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Opening Reception – Irons in the Fire: UTK Sculpture Alumni

Join us Sunday, September 16th from 2-4pm in the Ewing Gallery, for an opening reception for Irons in the Fire.

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to partner with UTK Sculpture and the Mid South Sculpture Alliance Conference to present the work of 25 alumni of the UT Sculpture program.

Exhibiting artists are:
Jessica Brooke Anderson, MFA 2013
Leticia Bajuyo, MFA 2001
Robmat Butler, MFA 2009
Mike Calway-Fagen, BFA 2006
Dan DeZarn, MFA 2013
Richard Ensor, BFA 2015
Preston Farabow, BFA 1992
Cassidy Frye, MFA 2018
Brian Jobe, BFA 2004
David Jones, MFA 2004
Noah Kirby, 1998
Alison Ouellette-Kirby, MFA 1996
Candice Lewis, MFA 2004
Erica Mendoza, MFA 2018
Marisa Mitchell, BFA 2016
Lauren Sanders, BFA 2015
Joshua Shorey, MFA 2017
Jacob Stanley, MFA 2010
Thomas Sturgill, BFA 2003
Durant Thompson, BFA 1997
John Truex, BFA 2004
Kevin Varney, MFA 2014
Taylor Wallace, BFA 2005
AC Wilson, BFA 2012
Ronda Wright,  BFA 2009

This exhibition was curated by Bill FitzGibbons, UT School of Art Alum.
Artist Bill FitzGibbons has fabricated sculpture for over thirty years; during his career he has completed over 30 public art projects and performances in five countries including Rekjavik (Iceland), Helsinki (Finland), Braunschweig (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden), and Yorkshire (UK). The Texas State Legislature announced FitzGibbons as the Official State Artist, during the 82nd Legislative Session in 2012. With an environmentally conscious approach to public art FitzGibbons has embraced the use of computerized LED lighting systems. FitzGibbons won the COD Award for LightRails in Birmingham Alabama in 2014. FitzGibbons has been on the Board of Trustees for the International Sculpture Center and in 2011 FitzGibbons founded the Texas Sculpture Group as a chapter of the ISC. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville acknowledged FitzGibbons with the distinguished Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010. Additionally, in 1993 FitzGibbons taught at the Hungarian Academy of Art in Budapest, Hungary as a Fulbright Scholar.

Schedule of Gallery Talks

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to announce our schedule of speakers for Analogy + Interaction: creating a context for curiosity though Games + Play.

Join us on Wednesday September 5th and Friday September 7th for open conversations with game designers in the Ewing Gallery.  Our exhibiting designers will be skypeing in for discussions and Q+A session about their games. Each skype session will last roughly an hour.

All events take place in the Ewing Gallery.

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, September 5th

5PM: Tracy Fullerton – Walden, a game.

 

Friday, September 7th

8AM:  Hayley Gordon + Vee Hendro – Good Society

9:30AM:  Erika Svanoe + Erik Evensen – Marrying Mr. Darcy

3PM:  Peter Brinson + Kurosh Valanejad – The Cat + The Coup

4PM: Community of Scholars Discussion

5PM: Closing Reception

 

July in the Ewing Gallery

 

Analogy and Interaction: Creating a context for curiosity through Games and Play
July 18 – September 7, 2018

This show is coordinated by the Simulations + Gaming + Role-Playing (SGR) Community of Scholars. This multi-disciplinary group brings together members of the UT community who share an interest in researching the development and use of simulations, gaming, role-playing, and similar strategies for teaching and learning. Such strategies are among the latest developments in higher education, and have been shown to create interactivity and collaboration, increase engagement and retention, deepen reflection and understanding, engender positive values and thoughtful behavior, and open authentic spaces for real-world problem-solving. Games and Simulations provide players/users with the opportunity to not only visualize, but to experience the world of a problem from a variety of perspectives.

Featured Games:
Marrying Mr. Darcy
Marrying Mr. Darcy is a strategy card game for 2-6 players based on Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice.”

Walden, a game
Technology is often accused of disconnecting us from nature and the world around us, however Walden, a game posits a new genre of video game play, in which reflection and insight play an important role.
 
Play as Henry David Thoreau, the American philosopher and naturalist, during his experiment in living simply in nature. Apply yourself to both the daily tasks of maintaining your basic needs of life at Walden Pond, as well as searching for the small beauties and wonders of nature in this virtual environment. Can we re-engage with the importance of nature in our lives while navigating the virtual woods of Walden Pond?

 

Embodied Labs
Embodied Labs works at the intersection of healthcare training and virtual reality storytelling to provide a culture shift solution that empowers every member of the care team to share their expertise and value one another.

The Cat and the Coup
The Cat and the Coup is a documentary videogame in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall. As a player, you coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off of shelves, scattering his papers, jumping on his lap and scratching him.

 

Good Society
Good Society is a collaborative roleplaying game that seeks to capture the heart, and the countenance, of Jane Austen’s work. It is a game of balls, estates, sly glances, and turns about the garden. At least on the surface. Underneath this, just as in Austen’s own novels, it is a game of social ambition, family obligation and breathtaking, heart-stopping longing.

