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72nd Annual Student Art Competition

Begun in 1947 by C. Kermit Ewing, founder of The University of Tennessee School of Art, the annual student exhibition has become one of the oldest competitions in the country and one of the highlights of the Ewing Gallery’s exhibition season. This competition has been an outlet for UT’s talented students for 72 years, wherein countless works of art of every form and medium have been displayed and applauded by The University and Knoxville community.

January / February in the Ewing Gallery

The Ewing Gallery will be closed to the public until January 10, 2019.

Kate Gilmore: In Your Way features ten works—nine performance-based videos and one live performance/sculptural installation—by this New York-based artist known for synthesizing multiple artistic mediums including performance, video, sculpture, and painting. In her videos, Gilmore critiques and also inserts herself into male dominated movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, exploring feminist themes and modern and contemporary art tropes, all the while exhibiting relentless determination. The spilling and splattering from her work are an ode to Abstract Expressionism or 1950s stripe paintings. Her works are mischievous and political, as well as humorous and critical of the heroic language and absence of women in these artistic movements. The physical situations and actions Gilmore creates for herself and her performers are metaphors for challenges women face culturally and socially.

Kate will give a public lecture on Thursday, January 17th at 7:30 PM in room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building. A brief reception for the exhibition will follow immediately in the Ewing Gallery.

This exhibition was curated by Dan Mills and organized by the Bates Museum of Art at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

Mutual Muses: James Seawright and Mimi Garrard will continue to be on display through the month of February.

November / December in the Ewing Gallery

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present two exhibitions for the months of November and December.

Blurring Boundaries: The Women of AAA from 1936 – Present
Curated by Rebecca DiGiovanna

More than 80 years after its founding, AAA continues to nurture and support a vibrant community of artists with diverse identities and approaches to abstraction. In celebration of this tradition, Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists traces the work of the female artists within AAA from the founders to contemporary, practicing members. Included are works by historic members Perle Fine, Esphyr Slobodkina, Charmion von Wiegand, Irene Rice Pereira, Alice Trumbull Mason, and Gertrude Greene, as well as works by current members, such as Ce Roser, Irene Rousseau, Judith Murray, Alice Adams, Merrill Wagner and Katinka Mann. Through fifty-four works, the exhibition explores the stylistic variations and individual approaches to guiding principles of abstraction: color, space, light, material and process.


Mutual Muses: James Seawright and Mimi Garrard
Curated by: T. Michael Martin

Mutual Muses is a two-person exhibition showcasing works by James Seawright and Mimi Garrard, who have been working together as well as individually since the 1960s. Their lives and practice have inspired each other throughout their careers. This exhibition is an interwoven love story featuring individual works by Seawright and Garrard as well as ones inspired by the other and those created collaboratively. Their life of interconnectivity as mutual muses is beautifully explored and presented in this survey exhibition.



Oyler Wu Collaborative

Oyler Wu Collaborative, an experimental architecture and design firm, will exhibit in the Ewing Gallery from Oct. 12 – Oct. 31, 2018. The exhibit is the first comprehensive show of Oyler Wu Collaborative’s work featuring original hand drawings by Dwanye Oyler and jewelry from Jenny Wu. The opening reception will be held on Oct. 12 and the closing reception will be held on Oct. 31.

Oyler Wu Collaborative is an experimental architecture and design firm located in Los Angeles, California.  The office approaches architecture and design with  a critical and rigorous intent that challenges the typical vision of the built environment.  Recent works encompass a variety of scales, from products and installations to residential and institutional buildings.  Oyler Wu was selected by the city of L.A. to be a part of the design team for the Los Angeles River Bikeway/Greenway project.

Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu established their practice in 2004. Since then, Oyler Wu Collaborative has been published globally and is recognized for its excellence in architectural design, research, and fabrication. Projects recently completed include: the 3D printing showroom  and office space for 3DS Culinary in Hollywood, CA; the Stormcloud pavilion for SCI-Arc 40th anniversary event; the Cube, the winning pavilion entry for the Beijing Biennale; Taipei Sales Center, a 5 story commercial building; as well as a 16 story residential tower in Taipei, Taiwan.

The office has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record,  2013 Emerging Talent Award from AIA California Council, 2012 Presidential Honor Award for Emerging Practice from AIA LA, Taiwan’s ADA Award for Emerging Architect, and 2011 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League in New York.

Closing Reception: Irons in the Fire

We hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, October 6 from 4:30 – 5:30 for a the closing reception for “Irons in the Fire.” This event is part of the Mid South Sculpture Alliance Conference and is free and open to the public.

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.


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.


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

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