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C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing

(Bentleyville, Pennsylvania 1910-1976 Bali, Indonesia)

 

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C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
1. C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing Marker
Inscription.  Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Kermit "Buck" Ewing graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where he later taught art. Ewing started the University of Tennessee's visual arts program after moving to Knoxville in 1948. The department began with 35 students based out of a three-bedroom house on W. Cumberland Avenue.

"Buck" Ewing was renowned for his figurative and landscape paintings that explored abstract expressionism and pop art. His painting here, "Sports Final", depicts a newspaper seller on Kingston Pike in Knoxville in 1949. In addition to solo art shows, Ewing collaborated with others to form two- and three-artist shows, but it was the addition of Philip Nichols to UT's art faculty in the late 1950s that sparked the creation of the "Knoxville Seven" - a loose coalition of regional artists also including Carl Sublett, Robert Birdwell, Joanne Higgs Ross, Richard Clarke, and Walter "Holly" Stevens.

Heralded as a seminal event during the 1963 Dogwood Arts Festival at UT's McClung Museum, the Seven Knoxville Artists of America exhibition saw Ewing and Stevens famously sporting bowler hats and white tuxedos with "Knoxville 7" stenciled
Marker detail: C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Knoxville Museum of Art
2. Marker detail: C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing
on their backs.

in 1963, Ewing also formed the Knoxville Watercolor Society to promote the medium as a "significant art form" and continued to expand UT's visual arts program. He remained head of department until he died of a heart attack while visiting Bali, Indonesia, in 1976. Five years after his death, UT finally realized the Art and Architecture Building, which Ewing had envisioned and advocated for many years.

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, located in that building, is named in his honor. More than fifty years after the original event, the Knoxville Museum of Art held a major exhibition on the Knoxville Seven in 2016.

This painting is featured in the Knoxville Museum of Art’s permanent exhibition,
Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee

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C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing Marker (<i>wide view • west & south perspectives • Main St. background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
3. C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing Marker (wide view • west & south perspectives • Main St. background)
Sports Final (Newsboy), 1949
Oil on canvas
Knoxville Museum of Art
2007 gift of the Ewing family
in memory of Mary and C. Kermit “Buck” Ewing
57.706′ N, 83° 54.962′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of South Gay Street and Main Street Southwest, on the right when traveling north on South Gay Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, at the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 South Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Knoxville Girl (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Block House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sarah Hawkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Knox County Spanish American War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor John Sevier (within shouting distance of this marker); Katherine Sherrill Sevier (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Charles T. McMillan II (within shouting distance of this marker); Knoxville (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
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Also see . . .  Knoxville History Project. Downtown Arts Wraps take plain traffic engineering boxes and turns them into stunning canvasses portraying the artwork of some of the important Knoxville or East Tennessee artists
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from the past. Art Wraps engage the public to discover the city’s rich artistic heritage. (Submitted on June 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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