St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s SAS Gallery is pleased to welcome the work of artist Austin Reavis. Reavis’ sculpture, paintings and photography will be in the gallery through Sept. 24.
A reception celebrating the exhibition will be in the SAS Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Reavis grew up in Sewanee in a house in the woods built by his parents. After graduating from St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School in 2005, Reavis built his own tiny house in those same woods, where he lived (miserably) without electricity or water for a year before leaving for Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Ind.
Since completing a B.F.A. in Sculpture at Herron in 2010, Reavis has worked as an assistant food stylist in New York, and as an art handler at the Frist Museum and Cheekwood Center for the Arts in Nashville. Reavis currently lives in Nashville, and has no intention of living in his tiny home again.
Reavis’ work has been shown in Indiana, New York and most recently at Bijan Ferdowsi Gallery and Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville. The Tennessean described his vivid, abstract watercolor series “Abecedarium,” as “meditating on arbitrary symbols, such as the alphabet, and their ability to represent complex realities -- how a letter can signify a place, or a word can summarize a deep feeling.” His recent body of sculpture juxtaposes found and repurposed materials to conjure mysterious and singular objects that are by turns comical, frightening, endearing and disorienting.
Reavis will offer a one-day workshop “Drawing with Peripheral Senses,” 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. The workshop fee is $25 and includes all materials and lunch. Contact Gallery Director Julie Jones at
SAS Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and by appointment.