Billy renkl

Additional works by Billy Renkl available at Cumberland Gallery

 

RESUME

 

Professional Experience

8/89-Present             Professor of Art, Drawing and Illustration, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

 

Education

6/88                               MFA: Studio Art, Drawing and Painting, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

6/85                               BFA: Visual Communications, Auburn University, AL

 

Solo and Small Group Exhibitions

2016               Solo exhibition, The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

2014               “Rock, Paper, Scissors, & Wood” four-person exhibition, The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

                        “Gleanings: the journals of Henry David Thoreau” solo exhibition, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn University, AL

                        “Even When: new work by Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl” two-person exhibition, The Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN

2012               "A Retelling" three-person exhibition, AEC Gallery, Covington, KY

2011               "Manuscripts, Documents, and Deeds of Trust" solo exhibition, APSU Downtown Gallery, Clarksville, TN

                        "New Collages" three-person exhibition, The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010               "A Three-cornered Hat" three-person exhibition, Taylor Bercier Fine Art, New Orleans, LA

                        "Plan for a Garden: Recent Works" solo exhibition, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2009               "Re-Use" small group invitational, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

                        "Works On Paper" three-person exhibition, Taylor Bercier Fine Art, New Orleans, LA

2008               “Three from Tennessee,” three-person exhibition, The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

                        “After the Fall,” Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN

2007               “The Third Day and Other Recent Work,” Berea College, Berea, KY

                        “Leaf by Leaf,” DAC Gallery, Clarksville, TN

                        “Auburn and Beyond,” small group invitational, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, AL

2005               “The Fragile Species,” invitational small group show, The Frist Center for The Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

2004              Recent work, solo exhibition, Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA

2003               New works, solo exhibition, The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

2002               “What Happens Next is Not Yet Clear,” Two-person show, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Nashville, TN

                        “Dressing Clio,” Solo exhibition, Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN

1999               “Character Studies from Shakespeare” two-person show, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI

1998               “The Written Word” invitational small group exhibit, The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

1996               “Stereoscopic Vision” Two-person exhibition, mixed-media collaborative works with Susan Hicks Bryant, Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

                        “A Cloud like a Man’s Hand” solo exhibition, Moody Gallery, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

1994               “My Bloodstream, This Room, The Whole World” solo exhibition, Galerie Neue Raume, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

                “Human/Manifold” solo exhibition, Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, AL

                “The Great Continent” and “The Life of The Bee” solo exhibition, Biggin Hall Gallery, Auburn University, AL

                Solo exhibition of recent work, Singleterry Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

1992               “The Map is Not the Territory” solo exhibition, Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

1989               “Holding Out” solo exhibition, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

1988               “Fleming/Renkl” two-person show, Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, AL

                        “Civil Defense” MFA Thesis Exhibition, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

 

Group Exhibitions

2016               “Winners Showcase” invitational group exhibition (collaborations with Greg Sand), Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY

2015               “Water: elemental, mutable, essential” juried group exhibition, The Art Galleries at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

                        “Mash-Up: 18 Artists Do Cardboard” invitational group exhibition, Davis Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN and Memphis, TN

                        “The Art of the South” juried group exhibition, Hyde Gallery, Number/Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

                        “Tributary” juried group exhibition, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

                        “You Are Here” juried group exhibition of map-themed work, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

                        “Back to the Garden” juried group exhibition, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2013               "Illustrators 55" juried group exhibition, Society of Illustrators Gallery, NY, NY

                        “Small Works NYC II” juried group exhibition, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, NY, NY

                        “Vista: Landscape in Contemporary Art” juried group exhibition, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

                        “The Machine” juried group exhibition, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

                        “A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing” juried group exhibition, Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

                        “Marks” juried group exhibition, Madelon Powers Art Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, PA

2012               "Text/Textile {a sampler}" small group invitational exhibit, Trahern Gallery, APSU, Clarksville, TN

                        "Tapped" juried group show, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

                        "2012 Spring Invitational" group exhibition, Dempsy Arts Center, Auburn, AL

2011               "Twelve Alumni" small-group invitational exhibition, McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2010               "Guidebook," national juried exhibition, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

                        "The Food Show: Art Feeds People" group exhibition, The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

