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William Kennedy

Lived in Knoxville Instructions From Egeria, 1971, print, 34 x 26 inches, 1998.128 In 1972 this work was selected as a purchase prize by the Tennessee Arts Commission from the more than 150 entries that were on exhibit at the Dulin Gallery (now the Knoxville Museum of Art). The exhibit, Tennessee Printmakers 1972 traveled throughout Tennessee for […]

Joe King

(n.d. born in Leiper’s Fork) lives in Columbia Angel No. 8, 2005 Tennessee limestone, 16.25 x 15 x 4.25 inches, 2008.167.1 Using a hammer and chisel, King’s carved sculpture appears to resemble pieces of pre-Columbian art found in the southeastern United States. The surface has been polished to a smooth finish and coated with a […]

Diane Krapf Kubitz

(n.d.) Whimsey, 1977 silver, 1.75 x 1.77 x 1.5 x 1.26 inches, 77.36.44 This egg-shaped silver piece is decorated with ovals, some of which contain an unidentified substance that may be stone. For added dimension, silver wire and globules were attached to the surface. Etched near the front of the piece are the letters “KUB” […]

Elly Kuch

(1929-2008, b. Nuremberg, Germany) lived and worked in Nuremberg, Germany, Object, 1973, clay, 10.75 x 7.5 x 4.5 inches, 93.39.269 Elly Kuch and her husband, Wilhelm, made a great partnership as ceramic artists. Playing to each other’s strengths, Elly would construct the clay forms, and Wilhelm would do the surface glazing and firing, and they would […]

Kurt Spurey

(b. 1941, Mariazell, Austria) lives and works in Wein, Austria, Form NR21, 1973, porcelain, 13 x 12 x 2.75 inches, 93.39.43 Kurt Spurey studied silicate technology at the Technical and Commercial Institute in Vienna, Austria, after which he married fellow Austrian ceramicist Gerda Gruber in 1962. Together they founded a studio with college friends Iris Brandel […]

Ken Vavrek

(b. 1939, Cleveland, Ohio) lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Footed Pot, 1973, clay, 9.5 x 6 x 6 inches, 93.39.83 After receiving a B.F.A. in 1963 and a M.F.A. in 1965 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Ken Vavrek quickly became an art professor at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where […]