Exhibits

2019

In Communion With Soil: Works By Joe Reynolds

Joe Reynolds earned an M.F.A. in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, MA; a B.F.A. in photography from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN; and a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC. He has received numerous awards including […]

2019 Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

By Bradley Hanson, Director of Folklife – This exhibit presents photographs and objects documenting the third year of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The twelve master and apprentice teams include Honduran woodcarver Rafael Casco and apprentice Hector Figueroa; mandolinist Mike Compton and apprentice Jackson Carter; flint marble maker Paul Davis and apprentice Kenzie Adams; folk […]

Reinvented Virtual Reality: Works by Denise Stewart-Sanabria

Stewart-Sanabria received an Individual Arts Fellowship in FY19 from the TN Arts Commission. She is also a freelance writer with her work read in Number: Inc., Nashville Arts Magazine, Knoxville Mercury and others. Her sculptures and hyper-realistic paintings and can be found in the permanent collections of the Knoxville Museum of Art, Evansville Museum of Art […]

Vesna Pavlović: The Art History Archive

Nashville artist, Pavlović (Serbia/USA) creates work that examines the evolving relationship between memory in contemporary culture and the technologies of photographic image production. The Art History Archive explores the institutional history, obsolescence, and technological and cultural significance of the slide medium.  Read More.

2018

More Please: Works by Althea Murphy-Price

Althea Murphy-Price’s work has been recognized for its nonconventional approach to traditional printing techniques and content. Often manipulating manufactured synthetic and human hair she emphasizes its role as embellishment as well as a signifier of racial identity. Murphy-Price received her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University and earned her Master of […]

2018 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

This program is designed to encourage the preservation of our state’s diverse folklife traditions, especially those that are rare or endangered. Learn more.

Sophie Glenn and Lydia Johnson: Crafting Contemporary Furniture and Ceramics

Last year, ceramicist Lydia Johnson and furniture maker Sophie Glenn both received Individual Artist Fellowships in craft through the Tennessee Arts Commission. Read more …

Spirit To Clay: Works By Tina Curry

Exhibited at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery October 5—November 30, 2018. Recognized primarily for her hand-built, clay animal sculptures (especially equine), Curry creates her own distinctive style through using alternative firing techniques such as horsehair, saggar, raku, and pit and barrel firing. For 25 years she has worked with clay and for the past 19 […]

Master Artist Apprentice Program 2018

The Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP) is a cooperative partnership of the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Craft. The following partners worked together to sustain craft for the next generation: Jewelry: Nancie Roark, Master (Franklin) and Carol Hicks, Apprentice (Nashville) Wood: Brad Sells, Master (Cookeville) and Doug Lawrence, Apprentice (Louisville) Ceramics: Nan Jacobsohn, Master (Fairview) and Shannon Anderson, Apprentice (Antioch) […]

Sarah Ahmad: My Oasis

Exhibited at the Commission from December 7, 2018—January 4, 2019. Currently living in Memphis, first generation American and award-winning mixed media artist, Ahmad actively exhibits her work nationally as well as internationally. She received an M.F.A. from the Memphis College of Art; an M.A. in Education from Union University in Jackson, TN; and B.A. in Fine […]

2017

Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program 2017

This program is designed to encourage the preservation of our state’s diverse folklife traditions, especially those that are rare or endangered. Learn more.    

Georgann DeMille: Purposeful Repurposing

Fondly nicknamed the “Hippie Bag Lady” due in part to having made bags as well as often being seen hefting bags stuffed with repurposed materials gifted by friends, DeMille incorporates secondhand materials in new and altered ways into her work. Materials may include book pages, thread, flower petals, fabric dryer sheets, wire and magazines. Read […]

Master Artist/Apprentice Program 2017

The Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP) is a cooperative partnership of the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Craft. The mission of this collaboration is to encourage and invest in the continuation, advancement and creation of Tennessee craft by recognizing the role of the master craft artist and apprentice relationship as a way to preserve the […]

Celebrating Contemporary Art from the Commission’s Collection

Over the past 50 years, the Commission collected contemporary art produced by twenty-first-century artists who were living and working in Tennessee.  

Celebrating 50 Years of Craft from the Commission’s Collection

Across the three grand divisions that make up the east, middle and west Tennessee regions, craft artisans have continued to heighten and hone their original and inventive skills in every imaginable way and medium. Read more …

Celebrating 50 Years: An exhibition of folklife from the Commission Collection

Tennessee is fortunate to have a rich and vibrant history of folklife artists. This commemorative exhibition highlights a small selection of folklife objects purchased by the Commission over the years to preserve and document these art forms and their importance to the history and future of Tennessee.