2009               "Magnitude Seven" international juried exhibition, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2008               “Ingest” national juried group exhibition, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA

                        “Currents” national juried exhibition, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ

                        “Illustration West 46” juried group exhibition, Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        “Works with Words” regional juried exhibition, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN

                        “Space, Place, Life” juried group exhibition, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

2006               “America on the Brink” juried group exhibition, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA

                        “Assemblage” The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

                        “Connections” The Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne NJ

                        “Collage Artists of America Open Exhibition” Viva Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

2004               “A Very Liquid Heaven” The Tang Museum, group show, Skidmore College, Sarasota Springs, NY

2003               “A is for Art” Invitational group small works exhibition in four venues concurrently: Vienna, Austria; Ciudad de Buenos, Argentina; Glen Iris, Australia; and Troy, NY

2002               “14th National Print and Drawing Exhibition” Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (purchase award)

                        “Accessibility V” city-wide invitational group exhibition, Sumter, SC

2001               “Border to Border Number 8” national drawing biennial, juried, APSU, Clarksville, TN

                        “Accessibility IV” city-wide invitational group exhibition, Sumter, SC

2000               “A Place in Time” group invitational, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

1999               “11th Annual Dimensional Illustrator’s Awards Show” American Society of Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY

1998               “Anniversary Show” large group exhibition, Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, AL

1997               “Tennessee Suites” small group invitational, TrahernGallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

                        “Choice Cuts” invitational group exhibit, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

                        “Art on the Half Shell” invitational small group exhibit, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

                        “Border to Border Number 6” national drawing biennial, juried, APSU, Clarksville, TN

1996               “Introductions” small group show, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

                        “The December Exhibition” large group exhibit, Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, AL

1995               “Not an Endowed Chair” invitational large group exhibit, McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC

1994               “Scene/Unseen” national, juried, Eastern New Mexico State University, Portales, NM

1993               “Drawing Them In” small group invitational, Visual Arts Alliance of Nashville Gallery, Nashville, TN. This exhibition traveled to Delta/Axis, a non-profit exhibition space in Memphis, TN

                        “The Vaanguard Show” regional, juried, The Visual Arts Alliance of Nashville Gallery, Nashville, TN

1992               “45th Annual Mid-States Art Exhibition” regional, juried, Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, Evansville, IN

                        “Tennessee Art Teachers Purchase Exhibition” regional, juried, The Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

                        “Fine Art Alumni Exhibition” invitational, Foy Union Gallery, Auburn University, AL 

                        “North Georgia College Drawing Competition” national, juried, Art Center Gallery of North Georgia College, Dahlonega, GA

                        “The Vaanguard Show” regional, juried, Visual Arts Alliance of Nashville, TN

                        “Works on Paper” (collaborative photo/drawing with Susan Bryant) national, juried, University of Texas at Tyler, TX

                        “Seventh Annual Greater Midwest International” (Collaborative photo/drawing with Susan Bryant) national, juried, Central Missouri State University Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg, MO

1991               “Blood Relations” regional small group show, invitational, Birmingham Art Association Gallery, Birmingham, AL

1990               Eleventh Annual “Paper in Particular” national, juried, Art Center Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO

                        “Geophagy” collaboration with Lee Wall on a program of performances: Earthquake Procedures; Media Center Auditorium, Higgins Hall, Pratt University, Brooklyn, NY

                        “Ninth Annual September Competition” National, juried, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

1989               “Biennial Five” juried, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

                        “Works X 8” (collaborative drawing with Lee Wall,) Ridge Gallery, Manhattan, NY

1987               “Auburn Works on Paper” national, juried, Auburn University, AL

                        “Greenville Open Juried Exhibition” regional, juried, Furman University, Thomas Roe Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC

1986               “South Carolina: The State of the Arts” regional, juried, The Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

 

Awards

2014         Residency, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, Georgia

2012         APSU Summer Research Fellowship; also 2010

2003         APSU Faculty Research Grant; also in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1998, and 2001

2001         Purchase award, 14th National Print and Drawing Exhibition, College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD

2002         Included in How Magazine’s 2002 Self-promotion annual, bronze award

1999         Bronze Award, “11th Annual Dimensional Illustrator’s Awards Show” American Society of Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY

1998         How Magazine’s Best of Show award, 1998 Self-promotion annual and competition; award accompanied by personal profile; identity system also received honorable mention in the competition

1993         Six month residency in Basel, Switzerland as a participant in the International Artists Exchange Program (IAAB) with the Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland

 

Public lectures and conference papers

2015         Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

                  Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art at Auburn University, AL

2008         Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN

2000         Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

1996         Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1994         Auburn University, Auburn, AL

1992         “Collaboration, Collusion, Collision” SECAC Studio Art Panel CoChair              

                  “Civil Defense: art as community effort,” paper as part of above

 

Publications

1997               Renkl, B. “Late for the Ball,” Introduction to Border to Border 6, (exhibition catalog), Austin Peay State University

1993               Renkl, B. “Coming of Age,” Introduction to Border to Border 4, (exhibition catalog), Austin Peay State University

                        Renkl, B. “Ms. Represented: a Women Artists’ Invitational” review in Number: nineteen (Spring 1993): 24.

 

Curatorial experience

2010               "Manifold: the body divided," Trahern Gallery, APSU, group exhibition that examines what it means for an artist to depict the human body as fragmentable.

1999               “The World Imagines,” Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum, Clarksville, TN, an exhibition of ethnographic objects from all over the world, on loan from the Cheekwood Museum and local collections; co-curated, with Janelle Strandburg (on the museum staff).

1998               “Peculiar Appetites,” Trahern Gallery, APSU, an exhibition assembled from the private collections of University faculty and staff; co-curated with Dr. D. Webb.

                        “Close at Hand,” Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum, Clarksville, TN, an exhibition curated from the museum’s storage facility, in conjunction with a class team-taught with Frances Whitehead, visiting artist, of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

1992               “Traces,” Trahern Gallery, APSU, an exhibition of preliminary and documentation drawings from sculptors, performance artists, etc.

 

Corporate and public collections             

                        Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art at Auburn University, AL

                        College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD

                        Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

                        Kiwanis Club International, Birmingham, AL

                        Paul W. Bryant Conference Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

                        Children's Hospital, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

                        Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

                        Cardon Children's Medical Center, Mesa, AZ

                        Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

                        Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation, Clarksville, TN

                        First Bank, Nashville, TN

 

 

STATEMENT

My freshman year of college (1981-82) was a revelation. I had been a mediocre high-school student, with a high-school student’s local concerns. At the university, though, I found a colony of people who were fiercely interested in each other’s thoughts: this experience was breathtaking and intoxicating. My freshman comp professor’s casual reference to Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) sent me to the bookstore. For a time at least, Thoreau became my constant companion. I was seldom without a much-underlined copy of Walden in my jacket pocket; I came to understand my new life through his understanding of his own new, deliberate life at Walden Pond.

                Three springs ago a student’s commitment to hiking the whole of the Appalachian Trail unexpectedly brought me back to Thoreau and his essay on walking (published posthumously in 1862). I thought I might be served by those ideas again, with fresh (however older) eyes. And so I have spent the past three years thinking about the wealth of ideas in Thoreau’s journals, a new text for me, through this series of works. In Walden, Thoreau famously wrote, “I have travelled a good deal in Concord.” The poignant humor of the statement is that Concord was a small town. For this project I didn’t need to leave Clarksville and my small home studio to engage that rich document and to mine it for ideas (as Thoreau, himself, had done during his lifetime). But I didn’t attempt to illustrate the journal; I tried only to respond to what resonates in it for me—to the ideas, that is, and the language.

                Thoreau is often quoted by the environmental movement, and I expected to find in his journal big ideas with which to think about the troubles that face our world. Instead, I found intimate ideas that pertained to my own life and work. Thoreau was 25 when his beloved brother John died in his arms. Four years earlier he had written, “Every part of nature teaches that the passing away of one life is the making room for another.” Did he remember having written those words? Four years later, did he pull out that page of the journal to help him understand his life? I don’t know. But one hundred and seventy-five years later, I know it consoled me—I read those words some weeks after my mother died, holding my hand. And while I was reading it, my youngest son was kicking a soccer ball around the backyard.