Powers|Brown Art Gallery
@ Roane State Community College

OBrien Building room 225 Patton Lane Harriman, TN 37748

Bryan Wilkerson

Professor of Art and Gallery Director
phone 865.354.3000 ext4748
email wilkersonbs@roanestate.edu

Mike Hill Art

November 11th - January 9th

Closing Recption September January 9th 11am-1pm

A collection of recent works by artist Theresa Lee 

From Angela Lee Duckworth, Daughter 

"The last poem in the last book of poetry published by the poet Robert Lowell is called Epilogue. And in that poem there is a verse that describes my mother perfectly."

 The painter’s vision is not a lens, it trembles to caress the light.

"My mother is a painter. I know that simple fact now in a way that escaped me for most of my life. Since I can remember, I thought of my mother as the kindest and most generous and forgiving soul—a true giver. I still do. But she is also a painter. She sees the world in a way I cannot. She yearns to express herself, to capture and create beauty. I am not an artist, but I love her art. Through her paintings, we, too, see farther, deeper. With her as our guide, we, too, may tremble to caress the light."  

GALLERY HOURS are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am -3pm or by appointment 

For more information, please contact Bryan Wilkerson at 865-354-3000 x4788 or by email at wilkersonbs@roanestate.edu.

Interested in having a show?
Roane State Community College O'Brien Gallery
is currently accepting submissions

Roane State Community College
O'Brien Art Gallery
Attention: Bryan Wilkerson
276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748

or click here to email your proposal electronically (please send examples of work in .jpeg format)


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Statement about the exhibit
The Arts Council open show features a wide array of work from regional artists. 

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April Bachtel and Eric Cagley - Color Guard
November 1st - December 20th 2014

Statement about the exhibit

“Color Guard” brings together the work of Knoxville based artists
April Bachtel and Eric Cagley. The exhibition’s title plays off of the
literal idea of the Color Guard: a group of individuals who move in
unison to escort a symbol of allegiance and solidarity. The role of
the Color Guard is to reignite the spirit of the disheartened;
similarly, both artists seek to find new meaning for that which has
gone unnoticed by deconstructing and recomposing pre-existing symbols
and materials.

Cagley’s paintings manifest the mechanical march of the flag bearers
and utilize the symbols in which they display. In contrast, Bachtel’s
work showcases the raw emotion of team spirit and exposes the
individual out of step. Like the Color Guard, these works blend in and
stand out, resist and conform. Failure is unacceptable, and perfection
is unattainable, yet they continue to march on.

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March 31st- April 14th 2014

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John Bissonette - Cache Error
January 9th - February 13th 2014


For more information visit his website at johnbissonette.net

Statement about the exhibit

These pictures come from a range of sources.  Some are invented and purely non-objective, some are sourced from the web, and others are amalgamations of abstraction and found imagery.  Individually, they all have specific characteristics and identities- each one drawing from the history of abstraction as well as contemporary references.  Viewed as a whole, they are indicative of a fractured and distracted experience of sensory input- my own painterly equivalent of tabbed browsing.
These paintings flaunt the traces of multiple histories with a collage-like application of elements.  The stops and starts, overlap, and shifts in structure present in this work are evidence of a process that embraces disruption and contradiction.  Their surfaces require one to look through elements to see the entirety of the work.  Perception of one element is interrupted as a condition of viewing another.
While not explicitly evident in their appearance, these works are profoundly influenced by the abundance and infinite availability of images and information that characterizes this moment in culture.    Mirroring the constant stream of images that passes across our many screens, these works shift appearances often as they are obscured, multiplied, distorted, and abstracted.  All the while, they retain traces of their many histories through tactile process and collective memory.

John Bissonette is an artist and educator based in Knoxville, TN. Since 2006 he has been exhibiting his work nationally in cities including Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. In 2008 he was awarded a residency fellowship from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and in 2010 he was the recipient of a Jackpot Grant from the Nevada Arts Council. Bissonette's work has been featured in numerous national and international publications including New American PaintingsTime Out ChicagoNumbers Magazine, and the Las Vegas Weekly Magazine. His work was recently exhibited in the Contemporary Focus series at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

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Ellie Richards - Gestures in Wood
October 28th - December 14th 2013


For more information visit her website at www.ellie-richards.com

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November 12th - December 1st 2012
Michael Hudson and Jessica Millis of the Learning Center are pleased to announce the publication of Roane State's NEW arts magazine, the RaScal.

Our first edition includes poems, stories, artwork, videos, and songs that were created by RSCC  students, faculty, and staff.   The RaScal can be viewed online at www.RoaneStateRascal.org.  The site also gives viewers the option to download a print copy of the entire first edition.

Please join us in congratulating these talented artists!


