Current Exhibition

Allegiance
Oct. 25 to Dec. 13

The University Art Gallery is honored to present Allegiance, a quiet and intimate exhibition of complex and beautiful woven textiles by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens, on view from Oct. 25 through Dec. 13, 2019.

In Allegiance, Brackens plays with our expectations and associations, turning symbols, lyrics, and materials to new purposes. He refashions American and Confederate flags, he quotes and recasts the lyrics to the minstrel song Dixie and to the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy, he makes the language of advertising both sentimental and subversive, and he - an African American whose antecedents picked cotton in Texas - self-consciously transforms that fraught material into beautiful textiles.

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Upcoming

The collaborative project Highlander Libraries, led by Greg Pond, Professor of Art, University of the South, will activate the space of the University Art Gallery, transforming it to recall the library of the Highlander Folk School as it existed near Monteagle from 1932 to 1961. Highlander Libraries will be open for use by performers, classes, community members, and organizations. The project activates memory of the Highlander as it was, the space invites use and participation, and participants bring the memory to life. On Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. in Convocation Hall there will be a panel discussion and reception celebrating the project, with other events to be announced.

About the UAG

The University Art Gallery fulfills an essential role on campus. Devoted to exhibitions of contemporary art, the UAG fosters innovation and creativity, and experiential and visual learning. UAG exhibitions encourage conversation beyond the classroom, between all the members of our community, and a welcoming and diverse campus community.

Academic Engagement

Working together, faculty members and the Director and Curator of Academic Engagement build productive ways for UAG exhibitions and events to support courses across the curriculum. Students contribute to exhibitions and programming, they visit exhibitions to consider course themes and questions, they have conversations with visiting artists, they use artists’ methodologies and work as inspiration for class assignments, they put their foreign language skills to work in a community setting outside the classroom. Use the button below to contact Shelley MacLaren, Director and Curator of Academic Engagement, to discuss possibilities for your classes.

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Friends of the UAG

The Friends of the University Art Gallery was founded to support exceptional exhibition and event programming in the UAG, and to bring together people who believe in the power of contemporary art to foster conversation and community. Please consider renewing your membership, or becoming a new Friend today. If you would like to offer your support as a Friend of the UAG, please follow the link below, select “Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts” for your Designation, and write “Friends of the UAG” under “Specific program or initiative.” Friends will be honored with their names displayed in the UAG unless otherwise requested.

Past Exhibitions

Isle of Printing’s interactive exhibition Communication Station: Automated Exchange was at the UAG from October 25-December 16, 2018. Visitors to the exhibition were introduced to the Isle of Printing’s projects: Our Town Nashville, All Are Welcome, and the Bryce Bux Currency Exchange, and participated in Communication Station No. 3: Automated Exchange, a project specially designed to spark our imaginations and generate conversations about the community of Sewanee and what we would like it to be.