Jered Sprecher
b. 1976 Lincoln, Nebraska.

"The environment and technology form a tapestry that is held in tension in our lives. My paintings explore this tension using images of flowers, plants, trees, and birds, painted through a lens of technology. I collect source photographs taken while on wilderness hikes and garden wanderings. In the studio, these photographs are filtered through digital and analog technology and finally through my eye and hand in the process of painting. Digital glitches, the glow of the screen, and analog scars persist in the haptic warp and weft of the painting. These paintings embody the tension of vastly expanding technology and the fragile complexity of the world, our home".

Jered Sprecher’s paintings explore the beauty and complexity of the environment and how we as humans interact with the world around us both directly and mediated through technology.  Jered Sprecher received his MFA from The University of Iowa. He has had solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; Gallery 16, San Francisco; Stephen Zevitas Gallery, Boston; Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles; and the Knoxville Museum of Art. His work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, Hunter Museum, and Espai d'art Contemporani de Castelló. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Bailey Opportunity Grant, and a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. He has also been an artist-in-residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, the Chinati Foundation, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He is a Professor in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee. He lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Education

MFA The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2002 (with honors)

MA The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2001

BA Concordia University, Seward, NE, 1999

Academic positions

PROFESSOR, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2016 – present

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2011 - 2016

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2005 - 2011

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, spring 2005

LECTURER, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, fall 2004

ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2002 - 03

 

Honors / Awards

2022 Faculty Development Leave, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

2019 Individual Artist Fellowship, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN

2018-21 Jefferson Prize, Office of the Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2017-18 Ann & Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant, Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN

2017 Grant Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts, Challenge Grant

Jered Sprecher: Outside In at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

2017 Artist in Residence, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA.

2013 Artist in Residence, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. (July-August)

2013 FINALIST,5x5 Castello 2013, Premi Internacional d’art Contemporani

Disputacio de Castello, Spain.

2009 FELLOWSHIP, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

2007 Artist-in-Residence, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Ireland

2003 FELLOWSHIP, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, New York, NY

2001 MILDRED PELZER-LYNCH FELLOWSHIP, School of Art & Art History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

 

 

Collections

Aslan Foundation, Knoxville, TN

Museum of Modern Art/ Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, NY, NY

Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

New York Public Library, Special Collections, New York, NY

Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH

Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Tama Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

The University of Iowa, Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA

The University of Tennessee, Ewing Gallery of Art

Solo Exhibitions

 

2021 House of Leaves, University Art Gallery, University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Summer Noise, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

2018 Divided Light, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY

Grammar of the Ground, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

seeing, McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA

Still We Move, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2017 Outside In, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

2016 Now & Not Yet, Marxhausen Gallery Concordia University, Seward, NE

Jered Sprecher: Recent Work, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN

2015 The Hollow That Echoes, Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, FL

2014 Half Moon Maker, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

Stacking Stones, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Beats/Breaks, Staple Goods, New Orleans, LA

Here & There, Tops Gallery, Memphis, TN (October-November)

Jered Sprecher, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY.

2013 Jered Sprecher, The Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation Marfa, TX (August)

I Always Lie, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY (February-March)

Dreams of Architects and Poets, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (January 2013)

2012 Fraktur, Times Club/Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA (catalog).

2011 Als Ick Kan, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

Shadows of Friction, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

2010 Monumental Dust, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Jered Sprecher Solo Project, VoltaNY, New York, NY

Wen U R Luvd it iz t% much, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

2009 Digging in the Dirt, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY

Jered Sprecher: Recent Work, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

Drift, Cress Gallery of Art, the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN

Truth in Tension, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

2007 Furniture of the Universe, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY

Jered Sprecher, The Art Gallery of Knoxville, TN (catalog)

Jered Sprecher, Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2005 Never Finished, GFL Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Cabinet, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

PTG. a in in, Olive Tjaden Gallery, School of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Two / Three Person Exhibitions

 

2015 Michael Jones McKean & Jered Sprecher: Three Carbon Tons, Zeitgeist Gallery,

Nashville, TN

2010 Pictures Hold Us Captive: Carrie Moyer & Jered Sprecher, Downtown Gallery,

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mark Holmes, Britta Bogers, & Jered Sprecher, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

2004 New Spaces: Dan Attoe & Jered Sprecher, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group Exibitions

2022 Rarity Gallery Group Show , Greece

 

2022 Eraser, Ground Floor Gallery, Birmingham, AL. Organized by Brian Edmonds.

 

2021 Re: Representation Part II, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA.

Organized by Dan Cameron.

