Fall 2022

Through shivers of delight to weeping through wretchedness, the arts can create connections between people who may have very little else in common. Being moved by the story playing out on the stage, singing a favorite song with thousands of strangers or discussing— and enjoying—the same book unites people creating community.

In these stories, UT’s faculty and alumni do more than just make music or create worlds. They generate moments of connection, whether through sorrow or delight. And some even do more, whether it’s working with the autistic or teaching a new language. Across our campuses and institutes, faculty, students and alumni create music, prints, paintings, pottery, dance, poetry, vistas and so much more. Let us take the time to drop into galleries, dance in our kitchens, devour art in all of its forms and so enrich our souls.

Ellie and Drew Holcomb

The Troubadour and the Songstress

Music weaves throughout this UT Knoxville couple’s story of a friendship turned to love.

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Beauford Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris), Abstraction #12, 1963, Oil on canvas, 51 ½ x 38 ½ inches, Knoxville Museum of Art, 2018 purchase

Carried in His Heart

UT Libraries purchased Beauford Delaney’s personal archives to bring the Harlem Renaissance painter home.

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Hands playing the piano

A Musical Revolution

A UTC alumna uses music to change health care.

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Featured photo: Left, Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frederick Douglass) in American Prophet, which ran July 15-Aug. 28 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. Photo By Margot Sschulman

Whispering Truth

A UT Martin and UT College of Law graduate stood on the wings of a stage this summer to witness…

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Maya Campbell, Spanish instructor

From Tunes to Letters

The Tennessee Language Center uses music, literature and calligraphy to help students learn.

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Eli Norrod plays with the alphabet wheels at Plateau Discovery Gardens in Crossville

Abloom with Art

UT Gardens feature art to inspire and teach.

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Left to right: Darryl Jones, James Ragain, Ron Staples (seated), Mark Anderson, Vernon Pennington, Kyle Fagala, Tim Lanier (seated right front)

A Different Drummer

UTHSC’s dental faculty can often be found behind the mic, the guitar and the keyboards as The Dentones.

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Jessica Miller. Photo By Dustin Kramer

Like Magic

This UT Southern and UT Chattanooga graduate always knew she wanted to be a writer, but the Simon and Schuster/Atheneum…

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UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver and UT President Randy Boyd are photographed in front of the “Everywhere You Look, UT” mural in Sharon. Since 2019, the University of Tennessee has been painting canvases across the state to remind passersby of UT’s presence in all 95 counties. To find mural locations or to nominate a space, visit https://everywhere.tennessee.edu/murals/. Photo By Sam Thomas

Art Imitates Life

The arts and humanities enrich our lives while providing the foundations on which we stand.

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Laurie Allen is the executive director, professor of practice and Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in the Arts- Based Collaborative Department at UT Chattanooga.

More Than an Arts Career

UT Chattanooga’s Arts-Based Collaborative works to incorporate the arts into children’s learning.

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Arts in Tennessee

Arts In Tennessee

The arts make an impact in Tennessee.

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Expressions of Art on UT Campuses photo collage

Expressions of Art on UT Campuses

A collection of photos showing UT Students across UT campuses performing and participating in various art forms.

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UTC marching band

Making Beautiful Music

Band members from across the UT System found it life changing and now they help change others’ lives.

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UT Board of Trustees Chairman John Compton and UT President Randy Boyd during the annual meeting. Photo By Sam Thomas

UT Board of Trustees Approves Zero Percent Tuition Increase

The UT Board of Trustees has once again approved an across-the-board, zero percent tuition increase for its campuses across the…

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From left: State Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville), Tickle College of Engineering Dean Matthew Mench, State Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge), State Rep. Michele Carringer (R-Knoxville), Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and UT Professor Tony Schmitz pose for a photo at the ACE “train the trainers” event at UT. Photo By: IACMI/Shawn Millsaps

ACE “train the trainers” event held at UT Knoxville

The ACE “train the trainers” workshop was held in conjunction with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and…

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Hunter Hall

Hunter Hall Unveils a New Modern Look

The $13.9 million upgrading of the 65-year-old Hunter Hall, which began in December 2020, is almost complete at UT Chattanooga.

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Interim UTS Chancellor Linda Martin and her husband, Ken Huff, and their dog, Jake.

Linda Martin Named Interim Chancellor

UT Southern has welcomed Linda C. Martin as interim chancellor.

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Latimer Engineering and Science Building

Anonymous Gift Benefits Construction Management Degree

An anonymous gift will support UT Martin’s new Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, an engineering major developed to meet…

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Physcians perform surgery during the fifth annual Ivan Marais Cataract-A-Thon.

The Gift of Sight

Physicians at the UTHSC Hamilton Eye Institute donated their services to restore sight to two dozen people during the fifth…

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A third-generation dairy farmer, John Harrison of Sweetwater Valley Farm in Philadelphia, Tennessee, has been named the Tennessee Farmer of the year by UT Extension. Harrison is shown here with some of his family who help on the farm. Left to right: daughter Mary Lyndal; Harrison; his wife, Celia; and son Charles. Photo Courtesy Sweetwater Valley Farm

The Tradition Returns

On Sept. 24, UTIA held a traditional in-person Ag Day—an annual celebration of all things “ag” and UTIA.

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SMART Hosts Summit

Since moving to IPS, the Substance Misuse and Addiction Resource for Tennessee (SMART) Initiative has broadened in scope to engage…

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