Dine & Discover with University of Tennessee Art Instructor, Jered Sprecher
April 3, 2013 12pm, Free and open to the public (# 30 attendees)
Artist Jered Sprecher, whose work appears in Currents, talked about his painting process. Sprecher has recently shown his work at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, New York, and Berlin. He was also recently awarded an Artist-in-Residence award through Chinati Foundation in Texas.
Dine & Discover with KMA Executive Director, David Butler
November 6, 2012 12pm, Free and open to the public (#29 attendees)
2013 marks an exciting time in KMA’s history. The KMA is preparing for a major glass installation, building upgrades, and Tradition Redefined: Thompson Collection of African American Art. David Butler shared what’s going to happen at the museum in 2013.
Dine & Discover with Contemporary Focus artist Mark Bradley-Shoup
September 25, 2012 12pm, Free and open to the public (#23 attendees)
Bradley-Shoup earned a BFA from the UT at Chattanooga in painting and drawing and received his master's degree in studio art from the UNC at Chapel Hill. He has worked with the Hunter Museum of American Art; the Creative Discovery Museum; Arts and Culture; and the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Aside from his work with the Association for Visual Arts, He teaches foundation courses at University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Technical Community College.
Dine & Discover with Contemporary Focus artist Joshua Dudley Greer
August 22, 2012 noon-1pm, Free and open to the public (#24 attendees)
Greer received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from the University of Georgia. His work has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, and Photographer's Forum Magazine. He is working as a visiting assistant professor of photography at East Tennessee State University.
Streetwise Gallery Talk with Baldwin Lee
July 18, 2012 1pm, Free and open to the public (#32 attendees)
This was a special gallery talk on Streetwise: Masters of 1960s Photography by University of Tennessee Photography Professor Baldwin Lee. Lee's photographs are in many collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; University of Michigan Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery; Museum of the City of New York; and the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Beverly Semmes: Gallery Talk
June 7, 2012 4-5pm. Free and open to the public (#41 attendees)
Semmes is internationally known for her unique multi-media installations. She evokes visions of fairy tales with her massively lush silk and velvet dresses, pieces that evolved from costumes the artist designed for her photographic and video works.
Dine & Discover with Joanna Higgs Ross
May 23, 2012 noon-1pm. Free and open to the public (#35 attendees)
Shortly after her arrival in Knoxville in 1956, Higgs Ross became the youngest member of the Knoxville Seven, and remained active in the group until she returned to Middle Tennessee in 1961.
Dine & Discover with Mark Banker and Steve Cox
March 7, 2012 noon-1pm. Free and open to the public (#22 attendees)
Mark Banker and Steven Cox's presentation builds upon the background provided by Steven's words and sketches from Emma Bell Miles' Spirit of the Mountains (1905) that present a complex Appalachia. Miles was a 20th century Chattanooga-based painter and writer.
Dine & Discover with Fred Moffatt
October 5, 2011 12-1pm. Free and open to the public (#22 attendees)
UT Emeritus Professor Fred Moffatt’s lecture is titled "Paint Brush for Hire: The East Tennessee Odyssey of James and Emma Cameron, 1856-1862." James Cameron is one of the early artists featured in Higher Ground.
Dine & Discover with Patricia Rutenberg on Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee
September 7, 2011 Noon-1pm. Free and open to the public (#31 attendees)
Patricia Rutenberg is the author of Justice in the Valley, a history of the federal courts in East Tennessee. Since receiving her doctorate, she has served as the founding director of the Tennessee Presidents Trust and research assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, chair of the history department at Webb School of Knoxville, as a lecturer at area colleges, and is now executive director of Blount Mansion. Rutenberg's talk offers an in-depth look at Catherine Wiley, one of East Tennessee's most talented painters.
Dine and Discover: Lindsay Mican Morgan, Thorne Miniature Rooms
August 3, 2011 Noon-1pm. Free and open to the public (#35 attendees)
Lindsay Mican Morgan is the curator of the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago Ms. Morgan’s lecture discusses the miniature room craze of the early 1900s and what inspired Mrs. Thorne to create and collect miniatures.
Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture 2011
April 12, 2011
Valerie Cassel Oliver presents the 2011 Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture at the Knoxville Museum of Art
Glenn Adamson, The End of the Line: Art at the Margins of Industry
April 6, 2010
2010 Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture at the Knoxville Museum of Art
Uncertain Terrain: Selections from the KMA Collection
April 16, 2010
Stephen Wicks, KMA Curator, walks through Uncertain Terrain: Selections from the KMA Collection
Tobi Kahn: Art as Transformation: Thinking Visually
January 25, 2009
Tobi Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions and over 60 museum and groups shows.
Dine and Discover: Steve Cotham on artist Catherine Wiley
November 5, 2008
Steve Cotham is the manager of the McClung Historical Collection located in the East Tennessee History Center.
Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee is a new permanent installation celebrating the art and artists of Knoxville and the surrounding region.
The fascinating and complex story of our area’s rich artistic heritage and its connections to the larger currents of American art are largely unknown, and certainly underappreciated. Highlights of the new installation include important works by Catherine Wiley and Lloyd Branson, pioneering artists who introduced Knoxville audiences to Art Nouveau, Impressionism, and other international art movements of their day; Joseph and Beauford Delaney, two of America’s most significant African-American artists; and works from the 1950s and 1960s by the Knoxville Seven, a group of progressive artists connected to the University of Tennessee who transformed and energized the area’s artistic climate.
Art from more recent decades includes mixed-media objects by visionary sculptor Bessie Harvey along with a selection of works by leading area artists whose creations represent the quality and diversity of art-making in the region today.
Stephen Wicks, KMA’s Barbara W. and Bernard E. Bernstein Curator, and other local artists, historians and curators, offer an insider’s perspective on the exhibition and comment on the artistic and historical importance of many of the featured artists and their works.