A Flowering, Binder Projects, Memphis, TN

Currents, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Undercurrents, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Little Ritual, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA, organized by Milo Moyer-Battick.

The Violets in the Mountains Have Broken the Rocks, Pt. 2, Gallery 16,

San Francisco, CA

Seconds, Minnesota Street Projects & Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA,

organized by Griff Williams.

 

2020 All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA.

(virtual exhibition) Mirage, Sawyer Yards - Sabine Gallery, Houston, TX. Organized by Tommy Taylor. Beyond Bounds 2020, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS. If You Like This, You’ll Love That, Collar Works, Troy, NY. (virtual exhibition)

Knoxville Local, East Tennessee Foundation, organized by Tri-Star Arts’ Ashley

Layendecker, Knoxville, TN.

Small Works: UTK School of Art Faculty, Gallery 103, College of Architecture

and Design, Knoxville, TN.

Currents, Knoxville, Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

 

2019 Appalachia Now, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC. Organized by Jason Andrew

Decoy: work by Tauba Auerbach, Trudy Benson, Corin Hewitt, Tara Donovan,

Vik Muniz, & Jered Sprecher, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Organized by Marc Mitchell

2018 Anxious Abstraction, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

organized by Bruce Hartman

Weekend, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL. Organized by Ezra Johnson

Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us), Vol., Art Academy of Cincinnati,

Cincinnati, OH

Currents, Knoxville, Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

2017 New New York: Abstract Painting in the 21st Century, The Curator Gallery,

New York, NY. Organized by Debra Drexler & Liam Davis.

Esho Funi, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA. Organized by Lizzie Kurita.

Weekend, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL. Organized by Ezra Johnson

Life’s Rich Pageant, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY.

Currents, Knoxville, Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Drawing Performance: Abstraction from Germany and the United States,

Gallery Inga Kondeyne, Berlin, Germany

DNA Residency Artists, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2016 Touch Between Image and Surface, University of Akron, Akron, OH.

Organized by Matthew Kolodziej.

trans_late, PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO.

Geometrix: Line, Form, Subversion, Curator’s Office, Washington D.C.

2015 After Living in the Room of Réalités Nouvelles, Sonce Alexander, Los Angeles, CA

Currents, Knoxville, Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

New on View II, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

Hither & Yon, Fuel & Lumber Company, Birmingham Alabama.

New New York: Abstract Painting in the 21st Century, The University of Hawai’I at

Manoa Art Gallery, Manoa, Hawaii.

2014 Hunter Invitational III, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

Genesis Forward Battery, Underdonk, Ridgewood, NY (organized by hkjb)

Higher Learning, Lehman College CUNY, New York, NY & Hamilton College, NY

Fiction (with only daylight between us), Neon Heater Gallery, Findlay, OH

Collection, Ecole Superleure d'Art et de Design Grenoble/Valence, Grenoble, France

9/50 Summit, Atlanta Comtemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

Everyday Abstraction, Anderson Gallery, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Currents, Knoxville, Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Orphans in the Storm, Lovey Town, http://loveytown.org

2013 5 x 5 Castelló 2013, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain

wintergarten, Rasche Ripken Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The New Picture Plane, Leslie Heller Workspace, New York, NY

2012 wintergarten: paperworks, Rasche Ripken Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Art on Paper 2012, 42nd Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

Gray Full, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY, organized by Geoffrey Young.

Abstract Kansas City, Nerman Museum, Kansas City, KS.

Liquid Light, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN.

WAVERS, Studio 204, Brooklyn, NY, organized by Rob Nadeau and E.J. Hauser.

