Clayton Center galleries to feature MC and UT art faculty

Clayton Center galleries to feature MC and UT art faculty

May 31, 2017

Art by faculty in Maryville College’s Division of Fine Arts and the University of Tennessee’s School of Art will be on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ galleries June 1 through Sept. 1.

Maryville College art and design faculty members Paula Campbell, Carl Gombert, Adrienne Schwarte and Barron Hall are the featured artists in the DENSO Gallery. A reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., Aug. 25 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

“Stone, Mesh and Metal: Prints by Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price and Koichi Yamamoto” will be on display in the Blackberry Farm Gallery, featuring art by UT printmaking faculty. A reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., Sept. 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., as part of downtown Maryville’s Friday Night Lights event.

Both the exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

MC art faculty to display photos, ceramics and paintings

Four faculty members in Maryville College’s Division of Fine Arts will show their work in the DENSO Gallery.

Dr. Carl Gombert, professor of art, will display several oil on canvas paintings, which were painted about 30 years ago in northeast Ohio.

“At the time, I was very much interested in landscape, particularly the local and familiar landscape of one's own neighborhood,” Gombert wrote in his artist statement. “I was also trying to capture the specific nature of light and color to convey the mood of time and place, and I was trying to learn to paint in an efficient, straightforward and economical way.”

Barron Hall, adjunct instructor of ceramics and 3-D sculpture, will show ceramics, as well as his latest works.

“I’ve been exploring the ‘possibly functional’ as an object with an inscribed purpose such as the gear, which was part of a larger work that was an exploded grandfather clock,” Hall said. “The latest works are the Rockets, the Pile (of various possible moving parts) and the Spindles. These works are inspired by teaching pottery and sculpture together and then how to mix these ways of working while thinking about the possible purposes.”

Adrienne Schwarte, associate professor of design, will show “boats, birds & blooms,” a collection of photos.

“I have no idea where my obsession with boats, birds and blooms came from … they are, by far, the subjects that I gravitate towards photographing the most,” Schwarte said. “And, so, I thought it fitting to put them together, side-by-side-by-side, as subjects that mirror aspects of my life I hold most dear...growth (blooms), freedom (birds) and adventure (boat).”

Paula Campbell, adjunct instructor of art (photography), will show “Traces,” a collection of color prints.

“The image in a photograph is formed from the reflected light of that moment preserved onto a photosensitive surface,” Campbell said. “Seen in this way the photograph is the direct trace of its subject. The photos in this exhibit are family photos of vivid memories that have become keepsakes.”

UT art faculty to display “Stone, Mesh and Metal”

“Stone, Mesh and Metal” features prints by faculty from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Art in the school’s nationally ranked printmaking program. Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price and Koichi Yamamoto are pursuing their art using a variety of printmaking methods including lithography, screenprint and intaglio, reflecting the materials and processes of their chosen media. This exhibition offers a sampling of some of their recent investigations.

For more than three decades, Lyons has been making various forms of academic parody. For this exhibition, he is presenting a suite of color lithographs titled “Ornithological Quadrupeds,” which depict imaginary four-legged birds rendered in the style of the British naturalist John Gould. The prints are part of his larger Association for Creative Zoology project, which is a commentary on the evolution vs. creationism debate. Lyons, who is a graduate of Arizona State University (MFA 1980), has taught printmaking at UT-Knoxville since 1985. He has presented over 80 one-person exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and he is a 2014 recipient of the Santo Artist Award.

Murphy-Price’s prints explore the aesthetic, cultural and social aspects of hair, particularly the importance of forming and styling hair for African-Americans. Her prints, which employ both lithography and screen print, investigate hair and its various accoutrements to comment on our conceptions of beauty and identity. Murphy-Price is a graduate of Temple University (MFA 2005) and has taught at UT-Knoxville since 2010. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Since 2016, her exhibits have included a solo exhibit in Newburg, Ore., and group exhibitions in Tidaholm, Sweden; Louisville, Ky.; Raleigh, N.C.; Houston, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; and Atlanta, Ga.

Yamamoto’s recent prints reflect the process of printmaking itself, exploring the potential to use printing to create new and variable forms. Using intaglio methods, including etching and engraving, Yamamoto prints on thin sheets of folded gampi paper, which are refolded and re-printed to create elaborate and often evocative symmetrical designs. These prints are often used in a variety of contexts, including making kites. Yamamoto, who is a native of Osaka, Japan, is a graduate of the University of Alberta (MFA 1999) and has taught at UT-Knoxville since 2007. In 2016, his work was selected in national and international exhibitions, including the Pacific States Biennial North American Print Exhibition, University of Hawaii, Hilo; the International Biennial Print Exhibition 2016 ROC, Taichung, Taiwan; and ŁODŻ PRINTS International Print Biennale, Łodż, Poland.

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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 2018 semester is 1,154.