Drawn from the McClung Museum was an innovative exhibition project involving 28 artists, each of whom will produce original prints in response to objects from the collection of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. The exhibition paired the objects and the prints to address how we perceive and interpret art, science, and culture. Like the museum itself, the objects are varied, ranging from a mastodon mandible and an Egyptian ibis mummy, to a Victorian hair necklace and an Ojibwa men’s ceremonial dance apron.
The exhibition was held in conjunction with the SGC International Printmaking Conference, which brought 1,500 printmakers to Knoxville from the United States and abroad March 18–21, 2015.
Participating artists include Lynne Allen, Boston, Massachusetts; Ed Bernstein, Bloomington, Indiana; Mark Bovey, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Sean Caulfield, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Aaron S. Coleman, DeKalb, Illinois; Sydney A. Cross, Pendleton, South Carolina; Deborah Cornell, Boston, Massachusetts; Maggie Denk-Leigh, Cleveland, Ohio; Mark Dion, New York, New York; Holly Greenberg, Syracuse, New York; Fred Hagstrom, Saint Paul, Minnesota; Adrianne Herman, Portland, Maine; John Hitchcock, Madison, Wisconsin; Emmy Lingscheit, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; Beauvais Lyons, Knoxville, Tennessee; Phyllis McGibbon, Wellesley, Massachusetts; Ayanah Moor, Chicago, Illinois; Althea Murphy-Price, Knoxville, Tennessee; Dennis O’Neil, Washington, DC; Endi Poskovic, Ann Arbor, Michigan; John Risseeuw, Tempe, Arizona; Geo Sipp, Kennesaw, Georgia; Tanja Softic, Richmond, Virginia; Ericka Walker, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Art Werger, Athens, Ohio; Koichi Yamamoto, Knoxville, Tennessee; Melanie Yazzie, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Organized by Sydney Cross, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art from Clemson University in collaboration with Catherine Shteynberg, McClung Museum Curator.
The exhibition was presented by the Betty Davis Museum Fund; Debbie and Jeff Chapman of Atlanta, GA; the Southern Graphics Council International Print Conference; and UT Ready for the World. Additional support provided by Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Arts & Heritage Fund.