The Emporium Center / 100 S. Gay St. September 7, 2018 - September 28, 2018

Judy Jorden, Peggy Leland

Judy Jorden received her BFA degree in Painting at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She taught art education for 31 years in Knox County Schools and then worked with art interns as a part-time clinical faculty member for the Art Education Department at UT. Her volunteer teaching experiences and involvement with student art experiences have included Governor’s School for the Arts, Scholastic Student Art Exhibit, Dulin Gallery, KMA Guild, Beck Cultural Center, East Tennessee Student Art Exhibition and currently Tennessee Valley Fair Student Art Exhibition. She has exhibited locally and statewide in juried exhibitions. Her Educational Awards include: Tennessee Humanities Fellowship Award Winner 2001, Tennessee Secondary Art Educator of the Year 2001, Tennessee Art Educator of the Year 2006 and Tennessee Retired Teacher of the Year 2012.

Inspiration for her current paintings emerges from close-up surface texture studies found in metal objects, plant forms, and a variety of views from onsite studies. She arranges these artworks into groupings, creating a mosaic of miniature paintings and also group paintings with a similar subject matter.

Peggy Kretchmar Leland’s recent work is concerned with presenting a variety of viewpoints, both far away and close-up. Aerial views are especially captivating because they can create abstract, geometric and organic patterns. The sense of space conveyed using distinct viewpoints is often mysterious. This subject matter, together with the endless possibilities presented by the use of encaustic media, results in a wide array of visual experiments and outcomes.

Peggy Kretchmar Leland received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting, a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Master of Science Degree in Art Education, all from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her work experience includes: Workshop Co-Director, U.T. Arts Academy for High School Students (15 years); 20 years as Art Instructor, Central High School, Knox County Schools; Education Specialist: Staff Development, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union; Educational Specialist, TVA Education and Skills Development Dept.; Program Manager, Regional Arts Program, Tennessee Valley Authority; Assistant to the Director, School Planning Laboratory, The University of Tennessee. Selected Honors and Awards include: Teacher of the Year, Central High School; TAEA East Tennessee Art Educator; Invitational Painting Exhibit, Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN (2017); Merit Award for painting in Arts in the Airport Exhibit (2016); Two paintings selected for Arts in the Airport Exhibit (2015-16); Honorable Mention, encaustic painting, Knox County Art Teachers Exhibit, U.T. Downtown Gallery (2013); Knox County Art Teachers Exhibit, 1998-2013; Knox County Mayors Exhibits, City County Building (2016-2018); Two-Person Exhibit, TN Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.