Three events with New Orleans artist Katrina Andry

Jay FitzOur Town Arts

New Orleans printmaker Katrina Andry will be in Knoxville this month and her work will be on exhibit at UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street, from Jan. 5 to Feb. 17, 2024. A reception will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the gallery for First Friday. Andry will be present at the February reception as part of her Knoxville residency. First Friday events are free and open to the public.

During January and February, the gallery will present two bodies of work that reflect on contemporary and historical occurrences and race relations by New Orleans printmaker, Katrina Andry.

The Promise of the Rainbow Never Came is a mixed-media installation that considers the dehumanization African people endured during the Middle Passage, the second leg of enslavement and forced migration of people brought in bondage to the Americas between the late 1400-1800s.

Colonial Colorism Influences in the Black Community – Past and Present series presents large, colorful woodblock prints that explore ethnicity, social hierarchy, Black experiences and quality of life, and society’s perception of race relations and social standards.

The artist will speak on Thursday, February 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at McCarty Auditorium, A+A Building on the UT campus. Althea Murphy-Price, professor at the School of Art, will be in conversation with Andry for Black History Month.

A native of New Orleans, Katrina Andry received a master of fine arts in printmaking in 2010. She currently lives and works in New Orleans where she maintains a studio.

Andry’s work is often in dialogue with the viewer, asking them to confront their own race and gender biases and to consider how it affects the quality of life of their community writ large. She was listed in the September 2012 Art in Print magazine as one of the top 50 printmakers. She has recently shown at the Hammonds House Museum (solo), the Pensacola Museum of Art (solo), and the New Orleans Museum of Art. She has also been an artist-in-residence at Anchor Graphics in Chicago, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.

While she is in town, Andry will conduct a Reduction Linocut Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the UT Printmaking Shop, second floor of the Art + Architecture Building on campus. This is in conjunction with The Bottom. Twelve spaces are available. Supplies will be provided, along with a takeaway bag of materials. Register here.


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