Don’s Big Show

posted by on 08/24/09 @ 12:26pm

Fireworks at Tinney Contemporary? – Quite possibly!

Join Tinney Contemporary for a one of a kind event. In conjunction with MY MAGIC CAPE – Guest curator Andee Rudloff offers you

Don’s Big Show – a multimedia spectacular featuring Artist Don Evans.

Thursday, August 27th doors open at 6:00pm – event begins promptly at 6:30pm


This incredible event will feature Don Evans performing adaptations of his work utilizing 3 dimensional sculpture, sound don-evans1elements, projected media as well as costumed participants culminating in an all out sensory extravaganza.
Take part in this unique opportunity by participating as commemorative
tee shirts will be created on site the evening of the event!

Donald H. Evans, M.F.A. Professor of Art and Art History, Emeritus

Donald H. Evans was born in Murfreesboro in 1939. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1962 with the B.F.A. and earned the M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1968.

After serving as a lecturer at North Carolina State University, Evans joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1969 in the Department of Fine Arts, where he was instrumental in expanding the studio wing of the department into the importance that it enjoys today among peer institutions. He served as director of the Vanderbilt Media Experimentation Center from 1969 to 1980 and offered pioneering courses at Vanderbilt in video art, multimedia and computer graphics.

Evans developed a strong following among students. His instruction in wide-ranging media earned him the reputation of an enlightened and inspiring teacher. Accomplished in many media, Evans is probably best known for his intricate and epic-scaled events, which encompassed live-action performance, spontaneous creation of two-dimensional images, sculptures, music and films. He established a strong national reputation for this sort of ambitious interdisciplinary work, one example was “Burning Banjos II,” a public multimedia performance and installation of 2001.  He recently participated in two team collaborative projects at Cheekwood Art & Gardens in Nashville, TN, in 2007 and 2008.

Evans has been prolific in several traditional media as well, counting into the hundreds his exhibitions of drawings and paintings. His films number in the dozens, of which seven, such as Data Bank and Video Dance, have earned awards. Evans’ video works also number in the hundreds, and include “Visual Prison and Light Sensitive People.”

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  1. Tony Gerber on 08/27/09 @ 2:06pm

    I would like to add that on many of Don’s pyrotechnic performances I composed original soundtracks, sometimes performed live with fireworks costumes, and people will be hearing the musical collaborations and see video of my performance parts in these multimedia performance art pieces. I met Don in 1983, not as a student, but as an observer who then became a great friend and artistic collaborator. Of course, even though I did not have Don officially as art professor, our work together over the years were very much learning experiences and I cherish my friendship and artistic time with Don Evans. Hope to see lot’s of folks at the opening tonight.

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