Art by two MC alumni on display at Clayton Center Oct. 1-31

Art by two MC alumni on display at Clayton Center Oct. 1-31

Sept. 9, 2014

Artwork by Maryville College alumni Erica Beck ‘04 and Mary Louise Sullivan ‘06 will be on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery Oct. 1-31.

A reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., in conjunction with the Maryville Last Friday Art Walk.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Beck, a graphic designer for Knoxville public relations firm Moxley Carmichael, will display a collection of work that represents an “exploration of my illustration style.”

“It started with the name for my stationery line, Stag & Lucia,” Beck said in her artist statement. “It is a nod to both my husband’s and my heritage, as these words are rooted in German and Swedish culture. I knew I wanted to create an identity that was both uniquely mine and deeply personal.

“I also strive to pay homage to the region in which I was born and raised - the Southeast,” Beck continued. “I love the South for its charm, easy elegance and wit - all things I hope to convey in my artwork.”

Beck earned a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design from Maryville College in 2004. Her design and art heroes include Louise Fili, Janet Hill, Laura Stoddart and Mary Engelbreit. Throughout college and well into her career, she “never relinquished” her passion for illustration.

“I’ve always loved illustration and graphic design ... and I finally realized stationery was the perfect combination of the two,” Beck said. “My mission as a designer and illustrator is to present work that is remembered for its craftsmanship and authenticity. Ultimately, I strive to elegantly communicate a story that resonates with the audience.”

Sullivan, a bookbinder, printmaker and artist from Nashville, Tenn., will display a collection of work titled “Works in Progress and Production.” The exhibit represents an evolution in product design and includes blank book prototypes from her MFA thesis show, as well as “subsequent iterations and products.”

“My decorative papers stem from a love of printing, mark making, and production and allow me to indulge in intricate handwork,” Sullivan said in her artist statement. “Ultimately, I aspire to make books that are accessible, affordable, humble, and useful. I design my books to withstand the gentle abuse of daily use, books that will be written in, dog-eared, and treasured for generations.”

Sullivan earned a bachelor of arts degree in fine art from Maryville College in 2006 and a master of fine arts in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2014. She was worked as a designer and printer at Hatch Show Print, a historic letterpress poster print shop in downtown Nashville, and she was a graduate research assistant to Timothy Barrett at the University of Iowa Oakdale Paper Research and Production Facility. She is the founder and sole proprietor of Crowing Hens Bindery.

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications

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 2019 semester is 1,148.