Hunter Invitational III Exhibition Opens June 20

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Hunter Invitational was developed in 2007 as a means to look at significant artwork being created in the region. The third in the series, this new exhibition will offer a look at recent pieces by artists Jan Chenoweth, Alicia Henry, Philip Andrew Lewis, Jiha Moon, Jeffrey Morton, Greg Pond, Jered Sprecher and Martha Whittington.  All of these artists have shown a dedication to their work and an engagement with contemporary issues, and each was invited to show his or her latest series at the museum, said officials.

Chattanooga-based artist Ms. Chenoweth explores color, texture and form through her layered abstract works. Although originally from Florida, Ms. Chenoweth lived and worked all over the United States prior to moving to Chattanooga in 2007 through the ArtsMove program. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University, and has exhibited nationwide. Her work is in both public and private collections across the country.

Artist and professor, Ms. Henry hails from Nashville where she teaches at Fisk University.  Ms. Henry received her Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.  Ms. Henry has had solo exhibitions at the Cheekwood Museum of Art, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut and several others. 

Mr. Lewis uses a variety of media including video, sound, installation and photography to create his interdisciplinary works. Mr. Lewis was the recipient of the Creative Capital Project Grant in 2012, and he has exhibited both nationally and internationally over the last 14 years. The artist graduated from the Memphis College of Art with his Master of Fine Arts, and currently teaches at UTC, Chattanooga where he heads the Photography and Media program.

Originally from Seoul, Korea, artist Ms. Moon moved to the United States for her graduate studies. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, and has been living in Atlanta for the last decade. Ms. Moon references both her Korean heritage and American pop culture in colorfully intricate pieces. The artist has had exhibitions in museums and galleries around the United States and Korea, and her work is in the collections of the High Museum, Atlanta, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and several others. 

Artist Mr. Morton has been on faculty at Covenant College since 2000 and is the current head of their art department. Another Yale University alumnus, Mr. Morton is currently exploring the landscape around his home through obsessive drawings and heavily encrusted paintings, an interest which began with a two year residency in Japan earlier in his career. The artist has exhibited around the U.S. and in the southeast, including at the Hunter.

A native of Oregon, Mr. Pond lives and works in Sewanee, where he has been a professor since 2002.  Mr. Pond creates his sculptural and sound pieces by using both traditional sculpting techniques alongside new electronic media and computer coding.  The artist received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia, Athens, and has exhibited all over the country. He is currently involved in making documentary films about the tenants of Patten Towers here in Chattanooga, and recently completed a documentary on the residents of Trench Town, Jamaica.

Constantly drawing from a variety of sources for his paintings, artist Mr. Sprecher’s abstractions address our ever-shifting world.  Another University of Iowa alumnus, Mr. Sprecher has also received the respected Guggenheim Fellowship and recently participated in a residency at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. He has been teaching at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville since 2005, he has been widely exhibited, and is in public and private collections both in the U.S. and abroad. 

A self described ‘maker,’ artist Ms. Whittington received her Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and is currently a professor at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Ms. Whittington has been the recipient of the Bernis Center art residency and is a NEA funded Southern Constellations Fellow.  She has been featured in several exhibitions across the United States, and internationally in Hong Kong, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey.

Celebrate regional visual artists at the opening of the Hunter Invitational III opening Friday, June 20, at 6 p.m. This celebration is open to all with admission ($9.95 per adult) and free to Hunter Museum members, Invitational artists and their guests.

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