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Aaron is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Chattanooga, TN. He received his BFA in 3D Sculpture from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and works primarily in the expanded field of sculpture, including video, installation, and performance. He was a founding member of the Apothecary project space in 2010; founding member and Curator of the Swine gallery; and Co-Founder and Director of ARC: Artist Residency Chattanooga, established in 2016. 

Aaron Cowan creates sculptural structures and situations that explore power, masculinity, and Southern identity. Primarily constructed with materials associated with play and physical labor, Cowan’s works depict toys, forts, guns and other playful references mixed with real world implications. Cowan mines cultural paradigms and identity politics of growing up in the Southeastern US, drawing from lived and shared histories of toxic masculinity, boyish mischief, and the struggle to reconcile contradictory modes of living. This reconciliation exists between play and danger, self-sabotage and self-help, maturity and senescence. There is an examination of wants and needs, of self and Other; struggle, drive, desire, violence & victory. To examine one's self is to learn, change, and grow; Cowan's work is an interpretation of self, but also of the values and climates of the realities in which he works and lives, reflecting observations of the world around him to provoke and confront the viewer's perspective. 

 

Solo Exhibitions
2017 - Reinvention, LIT Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
2017 - Blind Love, Frequency Arts, Chattanooga, TN
2017 - Laughing and Screaming, Swine Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
2013 - Fragments, Apothecary, Chattanooga, TN

Group Exhibitions
2017 - Garden Party, Gallery 2, LIT Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
2017 - Local Showcase, Barley, Chattanooga, TN
2017 - Summertime, 3rd Floor, City Hall, Chattanooga, TN
2017 - Ekphrasis, The Central Collective, Knoxville, TN
2016 - Examinations, Association For Visual Arts, Chattanooga, TN
2015 - Gallery Hop, Mercy Junction, Chattanooga, TN
2014 - Fresh, Association for the Visual Arts, Chattanooga, TN
2014 - Warnings, Boundaries, and Lies, Tanner Hill, Chattanooga, TN
2014 - LOSTNEST, Williams St. Studios, Chattanooga, TN

Education
2012 - BFA 3D Sculpture, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
2008 - AFA, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA 2008

Awards
2017 - Featured Artist, Reinvention, LIT Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
2012 - Lillian B. Feinstein, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
2011 - Best in Show, Juried Student Exhibition, juror Patrick DeGuira, University of Chattanooga at Tennessee

Residencies, Workshops and Professional Activities
2016 - Examinations project with the Hunter Museum of American Art
2016 - Co-Founder SWINE gallery & project space
2015 - Co-Founder ARC: Artist Residency Chattanooga
2013 - Easy Lemon Residency, Chattanooga, TN
2012 - Artist for SMASH ART Workshop, Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN
2010 - Co-Founder The Apothecary, Contemporary Gallery and Project Space, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN
2010 - Co-Founder D&A Clothing, est. 2010, hand printed screen-printing services, Chattanooga, TN

Publications
2017 - Grist, Issue 10 2017 - Combining Art And Film Into One Unusual Space, The Pulse, June 28
2016 - Seeing Classic Art Through The Eyes Of Local Artists, The Pulse, November 2
2016 - Artist Residency Chattanooga, The Pulse, October 19
2016 - Spout Magazine, October 13
2016 - From Southside Grocery Store to New Arts Center, The Pulse, May 11,
2014 - AVA selects 'Fresh' artists, Chattanooga Times Free Press, June 19th
2013 - Trop Magazine