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Fine Art Juror Lecture

February 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Rob Tarbell and MIke Calway-Fagen UT Alumni and Graphic Design Jurors for the 70th Annual Student Art Competition, will be lecturing on their work Tuesday, February 21st.

Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, and curator based in Athens, GA. He received a BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. In the recent past Mike opened solo exhibitions at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Ditch Projects in Oregon, Lipscomb University in Tennessee, and a two-person project at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, LAXArt in Los Angeles, and NurtureArt in Brooklyn. Mike has attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Fine Arts Work Center, and Sculpture Space in Utica, NY. Mike has lectured at a number of institutions including the Universities of California, Tennessee, Oregon, Cincinnati, Alabama, Nevada, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bowdoin College, Auburn, The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Brigham Young University and others. Mike’s work has been reviewed in Art Papers, World Sculpture Magazine, Art F City, and is the focus of a chapter in a soon-to- be-published book by Elizabeth Sutton, The Phenomenology of Art and Animals (Routledge Press).

Rob Tarbell began his education at Auburn University receiving his BFA in Painting and Graphic Design. At the University of Tennessee, Rob earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction.

Over the past ten years, Rob Tarbell has shown in twenty solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States, Korea, China, and England. During this period, Rob has developed unique and unorthodox processes involving the indirect manipulation and exploitation of inherent material properties of smoke and porcelain. The resulting work balances chance and control while fostering preservation and permanence through transformation and loss.

Since 2000, Rob has taught art and design at Limestone College, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and most recently at Ringling College of Art and Design and New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida.

Currently Rob’s work is represented by Claire Oliver Gallery in New York City.


February 21, 2017
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


McCarty Auditorium, room 109 A+A Building
1715 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996 United States
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Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture
College of Arts & Sciences

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Knoxville, TN 37996-2410
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