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2022 Jefferson Prize

The Jefferson Prize honors a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity.

Althea Murphy-Price

Althea Murphy-PriceAlthea Murphy-Price, professor in the School of Art, joined UT in 2010. Her teaching and creative research specializes in print media. Her contributions to teaching and scholarship include two Ellen Berry McClung Professorships in 2017 and 2021, a Chancellor’s Professional Development Award, a Senior Diversity Leadership Award, The Chancellor’s Research and Creative Achievement Award and Grant for Faculty Research. Within printmaking, Professor Murphy-Price’s work has been recognized for its non conventional approaches to the traditions of printmaking. Last year, she was selected by the Southern Graphics International Council to give the keynote address for their annual printmaking conference. She has participated in over 28 exhibitions, including 10 solo exhibits, and had over six features in publications, which include the UK publication Printmaking Today Magazine. Her creative artwork is included in the museum collections of Huntsville Museum of Art, the Colorado State Museum, Sarah Lawrence University, Kent State University, St Norbert College, Bradbury Art Museum, and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

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Being a Vol means knowing the importance of community. Murphy-Price has devoted much of her efforts to enhancing community experiences for under-presented faculty and students. In addition to participating in a number of DEI initiatives, she has founded an exchange program with the HBCUs Fisk and Tennessee State University and serves as a Diversity Faculty Fellow in the College of Art and Sciences.