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Last year UT School of Art Printmaking Program was ranked #3 nationally in the 2012 US News and World Report Ranking of Graduate Program in the Fine Arts and has been ranked among the top 5 printmaking programs in the United States since 2002. (Source)

March 18-21, 2015 we will host the Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Knoxville. The conference (on the theme "Sphere") will take place at the Knoxville Convention Center and on the UT campus and will involve numerous collaborating institutions, including the Knoxville Museum of Art and the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. This will be the third time the conference has met in Knoxville, and is the largest meeting of printmakers in the world with over 1500 delegates. (SGC Website)

A student cuts out a print for Nicola Lopez's project.
Our program continues to bring exciting artists to campus,
usually for week-long collaborations. Visiting artists in 2012-13 included Fred Hagstrom, Nicola Lopez,
Jeffrey Vallance
and Yoonmi Nam. In 2013-2014 we will host Wayne White
and Pablo Helguera along with others. For a full listing of visiting artists, click here.

bridgesThis past year we collaborated with colleagues from Ohio University and Northern Illinois University to create "Three Bridges," a 1:50 scale "printed city" that was exhibited at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, River Level Gallery during the 2013 SGC International Conference March 20-24. The city was a hybrid combination of Knoxville, Athens, Ohio and Dekalb, Illinois. To read more, click here.

alumniOn the first night of the SGCI conference we had a very successful UT Alumni Reunion with over 50 alumni and friends at the Milwaukee Ale House. Our next reunion will take place during the SGCI conference in San Francisco, California on the evening of Wednesday March 26th, 2014. The location will be posted on the UT Printmaking Alumni page.

Last summer ten graduate students and faculty members from UT Printmaking Program were invited to produce an edition of prints for a portfolio organized by Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan. Other art programs invited were The University of Alberta in Canada, Silpakorn University in Thailand and the Antwerp Royal Academy in Belgium. The completed portfolio was exhibited in September 2012 in a newly renovated museum at Musashino Art University, as well as at Silpakorn University in Thailand in March 2013. This summer the portfolio will be presented at the UT Downtown Gallery in Knoxville July 5-27, 2013.

For the past seven years we have benefited from the Betsy Worden Endowment for Printmaking, which supports student enrichment projects. Gifts to the endowment may be made to "The University of Tennessee." For more information, click here.

Honors and Exhibitions by Current and Graduating Students

Two of our graduate students were awarded the most prestigious awards available to current graduate students in printmaking. Jennifer Scheuer received the SGC International Graduate Fellowship for $1,000 and with which she will present her work at the next SGCI Conference in San Francisco in March 2014. Ashton Ludden was awarded the "2013 Frogman's Print Workshop Graduate Scholarship Award" through which she will attend the workshops and present a one-person exhibition of her work this July.

ceremonyThis spring three of our students completed their MFA degrees in studio, with complex and ambitious thesis projects. Each was presented an engraved ink knife at our annual "Ink Knife Ceremony" on April 28th. Check out their websites: Greg Daiker (BFA, Kansas City Art Institute)
Ashton Ludden (BFA, Emporia State University)
Clifton Riley (BFA, University of Texas, San Marcos)

whiteboxFive of the printmaking students presented their work in "Orange," an exhibition featuring the UT Knoxville MFA program held at White Box in New York City from February 12-16, 2013 in conjunction with the College Art Association Conference. Plans are being made to hold another show next February in Chicago during the 2014 CAA Conference.

wroclawIn May 2013 two of our graduate students Jennifer Scheuer and Daniel Ogletree are spending a month as Artists-in-Residence at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland (Source). As part of the linkage, two printmaking students from Poland come to UT Knoxville as Artists-in-Residence each September. This year marks the 11th year that we have had linkages with academies in Poland. In May 2013 an exhibition of prints from the Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts are on view at the Emporium Art Center in Knoxville through the support of the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation.

beastsJames Boychuck-Hunter had prints selected for the "2012 Delta National Small Print Exhibition," at Arkansas State University and "The Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition," (BIMPE VII), a nation touring exhibition in Canada. Boychuck-Hunter, Greg Daiker and Daniel Ogletree participated in the juried exhibition and auction "Artscapes 2012" held at the Knoxville Museum of Art on October 11, 2012.

cheeseclothRaluca Iancu had prints in the "Los Angeles Printmaking Society 21st National Exhibition" and the "New Prints 2012/Summer" exhibition held at the International Print Center New York. She will also present a PechaKucha talk on her work at the 2013 SECAC Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina in early November.

letterpressAshton Ludden had prints in several national juried competitions including the "23rd Parkside National Small Print Exhibition" in Wisconsin; the "Oso Bay North American Printmaking Exhibition" in Texas; the "Delta National Small Print Exhibition" in Arkansas; and the "Paper In Particular" exhibition in Missouri.

