Pellissippi State Art instructor named University of Wyoming Visiting Artist

Two photos together. First is a wall with and orange ties running horizontally towards a window corner looking at trees. Second photo is a male in a black jacket and blue jeans walking along a wall that has cinder blocks next to them.
“Meridian Angle” (cinderblock, spray chalk, welding chalk, roofing felt; 2013); Covenant College Art Gallery, Lookout Mountain, Ga.; photo credit: Jason Kisner

His recent and upcoming travel itinerary includes art installations in Florida, Georgia, New Mexico and Texas. Add a jaunt to Wyoming in April to serve as a Visiting Artist in Foundations for one week at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and Brian R. Jobe, an Art faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College, is one busy artist.

Jobe is scheduled to speak at UW on April 16. In his talk, he will share with students his approach to art making, his experience working in site-specific environments and his influences. In addition, he will make an outdoor earthworks-based piece on site with the assistance of art students during the week.

In 2010, Jobe served as curator of an exhibit at Pellissippi State that brought the works of Wyoming artists to Tennessee. “Isolation: Industry” featured the art of David Lawrence Jones, Patrick Kikut and Shelby Shadwell, all instructors at UW.

Earlier this year, Jobe’s works were displayed in the Center for Emerging Media at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Jobe’s art is not small. He spent two days installing his pieces for the Florida exhibit and four days working on the Georgia installation.

Art piece with various intersecting wooden pieces containing concrete.
“Lifted Jacked” (gravel, wood, cinderblock, cast concrete, steel, packaging foam; 2013); Center for Emerging Media, University of Central Florida, Orlando; photo credit: Brian R. Jobe

“Lifted Jacked,” which was on display in Florida, is a mixed-media piece consisting of gravel, wood, cinderblock, cast concrete, steel and packaging foam that measures approximately 4 x 12 x 20 feet.

Even larger is Jobe’s room-size piece exhibited in Georgia: “Meridian Angle” is roughly 4 x 16 x 32 feet. Also a mixed-media piece, it consists of cinderblock, spray chalk, welding chalk and roofing felt.

Following Jobe’s appearance in Wyoming, he exhibits his work in New Mexico this May. “An Investigation of Extra-Terrestrial Issues for the Uninitiated” is an exhibit at The Cube, a gallery in Roswell that also features the Culture Laboratory Collective, a national artist collective of which Jobe is a member.

September takes Jobe to Texas, where he participates in the group exhibit “TransAMplitude,” at BLUEorange, a contemporary art gallery based in Houston.

Jobe is slated to teach “Survey of Art History II” this summer at Pellissippi State and “Drawing I,” “Three-Dimensional Design,” and “Survey of Art History I” in the fall. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. For more information about Jobe, visit his website at brianjobe.com.

The application deadline for Pellissippi State’s summer classes is May 20, and the fall application deadline is Aug. 14. For additional information on Jobe’s classes or any other courses, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.