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Arts & Culture Alliance Presents MAP! in August

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Art by Jennifer Brickey will be one of the map-making artworks on display at the Emporium Center in August. Image courtesy of the artist.
KNOXVILLE – Map your calendar for any day from August 7-28, 2015 for a new exhibition entitled MAP!. The Arts & Culture Alliance is featuring the works Jennifer Brickey, Nick DeFord, Marcia Goldenstein, and Tony Sobota at the Emporium Center. Curated by Jennifer Brickey, MAP! groups the “map-making” work of these four like-minded, post-modernist artists. A map depicts geography and represents space, real or imagined, past or present, without regard to context or scale. Maps are, in fact, estimations for true geographic conditions. “The map is place,” says Brickey. “Our sense of place: real, observed, or imagined.”

A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, August 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson & Friends from 7:00-8:45 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

Jennifer Brickey grew up in Waterford, Michigan and Maryville, Tennessee. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her MFA in Studio Art (Painting and Drawing) from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Growing up in the suburbs has continued to be a constant theme in her work. She uses drawing and painting as a vehicle for these explorations. Brickey, recently tenured, is an assistant professor of art at Pellissippi State Community College:

Nick DeFord is an artist, educator, and arts administrator who resides in Knoxville. He received his MFA from Arizona State University and a MS and BFA from the University of Tennessee. He exhibits nationally with recent exhibitions at the University of Mississippi, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University, Lindenwood University, and the William King Museum. He has had artwork or writing published in Surface Design Journal, Elephant Magazine, Hayden Ferry Review, and Willow Springs. He examines the visual culture of cartography, occult imagery, geographical souvenirs, and other structures of information that are altered to define the relationship of identity, space, and place. Currently, DeFord is the Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg:

Marcia Goldenstein received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Nebraska. She has been a visiting artist at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia; Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; Beihang University, Beijing; the University of Texas, San Antonio; Arizona State University, Tempe, University of Indianapolis; and other universities, schools and museums. She has also attended residencies in China and the UK. Her works have been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and China. She is represented in permanent collections at the Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE; Institute for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, NE; Knoxville Museum of Art, Sioux City Art Center, Arkansas Art Center, Hallmark, Kansas City, Tennessee State Museum and many other museum, corporate and private collections. Maps give Goldenstein the opportunity to explore, imagine, journey, and “read” the landscape through various filters. Using the map as a template, she transforms the topography with invented color, pattern, textures and images to create new and personal interpretations of place. She is a Professor Emerita in Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Art:

Tony Sobota draws live caricatures at events such as the Rossini Festival in Knoxville, and he keeps a practice as a painter and visual storyteller. His obsession with maps began as the "navigator" on family road trips as a child. More than just routes to intended destinations, map symbols and structure presented a colorful language all its own. In digging through old photos and re-hashing family legends, he seeks to express what he has found with the help of maps. Tony now lives and works in Nashville:

MAP! is on display August 7-28, 2015 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Published July 18, 2015

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