The work of artist Jason Sheridan Brown is now featured in the Catron Gallery, located
inside the R. Jack Fishman Library on the Morristown Campus. Brown will be on campus
for a gallery talk at 1 p.m. on Feb. 8.
The exhibit, “Foothills,” features sculptures the artist hopes will urge individuals
to question the human relationship with the natural world.
“I want my objects and projects to challenge users to engage in a civic dialogue about
individual, community and space,” Brown said.
Brown is an associate professor of art at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where
he has been teaching sculpture since 2001. His work has been exhibited in 22 states.
Recent public art projects include large-scale outdoor sculpture installations at
the Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky, and Franconia Sculpture Park
in Shafer, Minnesota. Brown is involved with a number of professional and community
organizations. He served as president of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance board of
directors since 2018.
“My recent work explores mountainous landscapes and rural cultures through a series
of projects that question the controversial practice of mountaintop removal coal mining
that is now prevalent throughout Southern Appalachia,” Brown said. “This destructive
mining practice has dramatically changed our regional landscapes throughout rural
Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky.”
The gallery talk and the exhibit is open to everyone. The exhibit continues through
March 30. The gallery is open during normal library hours, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday
through Thursday. Admission is free.
In the photo: “Fractured” is one of the sculptures by artist Jason Sheridon Brown
on display at the Catron Art Gallery in the R. Jack Fishman Library on the Walters
State Community College Morristown Campus.