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R. Lee Stone Jr.

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 worldwide […]

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 […]

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, Adelaide, Australia) Enticing Fruit, 2002 wood fired clay, 15 x 12 inches, 2003.23.4 Originally from Australia, 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 1989 he […]

Joanna Higgs Ross

(b.1934 in Nashville) lives in Nashville Studio, 1967 oil on canvas, 74.5 x 61.5 x 1.5 inches, 80.116 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 Higgs Ross to enter paintings into regional juried shows. This […]

Brian F. Russell

(b. 1961 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 decided to […]

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 […]

Robert Winokur

(b. 1933, Brooklyn, New York) lives and works 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 his […]