Maria Stehle honored at Chancellor’s Honors Banquet

CAAS member Maria Stehle, an Associate Professor in German (Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures) and core faculty in Cinema Studies, was awarded the Jefferson Prize  at the University of Tennessee’s 2015 Chancellors Honors Banquet. The Jefferson Prize honors a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity.

Professor Stehle teaches courses in German Cinema and is a specialist in exploring contemporary media in Germany. She is the author of Ghetto Voices in Contemporary Germany: Textscapes, Filmscapes, and Soundscapes as well as numerous articles in conference proceedings, book chapters, and refereed articles, and she has edited a special issue of Imaginations, co-edited an issue of the Journal of Popular Music, and received several grants. Her interdisciplinary research collaborations include a three-year Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council project, “Technologies of Popfeminist Activism,” which examines the reconfiguration of German feminist activism in the 21st century through digital technologies.


Jered Sprecher featured on Guggenheim site for new show

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Jered Sprecher was recently featured on the John Simon Guggenheim website as a former Guggenheim Fellow for his show  THE HOLLOW THAT ECHOES, March 27 – May 29, 2015 at the Gallery Protocol in Gainsville, FL. The opening reception was March 27.

THE HOLLLOW THAT ECHOES employs a traditional format and materials, but Sprecher’s use of non-traditional colors, imagery and paint application combine to create paintings charged with the urgency and immediacy of our digital era. Painted in oil and acrylic on canvas, Sprecher’s images come pre-loaded with glitch, fragmentation, and artifact – anticipating their own degradation as soon-to-be jpegs. Like the drum or resonant cavity which the title suggests, Sprecher’s paintings are a taut membrane, echoing and vibrating between the great, historical tradition of image making and its rapidly unfolding future.

Fred Wilson to speak at KMA

Internationally acclaimed artist Fred Wilson will present the Eighth Annual Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

As an installation artist and political activist, Fred Wilson explores the relationship between museums and individual works, questioning and deconstructing the traditional display of art and artifacts in museums. Wilson is a 1999 MacArthur Fellow and represented the United States at the 2003 Venice Biennale. His work can be found in the Seattle Art Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Tate Modern, Toledo Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The annual Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture honors the memory of a dedicated staff member of the Dulin Gallery of Art and the Knoxville Museum of Art and celebrates her passion for the visual arts and learning. Each year the series brings to Knoxville a prominent artist, art historian, art educator, or expert in a related field.

This is a free public event. Reservations are recommended by contacting by March 31. Seating can only be guaranteed to those who make reservations. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free.