Bid on prints and artwork at www.roanestate.edu/auction

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August 31st - September 11th 2012
RSCC International Education Presents Harold Winslow – Una vision de la Mexicanidad

Una vision de la Mexicanidad will feature 30 works by Harold Winslow. Harold Winslow an African American born in Dayton Ohio in 1918 but became frustrated with climate in our country to develop as an artist. In the early 1940s he migrated to Mexico where he worked with and was influenced by such renown Mexican artists as Diego Rivera, Jose Clemento Orosco , David Alfaro Siquieros and Frida Kahlo. His work include watercolors, illustrations, murals and sculpture. Winslow became a Mexican citizen in 1951 and continue his art work and put on exhibitions until his death in 2001. Now the Winslow Foundation has selected a sampling of his work to recognize his achievements and to share with others. Roane State is pleased to work with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) and the Kentucky Institute of International studies (KIIS) to bring this exhibit to our college for the enjoyment of our students , staff and the public

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April 12th - April 26th 2012

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March 5th - March 22nd 2012

A selection of works from Roane State Faculty -Reception March 22nd at 2pm

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January 5th- February 15th 2012    Artist's Reception TBA
HKate Faulkner | Recent Works

click here to visit the artists website

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November 5th- December 15th 2011
ARTIST LECTURE November 17th at 12:30 in O'Brien 101

Meditative Paintings of Deep Space, Ordinary Windows, and the Light Between

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October 1st - October 31st 2011
Roane State RaScal Art Show and MONSTER GALLERY

The Roane State Rascal will featureSelected works from art submissions. The prints will be available through an auction that will support the literary Journal.

The MONSTER GALLERY features a ghoulish and grimm collection of two dimensional art in a range of mediums that were created by Art Department Students and the S.T.A.R.S. Art Club. There will be a bake sale at the end of the month to raise money for S.T.A.R.S.

click here to visit RSCC RaScal Blog

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August 15th - Septe 30th 2011     ARTIST RECEPTION THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd at 12:00
Au Belgique

Student Work inspired by the Roane State International Program trip to Belgium

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March 19th - March 30th 2011

“Historia de México” features engravings that celebrate Mexico’s 1810 independence from Spain and its 1910 revolution. The artwork depicts various stages of Mexican history as seen from the point of view of the artists. The pieces include technical descriptions and brief commentaries on the historical significance of each work. The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, and the Ministry of Culture of Michoacán, a Mexican state, are sponsoring the exhibit.

TnCIS is dedicated to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education in Tennessee. The organization offers study abroad opportunities to college students throughout Tennessee. The academic programs scheduled for this summer include study in 15 different countries.


click here to visit the TnCIS website

Gallery Hours
contact Bryan Wilkerson by email at wilkersonbs@roanestate.edu for specific gallery hours

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February 15th - March 15th 2011

My photographic reality is located in the uncharted waters of the mind between memory and history. Memories are constructions. We must actively facilitate the creation and storage of our memories. The correlation between the construction of a memory and the construction of a photograph is the jumping off point for my artistic intentions.

I am fascinated by the connection between the photograph and history. My work redefines the relationship between the two by using multiple exposures to fuse images together similar to the creation of a diorama. When I combine images I re-contextualize the original location, subject, and time of a photograph. These individual parts of an image from here on will be referred to as the “history” of an image. My creative process is focused on the collapse of separate photographic histories into a collective history. A completed image no longer belongs to any specific time or place. This separation of an image from a linear timeline completes the transition from reality into a mindscape.

Familiar imagery is used in my work to open a line of communication between an individual's unique catalog of human experience and my photographic world. The narrative content of my images is formulated to interact with a viewer's memory and engage their personal understanding of the content. The photographic space of a mindscape is created with the principles of mise-en-scène and the illusion of a theater stage in mind. Natural and man made spaces are combined to create environments in which familiar forms of humans and objects interact. The people in my work are archetypal representations of the figure not meant to refer to any specific person. The use of false perspective functions as a reminder this is not reality. Wires and light streams represent the flow of information through the mind. Elements such as doors and hallways reference possible pathways of movement. Depending upon the specific image, textural layers reference things such as nerve fibers, particulate matter in the brain, or alternative process

There is no universally agreed upon model of how the brain or memory works. Each mindscape is a small piece of a much larger puzzle. These scenes have been illuminated while exploring the secret caverns and forgotten spaces of the mind. Sometimes there is a dead end and only a clue remains. This is an aesthetic voyage into the mind suspended in non-time.


click here to visit the Artists Website

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January 10th - February 10th 2011

