Conceivably Plausible: Prints from the Collections of Jen Scheuer and Beauvais Lyons

Conceivably Plausible: Prints from the Collections of Jen Scheuer and Beauvais Lyons

Exhibition Dates: July 1-28, 2016
Reception: Friday July 1, 2016

"Conceivably Plausible" presents prints from the collections of Beauvais Lyons and Jennifer Scheuer that test the limits of belief. The works in the exhibition depict a range of subjects, from unusual medical cures, to strange creatures and artifacts from distant cultures. Many of the images are speculations about the limits of knowledge and belief, while others appear to be historical propositions now considered to be invalid. Scheuer’s collection includes lithographs and photogravures showing the relationship between plants, medicine and the living body and a selection of research about a famous pharmacopoeia. Beauvais Lyons, who is the Director of the Hokes Archives is presenting lithographs that document ancient Aazudian culture, anatomical anomalies and various zoological curiosities.

Ink Shop member Jen Scheuer is an artist with an interest in lithography, collaboration, and the history of print. Scheuer holds the position of Printmaking Specialist at Cornell University where she supports studios in lithography, intaglio, screenprint, paper, and digital fabrication.

She received her MFA from the University of Knoxville in 2014, and was awarded the Southern Graphics Conference International Graduate Student Fellowship to support her thesis. As a graduate teaching associate Scheuer taught classes in book arts and foundations, and was a graduate research assistant to Beauvais Lyons during her first summer in Knoxville. Scheuer holds a strong interest in technical processes and their history, and studied lithography through the Tamarind Institute Printer Training Program and spent several years learning photogravure. Scheuer studied printmaking and art history as an undergraduate at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and interned at the Hannaher Printmaking Studio in the Plains Art Museum.

Beauvais Lyons is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he has taught printmaking since 1985. Lyons received his MFA degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and his BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. See his web site ( for information on his mock-academic projects through the Hokes Archives. In 1991 Lyons co-authored an article in LEONARDO with long-time Cornell University Professor Norman Daly about Daly’s  “The Civilization of Llhuros” exhibition. Lyons’ one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 60 museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. His prints are in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. PA. In 2002 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznañ, Poland.  In 2014 he received the Santo Foundation Artist Award.


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