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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 […]

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 […]

Michael Cohen

(b. 1936, Boston, Massachusetts) lives and works in Amherst, Massachusetts Lidded Arch Form, 1975 porcelain, 5.75 x 8 x 2 inches, 93.39.112AB Michael Cohen had an artistic upbringing, and was selected during high school to participate in intensive art classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, an experience which encouraged him to attend college […]

Tis Mal Crow

Beaded Buckskin Bear Doll, C.2005 8 inches tall On December 15, 1999, the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery opened Transforming Tradition, an exhibition highlighting hand-crafted, tradition inspired, contemporary native objects by Tis Mal Crow. Crow fashioned the objects using materials such as smoked bear and moose hides, claws, fur, teeth and antique beads reflecting the materials […]

Margaret Gregg

(n.d.) New Generation, 1967 collage, 36 x 48.25 x 1.5 inches, 80.106A I work primarily with textiles and produce constructions …a painterly approach with textiles …multimedia …involving silk screen and other assemblages…products are wall hangings, quilts, clothing, and greetings cards.  – Gregg Artist and social activist, Gregg (formerly Sister Mary Ruth) received her B.S. degree […]

Marc Hansen

(d. 1975) lived in Kalamazoo, MI Bottle, 1975 porcelain, crystal glaze, 8 ¾ x 6 x 5 ¾ inches, 93.39.19 In the spring of 1971, under the auspices of the International Academy of Ceramics, the Tennessee Arts Commission pledged its support for the promotion and establishment of the U.S. International Ceramic Symposiums. The Symposium’s mission […]

Anna Malicka-Zamorska

(b. 1942) born in Lviv, Poland, lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland Lobed Chair, 1973 unglazed terracotta, 40 x 44 x 36 inches, 93.39.246A-F Anna Malicka-Zamorska began her extensive career as a ceramic artist by  studying under renowned Polish ceramicist Julia Kotarbińska at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, from where she received […]

Tim Mather

(n.d.) lives and works in Indiana Raku, 1973 clay, 25 x 25 x 10.75 inches, 93.39.221 In the spring of 1971, under the auspices of the International Academy of Ceramics, the Tennessee Arts Commission pledged its support for the promotion and establishment of the U.S. International Ceramic Symposiums. The Symposium’s mission to help develop a […]

Asia Mathis

(n.d.) lives in Nashville Warrior Rabbit, 2012 stoneware clay, 24 x 14 x 12 inches, 2015.65.33 Mathis earned a B.F.A. in ceramics and painting from MTSU and began work as a full time artist in 2004. Her work often uses animal imagery, contrasting textures, and poetry. She has exhibited her work in Nashville, Atlanta, and […]

Michael McBride

(b.1957) lives in Nashville Sensual Melody, 2009 oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2015.65.14 McBride earned his B.F.A. from Tennessee State University and his M.F.A. in painting from Illinois State University. He taught at Watkins College of Art and Design and Film and served as curator of the Hiram V. Gordon Gallery at Tennessee […]

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 […]

Virginia McKinney

(n.d.) born in New York, lives in Oregon Flippant Discussions, n.d. stoneware and steel, 15 1/2 x 4 and 18 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, 2005.134 McKinney earned a B.S. in Art Education at SUNY College at Buffalo and received a M.A. in sculpture and M.F.A. in ceramics the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. […]

Santo Mignosa

(b. 1934) born in Priolo, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy, lives in North Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada Sculpture, 1973 raku glazed stoneware 15.25 x 6.75 x 4 inches, 93.39.262 Additional images below Santo Mignosa has had a deep connection to clay his whole life. Born in Sicily, Italy, as the youngest of twelve children, he was expected […]

Charles Morgan

(1936-2006) lived in Baxter in Putnam County Tennessee Tit Mouse Bird, n.d. wood and paint, 3.75 x 3.75 inches, 77.36.31 Wren wood and paint, 4.5 inches, 77.36.33

Marilyn Murphy

(b.1950) lives in Nashville Night Winds Over Tulsa, 1998 (detail) oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2000.40 Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Murphy received her B.F.A. from Oklahoma State University, and her M.F.A from the University of Oklahoma. Murphy specializes in creating situations from everyday life often that have an unusual […]

Lesley Patterson-Marx

(b.1975) born in Louisville, KY, lives in Nashville Root Mother Almanac, 2007 mixed media, 36.75 x 29.25 x 1 inches, 2009.54.2 Patterson-Marx holds a M.F.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina and a B.F.A. Degree from Murray State University, KY. She has exhibited her works at the Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City; […]

Melis Van der Sluis

(b. 1931) born in Bolsward, Friesland, the Netherlands, lives in Hamilton, New Zealand Japanese Show Lantern, 1973 clay, 9 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches, 93.39.21 When Nazi Germany occupied his hometown of Bolsward in the Netherlands, Melis Van der Sluis was only nine. Even after WWII finished, it was still difficult to make a life […]

Michael E. Taylor

(b.1944) born in Lewisburg, lives in Rochester New York Vase, 1977 glass, 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, 77.36.48 Known more for his geometric, translucent colored glass sculptures, this vase is an early example of Taylor’s more bulbous, organic forms. In 1967 Taylor received a B.S. in art education at Tennessee State University (Now, Middle […]

Marvin Yates

(b.1943) born in Jackson, TN, lives in Germantown, TN Sunny Side, c.1970s watercolor on paper, 21 ¾ x 28 ¾ inches, 79.132.70 Yates received his B.F.A. from Memphis College of Art, has exhibited his work regionally and nationally and has received numerous honors for his paintings. Sunny Side was included in the Tennessee American Revolution […]