Ev (Everett) Niewoehner was born in rural Iowa and at age ten moved with his family to Colorado. He graduated from Fort Collins High School and later earned history degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. He also studied art at several universities. After teaching at the high school level for four years, he owned and operated an art gallery in Los Angeles. Teaching opportunities brought him to Tennessee where he taught for twenty one years. In 1999, Niewoehner retired from teaching which allowed him to concentrate on his first love, oil painting, an activity at which he is working full time. Although working with a number of genres, it has been the subject of music which has dominated the bulk of his body of work. Niewoehner has exhibited in a number of galleries and art centers in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Rome, GA, Estes Park, CO, and Dickson, TN. He is a member of the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Oil Painters of America, the Hendersonville Arts Council, the Tennessee Art League and Nashville Artist Guild. Niewoehner lives on a small farm in Dickson, TN where he maintains his studio. He has a daughter who lives in Nashville and is a teacher with Metro schools.

click here to visit the Artists Website

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October 20th -November 26th

Heather Hartman was born in Los Angeles, California in 1983. In December of 1989 her family moved to Tennessee, and Hartman was deeply impacted by the atmosphere, weather, and constantly changing skies in her new home. She attended Auburn University and received her Bachelors of Fine Art in 2005. She completed her Master of Fine Art with a concentration in Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee in 2009. Her work has been featured in shows throughout the country. Most notably, Hartman’s work was included in “Fresh Blood” at Mason Murer Fine Art of Atlanta in 2005, and in “Dreams Bright and Dark” at Studio Swan in 2007. She was chosen for the Second Annual Graduate Solo Show at the Tennessee Renaissance Center in 2008. Her work has been written about by Dr. Jerry Cullum of Art Papers, and is in the collection of Auburn University. Hartman lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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August 26th -September 26th 2010

Reception Thursday August 26th at 12:00pm

“A Thousand Words” explores the many definitions of a person’s face and/or expressions. These 8” X 5” collage/drawings on panel depicts various meanings based on the viewers standpoint.

click here to visit the Artists Website

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April 13th-April 29th

Reception and awards ceremony at 12:00pm in the O'Brien ART GALLERYon April 13th

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Special Thanks to the following
Our Juror: Brian Wagner
Myra Peavyhouse
Malinda Yager
Denise Cloyd
RSCC Foundation: Melinda Hillman, Jeana Bradley, Linda Brown, Ruth Lee Melton
Bryan Wilkerson
STARS Art Club
Art dept RSCC
Agnes Knight
Owen Driskill
Nanita Samuels
FFG Photo Club and
Jim Mansfield
Cal and Carol Davis
Roberta Dennis

January 15th-February 18th

Artist Statement:
"My work is a humble investigation of truth. I believe that the truth of songbirds, heartache, neutron bullets, parched earth, ecstasy, love, and abandoned buildings are all the same. There are as many paths to truth as there are animals, vegetables, and minerals. My work is the physical record of my own exploration of truth. I think of myself as an anthropologist of my own experiences and a distiller of my own reality, discovering and processing my emotions and observations through my own viscera. My art flows from there into the physical objects I make.

The current work is comprised of sculpture, installation, and vessels. Pieces are based on abstractions of the human form, machine parts, landscapes, emotions, algebra and bones. Right now my own explorations focus on the abilities of simple spacial relationships and nuanced surfaces to resonate within the human spirit and reveal themselves over time. All of my work is meant to be experienced both visually and tactually. Much of my work can be manipulated to varying degrees by the final custodian resulting in a collaboration between us. The most manipulatable are somewhere between a puzzle, a Rorschach test and a party game.

The forms are constructed primarily from clay using a variety of hand building methods. I usually do not work from sketches or maquettes, preferring to collaborate with the materials and guide the forms until they feel right. In a similar way, the wood fired surfaces which patina my work are the result of a dynamic interaction between the materials, forms, placement in the kiln, and firing technique.

It is my hope that the gratitude and wonder I have for life, energy, mystery, and art is revealed through my work."     -Eric Knoche

Artists lecture at 2:00pm in the O'Brien building room 211 on February 18th
sponsored by International Education

click here to visit the Artists Website

click here to visit gallery slideshow

Overlays of Panama
Artwork by Artist Geraldine Kierfer
November 1st-December 10th

Artist Statement:
My drawings are nature based and culturally centered. Strongly influenced by the paintings of the Hudson River School, along with spiritual and travel writings from the nineteenth century to the present, I work within and among interstices between wilderness and pastoral landscape. Furthermore, I believe that the sublime and the pastoral are not antithetical; rather, I aver their complementary and mutually energizing forces. Attracted to mountainous and hilly terrain—specifically but not exclusively, the Ridge and Valley counties of western Virginia--I draw landscapes that appear wild and even scoured, with little or no suggestions of habitation. I use multiple striations and lines to suggest cut or crystalline forms. During the drawing process, however, I “domesticate” them. I flood the paper with washes. I lay curvilinear lines among the angular ones, then color in the entire network with colored pencils in variegated shades of green (for mountain landscapes), or sepia, gray and umber (for bark and rocks). Green and growing things intimate for me that, albeit rocky, this metaphorical landscape is watered and thus fertile. Likewise, bark--a skin—and rock—a body---intimate the resilience, toughness and surface beauty of age."

