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Ron Buffington

UC Foundation Professor, Painting and Drawing

MFA, University of Cincinnati, 1992
Ron Buffington is a UC Foundation Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Buffington has been recognized for outstanding teaching through a University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award (2002) and a UTC College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (1996). Buffington has also taught at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC and at King’s College in London, England.
One of my primary objectives as a painter is to suspend the terms of painting. Of course “to suspend” means to hang from an invisible point of support; to float. This is one of the basic operations of painting, a convention I choose to honor. But “to suspend” also means to defer or to hold in an undecided state. It is my intent to postpone the moment of signification, to create a kind of “suspense.” As paradoxical as it may sound, I strive to delay the arrival of meaning so that the viewer may attend to the immediately given circumstance constituted by the painting.

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