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Wade Guyton

Guyton, who grew up in Knoxville, gained international attention for his unorthodox approach to painting, one that references hard-edged abstraction, minimalism, and performance art. His process-oriented works combine his own computer-generated imagery, paper from old art books, and inkjet printers, which he pushes beyond their normal limits in order to create works featuring an array of expressive “snags, drips, streaks, mis-registrations, blurs.”

Bessie Harvey

Bessie Harvey was a self-taught artist from Alcoa who overcame poverty and a fourth grade education to become a nationally prominent artist. She earned international attention for her uncanny ability to extract religious, historical and imaginary characters from gnarled roots, branches, paint and cloth.

Richard Jolley

Jolley is an East Tennessee native and one of America’s foremost figurative glass artists. He is well known for his expressive human and animal figures presented in various arrangements that suggest open-ended narratives. The artist’s blown glass forms are inspired by classical sculpture, modern art, and everyday life in the rural South. Jolley uses a unique palette of hand-formulated colors and often etches the surface of his glass with acid.

Whitney Leland

Leland has achieved a national reputation for his vibrant organic abstractions. For more than four decades, he has explored the process of painting with great discipline by restricting his imagery to a limited set of variables—tangled, symmetrically arranged tentacles of color. Leland is one of the earliest graduates of the University of Tennessee’s art program.

Andrew Saftel

In his panel paintings, Pikeville, TN-based artist Andrew Saftel creates dense, colorful environments of painted imagery and found objects. Each is the result of a complex blend of techniques—carving, routing, embedding, stenciling, staining, brushing, and dripping—that echoes the natural processes of erosion, sedimentation, growth and decay.

Jered Sprecher

Sprecher’s inventive compositions present unlikely combinations of images borrowed from high and low sources, whether motifs from famous paintings, architectural blueprints, or graffiti scrawls on a wall near his studio. Their original meaning and associations are often subdued, altered or lost in favor of their new role as formal devices.