Grafitti Gallery ’19

Starting in the art gallery and spilling out into the halls and windows of the academic buildings, students and faculty of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will create a series of tape art images and murals using only blue painter’s tape. The project will span six weeks.

The SAS Art Department was inspired by the vibrant culture springing up globally around tape art and murals through projects such as the city-wide Tape Over Berlin in Germany and the enormous tape mural on the exterior of The Brooks Museum in Memphis. 

The public is invited to watch the work in progress between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday until  April 26. There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 

The SAS Gallery is located in the center of Simmonds Building on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus.

Senior Art Majors C’19 Present ‘Reclamation’

The University Art Gallery presents “Reclamation,” an exhibition of photography, sculpture, and collage by the University of the South’s senior art majors: Ivey Dahlstrom, Violet Hoagland, Barton Perkins and Brianna Young. The exhibit will be on display from April 19–May 11.

With her photographs, Ivey Dahlstrom explores the profoundly ordinary and the experience, look and feel of home. Violet Hoagland honors the possibility of resiliency and healing in her sculpture, creating abstracted human bodies from discarded objects and materials. Barton Perkins builds eerie multimedia collages packed with found objects, glitter, crayon and resin. Presenting a manically cheerful front, his collages are haunted by dark stories and the echoes of familiar images. Brianna Young plays games – her collages shuffle and combine playing cards, advertisements and body parts to explore questions about the body, from objectification and body image, to the mental and physical games of hookup culture, to the physical games of athletes.

An opening reception will be held in the University Art Gallery on Friday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in Convocation Hall, the seniors will speak about their work as part of Scholarship Sewanee. From 1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, the UAG will host  a closing reception, celebrating the senior art majors and the close of a successful exhibition season.

The Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon–4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Sewanee Chorale Concert

From 8–9 p.m., Friday, April 12, in All Saints’ Chapel, students, staff, faculty and local residents will combine to present a program of choral music, including a Broadway medley, an opera chorus, works of Fauré and Gilbert and Sullivan. 

Guest musicians include Kellan Esperian, artist-in-residence; Barbara Carden, cello; and St. Andrew’s-Sewanee student violinist Frederike Koltze.

‘The River and the Wall’ at Sewanee Union Theatre 

University student Emily Stone and Director of Sewanee Outing Program John Benson will premiere a new documentary, “The River and the Wall” on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The film, which recently premiered at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas , follows five friends through the Texas borderlands, “The River and the Wall” explores themes of natural borders, language, wildlife corridors, animal migration, eminent domain, and border culture. 

The screening will be held in the Sewanee Union Theatre and is sponsored by the Sewanee Outing Program, the Sportsman’s House, the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, the International and Global Studies Department, the Greenhouse, the Spanish Department, and the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. 

The community is invited to learn more about life along this 1,200-mile landscape. The run time of the film is 109 minutes.

April Festival of Arts Slated for IONA: Art Sanctuary

The Spring Festival of Artists and Authors at IONA: Art Sanctuary is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 16 at 5 p.m. The festival will continue through Thursday, April 18. The theme for the week is immigration. All events are free and open to the public. 

The festival will open on Tuesday, April 16 at 5 p.m., with a presentation from photographer and painter Mary O’Neill. Poet and reporter for the Sewanee Mountain Messenger Leslie Lytle will follow with a reading of fiction centered on immigration. Other readings will include those by Dan Paracka, Robin Gottfried and Adam Randolph, who will conclude each evening with a song.

On Wednesday, April 17, writer David Baker, who is working on his first book of short poems titled “Word Windows,” will read from his work. Baker will be followed by poet Naomi Buck Pilagi, writer Patrick Dean and poet Adam Latham. 

Thursday, April 18 will conclude the festival, beginning with environmental geographer and an assistant professor of environmental studies Russ Fielding. Fielding will read a section from his new book, “Wake of the Whales.” Following that reading will be poet Ty MacMahon, essayist and frequent “Letter to the Editor” writer Faye Walter and teller of family stories Francis Walter. Walter will share a story of his “Ah Minnie,” who never married and was the keeper of family lore.

IONA: Art Sanctuary, founded by artist Ed Carlos, exists to offer a place for writers and artists to share their creative work with each other and the community, and our emphasis is the source: creativity and spirituality. IONA is located at 630 Garnertown Rd., Sewanee. 

Hazardous Waste Collection

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management facility on Joyce Lane will have its annual Hazardous Waste Event, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, April 6.

Hazardous household waste is defined as corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive materials used in your home, car or truck, garden and lawn, such as:

Household Cleaners—Drain openers, oven cleaners, wood/metal cleaners and polishes, toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectants; 

Automotive Products—fuel additives, grease/rust solvents, air conditioning refrigerants, starter fluids, auto body putty, antifreeze/coolants, carburetor/fuel injector cleaners; 

Lawn/Garden Chemicals—fungicides, herbicides and pesticides;

Home Maintenance Chemicals—oil-based paint, paint thinner, wood preservatives, paint strippers/removers, adhesives; 

Miscellaneous—batteries, fingernail polish remover, pool chemicals, photo processing chemicals, medicines/drugs, reactive compounds (aerosols, compressed gasses), TVs and other electronics, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, computers and accessories.

No explosive, radioactive, or medical waste materials will be accepted. 

For more information call 967-1139 or go to <>.

