School of Art News

Art Students Convert Metal Scraps from Gerdau into Sculptures

Six UT students have converted more than 3,000 pounds of scrap metal provided by steel recycler Gerdau into works of art. The sculptures were unveiled this week and are on display at the historic Ivan Racheff House in Northwest Knoxville. The exhibition, which celebrates National Recycling Month, is a partnership between Gerdau and Dogwood Arts.

Cartoonist, ‘Peanuts’ Creative Director Receives Accomplished Alumni Award

While a student at UT, Paige Braddock cut her teeth as a cartoonist for the Daily Beacon newspaper. The budding illustrator went on to work at several major newspapers before being hired by the creator of the Peanuts brand. Braddock, now executive vice president and creative director of the Charles Schultz Studio, returned to UT Thursday and was honored with the Accomplished Alumni award. She is a 1985 School of Art graduate.

Guggenheim Foundation Blog: Jered Sprecher

Jered Sprecher, an associate professor in the School of Art, is featured in the November 5 blog post of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Read the interview here.

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

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.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Evan Meaney and Amy Szczepanski

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Evan Meaney, an assistant professor of art, and Amy Szczepanski, an assistant research professor in electrical engineering and computer science, had the big idea of turning large-scale data and information into art. httpvh://

“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.