'Envisioned Worlds: Lithographs from the Hokes Archives'

An exhibit by Beauvais Lyons to be displayed at Luther College Oct. 20-Dec. 8

"Envisioned Worlds: Lithographs from the Hokes Archives," a collection of works depicting imaginary cultures with fabricated artifacts and hand printed bookplates, will be on display in the Kristen Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus Oct. 20-Dec. 8. Beauvais Lyons, director of the Hokes Archives, created all of the works in the exhibit.

Lyons will give a presentation about his work at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9. The gallery show and the presentation are open to the public with no charge for admission.

"Envisioned Worlds" consists of 25 lithographic prints from three of Lyons' projects, "Reconstruction of an Aazudian Temple," "Hokes Medical Arts," and "The Association for Creative Zoology."

For 30 years, Lyons has explored various forms of academic parody that exist at the intersection of pranks and contemporary art. His fabrications of imaginary cultural artifacts and lifeforms are presented as legitimate science and history; works of fiction that are also statements of truth. Artistic precedence for his work can be found in literary and cinematic traditions of mock-documentation.

Lyons is a chancellor's professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he has taught print making since 1985. Lyons received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980 and his Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in 1983.

Lyons' travelling exhibits have been presented at more than 80 galleries and museums across the United States. His prints are in many public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York.

For more information about Beauvais Lyons and the Hokes Archives, visit web.utk.edu/~blyons/.

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