Inaugural Sewanee Arts Festival Sept. 11-21

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The University of the South will hold the inaugural Sewanee Arts Festival, Sept. 11-21. (Some exhibits will be open before and after these dates, but most talks and special events are scheduled during the festival period.) Events will include dance performances, photography exhibits, plays and readings, and music. Additional events may be added to the schedule; check back for updates and details.

Transmission, an exhibition of photographs by Clay Jordan, opens with an artist's talk at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. The exhibition will remain on display through Sept. 30.

The University Art Gallery opens the 2013–14 exhibition season with Pradip Malde’s The Third Heaven, Photographs from Haiti, 2006-2012, on view from Sept. 3 through Oct. 18. (Artist’s talk Sept. 13.) Free admission.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company (contemporary American dance) perform at the Tennessee Williams Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12. Part of the Performing Arts Series; admission is free, reservations are encouraged (

Exhibition of 16 photographs by William Eggleston opens Sept. 13 in the University Archives and Special Collections and will run until Dec. 20. Photos are from the collection of university regent Chris Hehmeyer, C'77. Free admission; exhibition is open from 1-5 p.m. weekdays.

Pradip Malde presents The Third Heaven, Photographs from Haiti, 2006-2012 in an artist’s talk in Convocation Hall at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, followed by a light reception. Free admission.

An exhibition of Charley Watkins paintings and photography, with special performances and readings, at IONA Art Sanctuary, Sept. 13, 14 and 15. IONA Art Sanctuary, founded by Sewanee artist Ed Carlos to offer a place for writers and artists to share their creative work with each other and the community, is located at 630 Garnertown Road, Sewanee (off Hwy 56-S from 41-A).
Sept. 13, 7 p.m. - Charley Watkins will show his paintings and photography. Linda Heck will offer music and readings. Kevin Cummings and Kiki Beavers will also read.
Sept. 14, 1-3 p.m. - The Charley Watkins paintings and photography exhibit continues.
Sept. 15, 2-3 p.m. - The Watkins art exhibit concludes with readings by Pat Wiser, David Landon and college students studying theatre with Landon.

Two short films by Marin Miller, C’03, will be screened at the Sewanee Union Theatre at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, and followed by a reception. Miller won Best Actress at the 2011 LA Comedy Fest for one of the films.

Laura Lapins Willis will read from Finding God in a Bag of Groceries at Rivendell Writers' Colony at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Reception will follow. Free admission; please RSVP to 931.598.5555.

Student recipients of the Dakin and Tennessee Williams Scholarships for Creative Writing will give readings, followed by a reception, at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the McGriff Alumni House.

Reading of “A Requiem for August Moon,” a new play by Tennessee Williams Playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Center. (Reading by a cast of university students.) Free admission.

Poetry reading by Rodney Jones and Maurice Manning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Gailor Auditorium. Part of the Sewanee Writers' Conference Reading Series. Free admission.

Third annual Sewanee Angel Festival, Friday, Sept. 20, downtown Sewanee. Free event. Family fun and children's games 4-7 p.m. Live music 7-11 p.m. by Towson Engsberg and Friends, and the Stagger Moon Band. 

Theatre Sewanee presents “Abbo’s Alley Anecdotes” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in Abbo’s Alley. Admission is free and all ages are welcome to enjoy senior theatre majors presenting a theatrical collage of historical anecdotes about Sewanee's popular ravine gardens.

Saturday, Sept. 21, an exhibition by Watkins Art Institute students who are St. Andrew’s-Sewanee graduates, Ian Corvette and Kellen Mayfield, will be on view at IONA Art Sanctuary from 1-3 p.m. IONA Art Sanctuary is located at 630 Garnertown Road, Sewanee (off Hwy 56-S from 41-A).

After-hours gallery walk and food pairings Saturday, Sept. 21, on the University of the South campus will feature three exhibitions of contemporary photography with a distinct food and drink pairing in each gallery. The walk and reception will run from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Carlos Gallery, Archives and Special Collections, and the University Art Gallery.

The Performing Arts Series presents the Blind Boys of Alabama, living legends of gospel music whose collaborations have included Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, and Asleep at the Wheel. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in Guerry Auditorium. Tickets are $25/adults, $20/seniors, $10/non-Sewanee students.

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