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.



“Communal Spirit: 3,000 Years Of Mexican Artistry” Opens Sept. 6 In University Archives

An upcoming exhibition in the Museum Gallery of University Archives and Special Collections explores the creativity and workmanship of artists working in Mexico beginning in 800 B.C.E. and concluding in the 1990s.  “Communal Spirit: 3,000 Years of Mexican Artistry” incorporates diverse Pre-Columbian artifacts from both western and eastern Mexico, representing eight different ... (click for more)

ShapeShifter Has Second Opening Ever During Gallery Hop

ShapeShifter Gallery will present a show on Saturday, Sept. 10 during the “Gallery Hop” at Estate of Confusion, located at 301 E Main. The show and reception will last from 2-10 p.m.  "Vibrant colors, patterns, texture and a bit of organized chaos are themes explored in our second show. Three artists will be featured including Brian Giwojna, Mark Leamon, and ... (click for more)

Residential Project At 1st And Cherry To Finish Out Units On Hill Above Market Street

More residential units are planned downtown near the riverfront on a steep lot at First and Cherry streets. The River City Company is currently seeking requests for proposals from developers for the steep 95-foot-by-65-foot lot behind the First and Market condos. River City officials said, "We are excited about how this parcel will put a finishing touch on this well established ... (click for more)

TBI Adds Jereme Little To Top 10 Most Wanted; Was Set Free By Judge Stern And Then Higher Court Overruled Her

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added to its ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list Jereme Dannuel Little, who was freed by order of Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern, whose decision was recently reversed. Little is wanted by the Chattanooga Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for especially aggravated kidnapping. The TBI said, "Little has a history of ... (click for more)

Proud To Be A Conservative Conservationist

I was born and raised in Chattanooga and was brought up to be a Tennessee conservative. That means that my family conserved our spending, our resources, and yes, even our environment.  I think we were inspired to do so because Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places in the entire United States. We have stunning mountains, wild rivers and quiet backcountry. And many of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Adore America

If Heather Cross weren’t married and didn’t have such a fine-looking family I’d swear I might propose. The dazzling lady just wrote a “By Gumbo! letter” to all the major news outlets in the world to inform them that half of the Pelican State is still submerged by “a 1,000-year flood” and where the heck are they with their cameras? She knows it is vital for the rest of America to ... (click for more)