Clifton Riley had works accepted for the "Second International Mezzotint Festival" at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art in Russia and at the "Excellence in Printmaking" show at the Washington Printmaker's Gallery, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

jfgJennifer Scheuer co-curated "Out of the Frame Off the Wall," a show surveying dimensional prints and drawings at 1010 Gallery in Knoxville May 31-June 2nd, 2012. She also had work accepted for the "Delta National Small Print Exhibition" in Arkansas and will present a paper for "We Are Where We Are Not: Picturing Invisibility in Nature Representations" a session at the Southeastern College Art Association Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 30-November 2, 2013.

Scheuer and Hannah Skoonberg co-organized the "Assorted Delights: Three Dimensional Print Exchange Portfolio" for the 2013 SGC International Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Skoonberg had a one-person exhibition of her work at the Georgia State Botanical Gardens in Athens GA last summer and will be part of a group exhibition at Blue Spiral Gallery opening in August 2013.

More information about our current graduate students, including their web site is posted here.

Most Recent Professional and Academic Placements

Emmy Lingscheit (MFA 2012) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor teaching printmaking at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her partner Guen Montgomery (MFA 2012) was also offered a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor. They will start in the fall of 2013 with the task of reviving the printmaking program there.

Katie Ries (MFA 2010) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor teaching foundations and printmaking at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. This position is a great match for Katie due to her commitment to using art as a form of community activism. She will start in the fall of 2013.

This past January Leslie Grossman (MFA 2012) began a position as Gallery Director and Curator at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

News from Alumni

Several UTK Printmaking alumni including Mark Hosford (MFA 2001), Jessica Owings (MFA 2004), and Jennifer (Leach) Haston (MFA 2005), helped to organize the Nashville Print Revival in February, which may become an annual event. For more information, see:

Bryan Baker (MFA 2003) continues to operate Stukenborg Press specializing in letterpress printing in Detroit. He also has been teaching at College for Creative Studies and Signal-Return Press. He has upcoming workshops at Penland School of Craft and Ox-Bow.

Kevin Bradley (BFA 1996) formerly of Yee Haw Industries, has established the Church of Type, a letterpress studio in Santa Monica, California.

Craig Branum (BFA 2010) just completed his first year in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans.

After teaching for nearly 30 years, Deborah Mae Broad (MFA 1980) has been retired from Minnesota State University since 2003 to devote herself to her art full time. She works in a renovated granary and chicken house (Prairie Press) on her farmstead near Hawley, Minnesota. Deborah lives there with her husband Byron, BarFly the mule, Hog the quarter horse, Stella and Lola the dogs, and 19 rescued cats. (all spayed and neutered).

Deb Chaney (BFA 2000) has started her own printing business Deb Chaney Editions, a professional collaborative print studio specializing in lithography but with capacity for etching, relief and silkscreen. She's been doing contract printing for individual artists as well as Pace Editions, Grenfell Press, Raking Light Projects, Milestone Graphics, Julie Mehretu Studio, Lotta Jansdotter, and Gregory Frux. She is also printing I teach lithography at both Pratt Institute and Parsons the New School for Design. Deb also been traveling to La Ceiba Grafica in Mexico the past two summers.

Eleanor Dickinson (MFA 2007) continues to be a world traveler, with a trip this summer to Namibia, Africa to study the exotic landscape and to observe the desert-adapted elephants. Most of the time Eleanor owns and operates The White Goat with her sister-in-law Anna Dickinson, a store specializing in painted furniture in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Tim Dooley (MFA 1997) Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa continues to collaborate with his colleague Aaron Wilson on a variety of projects. In October, they were visiting artists at the University of Minnesota where they layered hand generated screen print images of riot cops to produce 75 prints, all different, executed over a three day period. In November they were at the MAPC conference and presenters on the panel "NFS: Printmakers Reject and Reclaim the Marketplace." In February they participated in the Nashville Print Revival, where they worked on a 3D paper-craft skull that will become a large pile of skulls, a project that they continued in March as visiting artists at the Kansas City Art Institute. This summer they have projects at Vermillion Editions at West Texas A&M University and at the Des Moines Art Center opening on August 2.

Laurie Fitzpatrick (BFA 1987) is making funky, folk art-inspired sculptures these days. She has work in the "46th Annual Juried Exhibition Art ofthe State®: Pennsylvania 2013" presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA.

Ben Fox-McCord (BFA 2009) was part of "Reconfigure: Transformations of the Body" a group exhibition at the Acadiana Arts Center in Lafayette, Louisiana in August. He has been awarded an assistantship to pursue his MFA at Tulane University in New Orleans. For the past two years he has managing the screen-printing operations of Storyville in New Orleans.

