Tennessee Triennial Artist Panel

Join us in welcoming numerous participating artists in the Tennessee Triennial for an artist panel discussion. Led by Consulting Curator Dr. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, we will learn about the concepts behind this state-wide art initiative. Artists who are featured in the Knoxville Museum of Art and Tri-Star Arts exhibitions will discuss their work and how it responds to the exhibition theme of RE-PAIR.

Free and open to the public! Eventbrite reservations are requested—no promo code required.

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ABOUT MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS—
María Magdalena Campos-Pons is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair Professor of Fine Arts. Campos-Pons interdisciplinary practice has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada, among other institutions. She has presented over thirty solo performances commissioned by institutions like the Guggenheim and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She also participated in the 49th Venice Biennial, the 55th Venice Biennial, Documenta14, Johannesburg Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, 3rd Biennial of Bahia, Prospect 4 and Havana Biennials. Her works are held in over 50 museums around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Perez Art Museum, Miami. A survey of her practice was held at IMA in 2007. Campos-Pons is the founder EADJ Vanderbilt and of Intermittent Rivers / Rios Intermitentes project in Matanzas, Cuba. Campos-Pons is the recipient of numerous awards.


This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Cocktails & Conversation with Jack Lemon and Beauvais Lyons

Founder of the renowned printer-publisher Landfall Press, Jack Lemon, will discuss the legacy of five decades of printmaking collaborations with artists from around the world. Joined by Beauvais Lyons, the Chancellor’s professor at the University of Tennessee’s nationally ranked printmaking program, they will unpack the layers of history and innovation found in the art of printmaking.

 Free and open to the public! Cash bar and light refreshments. Eventbrite reservations are requested—no promo code required.

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ABOUT JACK LEMON—
Jack Lemon founded Landfall Press in 1970, and played a key role in expanding the geography of the American postwar print renaissance. In the late 1950s and 1960s, new printmaking workshops, including Universal Limited Art Editions, Tamarind Lithography Workshop, and Gemini G.E.L., opened on the East and West Coasts. Jack Lemon helped bring this printmaking revival to the Midwest. He learned lithography at the Kansas City Art Institute, then later established and directed lithography workshops there in 1965 and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1968. He opened Landfall Press in Chicago, effectively creating a new hub for printmaking that attracted artists from around the country.

ABOUT BEAUVAIS LYONS—
Beauvais Lyons is Chancellor’s Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he has taught since 1985. Lyons received his MFA degree from Arizona State University and his BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His one-person exhibitions have traveled to over 80 museums and galleries, and his lithographs are in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, DC) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia. PA). In 2002 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznañ, Poland, and in 2014 he received the Santo Foundation Artist Award. In March, he will present his new project, “Circus Orbis,” at the Emporium Art Center in Knoxville.


This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Cocktails & Conversation with Suzanne Jackson and Dr. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Savanah, GA based artist Suzanne Jackson will be joined by Consulting Curator Dr. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons for an evening discussing her work in the Tennessee Triennial exhibition. Jackson typically works in large-scale, semi-sculptural “anti-canvases” which speak to the artist’s interest in nature, upcycling, and humanity’s relationship with the planet.

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ABOUT SUZANNE JACKSON—
Suzanne Jackson (b. 1944, St. Louis) first moved westward with her parents to San Francisco, after which the family continued north to Yukon Territory. She came of age in the remote natural environment of pre-statehood Alaska, later returning to the Bay Area to study painting and theater at San Francisco State University, and dance at the Pacific Ballet. In a career spanning more than five decades, Jackson has worked experimentally across genres including drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking, poetry, dance, theater and costume design. In her lyrical work from the 1960s and 70s, figures and recurring symbols are built up through multiple layers of acrylic wash on canvas, creating ethereal paintings in which any firm distinction between depicted elements is dissolved. Built up through layers of pure acrylic, Jackson’s recent “anti-canvases” are partially structured with netting, rods, and paper fragments, and strewn with cast off color and other prosaic elements: peanut shells, bamboo, bells, loquat seeds, leather string. The artist’s handmade gestural impressions—pinching, crimping, and pleating—occur within a material transparency that lends each composition a uniquely lyrical and luminous dimensionality. 

ABOUT MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS—
María Magdalena Campos-Pons is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair Professor of Fine Arts. Campos-Pons interdisciplinary practice has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada, among other institutions. She has presented over thirty solo performances commissioned by institutions like the Guggenheim and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She also participated in the 49th Venice Biennial, the 55th Venice Biennial, Documenta14, Johannesburg Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, 3rd Biennial of Bahia, Prospect 4 and Havana Biennials. Her works are held in over 50 museums around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Perez Art Museum, Miami. A survey of her practice was held at IMA in 2007. Campos-Pons is the founder EADJ Vanderbilt and of Intermittent Rivers / Rios Intermitentes project in Matanzas, Cuba. Campos-Pons is the recipient of numerous awards.


This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Dine & Discover with Althea Murphy-Price

Join us for a lunchtime discussion of the work of Knoxville artist and University of Tennessee professor Althea Murphy-Price. Contemporary printmaker, Murphy-Price “explores the connection between individuality and assimilation, and their influence on cultural and personal identity.” Q&A to follow the lecture.

Lunch orders can be placed no later than the Friday before the event by contacting DeLena Feliciano at dfeliciano@knoxart.org or 865-934-2041.
Lunch orders are $12 and include a sandwich or scoop, a side, dessert, and a drink.

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ABOUT ALTHEA MURPHEY PRICE—
Inspired by the social implication of beauty and its relationship to female identity, women, and culture. Topics of real and false, decoration, and imitation are explored in two and three-dimensional working methods, using traditional and non-conventional approaches to printmaking, and sculpture.

Althea Murphy-Price began her studies in Fine Art at Spelman College before receiving her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University and later studying at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. Her artwork has been shown widely throughout the country as well as international cities in Spain, China, Japan, Italy and Sweden. Her writings and work have been featured in such publications as Art Papers Magazine, CAA ReviewsContemporary Impressions JournalArt in Print, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process., and Printmakers Today.


This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture with Artist Willie Cole

Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture with Artist Willie Cole 

This annual event celebrates the life of Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer and her passion for the visual arts and learning, and recognizes her many years of tireless, enthusiastic, and dedicated service to the Dulin Gallery of Art and the Knoxville Museum of Art. The fund established by Sarah’s family, friends, and others committed to the arts supports lectures by a prominent artist, art historian, art educator, or expert in a related field. We hope that all who attend will share in Sarah’s love for the arts and for the museum.

This year’s speaker is a recent addition to the KMA Collection and a featured artist in the Tennessee Triennial. New Jersey based artist, Willie Cole is a contemporary sculptor, printmaker, and conceptual artist known for his innovative and unorthodox arrangements of disparate elements inspired by African and African-American histories and traditions. Cole is a nationally recognized artist whose work has exhibited in many museums including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Bronx Museum of Art, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University; he is represented by Alexander and Bonin Gallery (NYC), Maus Contemporary Gallery (Alabama), Gavlak Gallery (Los Angeles/Florida), and Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago).

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ABOUT WILLIE COLE—
Willie Cole (American, b. 1955) is known for his mixed media sculptures that focus on the cultures of West Africa. His upbringing by both his mother and grandmother in the 1960s has had a lasting impact on his work, as his continued use of irons in his sculptures signifies the domestic role of African women during this time. His fascination with African art developed as he continued his education at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied the culture of the Yoruba society. Recently Cole’s work was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO) and Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, AL). Selected public collections include Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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