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Community Gallery

Dates: Ongoing

The Community Gallery is dedicated to showcasing connections with the community and collaborations between the McClung Museum and partners from UT’s campus and beyond.

Now on View

Unapologetically Me: The Many Cultures of Beaumont Magnet Academy, January 26

In the fall of 2023, second graders at Beaumont learned about the Diné artist, Will Wilson, whose work was on display at the McClung. Students then produced artwork inspired by Wilson’s portraits, sharing their identities and how they see themselves without apology.

Echos from the Earth: Student Research from the Archaeology Labs, September 8, 2023 – January 26, 2024: Behind the scenes at the McClung Museum is the Laboratory of of Environmental Archaeology Core Facility and the Paleoethnobotany Lab. Each is home to cutting-edge research that brings the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities together. This exhibition features the work of UT students who have utilized these facilities as a part of their training and scholarship.

Nature Explorations, July 7 – September 7, 2023: Summer Camps at the McClung are back in full swing! During the month of June, Dino Explorers and Art Masters campers discovered the fascinating history of nature through exploration, art, and science here in the museum. The art on display in this exhibition is inspired by the Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee exhibition and a print from the collection by artist Maria Sibylla Merian. We hope you enjoy these wonderful nature-inspired creations.

Fifty-Four Faces, June 8 – July 6, 2023:  This exhibit honored 54 people lost to gun violence. Forty-nine of them died when a gunman opened fire in the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. Five others were killed during a shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 19, 2022. We are honored these particular individuals during Pride Month because they were targeted for being at places that serve LGBTQ+ people. Fifty-Four Faces was presented in collaboration with UT’s Multicultural Student Life and the Pride Center. Find resources for processing trauma related to gun violence.

Let Me Tell You About… February 24 – June 7, 2023: For the gallery’s debut, the McClung Student Advisory Board developed a community-sourced exhibition wherein UT campus members were asked to submit pictures and descriptions of those who made a positive impact in their lives. The resulting display showcased everyday people who made an extraordinary impact on the lives of Vols.



Sponsors

Support for the Community Gallery has been provided by the UT Office of Diversity and Equity, and the Charlie and Nancy Wagner Family.


Are you interested in learning more about the Community Gallery? Contact Museum Educator, Callie Bennett, at croller2@utk.edu 

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