Art d' Italia
Art exhibit will showcase work inspired by students’ trip to Italy; Reception is Sept. 10

Students who traveled to Italy in May will display artwork inspired by the trip Sept. 9-30 in the theatre art gallery on the Roane County campus.

The Department of Computer Art and Design will host the Arte d’Italia! 2009 exhibit. A reception to honor the artists and the donors who contributed to the trip will be held Sept. 10 at noon in the art gallery. The public is invited.

The trip included stops in Rome and Florence, and students visited sites such as St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Museo di San Marco and many others.

Gin Garner
Alicia Hundley
Meagan Linley
Kelsey Rose
Katie Wood

Slide shows
Darlene Parks
Britny Lawhorn
Yuri Min


2009 Spring Student Show
Featured Above
"Lantana Rush" by Keith Sapp, digital photo 8"X10"

April 14th - April 29th    artist reception April 16th at noon

Kenneth Malveaux
Nature Photography
March 4th - March 26th

Ralph Monday
Recent Paintings

January 8th- February 13th

Rocky McNamara
A collection of Paintings and Sculptures

November 25th- December 18th    artist reception December 12th 1:00pm - 4:00pm during the RSCC Holiday Cheer

Lauren Kussro
Sculptures and Prints

November 6th- November 18th    artist reception November 14th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Tour d' Art
Art inspired by the Europe Tour Summer 2008

October 1st - November 1st    artist reception October 3 at noon

Special Thanks to our sponsors
Agnes Knight
Joan O’Steen and Tom Hill
Harvey Sproul
Sarah and James Thomason
Frank and Sylvia Charton
Suzin Seaton
Karen Shaw
Bill Trisler
Le Voss
Carol Schroeder
Barb Rogers
Claudia Kirkpatrick
Sheryl Reeser
Fairfield Glade Art Guild
Katie Wood
Brandon Brown
Bryan Wilkerson
Michael Golebiewski
Charlie Jones
Kathy Snipes
Perma Ceramics of East TN
Harriman Pizza Hut

Above film still from "Train Loop", Digital Video Projection by Stacy Jacobs 2008

Faculty Show
 recent works by Stacy Jacobs and Bryan Wilkerson

August 25th - September 20th


Banking on Ruins
sculptures and digital images by John McGrane
for more visit johnmcgraneart.com

March 3rd- March 31st

"This body of work grows out of the phenomenon of losing a thing rather than a person. It also deals with the powerlessness associated with this experience as well as feeling guilty or selfish for mourning materialistic loss. This personal feeling of loss quickly grew into an empathy for the Ruins of Richmond and beyond that the objects and remnants of the past that have not been assigned importance and therefore not monumentalized." ~John McGrane

Reception March 31st from 4:00 to 6:00 pm


World Mystery Tour
 a collection of two-dimensional works by Bryan Wilkerson

January 18th - February 22nd

Reception February 22nd from 3:30 to 5:00 pm

"Boys and Girls in America have such a sad time together." -Jack Kerouac
  art by Christian Cox, Bryan Crabtree, and Katie Wood

November 7th - December 7th

The work of three Art & Design graduates which will include two-dimensional mixed media works and photography.

Reception November 16th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Amelia Loehe Breed
September 10th - October 4th

Amelia Loehe Breed is originally from Baltimore, MD and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she studied glass and textiles. She completed a one-year residency at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN and currently resides in Knoxville, TN. She works sculpturally with a range of material and most recently has been incorporating synthetic resins. She is also an art instructor, having taught at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and several other art centers in both Virginia and Tennessee.

"I am interested in the female experience. Parts of my work can be seen as self-portrayal, while poetic and dream-like elements reflect on the universal and cultural aspects of being a woman. I like to work with a range of material allowing the sculptures to create their own visual vocabulary. Information is usually emphasized in the surface of a piece allowing the form to become symbolic." -Amelia Loehe Breed

Gallery Hours
Monday September 17th 11:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Wednesday September 19th 10:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Thursday September 20th 11:00am-2:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm
Friday September 21st 9:00am-2:00pm
Monday September 24th 1:00pm-4:00pm
Tuesday September25th 11:00am-1:00pm
Wednesday September 26th 10:00am-12:30pm
Thursday September 27th 11:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm
or by appointment

Closing Reception Thursday October 4th at 4:00pm