First Friday Visit at Le Swamp: Enshrine Room

Photos & Words by Rose Hamm Enshrine Room is installed at the artist-run-space Le Swamp from April 1-9, featuring artwork by Ashley Ekstrum, Ginger Markli, Kirby Miles, and Saloni Parekh. Ekstrum’s oil paintings accentuate organic forms created through the hand-dyeing…

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Le Swamp: A Colliding Ground for Interdisciplinary Art

Written by Rose Hamm Edited by Josh Strange Le Swamp, an artist-run space in Knoxville, Tennessee, transforms the unfinished basement of its co-directors’, Ashley Ekstrum and Victoria Rexhausen’s, residence into a curatorial art space.  Ekstrum, a University of Tennessee graduate…

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Volume 1

Faith Belt is a senior art student at UTK working in drawing, ceramics, and puppetry. Her creative process is driven by the concepts of seeking, reaching, and wrestling. Belt's infatuation with storytelling leads her to incorporate the tales of Gilgamesh,…

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An Interview with Haley Takahashi

Written by Clint Liles Edited by Sadie Kimbrough Haley Takahashi, an award-winning artist and graduate student here at the University of Tennessee offers representation of being a Japanese American and the duality that identity brings in present-day America. Her work…

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Homoerotic Motifs in Renaissance Art

Written by Josh Strange Edited by Sadie Kimbrough It is a societal mainstay that many, if not all, are familiar with seeing in Christian art; curly-haired, handsome men, are shown representing either Jesus himself or other biblical figures. For many,…

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Knoxville Puts a Bird On It: Avian Art at McClung and UT Gardens

Written by Sadie Kimbrough Edited by Lynda Sleeter “Put a bird on it,” chant the characters in the sketch show Portlandia, mocking the trendiness of bird-themed decor in modern boutiques and Etsy shops. The skit pokes fun at the cultural…

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Art from Spring 1986

Pallet Head / Kirk Smith / acrylic on canvas and styrofoam / 35" x 40" Philosophy Even the Hollowest Nut Wants To Be Cracked / David Wilson / 26" x 40" Schmocks / Cynthia Roth Leatherwood / monotype / 12" x 8" Myself…

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A Parley with Charlie

Written by Javen Calhoun Edited by Lynda Sleeter Artist. Student. Resident assistant. Tik Tok star. These are just some of the positions that Charlie Utley holds while he is enrolled at the University of Tennessee. He is a man of…

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MFA Candidate Gary White Visually Archives the History of the “Southern Other” in Current Gallery 1010 Showcase

Written by Rose Hamm Edited by Ben Hurst Gary White is a second year MFA candidate in ceramics at the University of Tennessee. His art exhibition “The Unassumed Among Us” will be installed at UTK’s Gallery 1010 from March 19-21.…

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Frida Kahlo and “What the Water Gave Me”

Written by Josh Strange Edited by Ben Hurst Lately I have been taking a lot of baths. Feeling the warm water rinse my body as the white porcelain of the tub hugs me tightly is a kind of a therapy.…

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