foundations area is slowly replacing its video cameras with HD Canon Vixia HFG10 Camcorders. These cameras provide high quality video and use convenient SD card storage technology.

Spotlight: Ewing Gallery

Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut was the first institution of higher education to begin an art collection. In 1750, it acquired its first work of art, a 1670 portrait of the Reverend John Davenport, and in 1831, the patriot-artist John Trumbull gave more than one hundred of his portraits and historical paintings to Yale and designed a building to house them. Thus, the first university art museum in the western hemisphere was established. Since then, other public and private universities have embraced the development of museums and art collections which encourage appreciation, and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works. In its brief history, the Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture at The University of Tennessee has strived to acquire works of art and architecture for the educational benefits of our students and faculty and for the enrichment of the Knoxville and East Tennessee communities.

Nina Bovasso, "South Knoxville: Ladybug Swarm"

Nina Bovasso, “South Knoxville: Ladybug Swarm”

This summer the Ewing Gallery will be organizing a permanent collection exhibition focusing on our abstract art.  The beginnings of abstraction can be seen as early as the 1870s with James McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket.  Derailed by John Ruskin, an esteemed art critic of the time, Whistler was accused of “blatant impudence for asking 200 guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face.” Other movements, Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, and Russian Constructivism helped to change the idea that a painting had to portray a physical subject. Now, works of art could be representative of light, responses to sound and smell, traces of a distinct gesture, and even descriptions of psychological states.

This exhibition includes works by such diverse artists as Will Henry Stevens, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Aldrich, Robert Motherwell, Nina Bovasso, Rob Nadeau, Carl Holty, Carrie Moyer, Joel Carreiro, Creighton Michael, Paul Krainak,  Al Loving, and Gordon Dorn. A number of the pieces are by current and former University of Tennessee Faculty: Jered Sprecher, Holly Stevens, Richard Clarke, Sally Brogden, Whitney Leland, Carl Sublett, and C. Kermit “Buck” Ewing.

Will Henry Stevens, "Untitled"

Will Henry Stevens, “Untitled”

Only  few of the works in the Ewing Permanent Collection that fit the theme of abstraction will be displayed. The others left in storage may be presented in future exhibitions at the UT Downtown Gallery or here on campus. The history of the Ewing Gallery Collection dates to the mid 1950s when several Japanese woodblock prints were acquired by C. Kermit Ewing, the first chair of the UT Art Department. Since then, the collection has grown through the generosity of our university alumni, faculty, and friends. Gifts of works, bequests, and cash contributions to the Friends of the Ewing Gallery that permit the purchase of selected works all contribute to the growth of this collection. Please visit the Ewing Gallery website closer to June for exact dates and times for this exhibition. The Ewing Gallery will be open on an abbreviated summer schedule. We look forward to seeing you at our Permanent Collection exhibition.

Currently in the gallery are the School of Art MFA Thesis exhibitions. The BFA Honors Exhibition will take place in May with an opening reception on the afternoon of Friday, May 3rd. Keep in touch with all our goings on by liking us on Facebook, checking our website, and following us on Twitter.

HOURS (through exams)

M: 10-8

T: 10-5

W: 10-5

R: 10-8

F: 10-5


Sun: 1-4

SUMMER HOURS will be decided later.

Spotlight: Graphic Design

An excerpt from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, converted in a JPEG. This image was created using the Null_Sets app.

School of Art 4D and graphic design professor Evan Meaney, along with the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department’s Amy Szczepanski, have created an app that converts data into images. Specifically, they are converting works of literature (the works of William Shakespeare, Moby Dick, and Frankenstein to name a few) into various bands of color, creating abstract pictures.

The amazing development is covered by the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s online edition, and the full article can be read here.

Spotlight: Gallery 1010

Gallery 1010 is curating an exhibition for the University of Tennessee’s 1st Annual Sex Week. Submission deadline is February 21st.

In partnership with the University of Tennessee’s First Annual Sex Week, Gallery 1010 is curating an exhibition of sex positive artwork. The show title “Loud and Queer” is an open term to encompass all expressions of sex, gender, sexuality, and practices (from gay to straight to identity terms absent of categorization). Sponsored by SEAT (Sexual Empowerment and Awareness in Tennessee), “Loud and Queer” will uphold the organization’s mission to foster a comprehensive and academically-informed conversation about sex, sexuality, and relationships with the purpose of educating the University of Tennessee student body and the Knoxville community through innovative, collaborative, and entertaining programming and events.


This national call is open to all artists.


Submission Prospectus: http://sunsite.utk.edu/gallery1010/Site/Loud_and_Queer.html

Information about SEAT and UTK’s Annual Sex Week: http://sexweekut.org

Gallery 1010 Director, Jessica Anderson: Gallery1010utk@gmail.com

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 www.bridgeclubtrailer.com.

Spotlight: Ewing Gallery


The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present recent works by Michael Zansky for our first exhibition of 2013. This exhibition will open to the public on January 17, 2013, and will be at the Ewing through February 26. Please join us for an opening reception on the evening of Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Ewing Gallery from 7-9pm. The artist will be present.

Michael Zansky is an American artist working in installation art, sculpture, painting and photography. He has been represented by the Nicholas Robinson Gallery in New York since 2003. In addition to his art making, he is also a set designer, working with films and television shows such as, Law and Order: SVU, The First Wives Club, The Sopranos, Donnie Brasco, The Juror, and Fatal Attraction. For more examples of his artwork, please visit:


Ceramics Spotlight: Faculty & Graduate Students

Jessica Kreutter’s
(MFA 2010) work has been selected for inclusion in this year’s NCECA Project Space to be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the National Council for Ceramic Arts, Houston, TX, March, 2013. Five individuals/groups are selected annually and given a space in which to create a temporary on-site performance/installation.

Jessica will be creating a still-life of a domestic scene: a kitchen table and relating objects, all covered in thin, wet clay slabs patterned in Victorian designs. As the clay dries, it will crack and fall away, revealing the objects beneath. The scene juxtaposes the labor of covering the space and the decay of that labor.



wilson_spot1Tara Wilson’s (BFA 2000) was recently featured in the Helena Independent Record, Helena, MT. In the article, Tara Wilson’s Art Shaped By Nature, Earth and Fire, Tara discusses why she is drawn to the wood firing process, a process which she first began here the University of Tennessee. “You never know what’s going to happen,” Wilson said. “Wood firing keeps you humble.” To read the full article, click here.

fac_spot2fac_spot1Ceramics faculty Sally Brogden and Frank Martin, will be exhibiting together at Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI. Together Again, Sally Brogden & Frank Martin, is a homecoming of sorts for Sally and Frank.It was at Pewabic Pottery, where they first met and exhibited together while they were students: Sally Brogden at the University of Michigan and Frank Martin at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The exhibition runs January through March. To view more info on the exhibition, click here.

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