Community Clean-up Day, Save the Date

The first annual Art Knoll Community Clean-up will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20. Dubbed “Hands, Hearts, and Headwaters,” this year will be more than just a litter pick-up. The clean-up will concentrate on waterways, helping to keep debris out of the water.

This event is sponsored by the Sewanee Community Council. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. More information will be available soon.

Upcoming Lectures

Poet Javier Zamora to Speak

Javier Zamora came to the U.S. when he was 9-years-old from El Salvador, escaping civil war. Today, he is a popular poet and Harvard fellow who writes about immigration and his experience crossing the border and life as an immigrant. He will speak at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, at the Mary Sue Cushman Room, Women’s Center.

Bishop Reynolds Forum

Producer, activist, and humanitarian Meredith Walker, C’91, is St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s 2019 Bishop Reynolds Forum speaker. The public is invited to a lecture at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7, in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. The event is free. No ticket is necessary.

Walker began her television career working at Linda Ellerbee’s NICK NEWS for Nickelodeon. During her time there, the show won the Peabody Award as well as several Emmys. Working her way up to senior segment producer, Meredith traveled to all 50 states to interview kids who had interesting stories to tell. This would become the foundation for her deepening interest in the lives of young people.

Meredith’s visit is made possible through The Bishop Reynolds Forum which brings a prominent speaker to the SAS campus each year to engage students and the community in a topic of current interest. 

The Forum was established through an endowment in memory of the Rt. Rev. George Reynolds, the late Bishop of Tennessee. A graduate and former chaplain of the Sewanee Military Academy and a former trustee and past parent at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Bishop Reynolds was engaged by and involved with the numerous personal and social issues confronting the individual, the Church, and the society he served.

‘Grace And Gratitude’ 

Eric Motley is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute and formerly served in the U.S. State Department and the White House. He is the annual Omicron Delta Kappa speaker at the University of the South, and will give a talk, “An Odyssey of Grace and Gratitude,” at 5 p.m., Monday, April 8, in Gailor Auditorium. All members of the community are invited to attend the talk sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and the book signing that will precede it.

‘Are We There Yet’

Join us in Hargrove Auditorium at the School of Theology at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, as we welcome the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, The Episcopal Church’s canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care. Canon Stephanie will deliver a talk, “Are We There Yet: A Southern Exile’s Reflections on Racial Healing and Telling the Truth,” followed by a reception and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by The Beecken Center in partnership with the Sewanee Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation. 

Lincoln Lecture

James Cornelius, curator of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill., will lecture on “What’s New in Lincoln and Civil War Studies,” at 4 p.m., Monday, April 15, in Gailor Auditorium.

During the 20th century, historians and society overall, shifted from looking at decisions and words by the high-profile figures such as presidents, generals, church leaders, leaders of Congress and the courts, to an interesting new focus on the lesser-known or unknown voices: sergeants, servants, slaves, farmers and tradesmen, and especially women. In the 21st century, good history combines these two strands, but we also benefit from the continuing discovery of long-lost original documents: letters by Mary Lincoln, statistical work on the numbers killed in the Civil War; overseas activity having to do with slavery and abolition. We’ve even finally learned what Lincoln thought of the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-48; what became of his dog; whether African-Americans had his permission to use the White House lawn; and perhaps most of all why (some people think) the Civil War was inevitable, and whether Lincoln’s hopes for Reconstruction were realistic. 

Monthly Health Care Services at Morton Memorial

St. Thomas Health will be providing medical services every second Saturday of the month in their Mobile Medical Van at Morton Memorial UMC in Monteagle. The next service is 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, April 13.

St. Thomas’s medical outreach program is to provide medical services to those who do not have insurance or are underinsured. Their medical staff will provide routine physicals, well-child care exams, immunizations, and sick visits for chronic and acute illnesses. St. Thomas partners with RX Outreach to provide free prescriptions as needed and those prescriptions will be mailed to the patient’s home address. They are not able to provide prescriptions for pain medications.

The ministry will coincide with Morton’s monthly food ministry distribution. Please note that anyone in the community is eligible for these medical services. It is not required that anyone be a Food Ministry recipient to receive these services. For more information, please contact Reverend Jodi McCullah at Morton Memorial UMC or Karen Noffsinger at (931) 636-8474. Morton Memorial UMC is located at 322 W. Main St., Monteagle.

Rosanne Cash in Concert

The eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash carries on the family legacy in the best way possible: with her own unique voice and approach, and a timeless and supremely poetic mixture of country, folk, gospel, pop, blues, Americana and jazz. Along with husband and songwriting partner John Leventhal, Cash summons the spirit of the American South in all its rich history, heartache, joy, and humanity.

Cash and John Leventhal will perform at the University of the South at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, in Guerry Auditorium. Advance tickets are available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays in Guerry Hall, room 129. Tickets for the public are $20; payment can be by cash or check made out to the Sewanee Performing Arts Series. Tickets are free for University students, faculty, and staff with Sewanee ID. Please call (931) 598-1225 with questions about tickets.

Cash’s newest album, “She Remembers Everything,” is a poetic and soulful collection of songs that reckon with a flawed and fragile world. It follows Cash’s triple-Grammy winning 2014 album The River & the Thread and marks a return to more personal songwriting after a trio of albums that explored her southern roots and family heritage. “There is a woman’s real life, complex experiences and layered understanding in these songs,” Cash said. “I could not have written them 10 years ago—not even close. Time is shorter, I have more to say.”

The concert is possible thanks to funding from the Performing Arts Series and the Stowe Family Endowment for Traditional Music.