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Compassionate Voices is an exhibition of paintings, prints and photographs that explore the issues of human respect and the treatment of animals. Artists Jack Ketner and Maia Dery will be in attendance at the reception November 7.
Born in England in 1951, Sue Coe moved to New York in 1972 and has dedicated her energies to the defense of animals, from factory farming to medical research and genetic engineering. Subsequent visits to slaughterhouses in the United States, Canada and England led to numerous drawings and prints that record Coe’s unsettling encounters with animal abuse. The prints on display are from the collections of both The University of Tennessee’s Ewing Gallery and the School of Art’s Printmaking Program, where Coe has twice been a visiting artist.
Maia Dery is a photographer, teacher, and guidebook author. An avid proponent of experiential education, Maia earned her bachelors degree (in English) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1988), her Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University (1995), and began teaching photography at Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, in 2001. Dery’s photography and teaching emphasize the wisdom of the personal, the particular, and of place. In addition to teaching in the classroom Dery leads students and young photographers on image-making trips close to her Piedmont, N.C. home, throughout the U.S., and abroad.
Through the photographic exploration of taxidermy, Diane Fox explores the ways in which nature is objectified. Most of the photographs in her series titled “UnNatural History” are from natural history museums both in the United States and abroad where the public goes for a glimpse of a world often not experienced by them first hand. Here, animals from distant and exotic places are placed in a diorama that attempts to create a framed moment of nature frozen in time.
This will be the first Tennessee exhibit of North Carolina native Jack Ketner’s large-scale lyrical works. A professional musician and painter, Ketner first received acclaim for his paintings in 1975. Since then he has won numerous awards for his oil on canvas works and has been included in juried shows, group exhibitions, and one-person shows throughout the Northeast and Southwest. Curators of the major exhibition Crosscurrents organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Mint Museum in Charlotte said of his paintings, “Ketner exposes modern society’s deadening effect on the animal world.”
October 24 - November 15, 2008