Oct. 28, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
Paintings by Knoxville artist Jered Sprecher will be on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery from Nov. 4 through Nov. 26.
A reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., Nov. 22 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Sprecher’s paintings, drawings and installations focus on the “fleeting images and objects that surround us,” according to the artist.
“I am a hunter and a gatherer, constantly accumulating images produced by the people and cultures around me,” Sprecher wrote in his artist statement. “Segments of this collection of images then emerge in my paintings. My work shows images that are revealed as fragments in the midst of change, destruction, redefinition and restoration. The sources they are drawn from are changing and evolving, and the paintings are caught in that ‘still’ moment of change.”
An associate professor in the University of Tennessee’s School of Art, Sprecher received his bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University in Nebraska and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa.
His work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Chinati Foundation, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center and Espai d'art Contemporani de Castelló. In 2009, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Most recently, he was the artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.
For more information about Sprecher’s work, please visit http://www.jeredsprecher.com/.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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.