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Award Ceremony and Discussion with Bud Shark and Andy Saftel:
Wednesday March 18, 2015, Knoxville Convention Center, 6:30-7:30pm

Featured Exhibition:
“LIFT: Printmaking in the Third Dimension,” an exhibition of three-dimensional prints curated by Stephen Wicks at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Reception, Wednesday March 18, 2015, 7:30-9:30pm

Red Grooms

Red Grooms was born in Nashville, Tennessee and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL); The George Peabody College for Teachers (Nashville, TN); The New School for Social Research (New York, NY); and the Hans Hoffman School of Fine Arts (Provincetown, MA). 

Grooms’ playful, and sometimes satirical works comment on human life and social institutions, with a creative lineage to the printmakers Honoré Daumier and William Hogarth. His multi-media art works take numerous forms, from painting and prints, to sculpture, films, children’s book illustration and theatrical scene design. His 1975 project “Ruckus Manhattan” is an early and formative example of installation art.
Grooms is represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY. His work has been presented in more than 55 one-person exhibitions, including a retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1987); The Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN (1997); Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY (2004); Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (2010); and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (2013). The exhibition “Red Grooms: Selections from the Complete Graphics Works,” was organized in 2000 by The Tennessee State Museum and travelled to five venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN.

His numerous honors include The Lifetime Achievement Award, National Academy of Design (2003); Elected Member, American Academy of Arts & Letters (2000); Award of Honor, The Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, New York, NY (1988); and the Governor’s Award in the Arts, State of Tennessee (1986).   His works are in the collections of more than 35 public museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL); the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY); the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center (Nashville, TN); and the Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville, TN).

Red Grooms will be participate in the opening night of the conference (March 18, 2015), and will be joined in an interview format by his long-time print collaborator Bud Shark of Shark’s Ink and his good friend, the Tennessee artist Andy Saftel for a conversation about art, collaboration and life.

Red Grooms talks about “Dali Salad” his 1980 print collaboration with Steve Anderson of Vermillion Editions

A visit to Red Grooms’ Tennessee studio where he talks about his recent series of Civil War paintings

A comprehensive listing of Red Grooms' career.

Red Grooms, Tug Boat, lithograph, 2006

Red Grooms, "Tugboat," 21 x 16 7/8 x 24 1/8 inches, lithograph, 2006.