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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Richard J. LeFevre's Civil War Series presents the history of the War Between the States (1861 – 1865) through works on paper that depict 32 of the war's most significant battles. By combining his love of history and his skill as an illustrator, LeFevre used inventive mixed-media techniques to create these powerful images inspired by his personal investigation into that terrible and definitive era. He sought to authenticate the audience experience by incorporating images from period publications such as Harper's Weekly and Leslie's Illustrated. Century-old woodcut engravings, made from sketches by Civil War artists who were present at the battles, were flash-framed onto paper with a copier. They were further manipulated with watercolor, pencil, and collage techniques. Some contain photographic tintype images of prominent battle figures. Military leaders, such as Grant, Lee, Meade, Stuart and Farragut are represented in the context of events pertinent to each battle. Throughout the series, LeFevre includes quotes from legendary figures and battle-weary foot soldiers. Technical drawings of engines and ironclads describe precise details of war machines that accompanied soldiers in battle. The paintings are allegorical in nature and are presented in chronological order. The Gettysburg triptych is the centerpiece of the exhibit. The Civil War Series, which took LeFevre four years to complete, portrays the Civil War without bias toward the Union or the Confederacy. The paintings premiered at The United States Civil War Center in the Foster Hall Gallery at Louisiana State University in 1998. On several occasions, LeFevre created dynamic public presentations, augmenting images from the series with his own spoken narrative and live, period music. He related both the timeline of events and the nature of the war experience, combining information gathered from actual battle sites with the rich volume of knowledge gleaned from the hundreds of books and documents he had read.

RECENT PRESS


"Flight of Fancy: Of a Feather shows birds as artistic inspiration" The Knoxville Sentinel

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: The Huffington Post

 

"Artist Shares Troubled Childhood Through Photos": The Daily Beacon

"Controversial Mural Seen in New Light"
:The Daily Beacon

 

"Post Office Mural on Loan to UT": Crossville Chronicle

 

Controversial UT Mural being shown at UT Downtown Gallery: Knoxville News Sentinel

"The Singing Mural: Marion Greenwood's Long-Concealed Masterwork in a Rare Public Display" :
MetroPulse

"Ossuary"
: Art Knoxville




UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


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Land Report
July 3 - 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 3, 5-9PM

Paintings by Mostafiz Karigar based on poems by Humayun Kabir
August 7 - 15, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7, 5-9PM

1st Year MFA Student Exhibition
August 21 - 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 21

TBA
September 4 - 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 5-9PM

Lorrie Fredette and Larry Brown
October 2 - 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 5-9PM
Lecture: Lorrie Fredette, Thursday, October 1, 7:30PM in room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building, UT Campus

John Messinger
November 6 - 28, 2015
(gallery will be closed the 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving)
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 5-9PM
Lecture: Thursday, November 5, 7:30PM in room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building, UT Campus

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

Untitled Document

Strangers & Stand-Ins: Sunta Prasad
April 22 - 25, 2015

ART SOURCE 2015
April 3 - 17, 2015

Time and Again: Ruth Weisberg
March 6-27, 2015

Paul Sacaridiz: Configurations

January 23 - Febraury 28, 2015

 

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2013 Exhibits

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2011 Exhibits

2010 Exhibits

2009 Exhibits

2008 Exhibits


The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre

May 1 - June 27, 2015

The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre
The Civil War Series: Richard J. LeFevre

 

 

 


 

 

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UT Downtown Gallery
106 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
ph: 865.673.0802
Manager: Mike C. Berry
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    Tu.: CLOSED
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    Th.: 12-5
    F: 12-5
    Sat.: 10-3
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