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Knoxville Collects Yee-Haw

Approximate Exactitude: The Diagram and the Book

Prints by UTK

Penny Performances


The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly announces four unique exhibitions by SGC International.
A public reception will take place on Friday, March 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.


2015-2018 Southern Graphic Council International Member’s Traveling Exhibition
March 6-29, 2015

In the main gallery, the 2015-2018 Southern Graphic Council International Member’s Traveling Exhibition features an array of 51 original prints, created by SGC International members from around the world. Juried by artist, distinguished professor, and 2015 SGCI Printmaker Emerita Award Recipient Ruth Weisberg, the work selected for the exhibit will travel though the United States for three years. Artists include Beauvais Lyons and Koichi Yamamoto, School of Art faculty at the University of Tennessee.


Knoxville Collects Yee-Haw
March 6-29, 2015

Knoxville Collects Yee-Haw will feature letterpress prints from Yee-Haw Industries collected by the people of Knoxville. The exhibition seeks to celebrate the legacy of Yee-Haw Industries and its significance for people living in East Tennessee. Organized by B.J. Alumbaugh, MFA student in Studio Art (printmaking) at the University of Tennessee, the exhibition will include text panels for each print with a short paragraph by the owner about why the work is of significance for them. Works will be on display in the Balcony gallery.


Approximate Exactitude: The Diagram and the Book
March 6-29, 2015

Approximate Exactitude: The Diagram and the Book will feature a selection of original artist books by fourteen artists in the display case. The books in this show celebrate, occasionally spoof, and often times elevate the significance of the diagram as an element of the book. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Smith, the Special Instructor/Manager of the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.


Prints by UTK Faculty
March 6-29, 2015

Prints by UTK Faculty will present selected prints by University of Tennessee, School of Art faculty members Koichi Yamamoto, Althea Murphy Price, and Beauvais Lyons on the North Wall of the gallery. The three participating artists in this exhibit are also hosts of the 2015 Southern Graphics Council International Conference held March 18-21 in Knoxville.

Beauvais Lyons is the self-appointed Director of the Hokes Archives and has taught at UT since 1985. In 2011 he was awarded the title of Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee, and is also an Ellen McClung Berry Professor of Art (2013-2015). Lyons is a graduate of Arizona State University (MFA) and served as the President of the Southern Graphics Council International (1994-96).

Althea Murphy Price is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee since beginning in 2010. She is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana where she received her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting (2003), and her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art Temple University in Philadelphia PA (2005).

Sarah Smith is currently the Special Instructor/Manager of the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College, in Hanover NH. Since 1995, she has been teaching letterpress printing, bookbinding, printmaking, and graphic design. She taught at Maryland Institute College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art, Endicott College, Simmons College and most recently at Montserrat College of Art, where she helped create a letterpress printing studio and BFA concentration in Book Arts. She received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Ruth Weisberg is Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the USC Roski School, is currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities. Weisberg has had over 80 one-person and 190 group exhibitions and is author of the influential 1986 Tamarind Papers essay “The Syntax of the Print.” Her work is in sixty major Museum collections including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Biblioteque Nationale of France, Paris; Istituto Nationale per la Grafica, Rome; Detroit Institute of Arts; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Norwegian National Museum, Oslo; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery, Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Weisberg received her M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her Laurea in Painting and Printmaking from the Academia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy.

Koichi Yamamoto is a graduate of the University of Alberta (MFA 1999) and Pacific Northwest College of Art (BFA 1992). He has studied at the Bratislava Academy of Art (1994) and the Poznañ Academy of Art (1995). Yamamoto earned tenure at Utah State University (2000-2006) and taught at the University of Delaware (2006-2007) before coming to UTK, where he is Associate Professor in the School of Art.

About SGC International
The SGCI is the largest printmaking organization in North America and an educational non-profit organization committed to informing its members about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and hand-made paper. SGCI also strives to increase public appreciation of these arts by organizing an annual conference that draws national and international participants, to have significant dialogue and exchange of technical and critical information and methodologies. Awards, publications and exhibitions promote greater understanding, scholarship and enjoyment of these art forms. This year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Art, will host the 2015 SGC International Conference. Artists from all fifty states, Canada, South and Central America, and Europe are expected to attend.


Penny Performances

Thirty Organizations Announce Penny Performances for Knox County Students

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville in cooperation with the local arts community is proud to announce the third year of Penny Performances, a program developed to meet the local arts community’s long-term goal of serving and educating East Tennessee's children. Penny Performances provide every child in Knox County, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend local arts and culture events/activities by nearly 30 organizations at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by one paying adult during the 2012/2013 academic school year. Concerts, plays, dance performances, historic home tours, fairs, museums, festivals, arts workshops, radio broadcasts, movies, and more are part of Penny Performances. Organizations whose admission is regularly free are offering special programs or gifts for attending Knox County students. Notices announcing this program will be sent home with every Knox County public school child.

Almost 100 events are included in Penny Performances this year, and in addition, nine organizations offer year-round opportunities for Knox County School children: Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, East Tennessee History Center, James White’s Fort, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, WDVX, and Alexia’s School of Middle Eastern Dance. The schedule of participating performances is listed on the Penny Performances web site at www.Penny4Arts.com.

Families may register on this site to receive weekly e-mail notices about participating events. Most participating performances will allow one paying adult to bring up to three students for one penny each. Proof of Knox County residency (driver's license) will be required for each adult accompanying children ages 5-15. Students ages 16-18, not accompanied by an adult, must show proof of Knox County Residency and if in a group, at least one in the group of up to four Knox County students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket (if applicable) for the group to be able to participate in Penny Performances. Each participating organization’s specific guidelines are also listed on the Penny Performances web site.

The following organizations are participating in Penny Performances: Bijou Theatre, Blount Mansion Association, Circle Modern Dance, Clarence Brown Theatre, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Dogwood Arts, East Tennessee Historical Society, Frank H. McClung Museum, Alexia's School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Go! Contemporary Dance Works, HoLa Hora Latina, James White's Fort, Knoxville Arts & FIne Crafts Center, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Knoxville Choral Society, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Zoo, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, Pellissippi State, Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble, Tennessee Valley Fair, WDVX, Wild Thyme Players, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, The WordPlayers.

The schedule of participating performances is listed on the Penny Performances web site at www.Penny4Arts.com.

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