July 17 - August 28, 2015
Step right up, artists! The Foundry Art Centre’s Circus! exhibition will astound our visitors with work celebrating the tradition of the circus. Circuses and carnivals fulfill a need for people to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, overcoming the impossible in spectacular shows of grace, strength, and mystery. Sideshows, Freak shows, Traveling troupes, and entertainers—come one, come all and share your revelry in this art exhibition!
Nick DeFord is an artist, art educator, and arts administrator who resides in Knoxville, TN. He received his MFA from Arizona State University, and a MS and BFA from the University of Tennessee. He has previously taught both at Arizona State University and the University of Tennessee, as well as at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts. His artwork explores the visual culture of cartography, occult imagery, geographical souvenirs, and other structures of information. These are altered to examine the relationship of identity, space, and place, using embroidery, collage, drawing, and various textile techniques. He exhibits nationally, with recent exhibitions at the University of Mississippi, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University, Lindenwood University and the William King Museum in Virginia. He has had artwork or writing published in Surface Design Journal, Elephant Magazine, Hayden Ferry Review, and Willow Springs. Currently, Nick is the Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.