“Birds, Bugs, & Blooms” Natural History Illustration Exhibit at McClung Museum

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BBB_Banner_p815A new exhibit exploring natural history illustration from the 1500s to the 1800s opens Friday, September 12, at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Some of the rare books on display are on loan from the University Libraries’ Special Collections. Special Collections items include works of zoological and botanical illustration, notably a 1665 imprint of the historic Micrographia, by Robert Hooke.

“Birds, Bugs, & Blooms: Natural History Illustration from the 1500s–1800s” will run through January 4, 2015, and explores over 300 years of the intersection of science and art in natural history illustration.

More than fifty rare books, prints, and objects are on view, highlighting how increasing access to books, travel, and technology, as well as the evolution of knowledge, changed the way in which illustrations were created and interpreted. From fantastical images of beasts in the 1500s, to extremely accurate depictions of plants and animals in the 1800s, the illustrations in the exhibit demonstrate the rapid advances of natural history during the print age.

Several exhibit-related programs are planned. Free family programming includes exhibit-related Family Fun Days on September 27 and November 1, and a Stroller Tour for parents, caregivers and young children on October 6.

Other programming includes a natural history illustration workshop, “Using Scratchboard to Create Lifelike Illustrations” on October 5, and lectures on natural history and illustration by Barney Lipscomb, Leonhardt Chair of Botany at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, on October 22, and UT Professor of History Denise Phillips on November 6.

See the exhibit page for more programming details: http://tiny.utk.edu/birdsbugsblooms.

“Birds, Bugs, & Blooms” is curated by Catherine Shteynberg and Christine Dano Johnson. Lenders include Arader Galleries, Dr. Gordon Burghardt, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, and UT Special Collections. The exhibit is presented by Arader Galleries, W. Graham Arader III, UT Federal Credit Union, the Ready for the World Initiative, ARAMARK, Bennett Galleries, and the Ardath & Joel E. Rynning Museum Fund. Additional support is provided by Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Arts & Heritage Fund.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on the weekdays. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

Additional parking information is available at http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/visit/parking.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.




Attention, student artists: library seeks works for juried exhibition

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Koczo400xThe UT Libraries is seeking student artworks for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75. Selected two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, ceramics, painting) will be on display in the exhibit area during the fall semester. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline. Submission deadline is midnight, September 21.

More info at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.




Student Art Winners Announced

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Winners of the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition have been announced. The UT Libraries has been holding Student Art in the Library contests since 2005. The contest is open to UT students in all disciplines, and is judged by a committee of library staff. First-, second-, and third-place winners are awarded cash prizes. This semester the committee received 166 entries from 45 artists. A number of the contributing artists were present for the unveiling on March 7.

The winners are:

hustleFirst Place:
Vera Aldridge
“All the Hustle and Bustle”
Linoleum print


boxquiatSecond Place:
Sterling Goller-Brown
“Boxquiat”
An homage to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Oil, enamel, and oil bars


cowanThird Place:
Mallory Wade Cowan
“Thylakoid,” “Haversian System,” “Moniliform”
A series of abstract works based on biological systems
Oil, acrylic, and spray paint




Exhibiting artists this semester are: 
Vera Aldridge, Paige Burchell, Amanda Carrell, Conor Cook, Mallory Wade Cowan, Melisa Donahue, Sterling Goller-Brown, Lily Heine, Alyssa Johnson, Justin Kaewnopparat, Alena Mehic, Shana Milchuck, Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Richard Murray, Tatiana Potts, Allison Pruter, Ryan Stennes, Mary Julia Tunnell, and Hua Wei.

Artworks will remain on display in 135 Hodges Library throughout the spring semester. View a retrospective of previous Student Art in the Library exhibitions at trace.tennessee.edu/utk_libsart. Read more about the Libraries’ art competition and at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.




Your artwork or photo mash-up can win cash

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KoczoThe UT Libraries is holding two contests that offer cash awards.

