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Volume 25, Number 2 — February 2018

Arts Calendar

New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center
Work displayed in Emporium show.
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New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center

Date(s):  February 02 - 23, 2018
Venue: Emporium Center for Arts & Culture

Knoxville, 37901

KNOXVILLE, TN The Arts & Culture Alliance presents four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from Feb. 2-23. A reception takes place Friday, Feb. 2, from 5-9 p.m., as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

National Juried Exhibition of 2018 in the upper gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance presents its 12th annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 44 artists throughout the United States. The National Juried Exhibition was developed in 2006 to provide a forum for local artists to compete on a national scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media such as photography, acrylic, pencil, fibers, oil, paper, and more. Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at a brief awards ceremony at 6 p.m., Feb. 2.

Exhibiting artists include:
+ Dave Edens of Madison, AL
+ Todd Fife of Bowling Green, KY
+ Brandon Lutterman of Middlesboro, KY
+ Maurice Meilleur of Boone, NC
+ Skip Rohde of Mars Hill, NC
+ Tristan Higginbotham of Antioch, TN
+ Alan Brock of Athens, TN
+ Carrie Pendergrass of Chattanooga, TN
+ Perry Walter Johnson of Cookeville, TN
+ Marsha Nelms Scarbrough of Harriman, TN
+ Christian Rieben of Johnson City, TN
+ Marie Porterfield Barry and Art Brown of Kingsport, TN

+ T.P. Dunn of Kingston, TN
+ Larry Cole, Bill Cook, Jr., David Denton, Robert Felker, Lynne M. Ghenov, Michael Giles, Eric L. Hansen, Anne Kinggard, Kate McCullough, Ken McMahon, Christopher Mitchell, Thomas Owens, Joe Parrott, Chris S. Rohwer, Sam Stapleton, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Cynthia Tipton, and Marilyn Avery Turner of Knoxville, TN
+ Judy Jorden of Lenoir City, TN
+ Myles Freeman of Lookout Mountain, TN
+ Lil Clinard of Loudon, TN
+ Bill Long of Morristown, TN
+ Martica Griffin of Nashville, TN
+ Paula E. Campbell of Oak Ridge, TN
+ Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill, TN
+ Charlotte Rollman of Sevierville, TN
+ Dan Thurman of Seymour, TN
+ Ralph Shick of Sharps Chapel, TN
+ Lynda Best of Tellico Plains, TN
+ Hannah Rivers of Rose Hill, VA

View images of the exhibition at

Jeffrey Morton served as juror for the exhibition. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Morton is a resident of Signal Mountain, Tennessee. During a two-year residence in Japan, earlier in his career, Morton was drawn to Japanese art and culture which influences his work to this day. He has exhibited his work regionally and nationally, including the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, and the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Educated at Yale University and Temple University, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Morton is a professor of art at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Morton is a recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

John Humphries: Constellations of Drawings in the lower gallery

John Humphries is a visual artist, gardener and designer focusing on communicating, through abstraction, stories and phenomena from nature and mythology. This creative work takes the form of watercolor drawings and ceramic objects. He took an unusual path to get where he is today. Originally from Texas, pausing briefly on the Ozark Plateau and along the Puget Sound, he now finds the Miami Valley is the perfect location for locking in roots. During life travels he has completed degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts in Design, following a brief foray as a saucier. He teaches Architecture and Interior Design as a Professor at Miami University, Ohio.

"The watercolor drawings for this exhibition are emotional and technical but with a colorist's sensibility," says Humphries. "They link the visual language of landscape, color theory, and constructed elements." Humphries makes his watercolor drawings by researching a natural phenomenon, creating various codes to represent these elusive conditions, and then organizing the codes into a series or constellation. Constellations of Drawings includes collaged photographic elements and other constructed pieces of wood floating above the plane of paper.

Brandon Lutterman: Sculptural Vessels and Pots in the display case

Brandon T. Lutterman lives in Middlesboro, Kentucky and is Assistant Professor & Program Director of Fine Art at Lincoln Memorial University. For over 10 years, he has taught full range of undergraduate courses in the studio arts as well as ceramic studio set-up, management and maintenance. He received a Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics from Kansas State University and from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

"My current body of work is created to celebrate life and to help people recognize that we need to be stewards of all forms of life, not just our own," says Lutterman. "There is a precious balance at stake between the needs and desires of the industrial man and the needs of our diverse population of organisms, fish, plants, animals, and ecosystems. My goal through my work is to prompt more awareness, appreciation, and preservation of our environment and species." Lutterman's work is versatile, including naturalism, utilitarian, and sculptural forms. He uses multiple techniques and styles of art to convey a concept. His glazes are developed through ongoing glaze research, as he aims to develop unique surfaces at low, mid, and high fire temperature ranges. For more information, visit

Yvonne Hosey: The Hungry Month in the Atrium

The Hungry Month pieces evoke the hardships and beauty of winter. Done in watercolor, scratchboard, acrylic and glasspaint, the colors are muted, and the images are of the inedible — the scarce, precious and beautiful — in the month of February.

Yvonne Hosey was born during a February blizzard in Manhattan but has spent most of her life in the south where she experienced her first snow in Atlanta at the age of 9. Practicing as a nurse here in the state of Tennessee has brought her in contact with many people who know the true meaning of the Hungry Month.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the website at

Art by John Humphries

Art being shown at Emporium Center

Shown in exhibit at the Emporium Center.

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