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John Messinger combines elements of photography and tapestry to create large-scale, 3-dimension mixed media artworks. His body of work consists of thousands of individual 3.25” x 4.25” instant photographs assembled together to create photographic tapestries that examine the proliferation and ubiquity of the photograph in the digital age.

Inspired by the notions of singularity and time, Messinger combines hundreds of varying images and transforms them into a single experience. His work fuses indexical and abstract imagery to question the notion of photography, photographer, and subject. On melding constructed histories into a documentary format to question the perception of truth. Messinger states. “I believe that all documentary work is on some level a self-portrait of the documentarian.”

Born in New York in 1984, Messinger earned an undergraduate degree in photojournalism and art history from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. John Messinger has worked as a freelance photographer for The Wall Street Journal and teaches photography at the Ross School.

His works have been exhibited by the Watermill Center (2012) McNeil Art Group (2010) and Elaine Benson Gallery (2004). His images have also appeared in the pages of the New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe. Messinger was awarded the Aaron Siskind Memorial Scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts for a Master in Fine Arts under the tutelage of Elinor Carucci.

John Messinger works and lives in East Hampton, New York.


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

"Louis Chan Takes an Intimate Look inside The Homes of Chinese American Families"
: 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" :

: Art Knoxville


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You Call This Art?
an exhibition of editorial cartoons by Charlie Daniels
December 4, 2015- January13, 2016
Reception: Friday, December 4, 5-9pm

Larry Brown
February 5 - 27, 2016
Reception: Friday, February 5, 5-9pm

Allison Berkoy and Jonathan Lukens
March 4 - 26, 2016
Reception, Friday, March 4, 5-9pm


Untitled Document

between locations
October 2 - 31, 2015

Non Exempt

September 4 - 26, 2015

August 21 - 28, 2015

Life in Light: A Display of Poetry in Paintings
August 7 - 15, 2015

Land Report

July 3 - 31, 2015

Richard J. LeFevre's Civil War Series
May 1 - June 27, 2015

Strangers & Stand-Ins: Sunta Prasad

April 22 - 25, 2015

April 3 - 17, 2015

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

Paul Sacaridiz: Configurations

January 23 - Febraury 28, 2015


2014 Exhibits

2013 Exhibits

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2011 Exhibits

2010 Exhibits

2009 Exhibits

2008 Exhibits

John Messinger

November 6 - 28, 2015
The Gallery will be closed November 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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UT Downtown Gallery
106 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
ph: 865.673.0802
Manager: Mike C. Berry

Gallery Hours

    Tu.: CLOSED
    W: 12-5
    Th.: 12-5
    F: 12-5
    Sat.: 10-3
    Sun: CLOSED

    Please Note: The UT Downtown Gallery closes in observance of national holidays and between exhibitions.