The STUDENT ART IN THE LIBRARY juried exhibition seeks drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, paintings — any two-dimensional work — for display. Selected works will be on display in 135 Hodges Library throughout the spring semester. The top three works get cash prizes ($300, $150, $75). Submit your art at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary by Feb. 17.

PicSpinWin_CJ_smallAre you a creative spirit but not really an artist? Our PIC SPIN WIN contest lets you “repurpose” archival photos from the Libraries’ Special Collections — through collage, mash-up, or reproduction — to create an art piece that reflects the contest’s theme of “school spirit.” Winning works win cash prizes ($100, $75, $25) and will be showcased on digital screens at the libraries and the University Center. Submit your works at trace.tennessee.edu/utk_spcpin1 by April 9.

Both contests are open to currently enrolled students (undergrads and grads).




Attention, student artists: library seeks works for juried exhibition

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Third-place winner, Madison Koczo
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Fall 2013 first-place winner, Hei Park

The UT Libraries is seeking student artworks for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The Student Art in the Library contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75.

Selected two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, ceramics, painting) will be on display in the exhibit area in 135 Hodges Library throughout the spring semester. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline.

Submission deadline for the Spring 2014 contest is February 17. If you create any particularly inspired works over the break, keep in mind the Student Art in the Library contest.

More info at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.




Student Art Winners Announced

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Winners of the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition have been announced. The UT Libraries has been holding Student Art in the Library contests since 2005. The contest is open to UT students in all disciplines, and is judged by a committee of library staff. First-, second-, and third-place winners are awarded cash prizes. This semester the committee received 68 entries from 29 artists. A number of the contributing artists were present for the unveiling on October 15.

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Hei Park and her winning photograph

The winners are:
First Place:
Hei Park
Untitled photograph

Second Place:
Tatiana Potts
“Above and Below”
Lithograph

Third Place:
Madison Koczo
“Mannequins”
Fabric collage




Exhibiting artists this semester are: 
Denae D’Arcy, Daniel Atkins, Trissa Gurney, Hannah Higdon, Jade Hoyer, Lauren Hulse, Madison Koczo, Jessica Newman, Hei Park, Amber Patty, Natalie Pierce, Tatiana Potts, Kayla Rumpp, Kirsten Salonga, Emma Tomat, and Megan Rae Wu.

Artworks will remain on display in 135 Hodges Library throughout fall semester. View a retrospective of previous Student Art in the Library exhibitions at trace.tennessee.edu/utk_libsart. Read more about the Libraries’ art competition and at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.




Winning student artworks to be unveiled Oct. 15

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Student Art in the Library will unveil the fall exhibition of student works and announce the prize winners at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, in 135 Hodges Library. Each fall and spring, a committee of library staff members holds a juried exhibition of two-dimensional works by UT students. The selected pieces are installed in our exhibition space in 135 Hodges Library and remain on display throughout the semester. This fall, Student Art in the Library received 68 entries from 29 UT student artists. The Student Art in the Library contest awards a First Prize of $300, a Second Prize of $150, and a Third Prize of $75.

More at: library.utk.edu/artinlibrary




Screening of Spike Lee’s film to commemorate Birmingham Bombing

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SpikeLeeOn September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in a basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four little girls and injuring more than 20 others. The act of terrorism, motivated by racial hatred, galvanized the civil rights movement in America.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that turning point in the civil rights struggle, the UT Libraries will host a screening of Spike Lee’s documentary film, 4 Little Girls.

4 Little Girls
directed by Spike Lee
screening at noon, Friday, Sept. 13
129 Hodges Library

Books relating to the civil rights movement are on display at the Hodges Library 2nd floor entrance. For more in-depth study, consult our research guide on the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing.




Attention, Student Artists

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YourArtThe UT Libraries is seeking student artworks for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The Student Art in the Library contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75.

Selected two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, ceramics, painting) will be on display in the exhibit area in 135 Hodges Library throughout the fall semester. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline.

Submission deadline for the Fall 2013 contest is September 22.

More info at library.utk.edu/artinlibrary.