City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts CommissionAmerican Alliance of Museum

Focus 2011

January 30 - April 19, 2015

Contemporary Focus is the KMA’s annual exhibition series designed to serve as a vital means of recognizing, supporting, and documenting the development of contemporary art in East Tennessee. Each year, the exhibition series features the work of artists who are living and making art in this region, and who are exploring issues relevant to the larger world of contemporary art.

The three artists selected for this year’s exhibition have a common interest in creating works that examine the uncertain terrain between personal experience and external reality, abstraction and representation, and civilization and nature.

Caroline Covington produces sculptural mixed-media works that explore notions of displacement, mortality, and chance. In addition to her studio practice, Covington is assistant professor of sculpture at Chattanooga State Community College.

Mira Gerard’s shadowy, expansive figure paintings integrate subject matter from her own video recordings and found imagery in ways that blur the boundaries between dream and reality. Gerard is chair and associate professor in the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Karla Wozniak's highly patterned, densely textured paintings depict an American landscape defined by automotive culture and transformed by suburban sprawl. She currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she is assistant professor of painting at the School of Art, University of Tennessee.

KMA sponsors include Emerson Process Management and Texas Instruments.

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Caroline Covington, Chop, 2012. Installation with Kona cloth, cast resin 84 x 120 x 36 inches.

Mira Gerard, Sunburst and Snowblind, 2012. Oil on linen, 20 x 26.

Karla Wozniak, Mountain Building, 2014. Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches