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Ezra Tessler, AIR – Spring 2017


Ezra Tessler is a New York-based artist making two-dimensional and three-dimensional paintings. His most recent work offers a clear frontal read but they also tilt into and away from the wall. As window and the object, they aspire to a kind of simultaneous stillness and movement. Building on his background in human rights work, Tessler’s interest in things that are simultaneously “here and there” explores the ethical possibilities and limits of art making today.

Ezra Tessler was born in 1980, Philadelphia, PA. Ezra Tessler (b. Philadelphia, PA) lives and works in New York. He completed his MFA in painting from Bard College in 2016 and holds previous degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. His recent solo and two-person shows include Ezra Tessler and Barb Smith, New Proposals with Páramo at Zsona Maco, Mexico City, 2016; Rafters at Culture Room, Brooklyn, NY, 2014; The Red-Haired Man at Good Weather, North Little Rock, AR, 2013. His recent group shows include Beholder’s Share, 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, 2016; Broadcast from Cedarburg, NJ, Bannerette, Brooklyn, 2016; and Painters NYC, Páramo, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2015. He has been the recipient of a Jacob Javits Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, and held residencies at Ox-Bow and SOMA in Mexico City.

Artist Lecture: February 2, 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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