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'Contemporary Focus' opens Jan. 31 at KMA

January 25, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.

Jan. 25 -- The Knoxville Museum of Art continues its annual "Contemporary Focus" exhibition by displaying the works of three regional artists Jan. 31-April 6 . The works by Jean Hess , Althea Murphy-Price and Jessica Wohl will be shown in one of the 1050 World's Fair Park Drive museum's street-level galleries. Each year's "Contemporary Focus" is held to recognize, support and document the development of contemporary art in East Tennessee . Each year the exhibition features works by artists living and making art in the region as they explore relevant issues in the larger scale of contemporary art. This is the museum's sixth annual installment. This year, the three selected artists all create works with layered aspects. Hess, who lives in Knoxville , creates intricate collages made of fragments she selects from such sources as children's writings and topographical charts. Hess, who is also a freelance art writer and curator, also uses natural materials in her collages. Murphy-Price is a printmaker and installation artist who substitutes human and artificial hair for the drawn-in line as the basis for her compositions. Murphy-Price is an assistant professor of printmaking at University of Tennessee's School of Art. Wohl is a mixed media artist whose large installations, ink drawings and sewn portraits are often inspired by contemporary suburban life. She lives in Sewanee where she's an assistant art professor teaching drawing and painting at The University of the South . 'Contemporary Focus' What: Contemporary art by three regional artists Where: Knoxville Museum of Art , 1050 World's Fair Park Drive When: Jan. 31-April 6 ; museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday , 1-5 p.m. Sunday Admission: Free ___ (c)2014 Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.) Visit the Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.) at www.knoxnews.com Distributed by MCT Information Services


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