Visiting artists, Artists in Residence, national and international faculty exhibitions and a student body committed to artistic growth, make the Painting and Drawing department at the University of Tennessee a vibrant and exciting place to be. The Spring semester rolls on at a dizzying pace leaving a trail of success and accolades in its wake. The Painting and Drawing Spotlight might look more like a strobe light, highlighting a number of ongoing developments in the department.
Karla Wozniak recently returned from Brooklyn after attending the opening of SOVENIR, a four person show including some of Karla’s newest paintings. The show, on view at Regina Rex until May 10, considers place and surrounding as a catalyst for reflection and change. These large works can not be fully appreciated without a one on one viewing. The richness of paint and seemingly innate color application are trademarks of Wozniak’s impressive body of work.
Joshua Bienko’s arms are similarly tired. He recently returned from Germany where MARTIN, ADAM SANDLER, ADAM SANDLER, a solo show of new paintings just closed. Bienko split his time in Germany between Labor Ebertplatz in Köln, and Bonn, where he taught a three day “Serious Comics” workshop and made plans to begin a study abroad program (Summer 2015) at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung.
Jered Sprecher’s arms are exhausted from flying and painting! HALF MOON MAKER, a solo show at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, opened on April 3rd. The show builds on a body of work Sprecher worked on while in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Keep an eye out for Sprecher this summer at Ox-Bow where he will teach a painting class, in New Orleans where he is working on a solo project, and in San Francisco where he will be working on another solo effort slated for September 2014.
The Spring semester for many graduates, signifies the end of an incredible and intensive journey. The School of Art is abuzz with thesis exhibitions from our third year graduate students. Eleanor Aldrich, a UTK graduate alumni (2012), was recently included in “Open Sessions,” at the Drawing Center in New York. This is an incredible opportunity from an exciting artist we’re proud to have had the opportunity to work with.
Many of our undergraduate alumni who are now attending graduate school or living in New York, were able to attend Karla Wozniak’s show. Our current undergraduate’s are also committed to artistic growth inside and outside of Knoxville. Marta Lee, a Junior Painting student, will attend the Vermont Studio Center this summer for an intensive time of concentration and work.
As we make plans to introduce and acclimate our newest Drawing Faculty member to the University of Tennessee (stay tuned for details!), we have also hosted a number of prominent artists and scholars. Rochelle Feinstein, head of Graduate Painting and Print Program at Yale University, was our most recent guest. Her generosity through studio visits, and informal lunch and dinner chats was supported by an incredible lecture that served to enrich the already lively marketplace of ideas in the Painting and Drawing department at the School of Art.
Jaya Howey, the 2014 Artist in Residence (AIR), has had a productive and impactful presence at the School of Art. His kindness, patience and seemingly limitless knowledge has had a big impact on the students and faculty of the School of Art at large. He has become such a part of the fabric of our school, it’s difficult to imagine him leaving.
As we head into the crescendo of the Spring semester, we look forward to senior capstone exhibitions, summer study abroad trips to Florence, a host of residencies and the ongoing, relentless pursuit of continued growth.