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Printmaking faculty Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price and Koichi Yamamoto

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murphy_priceAlthea Murphy-Price - Associate Professor
Office: A+A 241B
Telephone: 974.3247
Education: Temple University - MFA

“My love for art, comes from a love of making. Hair texture, style, color, and often its cultural associations have influenced my interest in the elaborate decoration of form and space. My creative process is one that parallels an approach to styling hair. The variable and compliant nature of hair allows me the freedom to work in a number of ways rooted in ornamentation. In the attempt to disguise the material, deception is a distinctive characteristic in manifestation of the artificial and ephemeral. Forms of accoutrement found within fashion, such as clothing, jewelry, and formal hat wear serve as visual cues for my own expression."

Althea Murphy Price received her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana, and her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art Temple University in Philadelphia PA. She has presented and exhibited her work internationally and nationally in such cities as Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA , St Louis, MO, Cincinnati OH, Charleston, SC and Beijing, China . Juried and group exhibitions include the 2009 International Printmaking Exhibitions in Jingdezhen China, the 79th Annual International Print Center Competition in Philadelphia, PA, the 2007 and 2005 Boston Printmakers Exhibition and the 2009 Piccolo Spoleto Invitational Exhibition, in Charleston , SC . In addition to her exhibition record Murphy-Price has also been an artist in residence at the Frank Llyod Wright School, University of Hawaii, Hilo and The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been featured in the 2009 Spring issue of Art Papers, and recent publications Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process., and Printmakers Today . She lives in Knoxville Tennessee where she is Associate Professor in printmaking at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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yamamotoKoichi Yamamoto - Associate Professor
Office: A+A 241E
Telephone: 865.974.6879
Education: University of Alberta - MFA
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Video: Normal Editions on YouTube

“Surface only provides a record from recent events. Making critical judgments requires an understanding of what lies underneath.Addressing the landscape as subject, my work attempts to describe cross sections of history. I seek to slowdown and take time for a deep level of investigation."

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). He has presented one-person exhibitions at Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas (2007); the Salt Lake Art Center (2001); Illinois State University (1999); the Szynkiewicz Museum in Poznañ, Poland (1996). Recent juried print competitions that include his work have been the Boston Printmakers (2007); the 7th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial Print Art, New Delhi, India (2006); and the Lujubljana International Printmaking Exhibition, Slovania (1999). His prints are in the collections of University of Hawaii at Hilo; the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Center in the Portland Art Museum; and the University of Alberta Museum and Collection, Edmonton, Canada. In the fall of 2010 he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Yamamoto earned tenure at Utah State University (2000-2006) and taught at the University of Delaware (2006-2007) before coming to UTK. His work may be viewed at:

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lyonsBeauvais Lyons - Chancellor's Professor
Office: A+A 241A
Telephone: 865.974.3202
Education: Arizona State University - MFA
Video: Creative License on Beauvais Lyons and the Hokes Archives on YouTube

"For the past three decades I have created academic parody in a variety of mediums. For much of this time I fabricated and documented imaginary cultures. More recently I have been interested in biography, folk art, medicine and zoology. My lithographs are influenced by plates from old encyclopedias, the novellas of Jorge Luis Borges, 18th-century science, 19th-century printing, natural history museums, the travel writings of Christopher Underdown, mirrors and lenses, anthrospheres, wunderkammers, and various forms of neglected scholarship. I prize the vernacular history of art. I prefer the facsimile to the original, and the imaginary to the real. I believe history is a work of fiction."

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). His one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 60 galleries and museums across the United States. He has published articles on his work in Archaeology, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Contemporary Impressions, The New Art Examiner, and Leonardo. His work is cited by Linda Hutcheon in Irony’s Edge: A Theory and Politics of Irony (1994) and by Lawrence Weschler in Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder (1995). He also has works in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. He was awarded the Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Creative Achievement (1994), a Southern Art Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1988) and a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznañ, Poland (2002). Lyons served as the President of the Southern Graphics Council International (1994-96), the largest printmaking organization in North America and as editor of their newsletter (1998-2002). He has also served as President of the UT Knoxville Faculty Senate (2003-2004) and as campus representative to the UT Faculty Council (2007-2010).


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