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Saturday, February 11, 2012

The report below was eloquently written by Jeff Chapman, PhD, the Director of the McClung Museum of Art at the University of Tennessee. It proves how the Arader Galleries collection of Goulds, Catesby and Audubons at UT is being put to good use by its students, making my dream come to life:

While not what we hope to ultimately achieve in academic use of collections, the example below is a start.  As you know we continue to do print shows, our current show being 200 Years of Waterbird Prints.
Jennifer Scheuer is in her first year of graduate study in the MFA degree program in the UTK School of Art.  She came to UTK after spending a year in the lithographic printer training program at the prestigious Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She completed her BFA in 2009 at Minnesota State University. This year Ms. Scheuer worked as a printer's assistant with Beauvais Lyons on the production of a lithographic edition by visiting artist Ruth Weisberg.

This summer graduate research proposal is to have Jennifer Scheuer work with Professor Beauvais Lyons on the production of a series of hand printed color lithographs of imaginary birds modeled after prints by Mark Catesby (1682-1749), John James Audubon (1785-1851), and John Gould (1804-1881) currently in the collection of the McClung Museum. Jennifer Scheuer will work with Professor Lyons in formal and technical study of the historic ornithological prints, in the preparation of the printing elements (from plate, photo-plates and stones) and in the proofing and production of the editions. 

In addition, Ms. Scheuer, whose work, like that of Professor Lyons is informed by historical lithographic techniques, will complete some of her own lithographs adapting some of the methods used during the project.

Jeff Chapman, PhD
Frank H. McClung Museum
The University of Tennessee
1327 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-3200

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