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Ewing Gallery director

Sam Yates received his MFA degree in Studio Arts with a minor in Art History from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1968. He then joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he taught painting, drawing, and art appreciation and served on the art department’s exhibition committee. In 1973 he assumed the position of Director of the University’s Allan Priebe Art Gallery. In 1978 he became the Director of Gallery 200 and Swen Parson Gallery at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Since 1980 he has been the Director of the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the UT Downtown Gallery since it opened in 2004. During his career he has organized numerous exhibitions including solo exhibits for artists Alice Neel, Peter Saul, Benny Andrews, Will Insley, Robert Stackhouse, Les Levine, Joseph Delaney, Dennis Oppenheim, Mary Beth Edelson, Gilbert Carpenter, Sanford Wurmfeld, Michael Zansky, Richard Hass, Frank Lloyd Wright and others. Exhibitions organized by Yates that have toured the US include Redefining the Multiple:13 Contemporary Printmakers; Built for the People of the United States: Fifty Years of TVA Architecture; The Intimate Collaboration: Prints of Teaberry Press; Affinities with Architecture; Fact, Fiction, Fantasy: Narrative Art in the Southeast; Shape Shifter: Mary Beth Edelson; Deep Swimmers: Robert Stackhouse; Life in the City: The Art of Joseph Delaney; Grassroots Wisconsin; Midwest Constructed Fiber Art; Jewelry/Means/Meaning; The Enduring Presence: Recent New York Abstraction and others. As a museum consultant, he has been the head designer of six Tennessee regional history museums. As a curator, he has twice won the award for best contemporary exhibition project presented by the Southeastern College Art Association and as a museum designer, the best new museum in Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Association of Museums.



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