Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University Presents

Don's Big Show!

December 13, 2001 - January 11, 2002
Reception in gallery: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, December 13
Performance in Sarratt Cinema: 5-6 p.m., Thursday, December 13

NASHVILLE, TN -- The end of December 2001 marks the end of an age at Vanderbilt University. Don Evans, Associate Professor of Studio Art, is retiring after 32 years of inspirational teaching and mentoring. A mastermind at encouraging all to get out and do, the essence of Don Evans' work is to encourage the artist in everyone.

Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University is honoring Don Evans's tenure with a mixed-media installation by the artist scheduled for December 13 through January 11, 2002. Don's Big Show is a special not-to-be-missed event commencing in Sarratt Gallery at 4:00 p.m. on December 13 and features a performance in Sarratt Cinema from 5:00-6:00 p.m. as well as a reception celebration with the artist immediately following in the gallery.

Although Don Evans's Big Show is a retrospective of work that includes photography, video, multi-media projects and performance pieces, the show is not just a show, but an event: a collaborative event. At the heart of all of Don's projects, has been the essence of community: people working together toward a common goal - in this case, a lasting memory of an unforgettable art event.

For over 30 years Don's art community has been dubbed the little marrowbone repair corporation (lmrc). He has collaborated with such artists as: composers Gil Trythall, Tony Gerber and Allen Green; sculptors Doug Schatz and David Hall; and choreographer Warren Johnston. Don Evans's past and recent collaborative multi- media performance, installation and pyrotechnic events include:

· Burning Banjos I & II, Joelton, TN (2000 & 2001)
· Bone, Joelton, TN (2000)
· Burial in Space at Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, NV (1999)
· Oil Drillers of Oklahoma at Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, NV(1998)
· The Terminal Opera, Nashville, TN (1986)
· The Twelve Deadly Sins, Nashville TN (1986)
· If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies and I Was the Man in the Moon
starring the Buffoonmobile, Nashville, TN (1976)

Students and friends from all over the country AND world are preparing to make the pilgrimage to Nashville to participate in Don Evans's Big Show.

Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University and Don Evans extend the invitation to all Nashvillians, including newcomers who haven't already discovered the magic of Don's art, to come, see, and create for themselves!

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University is located in the Vaughan Lobby on the first floor of the Sarratt Student Center.

Gallery Hours Are:
Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekends 10:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
Closed December 23 - 25, December 29 - 31 and January 1.
During December 26 through January 5 the gallery will have limited hours opening at 8:00a.m. and closing at 4:00p.m. on weekdays and closed on weekends.

Visitor parking is available in zone 3, lot 16 off 25th Avenue South near the University Club.

Sarratt Gallery programs are sponsored by the Sarratt Visual Arts Committee, a student organization within the Vanderbilt Division of Student Life. For additional information, contact the gallery at 322-2471.

Color photos are available on request. For more news about programs, visit the gallery homepage at:

The Show's Program
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