The first University of Tennessee Sculpture Performance Night will be held tonight by the Sculpture Club at the Woodruff Building on South Gay Street.
Performance art has roots dating back to the 1950s under the umbrella of sculpture, physical activity and one or more sculpture meanings.
"Everyone is accustomed to thinking of art as just paintings, photography or sculptures because few people ... have that sort of exposure to performance art," Melissa K. Knowles, senior in psychology, said.
Performance art is said to be harder to see because of its temporality, meaning it only lasts as long as it is going on.
"The reason that I feel that people don't get as many opportunities to see performance art is because it is done during a certain time period and is an activity-based art," said Brian Russell Jobe, senior in sculpture and president of the Sculpture Club.
Performance art is different from common art because it is performed to engage the audience and involve the audience in hands-on-experience.
"There is a platform for unpredictability and a time where art will be physically created, made and performed and that those who ... are bystanders will be involved in the process of art-making," Jobe said.
Nine to 12 artists will perform, including visiting artist Charlie Friedman of New York. UT students and faculty, including Jason Brown and David Wilson, will also take the stage.
The sculpture club offers an open invitation to an anyone interested in getting involved. Members meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Art and Architecture Building, room 129.
Those with questions about Sculpture Performance Night or the Sculpture Club can contact Jobe at bjobe@utk.edu. The performance will last from 7 to 10 p.m.
"We hope that the free Sculpture Club Performance Night will be a great way to get Knoxville and UT more involved in the arts, and that we will be able to bring art and sculpture to the community and students while engaging people in the process," Jobe said.