March 22, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The work of Maryville College Professor of Art Mark Hall will be on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery April 1-30.
Titled “The Pilgrimage to Hell and Back: Wood Engravings of Dante’s Divine Comedie and More,” the exhibition will include prints, drawings and one work of sculpture.
A reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., April 26 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., in conjunction with the Maryville Last Friday Art Walk.
“The work in this exhibition is of two types: satirical print and sculpture, and from my early collegiate education, when my painting instructor was an ‘Action Painter,’ prints and ink drawings in an abstract expressionist mode,” Hall said in his artist’s statement.
The satirical prints are Hall’s “attempt to visually update Dante’s Divine Comedie.”
“Seventeen wood-engravings trace the pilgrimage through the Inferno via the Seven Deadly Sins, a parking lot and cemetery, upward through Purgatory, ending in my version of Paradise,” he said.
The other prints and drawings in the exhibition were completed in the last couple of years, and the lone sculpture is the first in what he hopes will be a series of self-portraits.
Hall has taught art at Maryville College since 2001. He earned a bachelor of arts from Hanover College, a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, a master of arts from the University of Louisville and a master of fine arts from Indiana State University. He also completed additional graduate studies at the University of Chicago.
From 2001 until 2011, he was chair of the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts. He was chair of Marian College’s Department of Art from 1990-92, 1994-97 and 2000-01. He has also worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the David and Alfred Smart Museum in Indianapolis.
Hall’s work has been featured in numerous national exhibitions and juried exhibitions. Most recently, his work was featured last summer in “Americas 2012: All Media,” a national juried exhibition at Minot State University.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.