Rich Gere (MFA 1992) exhibited work for the "Flight" exhibition on display at the Hartsfield/Jackson International Airport, Atlanta GA. He also curated the exhibition "Paper Affair" on display at the Zuckerman Museum through June and will present a two-person exhibition "Shine On" at the Weave Shed Gallery on the campus of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences this summer.

Jessica (Meyer) Gilchrist (MFA 2004) was an art director at Tribe One in Knoxville until it's closing earlier this year. She continues to do illustration and graphic design work in Knoxville.

Gregory Graham (MFA 1982) has a one-person exhibition "Anywhere I Wonder," scheduled for September 26-November 15, 2013 at the Atrium Gallery at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. In November he was in a two-person show entitled "Interstices" at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hopkins, Minnesota.

James Greene (MFA 2006) is focusing his artistic production on publishing comics and graphic novels. After teaching foundations and printmaking part-time at the University of North Florida the past three years he has begun a position as a Visual Art teacher at Lavilla School of the Arts, a fine arts magnet middle school in Jacksonville's inner city.

Justin Helton (BFA 2007) has left his position as the Creative Director at AC Entertainment to devote full time to his screen print shop Status Serigraph focused on design, illustration and "gig posters," with hold a big opening in Knoxville July 5. See the web site at:

Mark Hosford (MFA 2001) was acting chair of the Vanderbilt University Department of Art this year. He also completed a mural at REDUX Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans while presenting a solo show there.

Brooke Horne (BFA 2002) is the Campaign and Administrative Manager, Office of the Director at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Gareth Jones (MFA 1994) is currently completing an MA degree in Linguistics from University of Birmingham, UK. His dissertation is on semiotic theory in relation to practice-led research in the visual arts. Once completed, he reports that he plans to get back in the studio.

Dawn Kunkel (MFA 1998) and Shannon K. Campbell (85-88 and 94-98) welcomed the birth of their daughter Aila Kai on October 4, 2012. Aila is thriving and Dawn has returned to work in her 15th year as Art Teacher at Nature's Way Montessori School here in Knoxville, a job she dearly loves.

Shaurya Kumar (MFA 2007) Assistant Professor of Printmedia at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago presented "New Works from the Lost Museum," Bhau Daji Lad Museum (formerly the Victoria & Albert Museum, Mumbai), India. He also presented "Visualizations of Binary Degradation" at SCA Contemporary in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lauren Kussro (MFA 2006) who is currently the printmaking technician at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, presented one-person exhibitions at Twist Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee and Arts at the Airport Program in Nashville.

Tim Massey (BFA 1984) is the chair of the Art Department at SUNY Brockport where he is also the gallery director. Last fall he co-curated an exhibition called "Low Fidelity," which focused on artists either using or inspired by antiquated technology. He also presented a one-person exhibition comprised of fifty small mixed media works on paper at Louisburg College NC last spring.

Lee Marchalonis (MFA 2003) is living in Astoria, New York and teaching a letterpress class at Parsons The News School and printmaking at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. She's also offering workshops this summer at Penland, at Pyramid Atlantic, and at the Center for Book Arts in NYC. She has some of her recent books for sale though Vamp and Tramp:

This fall Daniel Maw (MFA 2010) will be teaching foundations, illustration, and animation for his second year at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY. He recently presented "Incidental Theatre: The Vignettes" in Cheyenne:

Sara Marie Miller (MFA 2011) has a studio in Brooklyn Navy Yards where she is fast at work for a solo exhibition at Midoma Gallery in Manhattan this September. This past year she was an Instructor at the Pratt institute in Brooklyn, and has been teaching at Brooklyn Central, Brooklyn Brainery, Third Ward and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop where she presented a talk recently.

Josh Minnie (MFA 2004) and Emily (Lambertson) Minnie (MFA 2003) welcomed their second child Anna Lou into the world and both remain active in Flavor Paper in Brooklyn.

Heather Muise (MFA 2000) has spent the past year in Dubai at the American University, and will continue next year. She reports "My students are really great and I'm fortunate to learn as much from them as they do from me. In one class I had students from: Brazil, Portugal, Latvia, Turkey, Egypt, USA, India, Syria and Iran." She is currently completing work for a solo show in early 2014 in Dubai. Her husband Matt Egan is on leave from his position at East Carolina University and is teaching at The University of Sharjah College of FIne Arts.

Ashley Nason (MFA 1999) is currently concluding her first year-long sabbatical from Northern Illinois University, where she is an Associate Professor in Printmaking. During her sabbatical, Ashley attended an eight-week residency at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado and a one-month residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Ashley recently juried the Alexander Ink Student Printmaking Competition and conducted a print workshop at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Ashley's recent work can be seen in the exhibition, "The New Aesthetic" until June 7 and an upcoming 2-person exhibition through June both at Gallery 19 in Chicago, Illinois.

