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Michael Baggarly

(n.d.) lives in Murfreesboro Merge/Divide (Hammered Steel Series) Hammered steel, 48 13/16 x 48 x 6 inches, 2008.167.2 Baggarly, an associate professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, instructs Sculpture and 3-D Design. He earned a B.F.A. from Western Kentucky University in 1998 and a M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of […]

Ildiko de Balas

(1931-2016, b. Hungary) lived and worked in Hungary and Belgium One Plus One, 1973 stoneware, 36.25 x 21 x 11 inches, 93.39.36 A Belgian artist with Hungarian roots, Ildiko de Balas studied at both at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium. She worked […]

Marc J. Barr

(n.d.) born in New York, lives in Murfreesboro Lidded Vessel 159, n.d. clay, 17 x 8 x 8 inches, 2008.168.3 Barr designs stencils and engravings from computer-manipulated photographs to create interesting and varied  texture on his functional ceramic work. He earned a B.S. in Secondary Education at the State University of New York College at […]

Dale Baucum

(b. 1951) lives in Memphis Pot with Abstract Design, 1977 ceramic, 18 ¾ x 18 ¾ inches, 77.36.10 “Somewhere between 1969 and 1973, I lost all memory of ever wanting to be anything other than an artist.  It became a love, a passion, and more!  For me working with clay and a few simple tools […]

Joyce Ann Robinson Bell

(b.1936) lives in Ripley in Lauderdale County Ripley Choctaw beaded necklace (detail) size 10 glass seed beads, barrel clasp, felt, plastic and leather, 18 x 3 x .5 inches, 2004.50.9 A standard size 12 bead needle was used to sew on the glass seed beads. A plastic coffee can lid was cut and sandwiched between […]

Budd Bishop

(1936-2016) lived in Livingston Tranquil Pond–Overton County Along Windle Road, 2004 acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, 2015.65.28 gift of artist (TN Arts commissioner 2004-2011) in honor of the distinguished tenure of Rich Boyd Bishop graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia and received his M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. After graduating, he […]

Sandra Blain

(b. 1941, Chicago, Illinois) lives and works in Arizona Totem, 1975 stoneware, salt glaze, 36 x 14 inches, 93.39.247 Sandra Blain received her B.S. in Education in 1964 from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, and she earned her M.S. in Art in 1967 and her M.F.A in Ceramics in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin […]

Akira and Larry Blount

Akira (1954-2013) Larry (n.d.) Red Bud Figure Vessel, 21st century wood, fiber, paper, 20 x 6 x 4 inches, 2003.23.5 Akira received a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 1970 started making dolls from cotton stockings. In 1972, Larry began working with wood and studied architectural restoration with an Italian […]

Joe Bova

(b. 1941, Houston, Texas) lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico Illustrious Frilled Footed Slug, 1973 porcelain, 8.25 x 17 x 6.75 inches, 93.39.16 Joe Bova loved to draw animals from early childhood, and after he grew up and served in the United States Air force from 1960 to 1964, he decided to attend […]

Jeanne Brady

(n.d.) lives in Smithville, TN Spring (Hope Eternal), 2014 hand screen printed and resist dyed linen, silk, and wool. Fiber reactive and acid dyes, 52 x 16 inches, gift of the artist Brady received her B.F.A. in printmaking and drawing and M.F.A. in surface and textile design at East Carolina University. For the last 19 […]

James Breed

(b.1980) lives in Knoxville in Knox County Tractor Trailer, 2010 glass, 10 x 6.5 x 34 inches, 2015.65.35 Breed attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a B.F.A. in craft/material studies. He learned glass blowing, torch working, and casting glass under Rick Schneider, Emilio Santini, and Jack Wax. In 2002, he received the Virginia Museum […]

Cynthia Bringle

(b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee) lives and works in Penland, North Carolina Salt-glazed Teapot, 1973 stoneware, 11.25 x 7 x 5.5 inches, 93.39.253 a and b Additional images below. From a young age Cynthia Bringle knew she was interested in art, particularly painting, and so, as an undergraduate she decided to attend the Memphis Academy of […]

Victor Brosz

(1925-1999) born in Portland, Oregon and lived and worked in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Time Remembered, 1975 stoneware, salt glaze, 23 x 14 x 10 inches, 93.39.235              Left: Brosz, “Pinches small slabs of clay into a circular sculpture form to become human-like figures. Oxides are pressed into the clay for surface subtleties.” 1975 ICS […]

Joe Brown

(n.d.) lives in Readyville Music Stand, 2003 hand-forged iron, 45 x 24 x 15 inches, 2003.112.2 The technique of heating metal and forming it into works of art was the intriguing factor that led Brown to become a blacksmith. For over twenty years, he has continued to be inspired by nature, which is reflected in […]

Olen Bryant

(1927-2017) born in Cookeville, TN and lived in Cottontown, TN Mother and Child, 1970-1971 hand-carved wood, 55 x 16 x 6 inches, 74.11.2 Hand-carved wooden bowl, 1970 Wood, 5.5 x 59 x 14 inches, 70.36.43 Native Tennessean and sculptor, Bryant held undergraduate degrees in theater and art from Murray State College in Murray, KY and […]

Lewis B. Burton

(b. 1928) lives in Clarksville Collage V, 80.72 Graduating from Nashville’s George Peabody College for Teachers with a M.A., Burton taught art in the Davidson County School System prior to becoming an Associate Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in 1960 and retiring in 1982. He received numerous awards including first prize […]

Bill Lehnert

(n.d.) born in Tennessee, lives in Asheville, NC Sunrise, n.d. gold wire, semiprecious stone, 8 x 6 3/4 x 1/2 inches, 77.36.45 Lehnert earned an engineering degree from Auburn University in Alabama and worked for 31 years for Eastman Chemical Company before retiring. Lehnert became fascinated with mineralogy and geology at a young age, designing […]

Byron McKeeby

(1936-1984) lived in Knoxville Thermometer, 1972 lithograph print, 80.70 “Great art concerns itself not with art, but with awakening the human consciousness to itself.” – McKeeby McKeeby earned degrees from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois; and Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Soon after graduating, McKeeby joined […]

Bill Sawyer

(b.1936) born in Nashville, lives in North Carolina Hang on Little Brother, n.d. acrylic and wood, 86.19 A self-trained artist, Sawyer began painting while serving overseas in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He would often paint scenes depicting detailed buildings and streets. In 1959 he had his first exhibition at the Lyzon Gallery in […]

Brad Sells

(n.d.) lives in Cookeville Storm Blanket, n.d. wood carved sculpture, 30 x 35 x 21 inches, 2015.65.10 “My sculptural works stem the belief that all matter has the kiss of the creator and all living things have a soul. This primal cultural philosophy is the root of my creative process and the basis of my […]

Erin Brady Worsham

(b. 1957) lives in Nashville Inclusion, 2002 paper, ink, digital printing, 24.25 x 15.75 x .75 inches, 2007.122.1 Can you find Worsham in the image? She is located in the lower right and looking sidewise at those present. Worsham is living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also known as Lew Gehrig’s Disease and is only mobile […]