The University of Tennessee School of Art’s Printmaking Department


he Printmaking program at the University of Tennessee has a linkage agreement with the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. Through this relationship two UT students spend the month of May as guest artists in Poland. Two students from Wroclaw come to UTK each September in the same capacity. The program offers our students an opportunity to form lasting relationships with their printmaking peers in Poland.

The University of Tennessee Web site provides the following description of its printmaking program:


The Printmaking Program provides a complete studio experience leading toward BFA and MFA degrees with regular courses in intaglio, lithography, relief and monotype, papermaking and screenprint. Emphasis is placed on both traditional and exploratory techniques and concepts, including monoprints, combinations of print and non-print methods and photo-print processes including non-silver photographic processes. No style, technique or aesthetic approach is stressed over another, so that the individual quality of one’s work is the essential measure of achievement. UT art students, especially our graduate students and undergraduate majors are expected to work with the entire printmaking toolbox, from traditional to digital processes. Gaining a command of these tools allow the artist to choose the appropriate print medium and technique for a given concept.

The print area encourages a pedagogical approach that treats prints as one of many tools in an expanded field of art production. In serving this wide range of areas within the school of art, printmaking has the potential to function as an important meeting ground for artistic issues and approaches, from the autographic and painterly, to the mechanical, computer aided and photographic. In this sense, print forms can function as a bridge, crossing the boundaries which divide the fine from the applied arts. For this reason, we see the mission of the print area as a critical component of the school’s overall mission.

beauvais_facAssisting with the Wrocław exhibition during PolandNow is Professor Beauvais Lyons. Lyons is the self-appointed Director of the Hokes Archives and has taught at UT since 1985. In 2011 he was awarded the title of Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee, and is also a James R. Cox Professor of Art (2011-2013).

His one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 60 galleries and museums across the United States. He has published articles on his work in Archaeology, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Contemporary Impressions, The New Art Examiner, and Leonardo. His work is cited by Linda Hutcheon in Irony’s Edge: A Theory and Politics of Irony (1994) and by Lawrence Weschler in Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder (1995).

'Eend Muskusrat' by Beauvais Lyons

‘Eend Muskusrat’ by Beauvais Lyons

He also has works in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. He was awarded the Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Creative Achievement (1994), a Southern Art Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1988) and a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznañ, Poland (2002).

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