Artists, Coca-Cola finance leader visit campus

FitzGibbons and Michael with Dean Bursten

Bill FitzGibbons and Creighton Michael

Two UT School of Art alumni visited campus for a lecture and exhibit opening on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Bill FitzGibbons and Creighton Michael, both accomplished artists, launched the Filament exhibit, which will run through Oct. 31 in the Ewing Gallery, housed in the campus’s art and architecture building. Both men also received the Accomplished Alumnus Award.

The exhibit includes paintings from Michael’s MOTIF series, FitzGibbons’ new Fire Drawings and a collaborative video and dimensional drawing piece by both artists. A correlative lighting installation by FitzGibbons also will be on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

FitzGibbons has received more than 30 public art commissions throughout his distinguished career as an international sculptor and public artist. His work has appeared in such venues as the Lab Gallery in New York and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Recent commissions include site-specific light installations in Reykjavic, Iceland, and Seattle.

Michael’s work has been honored with a variety of awards, including a Pollack-Krasner Foundation grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture. His work is on display in such prestigious collections as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Mint Museums of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pictured above: Bruce Bursten, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Bill FitzGibbons and Creighton Michael

Broadbery with students

Shirley Broadbery

Shirley Broadbery visited campus September 23-24 to participate in the Accomplished Alumni Program. Broadbery has worked for the Coca-Cola Company for 28 years, with 17 years of international senior finance experience at the division finance director level or bottler CFO level. She has served in these positions in several countries throughout the world. Broadbery spoke to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business Administration during her visit and also spoke to a group of students from her UT sorority, Alpha Delta Pi.

Pictured above: Alumna Shirley Broadbery (third from right) with UT Alpha Delta Pi students

For more information, please visit the Accomplished Alumni website.

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