2011 FAX, Knoxville Museum of Art, (organized by The Drawing Center, Independent

Curators International, and Joao Ribas)

Ruptures, Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, St. Louis, MO

Working Title, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY (organized by Kris Chatterson &

Vince Contarino)

2010 Geometric Progressions, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

Precarity and the Butter Tower, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX, (organized by

Jackie Gendel and Tom McGrath)

Playing Fields: Contemporary Painting, School of Art Gallery, University of Indiana,

Bloomington, IN

2009 Abstract Painters, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN (catalog)

Drawn, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Art Actuel France-Japon, Aoyama Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan

Give Them What They Never Knew They Wanted, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Ultrasonic III, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Gouache and Gouache Only, Andrea Meislin Gallery & Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY

2007 Non-Declarative, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (catalog)

2005 Hot Tamales, ArtLA, Los Angeles, CA Curator: John Yau

Dual Vision, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL Curator: John McKinnon

New American Talent, Arthouse, Austin, TX Curator: Dan Cameron

Next Next Art, (BAM) Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY Curator: Dan Cameron

2004 Ordinary Aura, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI Curator: Adam Wolpa

2002 Iowa Artists 2002, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

Lectures / Visiting Artist / Workshops

2021 Visiting Artist, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

2021 Visiting Artist, University of the South, Sewanee, TN

2019 Visiting Artist, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 2018 Artist Lecture, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

2017 Visiting Artist, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

2016 Visiting Artist, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Visiting Artist, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

Visiting Artist, University of Akron, Akron, OH

2015 Visiting Artist, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Visiting Artist, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2014 Visiting Artist, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Lecture, Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN.

2013 Lecture, Chinati Foundation & Marfa Book Company, Marfa, TX

Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Visiting Artist, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

2012 Visiting Artist, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Visiting Artist, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

Visiting Artist, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2011 Visiting Artist, Ox Bow Artist Residency, Saguatauk, MI

Exhibition Catalogs / Publications / Documentaries

2020 Joan Waltemath ed., Nancy Princenthal, Raphael Rubinstein, Jutta Koether,

Barry Schwabsky, contributors, Re Thinking Painting, Maryland Institute

College of Art, Baltimore, MD. (reproduction of painting)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1enxUm0O8Ks3WfvXZBkILfGg401sKbTRl/view

2019 Jason Andrew, Appalachia Now!: An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in

Southern Appalachia, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC. 58pgs.

2019 Marc Ethan Mitchell, Decoy: Tauba Auerbach, Trudy Benson, Tara Donovan,

Corin Hewitt, & Jered Sprecher, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR,

16pgs.

2018 Amos Oakes, “Friday Artisans featuring Jered Sprecher”, Community Television of Knoxville, https://vimeo.com/257751971

2017 Munro Galloway & Youna Kwak ed., Four Years, Uncorrected Proofs, Redlands, CA,

120 pgs.

2017 Artist to Artist, Vol. 2, Sharpe-Walentas Foundation, New York, NY, 480pgs

2017 Stephen Wicks & Jered Sprecher, Jered Sprecher: Outside In, The Knoxville Museum

of Art, Knoxville, TN, 48pgs. 2017 Paul Harrill & Jered Sprecher, Jered Sprecher: Outside In, video 9 minutes 33 secs.,

Documentary video filmed and edited by Paul Harrill.

2015 Michael Wilson, Memory Device: Jered Sprecher, Open Studio Press, 48pgs. 2014 Bill Donovan, Stacking Stones, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA. Published by ISSUU,

28 pgs.

2012 Scott Anderson, Jered Sprecher: Fraktur, Times Club/Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA

2011 Jon Lutz, Working Title, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

2007 Luis Camnitzer, et al., Non-Declarative: Drawing Papers: Vol. 71, Sept. 2007

2007 Chris Molinski, Jered Sprecher, & Wendy White, Jered Sprecher: Truth in Tension, The Art Gallery of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Press

2022 Molly Boarati, New American Paintings: Open Studios Press, Issue 154, January.

2019 “Nashville Sound Design”, Elle Décor (Italia), June, p. 105 (image of painting). 2019 2019 Amy Beth Wright, “Artists of Appalachia Push Back on Regional Stereotypes”,

Artsy.net, November 22. https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artists-appalachia-push-regional-stereotypes

2018 Vittorio Colaizzi, “On Formal Noodling: Invention and Determination in Recent

Abstract Painting”, ASAP Journal, John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore,

MD, pp. 67-96, January. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/686303

2018 Rachel Bubis, “The Focus: Interview Jered Sprecher”, Locate Arts, Nashville, TN, March 31. https://locatearts.org/the-focus/2018/interview-jered-sprecher

2018 Blair Schulman, “Anxious Abstraction at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art”, WhiteHot Magazine, New York/Los Angeles, May 1. https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/at-nerman-museum-contemporary-art/3949 2017 Coury Turczyn, “Jered Sprecher: The Untortured Artist”, Knoxville Mercury, Jan. 25.

