School of Art News

Closing Reception for 20 Years Later Exhibit Today at UT Downtown Gallery

Through the use of social media and the Internet, fourteen School of Art alumni reconnected and decided to gather works that reflect their journey over the last twenty years since they graduated from UT. Their efforts resulted in an exhibit, 20 Years Later, UTK School of Art, MFA Class of 1993, which has been on display at the UT Downtown Gallery this month. A closing reception will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. today at the gallery, 106 South Gay Street.

UT Archaeologists Uncover Lost Roman Outpost in Southern Jordan

Rare new details about an ancient Roman fort in southern Jordan have been uncovered by two UT professors. Robert Darby, a lecturer in art history in the School of Art, and Erin Darby, an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, direct the ‘Ayn Gharandal archaeological project that has uncovered details about the fort, including the previously unknown location of an ancient infantry unit.

UT High School Arts Academy Inspires Young Artists

The twelfth annual High School Arts Academy at UT gave eighty students from thirty East Tennessee schools an opportunity to study visual arts in a university setting last month. Students enrolled in a workshop of their choice from ceramics to video, from drawing to printmaking—all taught by School of Art professors.

Professors Create Code that Turns Large-Scale Data into Art

How does a computer view the human world—say, the human genome or literary works such as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick? Two UT professors have provided some insight, thanks to a code they’ve created that allows the computer to transform large-scale data and information into digital images—compressed pictures composed of colorful lines.

“Null_Sets” Collection Awarded at Film Festival

Collaborative work performed by the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center and UT artist Evan Meaney that examines the interplay of data, information, and knowledge has won the jury prize for the Distributed Microtopias exhibition at the 15th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

Students Explore Artistic Video Vision in New NICS Class

A group of UT students put the use of aesthetics and artistic flair to the test in delivering scientific messages as part of a pilot project class. The students developed videos about the work of researchers associated with the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) through the guidance from Art Professor Norman Magden and NICS communicator Christal Yost. To read more about the class, visit NICS website.

Artist Honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

Wade Guyton, the first UT alumnus to have work featured in the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, received an Accomplished Alumni award yesterday evening. The 1995 graduate of the College Scholars Program, who focused his last two years of study in the School of Art, was presented with an Accomplished Alumni award in New York on December 12.

Big Idea: Professor Highlights Student Veterans through Photos

Baldwin Lee

Art Professor Baldwin Lee wants to help student veterans document their time in the military through their own candid photos. But he’s not looking for posed photos or action shots. He’s interested in pictures that capture their everyday experiences while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lee’s project is called “Through a Soldier’s Eye.”

Art Students Design, Build Permanent Sculpture for Knoxville Zoo

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A group of students from the School of Art has designed and built an obelisk that will be part of the new lion and baboon exhibits that will open soon at the Knoxville Zoo. The permanent sculpture is nineteen feet tall and weighs about 10,000 pounds. The students were enrolled in the Special Topic in Sculpture course this summer, taught by Patricia Tinajero, an assistant professor in the School of Art.