Jessica Owings (MFA 2004) will be married this summer in California to Michael Crouch. As Gallery Director for Belmont University in Nashville, Jessica annually curates and coordinates 12-15 exhibitions for the Leu Art Gallery and Gallery 121. She is also an active board member, treasurer and studio member of Platetone: Printmaking, Paper & Book Arts, a fine arts community studio which moved to a new location at the beginning of 2013. Jessica continues her studio practice exhibiting in several group exhibits across the country, and has also begun a new collaborative illustration and screen-print project, "The State Park," with her brother, Tyler Smith Owings.

Lisa Renz (MFA 2007) was married to Nathaniel Cochran in August and has relocated from Dallas to Northern Virginia. She exhibits her work through The White Goat in Little Rock, Arkansas (see Eleanor Dickenson).

Veronica Siehl (MFA 2010) after first moving to Seattle, is now living in Chicago, managing Lula Café (which is part of the "farm to table" movement). She was awarded the Summer Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press in Chicago to complete a body of work using processes of cyanotype and letterpress.

Josh Smith (BFA 1998) was interviewed last year by the actor James Franco:

Meredyth Sparks (BFA 1994) presented a one-person exhibition "Windows and Screens" at The Arts Club of Chicago. She also had work in "Ange de l'histiore," curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and will have work in "LAT. 41° 7' N., LONG. 72° 19' W.," organized by Bob Nickas, Martos Gallery, East Marion, NY, July 13-Sept. 2.

Jason Terry (MFA 1992) and Erica Hannickel were married in November 2012 in an intimate ceremony in Washburn Wisconsin. Hot jazz was playing as the first snow of the year fell just before the ceremony and though the reception. Hand printed letterpress invitations were used, of course. Jason is an Associate Professor at Northland College.

Jessie Van der Laan (MFA 2009) exhibited her work in several group shows, including the Harwood Art Center in New Mexico, Buckham Gallery in Flint, MI, and a traveling international exhibition, "Print Resonance." She was a visiting artist at Lindenwood University, where she presented a lecture, and had a solo exhibition of her work. Prints made in collaboration with Pele Prints were shown at Aqua Art 12 in Miami, and at Mad Art Gallery in St. Louis. She co-founded "The Vacuum Shop Studios," a collaborative studio space in Knoxville, TN, where she works as the UTK printshop technician, and as an adjunct faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College.

Crystal Wagner (MFA 2008) has had several paper/print installations this year, including a project titled "Urban Kudzu" at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Georgia. Her work was featured in the contemporary art magazine Hi Fructose:

Ericka Walker (MFA 2010) Assistant Professor of Art at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University had a residency at St. Michael's Printshop in St. John's, Newfoundland, for the month of May. In March she was at Vermillion Editions at West Texas A&M University to have work published as part of Inkslingers 2013.

Kelley Walker (BFA 1995) presented an exhibition of new work at Paula Cooper Gallery in February/March.

A full listing of UTK Printmaking alumni is posted on the Where are they Now? section of the web site.

News from the Faculty

Koichi Yamamoto presented an engraving demonstration at the Mid-America Print Council Conference in Cape Giradeau, Missouri. He was a visiting artist at VCU in Qatar this past November where he demonstrated large-scale monotypes and conducted a workshop at Ball State University in Indiana. In December he traveled to Japan to install a series of large prints at the Yakushima Environmental Cultural Foundation Center in Yakushima, Japan.

altheaAlthea Murphy-Price spent the fall semester on maternity leave caring for Ida Adele who has come into the world with open eyes and always fashionable hair. Althea's work was featured in the spring issue of the Briar Cliff Review, Sioux City IA and has solo exhibits scheduled at the Emporium Art Center, in Knoxville TN; Wellesley College in Massachusetts; and the Turcin Art Center, Boone, NC for the coming year. This summer she is an artist in residence at the Venice Printmaking Studio.

Beauvais Lyons presented his creative zoology project at three venues this year, at the UT Downtown Gallery in Knoxville, at Print Press at the University of North Texas in Denton, and at the Lexington Art League in Kentucky. He chaired or presented for panels at the CAA conference in New York, the SECAC conference in Durham, NC and the SGCI conference in Milwaukee. In February, he also presented a performance on "The Legacy of Reverend James Randolph Denton" at the Observatory Room in Brooklyn. In April he completed a print at Navigation Press at George Mason University. This summer he is teaching a two-week course at the Haystack School of Crafts with Sarah Shebaro (MFA 2008) working as the course assistant.

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