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School of Art Alumni Juror Milestone Student Art Competition

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This year, the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture is pleased to present the 70th Annual Student Art Competition. The competition was begun in 1947 by C. Kermit “Buck” Ewing, the founder of UT’s Art Department. The Ewing exhibition has become one of the oldest competitions in the country and is one of the highlights of the Ewing Gallery exhibition season.

For this year’s competition, we have invited 6 talented alumni of the School of Art to jury our exhibition and award prizes in fine art, graphic design, and academic papers. The Exhibition will open on Monday, February 27 from 6-8PM with the award ceremony to take place at 7pm. The exhibition will be on display at the gallery through March 19.

Jeff Baxter and Paul Schlacter will give a public lecture in McCarty Auditorium (room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building) at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30PM

Rob Tarbell and Mike Calway-Fagen will give a public lecture in McCarty Auditorium (room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building at 7:30PM on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 PM.

Our juror for art history and architecture papers is Dr. Charissa Terranova. She received her BA in art history from UT in 1992 and went on to earn an MA (2001) and PhD (2004) in architectural history and theory from Harvard University and an MA (1996) in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Terranova is author of Art as Organism: Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image (2016) and Automotive Prosthetic: Technological Mediation and the Car in Conceptual Art (2014), and coeditor with Meredith Tromble of TheRoutledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She also edited a two-volume issue of the journal Technoetic Arts on “complexism” (2016). Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies, she lectures and teaches seminars at the University of Texas at Dallas on modern and contemporary art and architectural history and theory, the history of biology in art and architecture, and media and new media art and theory.

Our co-jurors for the design category are Jeff Baxter and Paul Schlacter. Both graduated from UT in 2005 with degrees in graphic design. Jeff & Paul met in Graphic Design 201 at the University of Tennessee. They were probably randomly assigned to a group project, it was their first collaboration. In 2005, after graduation, they both headed to NYC where they’ve been designing, animating, coding, illustrating, directing, and collaborating ever since.

After graduating from The University of Tennessee in 2005, Paul Schlacter moved to New York to join Trollbäck+Company as a designer and animator. A weekend collaboration with Jeff Baxter lead him to the Google Creative Lab, where he worked on everything from banner ads to major product launches. Today, Paul works in-house on the Google Design team, focusing on design.google.com and the annual SPAN conference.

Jeff has created brands, products, and services, from the ground up, for a wide range of clients. After his graduation from The University of Tennessee in 2005 he designed and launched the original Nike+ Platform at R/GA. He was then the founder of a small design studio where he worked with cultural institutions such as Rhizome and MoMA, and consumer brands like GE, VH1, and Mercedes. Before founding Cord Project in 2014, he was leading design teams at Google’s Creative Lab working across nearly all of Google’s products and brands. Cord Project was acquired by Spotify in 2016 where Jeff is currently a Product Design Manager.

Our co-jurors for the fine arts division are Mike Calway-Fagen and Rob Tarbell.

Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, and curator based in Athens, GA. He received a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Recently he opened solo exhibitions at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Ditch Projects in Oregon, and the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. 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, Nevada, SAIC, Bowdoin College, MCAD, Auburn, 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, The Phenomenology of Art and Animals (Routledge Press). Mike is Head of the Sculpture Department at the University of Georgia, Athens.

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.

ORANGE 5 Happening in New York during CAA

University of Tennessee MFA students will be exhibiting their work at Unix Gallery during CAA. If you are an alum in the New York area, we invite you to come to the reception for a reunion.

February Artist Lecture: Lee Benson

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In conjunction with Common LineageThe Bensons currently on view at the Ewing Gallery, artist Lee Benson will give a lecture on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 PM in McCarty Auditorium. (room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building) We hope you can join us for this event and the closing reception for the exhibition immediately following the lecture in the Ewing Gallery. The artists will be present.

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture and the University of Tennessee Potter’s Club are pleased to present Common Lineage: The Bensons, an exhibition featuring the work of Tennessee natives and University of Tennessee Alumni, Lee Aaron, Zac, and Mary Benson/Carbonell. Patriarch, Aaron Lee Benson, who received his BFA, BS in Art Education, and his MFA in ceramics from UT in 1989, is currently a Professor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Lee, with his wife Elizabeth – who he met while in graduate school, started Benson Sculpture LLC. Working collaboratively with their four children, (Aaron, Zac, Mary, and Sarah), they create large-scale public sculptures out of timber, earth, and stone. These sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently, the Bensons have developed a relationship with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International to repurpose materials used in their sculptures to build homes in the community where the sculptures were exhibited.

Their oldest son, Aaron Tennessee Benson, received his BFA in Ceramics from UT in 2009 and went on to earn an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred in 2013. Aaron is currently and Assistant professor of Art, Ceramics/Sculpture/3D at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama.

Zac Chyanne Benson received his BFA in sculpture from UT in 2011. Zach is currently pursuing his MFA in studio art from the University of Maryland, College Park and will graduate this spring.