In this game, you play the type of characters that captured your imagination in Austen’s books – from a wealthy heir who falls in love with the aloof new arrival, to a charming socialite bent on ruining the reputation of their rivals. Exploit your advantages, connections, and family influence to achieve your secret desire – all while jealously guarding your good name.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/259750074/good-society-a-jane-austen-roleplaying-game

 

Abbreviated Summer Hours
CLOSED: Sunday and Monday
OPEN: Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 4 PM

 

2018 Honors Exhibition

 

Join us for a reception on Friday May 4th from 3-5PM for the Honors Exhibition featuring work from senior undergraduates from the School of Art and College of Architecture and Design.

Initiated by the Ewing’s Director Sam Yates 28 years ago, this exhibition recognizes outstanding students graduating from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art, College of Arts and Sciences; a Bachelor of Architecture or Bachelor of Science, Interior Design, a Master of Architecture, and a Master of Landscape Design from the College of Architecture and Design.

Selected by a School of Art Faculty Scholarship committee, six art students from various art disciplines were chosen from the qualifying applicants for this year’s exhibition. These students are Michael Seagraves, Kristen Wasik, Sierra Plese, Marcus Taylor, Jesse McAdams, and Jade Knox.

The College of Architecture and Design participants were selected by the faculty-at-large, and by outside review teams. Those exhibiting students are:

Summer Abston
Lauren Buntemeyer
Dillon Dunn
Aaron Wright
Breanna Browning
Polly Ann Blackwell
Andrianna Thompson

Abbreviated Summer Hours
Beginning After May 11, 2018
CLOSED: Sunday and Monday
OPEN: Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 4 PM

MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Group 3

The third group of MFA Thesis Exhibitions will take place in the Ewing Gallery from April 13 – 19. Join us for a reception on Friday, April 13 from 6-9PM in the Ewing Gallery.

In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

Amy LeFever – Point Counterpoint

Johanna Winters – The Middle Tell

MaryAnne Carey – Destruction’s Security Unit

MFA Thesis exhibitions: Group 2

The second group of MFA Thesis Exhibitions will take place in the Ewing Gallery from April 2 – 8. Join us for a reception on Friday, April 6 from 6-9PM in the Ewing Gallery.

In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

Exhibiting students are:
Austin Pratt – “Some Openings”


Christian Vargas – “Tianguis”

Tom Wixo – “Coward of the County”

MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Group 1

The first group of MFA Thesis Exhibitions will take place in the Ewing Gallery from March 19 – 26, 2018.

In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

Exhibiting students are:
Cassidy Frye
Alex McKenzie
Erica Mendoza

https://www.facebook.com/events/1361917017247039/

71st Annual Student Art Competition

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present the 71st Annual Student Art Competition February 22 – March 8, 2018.

Our jurors this year are: (Art + Architecture Papers) Luis Pelaez, Assistant Professor of art history at Fresno State; (Graphic Design) Carrie Shaw, CEO of Embodied Labs; and (Fine Arts) Pat Badt, Professor Emerita, Cedar Crest College, + Scott Sherk, Artist-in-Residence at Muhlenberg College.

Juror Lectures

“Transitions” Pat Badt + Scott Sherk
Wednesday, February 14
6:30 PM
McCarty Auditorium, A+A room 109

Carrie Shaw
Thursday, February 15
7:30PM
McCarty Auditorium, A+A room 109

A reception and awards ceremony for the competition will be on Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Ewing Gallery.

 

November / December in the Ewing Gallery: Smout Allen

 

In collaboration with the College of Architecture and Design, the Ewing Gallery is pleased to present the work of Smout Allen. Mark Smout and Laura Allen are Architectural Designers and Academics based in Dalton London.

Mark Smout — Professor of Architecture and Landscape Furtures, and Laura Allen — Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes are based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

“Our work takes two routes, architectural competitions, where the particular rigour of the competition brief, site and program provide the basis for new investigations and, conceptual design projects which test out the agenda and methodology of the design research practice. We focus on the dynamic relationship between the natural and the man made and how this can be revealed to enhance the experience of the architectural landscape.”

http://www.smoutallen.com/

Artist Lecture: Michelle Grabner

Join us Thursday, September 28 in room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building at 7:30 PM for a lecture by artist Michelle Grabner.

Wisconsin-born, Michelle Grabner works in variety of mediums including drawing, painting, video and sculpture. Incorporating writing, curating and teaching with a studio practice grounded in process and productivity she has created a multi-faceted and dynamic career. As David Norr writes in the introduction to her exhibition at MoCA, Cleveland, “All of Grabner’s activities are driven by distinctive values and ideas: working outside of dominant systems, working tirelessly, working across platforms and towards community.” Grabner holds an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, and became Chair of its prestigious Painting and Drawing department in the fall of 2009. She is also a senior critic at Yale University in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art-Agenda, among others. Grabner also runs The Suburban and The Poor Farm with her husband, artist Brad Killam. She co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art along with Anthony Elms and Stuart Comer.

Grabner’s lecture is part of the programming for the “Dual Current” exhibition at the Ewing Gallery and UT Downtown Gallery.

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