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Polly Page

(b.1918), lives in Pleasant Hill in Cumberland County Rooster, 1967-1977, wood, 5.75 inches tall, 77.36.26 A) Uncle Pink, in blue overalls and blue shirt, 10 inches B) Aunt Jenny in black and brown dress, 10 inches C) Robin in white with brown floral pattern dress and white pantaloons with lace bottoms, 5.5 inches D) Mark […]

Lesley Patterson-Marx

(b.1975 Louisville, KY) lives in Nashville Root Mother Almanac, 2007 mixed media, 36.75 x 29.25 x 1 inches, 2009.54.2 Patterson-Marx holds a M.F.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina and a B.F.A. Degree from Murray State University, KY. She has exhibited her works at the Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City; Kohler Arts […]

James Perrin

(b. 1975) lives in Nashville The Ambassadors, 2006 oil on canvas, 56 x 72 inches, 2015.65.8 Perrin received his B.F.A in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. in painting from Boston University.  His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Nashville and Memphis, as well as nationally in Austin, […]

Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton

(b. 1976) lives in Murfreesboro Wasps: Xerox Scandal, falsifying financial results for five years, booting income by 1.5 billion, 2007 acrylic on canvas, 4 x 4 feet, 2009.54.1 Phouthavong-Houghton was born in Vientiane Laos and at the age of four her family emigrated to Winfield, KS. She earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University […]

Pompeo Pianezzola

(1925-2012, b. Nove, Vicenza, Italy) lived and worked in Nove, Vicenza, Italy, Triangular Form, 1973, stoneware, 4 x 9.5 x 3.75 inches, 93.39.108 At the age of 14, Pompeo Pianezzola began studying art in his hometown of Nove, Italy, by attending the Giuseppe De Fabris High School of the Arts and by working as an apprentice […]

Vince Pitelka

(n.d.) lives in Smithville Oil Can #16, (n.d.) soda fired, handmade stoneware clay with laminated colored clays, 11 x 15.5 x 10.5 inches, 2003.23.9 In this work, Pitelka created his interpretation of an oil can. The body and lid have a textured and painted basket weave pattern and the neck and spout are painted to […]

Jairo Prado

(b.1947 in Cali, Columbia) lives in Nashville Ancestral Fish, 1997-98 wood and metal, found objects, 30 x 58 x 12 inches, 2000.28 For nearly 30 years, Prado has been an art educator and full-time artist, creating commissioned works and exhibiting nationally and internationally. Noted exhibitions include a solo show at the University of North Carolina […]

Mary Prater

(b.1928) lives in Woodbury in Cannon County Baskets (6 nesting baskets) white oak, 9.25 x 8.25 inches, 77.36.52A-F These oak split baskets are characterized by bottoms that are relatively flat, with round openings. Born into the heart of Tennessee’s white oak basketmaking country, Mary Prater learned to make baskets from her neighbor, Jimmie Prater.  She […]

Peter Sohngen

(b. 1963, Hamilton, Ohio) lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee, Platter, 1973, raku, 1.75 x 13 x 13 inches, 93.39.11 Peter Sohngen was working towards a PhD in English literature at Claremont Graduate University when he became fascinated with the ceramic work that the art students were doing at the time. Later, he went to Istanbul, […]

Paula Swallows Stover

Paula Swallows Stover (b.1944), Tennessee Star, 2017, Plywood, acrylic, epoxy, 2 x 2 feet Paula Swallows Stover (b.1944) is the 5th generation to live and work on Ivy Hill Farm; a Tennessee Century Farm (1858) in Overton County, TN. Paula worked as a substitute teacher with the Overton County school system for many years at […]