The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Contemporary Focus 2010 the work of Emily Ward Bivens, Nick DeFord, and Evan Meaney.

July 22, 2010

Contemporary Focus 2010 runs August 27 through November 7, 2010 and is the second installment of an annual KMA series that serves as a vital means of recognizing, supporting, and documenting the development of contemporary art in East Tennessee. Each year the KMA features emerging artists who work in new and experimental ways.

The public is invited to a free exhibition preview at the KMA Thursday, August 26 from 7 to 9pm. Contemporary Focus Artists Emily Ward Bivens, Nick DeFord, and Evan Meaney will be on hand to meet with guests, who can also enjoy the opening of Jane South: Shifting Structures on the same evening. Presenting sponsors are Jennifer and Greg Dunn with additional support from the MacLean Foundation. Media sponsors include AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Digital Media Graphix, Method Bureau, and WBIR.


About the Artists
Emily Ward Bivens uses found and made objects to forge narratives, provoke or encourage interaction, and reveal fictional and non-fictional mysteries. These objects shift from prop to subject to evidence when used in performance, video, and installation. Characters or identities are created to act as subjects, authors, inventors, and curators of the work. She received her BFA from Colorado State University and her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Bivens recent exhibitions include installations at Skulpturens Hus in Stockholm, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Emily Ward Bivens is an assistant professor of art at the University of Tennessee.
A Knoxville native, Nick DeFord earned his BFA in drawing from the University of Tennessee, and an MFA in fibers from Arizona State University. His work explores the visual culture of geography and cartography using common household materials. Through maps, globes, travel guides, pamphlets and charts, DeFord disrupts commonly recognizable systems to examine our relationship to identity and place, the known and the unknown. DeFord has exhibited work nationally, most recently at Fluorescent Gallery in Knoxville, the Arizona Biennial at the Tucson Museum of Art, and Whittier College in California. Nick DeFord currently teaches drawing at the University of Tennessee.

Evan Meaney has been working with film, video, and emerging media for over a decade. Educated at Ithaca College and the University of Iowa, his interests have grown to include deconstructive sequencing, ghost stories, breakdancing, and the poetry of hexadecimal code. Meaney has been an Iowa Arts Fellow, a James B. Pendleton Grant recipient, and an artist in residence at the Experimental Television Center. He has held directorships of the Bijou Theater in Iowa City, the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, ICE Fest, and the Couch Physics Microcinema. A recent addition to the Knoxville community, Evan Meaney has joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he will serve as an assistant professor of time-based media.

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