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Gay Bryant
Printmaking, painting

E-mail: gbryant@pstcc.edu
Artist's website: www.gbryantstudio.com

Porches of Citico Street, Knoxville
watercolor, 16" x 20"

Funky Chicken #1
relief print, 2" x 3"
Porches of Ft Sanders #1
woodcut, 12" x 14"

Artist's Statement:

Natural forms rendered in simple terms dominate my work, in printmaking, painting, and folkart. I hope through my creations to draw attention to details that may have otherwise been missed when looking at an object as a whole. By modifying colors, shapes, dark, and light, I hope to cause viewers to see objects in a different way and to notice things they had not noticed before.

Techniques/Materials Used in Work:

Printmaking: Traditional relief-printing techniques are used to produce woodcuts and linoleum plates on wood, linoleum blocks, and plastic erasers. The plates are inked and then hand rubbed on to paper, cards, or bookmarks to produce editions of the image.

Folkart: Stylized animals, fruit, and kitchen motifs are painted in acrylic on wood panels. The images are created in a Appalachian folkart primitive style in bright colors. Some panels are enhanced with bead handles. Wishing Stars: Tin stars are painted in folkart fashion with beaded hangers. Wishes are inscribed on the backs. See artist's website for additional samples of work.

  • MS, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1972. Business Education with work in art (painting, drawing, art education)
  • BS, State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, 1970. Business Education , minor in art (painting, drawing, art education)
  • Additional post secondary work in art (printmaking, painting, drawing) at Pellissippi State Technical Community College and Roane State Community College
  • Workshops in watercolor and printmaking, 1973-2003, Bersheba Springs, Tennessee (Anne Powers), Arrowmont--Gatlinburg, Tennessee (Margaret Scanlan), John C. Campbell Folk School (Annie Cicale, Billie Shelburn)
  • Foothills Craft Guild, printmaking and folk art
  • Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, East Tennessee Chapter, printmaking, glass, folk art, wire art
  • A1LabArts, a Knoxville-based multi-disciplinary artists' organization featuring painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, writers, poets, and dancers
  • Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance
  • Oak Ridge Art Center
Gallery Representation:
  • Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp. Uniquely Knoxille Gift Shop, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Knoxville Museum of Art Gift Shop
  • The Art Market Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • The River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • McWhorter Clayworks, Carrollton, Georgia
  • e-i-e-i-oh! Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Current Employment:

I am currently employed as Associate Professor in Engineering and Media Technologies where I am working to develop online curricula in Web Technology and teaching classes online in web design, Photoshop, and educational technology. I have taught printmaking at the Appalachian Arts Center, Norris, Tennessee, and John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina.

Next artist: Sylvia Caldwell