Mary Benson/Carbonell received her BFA in ceramics in 2013 and is currently pursuing her MS in art education, also from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Whether working individually or collaborating as part of Benson Sculpture LLC, the Benson family is driven by their Christian faith to create contemporary art that touches on themes of eternity, material worth, politic, moral, religious, ad other social justice issues.

Lee will be giving a lecture on the exhibition Thursday, February 9th in McCarty Auditorium in the Art + Architecture Building on UT’s campus. A reception immediately follows the lecture in the Ewing Gallery. Common Lineage: The Bensons runs through February 10.

January Exhibition in the Ewing Gallery

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January 11 – February 10, 2017

Join us for the first exhibition of the Spring semester. The Ewing Gallery is excited to present A Common Lineage: The Bensons.

Since 2005 Lee Benson, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee  has worked with his wife Betty, and later their four children, Zach, Aaron, Mary, and Sarah to make sculpture and public works. They work mainly in mixed media, the earth, stone, timber, wood, clay and 24k gold producing large-scale architectural forms as well as figurative, narrative monoliths. Residing across the country, they maintain five studios.

The Bensons have produced works from New York City to Australia and have had wide public recognition. They have also recently developed a relationship with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International to use materials used in their sculptures to be repurposed into homes throughout the community.

Their powerful works seem to always declare “We were on this earth!”

Lee will be giving a lecture on the exhibition Thursday, February 9th in McCarty Auditorium in the Art + Architecture Building on UT’s campus.

Reception Monday 6:30PM in the Ewing Gallery

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Join us Monday, November 14th from 6:30 – 8PM in the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture for receptions for our two, current exhibitions – “The View Out His Window [and in his mind’s eye]: Photographs by Jeffery Becton” and “The Lure of Maine: work by Carl Sublett and Holly Stevens”

Jeffery Becton is a photographer and image-maker who lives on Deer Isle, a rocky and forested island off the coast of Maine. Becton makes work, in part, about his surroundings. The extraordinary sweeping coastal views that are such a part of daily life when one lives by the sea are often incorporated into his images. Equally critical is internal life, both the space inside the home (and the comfort and protection it provides from northern New England’s inclement weather), and the introspective and contemplative space that enlivens one’s imagination, which is no doubt encouraged in this stunning and remote location. Becton will be present at the reception.

“The Lure of Maine” is an exhibition of paintings and sketches by two founding members of the UT School of Art faculty and Knoxville 7. During the summer, Sublett and Stevens would travel to their family homes in Maine to paint and sketch along the coast. This exhibition highlights the work from these summer trips.

November exhibition

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The Ewing Gallery is excited to present: The View Out His Window (and in his mind’s eye): Photographs by Jeffery Becton.

Jeffery Becton is a photographer and image-maker who lives on Deer Isle, a rocky and forested island off the coast of Maine. Becton makes work, in part, about his surroundings. The extraordinary sweeping coastal views that are such a part of daily life when one lives by the sea are often incorporated into his images. Equally critical is internal life, both the space inside the home (and the comfort and protection it provides from northern New England’s inclement weather), and the introspective and contemplative space that enlivens one’s imagination, which is no doubt encouraged in this stunning and remote location.

Becton makes rather than takes images. Beginning in the early 1990s—technological light years ago—he began experimenting with digital montage, creating images by fusing visual information from photographs, and scans of and from paintings, drawings and other materials into his compositions. Over the years, the subtlety and complexity of his imagery and ideas has evolved along with a fluid inventiveness and mastery of digital processes. To create this work, reproduced in this publication, he photographed, painted, layered, fused, and altered digital imagery from myriad sources, and then seamlessly constructed pictures that combine hyperreal detail, highly improbable views, and the unexplainable. In these sublime and illusory images, Becton shares this imagined and altered view from his Down East island home, while inviting us into the mysterious world in his mind’s eye.

Becton’s imagery has become increasingly strong and complex, and it has gained considerable attention in New England in recent years. Many of the extraordinary works in this exhibition will be the largest he has created. The View Out His Window will introduce Becton’s work to a national audience, along with the accompanying large format hardcover book, Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House (2015), which is the exhibition catalogue.

The exhibition is curated by Bates Museum of Art (Lewiston, ME) Director Dan Mills.

Also in the gallery will be an exhibition of works by former University of Tennessee school of art professors, Richard Clarke, Holly Stevens, and Carl Sublett. Clarke, Stevens, and Sublett spent time working and painting in and around Deer Isle.

September 29! Artist Lecture and Reception: Sarah Emerson

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Atlanta-based artist Sarah Emerson creates paintings and installations that present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes to examine contemporary landscape. Emerson’s lecture will be in McCarty Auditorium (A+A 109) at 7PM and is sponsored by the Ewing Gallery. A reception for Emerson’s exhibition, “The Unbearable Flatness of Being”, will immediately follow the lecture in the gallery.

October Exhibition

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In collaboration with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, October’s exhibition will be a presentation of video projects by Liam Young.

Liam Young is a speculative architect who, in his own words, “operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures”. With his London-based design think tank, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, he explores the future implications of emerging urban developments. Named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture and design, Young uses fiction and film to discuss probable futures.

Liam’s exhibition will open to the public on Monday, October 10th and will be on display at the Gallery through October 30th.

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