2017 Amy McCrary, “Artistic Reflections: ‘Outside In’ at KMA shows artist’s works”, Knoxville News Sentintel, January 21.

2016 Jered Sprecher, “Maker’s Mark: A Plane is a Pocket in the Corners of the Mind”, thefinch.net, December 10. 2016 “Artist of the Week: Jered Sprecher”, LVL3, Chicago, IL, March 16.

2015 Budd Dees, “Jered Sprecher: The Hollow That Echoes at Gallery Protocol”, Art Papers,

Atlanta, GA, July/August. 2015 Lily Kuonen, “Resonance and Abstraction: Jered Sprecher”, Burnaway, May 14. 2015 A. Will Brown, “Fan Mail: Jered Sprecher”, Daily Serving, May 15. 2014 Rob Colvin, In Survey of Southern Art, Place is the Space, Hyperallergic, Sept. 5. 2014 Sharon Butler, “Casualist Tendency”, Two Coats of Paint, February 18. 2014 Bill Donovan,” Jered Sprecher’s Work/l/d”, Beautiful Decay, May.

2014 Cate McQuaid, “Shows that paint outside the lines, and one that sticks to the script”, Boston Globe, April 12. 2014 Stephen B. MacInnis, “Have you met…Jered Sprecher?”, May 29. 2014 John Steppling, “The Unserious”, http://john-steppling.com/the-unserious/ Dec. 26. 2014 Emily Wilkerson, “Extract, Abstract: Jered Sprecher at Staple Goods”, Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, June 30.

2014 Orien Wertz, “Chattanooga’s Hunter Invitational Focuses on Eight From the Region”, Burnaway, September 16. 2013 Sharon Butler, Jered Sprecher: The Liar’s Paradox, Two Coats of Paint 2013 Valerie Brennan, Studio Critical, March 5, 2013.

2013 Brian Fee, “Pattern Recognition: Jered Sprecher at Jeff Bailey”, New American Paintings Blog 2013 Bill Donovan, “Jered Sprecher Always Lies” Beautiful Decay 2013 Asun Perez, Explora los Lugares, Narraciones, Distanciamientos y Cuestionamientos del Espai d’Art Contemporani, NoMePierdoNiUna, December 21. 2013 Jillian Steinhauer, “Art X”, Hyperallergic Blog, February 12, 2013.

2013 Amy Skinner, Guggenheim Foundation Blog, “All the worlds a…studio”, Nov. 5. http://www.guggfellowsblog.org/

2013 Rob Weiner, Chinati Foundation, Newsletter, Vol. 18. Pgs 90-2, 97.

2011 Evan J. Garza, “Artist Spotlight”, New American Paintings, Open Studios Press,

No. 94, June 2011. (pp 8-12) 2011 Cate McQuaid, “Suffused with energy at odds with abstraction”, Boston Globe,

September 28, 2011.

2011 Kenneth Baker, “Sprecher at 16”, The San Francisco Chronicle. July 30, 2011. 2011 Sharon Butler, “Abstract Painting: The New Casualists”, The Brooklyn Rail, June 2011. 2010 Ezrha Jean Black, “Jered Sprecher at Kinkead Contemporary”, Artillery,

March/April, Vol. 4, Issue 4.

2009 Wayne Adams, “The Problems of Painting”, IMAGE, Vol. 60

2007 R.C. Baker, “Non-Declarative at the Drawing Center”, The Village Voice, Oct 8

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"Of Dirt and Air"
Oil on canvas
2022
188h x 198w cm

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"Light First Went Forth"
Oil on canvas
2022
173h x 204w cm

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"Looking for the Eye"
Oil on canvas
2022
183h x 204w cm