School of Art News

Art Professor’s Film Debuts Internationally at Prestigious Edinburgh Festival

The film of a UT art professor will debut this month at he longest continually running film festival in the world. Something, Anything, a full-length feature film written and directed by Paul Harrill, will be shown June 19 and 21 at the United Kingdom-based Edinburgh International Film Festival. The movie is one of twelve selected from the United States for the festival’s American Dreams section.

News Sentinel: Controversial UT mural being shown at UT Downtown Gallery

The News Sentinel wrote a story about an upcoming exhibit featuring UT’s Greenwood Mural. The exhibit, at the UT Downtown Gallery from June 6 to August 9, includes eighteen other works by famous muralist Marion Greenwood. The mural has survived controversy, vandalism, and an impending demolition of its longtime home. Read the full story here.

Exhibit Featuring Historic Greenwood Mural, Other Works Opens June 6

The twenty-eight-foot historic mural that has survived controversy, vandalism, and an impending demolition of its longtime home will be featured in an exhibit that opens June 6 at UT’s Downtown Gallery. The History of Tennessee painting will be on display along with eighteen other works by celebrated muralist Marion Greenwood. The summer exhibit will be available during three First Friday celebrations downtown and during the Downtown Gallery’s normal operating hours.

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.