2016

TWIN/Jerry and Terry Lynn

Evolution: Twin/Jerry and Terry Lynn on exhibit July 22–September 16, 2016 Memories and reflections of growing up in a close family in TN and hearing relatives’ antecdotes have become the brothers’ visual vocabulary. Their historical narrative paintings depict an unidentifiable time period in black family life: fields, churches, blues music and family gatherings. Contact David Lusk Gallery for availability 901.767.3800. […]

Jered Sprecher

Recent Prints and Paintings, on exhibit May 20—July 15, 2016 “As an artist I make paintings that exist in the sliver of space between abstraction and representation,” says Sprecher, “ I look to the lived daily experiences of the world coupled with the artifacts of the past. My work compresses time into the surface and […]

Photography by Ear

Photographs by Charmaine Lanham on exhibit November 18, 2016–January 13, 2017 As one of the original owners of Nashville’s legendary Station Inn and photographer Charmaine Lanham honed her pen, ear and eye during the 1980s and ’90s as an insider to newly emerging Bluegrass and Country music circles. Her photos often feature candid on and offstage moments […]

MAAP

Master Artist/Apprentice Program (MAAP) on exhibit September 23—November 11, 2016 A cooperative partnership of the TN Arts Commission and TN Craft, MAAP’s mission is to encourage and invest in the continuation, advancement and creation of Tennessee craft by recognizing the role of the master craft artist and apprentice relationship as a way to preserve the state’s cultural heritage. Read more…  

Gopal Murti

Science to Art, on exhibit from March 18-May 13, 2016 This exhibition highlights Murti’s work as both a scientist and an artist, as well as the transition seen through his processes. Read more… 

Marga Hayes and Jay Mcbride

2 x 2: Wisdom is a Work in Progress on exhibit January 22–March 11, 2016 A collection of works by East Tennessee artists, it features ceramics, paintings, wood turning and more. Read more…

2015

MAAP 2015

Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP) on Exhibit September 24–November 14, 2015 The mission of this collaboration is to encourage and invest in the continuation, advancement and creation of Tennessee craft by recognizing the role of the master craft artist and apprentice relationship as a way to preserve the state’s cultural heritage. Read more…

Baldwin Lee

Photographs of Black Americans in the South on Exhibit July 31–September 18, 2015 The show is a compilation of seven years worth of photographs that form the collection Lee refers to as the most important work of his career. Read more…    

Joanna Higgs Ross

A Mini-Retrospective 1956-2015 on Exhibit May 29-July 24, 2015 The show highlights Ross’ journey using artistic expression through diverse themes, mediums and styles. Her prolific portfolio extends nearly 60 years and can be found in art collections throughout Tennessee and Illinois. Read more …  

Robmat Butler

Sojourn on Exhibit April 1-May 22, 2015  This solo exhibition studies how objects relate to each other, how we relate to these objects and how these objects create the environment in which we dwell. Read more …    

30 Years of Folklife Program

At his retirement from the Tennessee Arts Commission in December 2014, Dr. Robert “Roby” Cogswell left a legacy of 22,000 photographs documenting Tennessee’s traditional arts and culture. This exhibit is a sampling of these images. Read more…

Lendon Noe

Inspired by The Forest Unseen on exhibit November 20–January 15, 2016 This installation is inspired by David Haskell’s writings, and is the beginning of Noe’s response to the book. Read more…  

2014

Clorinda Chávez Galdós Bell

Cuzco School of Religious Art on exhibition February 13,2014-March 28, 2014 Featuring the Peruvian painter whose work exemplifies the style of Peruvian painting that was introduced to Cuzco by Italian artist/Jesuit monk Bernardo Bitti in the 16th century. Read more…

Hattie Duncan

African American Folk Sculptor on Exhibit July 31-September 19, 2014 Duncan’s expressive sculpture offers a loving, humorous portrayal of her hometown community in Jackson, Tennessee. Read more…

Denice Bizot

Baxwin’s Best on Exhibit April 3–May 30, 2014 Creating treasures from discarded metals intrigues Bizot. She spends hours searching through junk and muddy slosh pits to hunt down interesting shapes, some suitable for assemblages others for torching. Read more…