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USA Today: Centaur ‘skeleton’ takes science center stage

USA Today spoke with Beauvais Lyons, UT Chancellor’s Professor and James R. Cox Professor of Art, about museum exhibits of mythical creatures and how we know what is real, and what isn’t. Lyons heads the “Hokes Archives” in the John C. Hodges Library, which includes the faux history of three civilizations: the Apasht, the Arenot, and Aazudians.

The Art of the Prank

What is it about pranks that we find so interesting and entertaining? That question is at the core of a unique freshman seminar class to be taught by UT’s “Court Jester,” Beauvais Lyons. Lyons is also a gifted artist, mentor and a force behind the UT Knoxville School of Art’s graduate program in printmaking. Students in Lyons’ freshman seminar 129 course will study and stage a number of pranks during the semester to explore the social, political, ethical and artistic uses of the prank.