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Dana DeGiulio, AIR – Fall 2016

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Dana DeGiulio is an artist whose praxis range from painting to performance to video, where the sincerity of the artist’s voice allocates itself in the medium where its vocabulary can inhabit its content.

“Ms. DeGiulio’s paintings take a simple trope, the floral still life, and remake it into a black-and-white postpunk-type affair. Call it Manet for the millennium, after his late flower paintings. There are more naked stems than blooms, and the flowers look as if they were recovered from the trash after a lovers’ quarrel or placed on an autopsy table for examination. Sentiment and sentimentality are erased.”
– Martha Schwendener

“At stake in DeGiulio’s artwork is a difficult play between abstraction’s muteness (her paintings want to evoke, and perhaps to renew, the intense, protective, inward, self-contained objecthood that the modernist avant-garde so often aimed to achieve), and the alienating reductions of the sign.”
– Julian Myers-Szupinska

Dana DeGiulio was born in 1978, Chicago Heights, IL. De Giulio is a painter who cries at parades. Recent exhibitions include Consensus (strikethrough) at Signal in Malmö, Sweden, Instead Of Being Born, with Michaela Murphy and Ilie Paul Capriel at an Airbnb next to MoMA, Queen with Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Lyles & King in NYC. Write-ups of her project have appeared lately in the New York Times and The Brooklyn Rail. This spring she was invited by SFMoMA to respond to the 8 essays comprising their “On Returning” series, curated by Grupa O.K.. She teaches painting at SAIC and NYU, and is an alumna of the Fire Island Artist Residency.

Artist Lecture: October 27, 7:30 pm, A+A Room 109 (McCarty Auditorium)

About the Artist-in-Residence in Painting & Drawing at UTK

The Artist-in-Residence Program was initiated in 1982. Each semester an invited resident artist teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in the painting and drawing curriculum. The AIR program has been highly successful in making a direct connection to the marketplace of ideas that surrounds art centers such as New York City, Chicago, and LA. The artists we bring to campus represent a spectrum of current sensibilities in painting and drawing holding sway in the art world today.

The AIR is integral to the core of the graduate student and undergraduate student experience, and adds significantly to the vitality and vibrancy of the dialectic engaged by the various faculty and students of the School of Art.

for more information contact Assoc. Prof. Jered Sprecher at or 865.974.9396

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