As the pace of the semester starts to quicken, a group of UT students are inviting students to come stand still.
Harrison Luna, Ian Cato and Lillian Schaeffer are three of the students who will be coordinating a student-led art show entitled "HERE" tonight at 6 p.m. in the Fort, at a home located at 1502 Highland Ave.
"We're trying to raise the profile of the art scene in Knoxville," said Luna, senior in art history and accounting. "We like the idea of the student artists and other students coming together, and not just walking through a typical art gallery or museum not knowing anything about the person who painted what's in front of them."
The show is entirely student artwork and is judged by students such as Luna and Cato through a group discussion.
Cato, senior in studio art with a concentration in painting, explained that works selected for the show all deal with the theme of humans being aware of the world that is around them.
"I've been into a lot of eastern philosophies over the last few years," Cato said. "We're living in such a fast-paced world, where people are so consumed in their goals that they forget what's going on."
Many of the student artists at UT work in mediums such as oil and ink; however, there are a variety of other mediums, such as sculpture. Students tend to focus on the abstraction of portrait and line work or aspects such as experimenting with paint.
"There's no point into rushing through my art," Cato said, in regards to his approach. "I'm very patient and centered where I am while I paint."
It's a much smaller and more concentrated show this year. The first art show organized by this group was essentially for the students whose artwork wasn't selected by the professors, according to Luna and Cato.
The show will not take place on campus. The students are creating their own version of an art show for their peers by using their own houses in the Fort to display student artwork.
Last spring, Cato and Luna had an excellent turn out, as they are both veterans in coordinating student shows. They are both confident that this fall they will have a good turnout as well, as there are many UT student artists.
No prizes will be awarded, as the selection of the student's artwork is already applaudable, according to Cato and Luna.
For the students, art is important in that it heightens people's awareness of what's going on in front of them.
"There probably are more important things to do on a Friday night," Luna said, "but it shouldn't be assumed that it's not important to take a step back and look at the world."