Gombert's art selected for juried exhibition, painting publication

Gombert's art selected for juried exhibition, painting publication

Dec. 4, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Artwork by Maryville College Professor of Art Dr. Carl Gombert has been selected for “Arts in the Airport: 75 Years of Making Memories in Aviation,” a juried exhibition at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Gombert’s “Gnomandala XIV (Flight),” a 30”x30” rubber stamped monotype, was chosen for the exhibition, which is on display through April 11. Gombert is one of 40 East Tennessee artists whose work was selected for the exhibit. The selected art can be seen in the secured area behind the airport’s security gate checkpoint.

The semi-annual exhibition is presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Airport Authority and features contemporary two- and three-dimensional artwork. The exhibition was developed to “allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area,” according to the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville’s website.

One of Gombert’s paintings was accepted for publication in the International Painting Annual (INPA 3), which is due out in 2013.

Gombert’s “Swann” is a 48”x36” oil on canvas painting of Dr. Bill Swann, associate professor of music and chair of the Division of Fine Arts at MC. The painting was selected from 1292 submissions by 439 artists in 45 states and 27 countries. The publication includes 116 selected works by 82 artists from 26 states and eight countries, including Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and the United States.

Eleven professional and academic advisors in the fields of art, design, criticism and art history juried the third International Painting Annual. The selection process was by anonymous blind jury, with each jury member assigning a quality rating for artistic merit to each work submitted. The entries receiving the highest average combined score are included in the publication.

The International Painting Annual is published by the Manifest Press, and its goal is “to support the recognition, documentation and publication of excellent, current and relevant works of painting from around the world,” according to Manifest’s website.

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 1,197.