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Polly Page

(1918-2020) lived in Pleasant Hill in Cumberland County Rooster, 1967-1977 wood, 5.75 inches tall, 77.36.26 A) Uncle Pink, in blue overalls and blue shirt, 10 inches B) Aunt Jenny in black and brown dress, 10 inches C) Robin in white with brown floral pattern dress and white pantaloons with lace bottoms, 5.5 inches D) Mark […]

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; […]

Dennis Peacock

(b. 1953) lived in Knoxville TN, and now lives in Shelton Washington Three Points, 1970-1971 steel, 77 x 34 x 11 inches, 74.11.11 Peacock earned  a bachelor’s degree in art from Western Washington State College, in Bellingham, WA and both a master’s degree and a master’s in fine arts from the University of Iowa in […]

James Perrin

(b. 1975) lives in Nashville The Ambassadors, 2006 oil on canvas, 56 x 72 inches, 2015.65.8 Perrin received his B.F.A in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. in painting from Boston University.  His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Nashville and Memphis, as well as nationally in Austin, […]

John Petrey

(b.1958) born in California, lives in Chattanooga Copper Bodice with Twig Skirt, n.d. copper, brass, wood, 55 x 33 x 24 inches, 2015.65.12 Finding artistic inspiration through perusing junkyards and flea markets, Petrey’s sculptural garments are easily recognized by his inclusion of unusual and unlikely materials such as flattened bottle caps, plastic forks and spoons, […]

Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton

(b. 1976) lives in Murfreesboro Wasps: Xerox Scandal, falsifying financial results for five years, booting income by 1.5 billion, 2007 acrylic on canvas, 4 x 4 feet, 2009.54.1 Phouthavong-Houghton was born in Vientiane Laos and at the age of four her family emigrated to Winfield, KS. She earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University […]

Pompeo Pianezzola

(1925-2012) born and lived in Nove, Vicenza, Italy Triangular Form, 1973 stoneware, 4 x 9.5 x 3.75 inches, 93.39.108 At the age of 14, Pompeo Pianezzola began studying art in his hometown of Nove, Italy, by attending the Giuseppe De Fabris High School of the Arts and by working as an apprentice at the local […]

Vince Pitelka

(n.d.) lives in Smithville Oil Can #16, (n.d.) soda fired, handmade stoneware clay with laminated colored clays, 11 x 15.5 x 10.5 inches, 2003.23.9 In this work, Pitelka created his interpretation of an oil can. The body and lid have a textured and painted basket weave pattern and the neck and spout are painted to […]

Jairo Prado

(b.1947) born in Cali, Columbia, lives in Nashville Ancestral Fish, 1997-98 wood and metal, found objects, 30 x 58 x 12 inches, 2000.28 For nearly 30 years, Prado has been an art educator and full-time artist, creating commissioned works and exhibiting nationally and internationally. Noted exhibitions include a solo show at the University of North […]

Mary Prater

(b.1928) lives in Woodbury in Cannon County Baskets (6 nesting baskets), n.d. white oak, 9.25 x 8.25 inches, 77.36.52A-F These oak split baskets are characterized by bottoms that are relatively flat, with round openings. Born into the heart of Tennessee’s white oak basketmaking country, Mary Prater learned to make baskets from her neighbor, Jimmie Prater.  […]

Joseph Pugh

(1945-2015) from Marion, VA, lived in Johnson City Bottle Vase, 1969 wheel-thrown clay, 7 x 6 inches, 70.36.9 Pugh received a M.F.A. in ceramics from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.  This clay vase was created around the time he graduated from ETSU. The vase traveled throughout the state from 1970-1972 as part […]

Peter Rose

(b. 1956) born in Adelaide, Australia, lives in Knoxville Enticing Fruit, 2002 wood fired clay, 15 x 12 inches, 2003.23.4 Rose studied history, art and printmaking and ceramics, receiving a Bachelor of Education and an Australia Arts and Crafts Technical Certificate. He apprenticed in Japan and England before moving to Knoxville in 1985. Then in […]

Peter Sohngen

(b. 1963) born in Hamilton, Ohio, lives in Memphis Platter, 1973 raku, 1.75 x 13 x 13 inches, 93.39.11 Peter Sohngen was working towards a PhD in English literature at Claremont Graduate University when he became fascinated with the ceramic work that the art students were doing at the time. Later, he went to Istanbul, […]

Paula Swallows Stover

(b.1944), lives in Overton County Tennessee Star, 2017 plywood, acrylic, epoxy, 2 x 2 feet Paula Swallows Stover (b.1944) is the 5th generation to live and work on Ivy Hill Farm; a Tennessee Century Farm (1858) in Overton County, TN. Paula worked as a substitute teacher with the Overton County school system for many years […]

Parks L. Townsend

(1909-1991) lived in Elizabethton in Carter County pine carvings, 2002.8.1 Townsend carved numerous objects including his “critters” (on display here), whirligigs (spinning toys), walking sticks and small sculptures. His work is easily recognized as typically having a multitude of spots burned throughout the surface. The Commission has a diverse collection of Townsend’s carved work as […]