MC's art gallery exhibit for March features mask-inspired paintings by Lain York

February 12, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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Inspired by African and Mayan masks and figures, "Transference," an exhibit of paintings by artist Lain York, opens March 1 at the Maryville College Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception and artist talk led by York begins at 7 p.m., March 1 in the gallery. There is no charge.

"Transference" is an exhibit of images in different media, including enamels and acrylics.

Although inspired by ritualistic masks used by African and Mayan people, York does not think of them as being a part of any specific culture.

"They appeal to me as a record or evidence of the way a society or culture tries to make sense of the human experience through art and ritual," he explained. "The record of this attempt, the art objects, is common to all societies past and present. All human societies in one way or another make art; we all share this basic need."

York's work has been featured in several solo exhibitions. "Transference" was exhibited at the Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, Tenn., in 2001; and "Conversations with Ouattara" was exhibited at the gallery in 2002.

Earning a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tennessee, York has shown his art numerous times throughout the state as part of group exhibitions, including Tennessee State Museum's "The Best of Tennessee" show in 2001, and the Delta Axis/Marshall Art Center in Memphis in 2003.

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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.