School of Art News

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


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.

UT Printmaking Class Wants You to ‘Know Your Rights’

The latest project of the printmaking studio is popping up on campus and may soon spread into the city to help people learn about their rights. The intermediate print workshop class, under guidance of Chancellor’s Professor Beauvais Lyons, recently finished a project based on the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Know Your Rights” campaign.

UT High School Arts Academy Inspires, Fuels Young Artists’ Passion

It was a day full of intense artistic practice, as faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the School of Art gave high school students from East Tennessee a glimpse into the possibilities of becoming an artist within a university setting.

UT Art Professor to Help Student Veterans Document War Experiences via Candid Photos

About two years ago during a class, UT art professor Baldwin Lee walked up to Trent Frazor and noticed he had pictures on his computer screen. One was a photo of Frazor, a graduate student and veteran of the Iraq War, in a foxhole, his face and hands covered in camouflage paint. That moment planted an idea in Lee’s mind to help student veterans document their time in the military through their own candid photos.

UT Pregame Showcase Goes to the Laboratory

Michael Best, associate professor in the department of chemistry, will be speaking at this week’s Pregame Showcase on “Bioorganic Chemistry: Advancing the Frontiers of Medicine.” The showcase will take place Saturday, October 15, before the Vols’ home game against Louisiana State University. The showcase will begin at 1:30 p.m., two hours before the game’s kickoff.

International Artist and UT Alumnus to Present Sculptures, Jazz Performance at First Friday Event

International artist and UT alumnus Justin Randolph Thompson will debut his project “The Pits,” a sculptural installation and jazz performance, Friday. The opening reception will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., October 7, at the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street. It will be part of First Friday festivities. The exhibit will be on display through October 29.

Abstract Art and Its Influences Subject of UT’s Pregame Showcase

Examples of abstract art and the everyday items that can inspire artists are the focus of this week’s College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase. The showcase, titled “An Exploration of Humanity Through Abstract Painting,” will be led by School of Art associate professor Jered Sprecher.

UT Art Professor’s Photos Provide ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Views of Ground Zero

To art professor Baldwin Lee, the place known as Ground Zero was always just “home.” In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Lee returned to the area to chronicle the destruction, as well as the reaction of people who had come to see Ground Zero and pay their respects to those who died there. His photo montages have been displayed in the Knoxville Museum of Art.