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Roy Harper

(1925-2021) born in Coffee County, lived in Manchester Union Station, 2003 oil on canvas, 30 42 inches, 2003.97 This painting depicts the Dixie Flyer steam locomotive departing Nashville’s Union Station in March 1943 at 5:10 p.m. Harper determined the time from an old train schedule, and for technical details he studied the 576 N.C. & […]

R. Lee Stone Jr.

(n.d.) Astral Entry, 1974 print, 16 x 13 inches, 1998.134 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 two years.

Dumitru Radulescu

(b. 1942) lives and works in Bucharest, Romania Object II, 1973 stoneware, 8.5 x 23.25 inches, 93.39.209 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 […]

Bets Ramsey

(b.1928) born and lives in Chattanooga Fog Days on Cranberry Island, 1970 wool, cotton, nylon, linen and wood wall hanging, 24 x 13.5 inches, 70.36.50 This is a hand pieced and hand quilted wall hanging that utilizes a variety of fabrics, some of which have strong 1960’s colors and motifs. Overall, the impression is of […]

Veda Reed

(b.1934) lives in Memphis November 22, 1967 (detail) oil on canvas, 40 x 50.25 inches, 90.36.3 In 1956, Reed graduated from the Memphis College of Art having had Burton Callicott as a professor. In 1957, right after graduating, Reed had her first show in New York. Craving her environment in Memphis, she returned in 1962 […]

Irene Ritter

(1943-2013) lived in Nashville Dumber than a Box of Rocks, 1998 Indiana limestone and natural rocks, 20 x 13.5 x 3 inches, 2005.54.1 As editor of Nashville Magazine, Ritter decided to make visual art a focus of the publication and worked to bring local artists together. After leaving the magazine and acting as deputy mayor […]

Tim Roberts

(n.d.) Bottle, n.d. clay, 17 x 8 x 8 inches, 2008.168.2 Roberts began creating wheel thrown ceramic creations after retiring from the military. Some of his signature items include bowls, pitchers, and customized Jonesborough Farmer’s Market coffee mugs. Roberts received his M.F.A. from East Tennessee State University and has shown his work at several craft […]

Paul Roden

Summer of Lovin’: Lest Ye be Judged Ye’selves, 2006 (detail) color woodcut print, Artist’s Proof, 48 x 32 inches, 2015.65.3 In 2006, when this print was purchased, Roden a native Nashvillian, was actively working and exhibiting in Nashville as well as participating as a member of the Southeastern College Art Conference that was held at […]

Peggy Root

(b.1958) lives in Jonesborough Hemlocks, Trout Lake, 2010 oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches, 2015.65.29 Root studied at Ringling School of Art and Design and at Lyme Academy of Fine Art. For over 30 years she has painted large landscapes that have been exhibited across the Southeast and is in collections such as the […]

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 […]

Joanna Higgs Ross

(b.1934) born and lives in Nashville Mountains and Clouds, 2014 oil on canvas, frame built and painted by artist, 38 x 46 inches Gift of Jane Sims Camp In 1957, shortly after graduating as one of the first females from the University of Tennessee (UT) with a B.F.A. a few UT art faculty members encouraged […]

Brian F. Russell

(b. 1961) born in  Memphis, lives in Arlington Hemisphere 22 Sheaf, 2003 glass and steel, 12 x 10 x 10 inches, 2003.23.1 Russell received his B.A. in studio art from Rhodes College in Memphis. He began with black and white photography and after school moved into furniture making, crafting structures of wood and steel. He […]

Mark Russell

(n.d.) lives in Greeneville Interior Series, 2002 glass, 17.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches, 2003.23.10 Russell received a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a M.S. at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Today, Russell owns and runs a hot shop studio in his hometown of Greeneville. Russell also teaches in the glass department […]

Rick K. Stewart

(b.1960) lives in Kodak in Sevier County white oak and cedar tub, 16 inches, 2003.5.2 Sixth generation cooper Rick Stewart learned from his grandfather Alex Stewart’s master crafting and artistry skills. In 1983 Alex Stewart received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, America’s highest honor for traditional artists Grandchildren Rick […]

Robert Winokur

(b. 1933) born in Brooklyn, New York, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Teapot with Stand, 1975 stoneware, 9.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches, 93.39.104ab Robert Winokur learned pottery from his mother, who was a ceramicist, but only began to seriously explore art after taking a ceramics class in high school to improve his grades. He furthered […]