The UT Downtown Gallery / 106 S. Gay Street October 27, 2023 - December 7, 2023

Jorge Lucero

The JORGELUCEROSTUDYCOLLECTION is a modest art library and ephemera archive assembled by Mexican-American artist and educator Jorge Lucero during his various teaching appointments across the American midwest. Most of the time the STUDYCOLLECTION is housed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and it is open to the public once a week when classes are in session. Browsing, study, quiet reading, sitting, and open discussion is encouraged during a visit to the STUDYCOLLECTION.

The STUDYCOLLECTION is non-circulating. It is the primary mission of the STUDYCOLLECTION to be a forum for conviviality, especially over these unique items within this particular place and time, therefore its holdings are rarely lent individually. In 2017, the STUDYCOLLECTION was borrowed in its entirety by the University of North Texas for the duration of their Spring semester. The University of Tennessee is only the second institution or person to perform this gesture.

THEJORGELUCEROSTUDYCOLLECTION holds no special events other than the singular event of being open during its designated time each week. Visitors to the STUDYCOLLECTION have made reasonable suggestions about specific public events that could potentially increase the number of visitors and the visibility of the STUDYCOLLECTION (e.g. public readings, organized discussions, screenings or listening events, etc.). Although these suggestions are appreciated and understood as coinciding with other models of how similar spaces are normally participated in, the mission of the STUDYCOLLECTION is not necessarily to be consumed en masse or to provide purposeful entertainment of any sort. The staff of the STUDYCOLLECTION is perfectly at ease with nothing (or the appearance of nothing) happening during the open times of the STUDYCOLLECTION.



McCarty Auditorium. Art + Architecture Building. UT Campus

Jorge Lucero is a Mexican-American artist who currently serves as Associate Professor of Art Education in the School of Art + Design at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Sometimes he serves as the Chair of that program. Lucero received his Master degree and PhD from The Pennsylvania State University and his undergraduate degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to moving into higher education Lucero happily taught art and art history at the Chicago Public School, Northside College Prep. As part of his lifelong work to test the material and conceptual pliability of “school” Lucero participates in and around the academy in every manner possible.


FRIDAY, November 3, 5 - 9PM

FRIDAY, December 1, 5 - 9PM

UT Downtown Gallery

Lucero’s exhibition is presented by the UT Downtown Gallery in collaboration with the Tennessee Art Educators Association annual conference. Funding is generously provided by the Arts & Culture Alliance, Knox County, the Department of the Treasury, Tennessee Art Educators Association, the East Tennessee STEM Hub, and UTK co-sponsors from the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences and the Department of Theory & Practice in Teacher Education.