C for Courtside is an artist-run curatorial project space located just north of downtown Knoxville. Founded in the fall of 2017 with the intentions of facilitating multiple creative activities, the Directors (John Powers, Joshua Bienko, Lynne Ghenov, Eleanor Aldrich and Eric Cagley) will work to add to the exciting artistic development and momentum already at foot in the Southeast. In addition to exhibitions, C for Courtside will host artist lectures and guest speakers, live performances, pop-up shows, experimental theatre, justice seeking organizations in need of a place to meet, and other situationist aligned activities. Each endeavor will aim to extend the space of the gallery beyond its physical limitations, while fostering a community based in and on the exigencies of art-making. The launch of the space has been made possible in part by the generous support of an Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant.
Eleanor Aldrich was born in Springerville, Arizona. A participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, she also holds an MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she currently lives. She earned her BFA in Painting & Drawing through the Academie Minerva (Groningen, the Netherlands) and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. She was a participant in the Drawing Center’s first Open Sessions.
Eleanor has had solo shows in Boston, Massachusetts, Nashville, Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee Flagstaff, Arizona, and at the University of Alabama. Her work has been shown at Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta, GA), the Drawing Center (New York, NY), Grin (Providence, RI) and Ortega y Gasset (New York, NY). Her work was chosen for 1708 Gallery’s ‘FEED 2013’ (Richmond, VA). She has been awarded an Endowment for the Arts through the Whiteman Foundation, and the Herman E. Spivey Fellowship. Her work has been included in New American Paintings and on Artforum.com.
Joshua Bienko (b. 1978, NY) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2008, and his BFA from the University of Buffalo in 2000. He has exhibited at NADA (NY), Dallas Contemporary (TX), Artpace (TX), Labor Ebertplatz (Köln), Vox Populi (PA), Big Medium (TX), OUTERSPACE (facebook) and the Guggenheim Museum (in collaboration with YouTube Play Biennial). Most recently he has had shows in Las Vegas, Nashville, Baltimore, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. Bienko has curated shows in Brooklyn, Queens, Seattle, and Gainesville and is one of the founding members of the artist-run space Ortega y Gasset Projects in Gowanus, and C for Courtside in Knoxville. He is a 2009 Tanne Foundation recipient, and a Hambidge Residency and V.C.C.A Fellow. Bienko lives and works in Knoxville, as an Associate Professor of Drawing at the School of Art at the University of Tennessee.
Eric Cagley was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa. He received his BFA from the University of Iowa in 2011 and his MFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014. Eric currently works as the Exhibition Coordinator at the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture.
Lynne Marinelli Ghenov is a visual artist who primarily composes drawings on aged paper. Lynne has shown recent work in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Memphis and Knoxville. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975 and raised in southern New Jersey. She currently lives and works in Knoxville, TN where she co-founded and co-directs C for Courtside Gallery, an artist run curatorial space in north downtown Knoxville. She graduated from Tyler School of Art receiving a BFA in sculpture in 1998. She also studied abroad at Temple University Rome in Italy in 1996.
John Douglas Powers
| John Douglas Powers was born in Frankfort, Indiana in 1978. His sculptural work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The MIT Museum, The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, The Alexander Brest Museum, The Masur Museum, The Gadsden Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Vero Beach Museum of Art and Cue Art Foundation. His videos and animations have been screened internationally.|
Powers studied art history at Vanderbilt University and earned his MFA in sculpture, with distinction, at The University of Georgia. His work has been featured in The New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe and on CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the recipient of the 2013 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant as well as a Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award and a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Powers currently lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee and is Associate Professor of Sculpture at The University of Tennessee.
C for Courtside is located at 513 Cooper Street, below the Second Creek Bridge.
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