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John Watson Courtyard Project at the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center

John Watson – Project Statement
I was invited by Mel Ziegler to create a sculptural installation in the courtyard of the Vanderbilt University Art Department. The project seemed like an excellent way for me to work with students in the department. Senior art students painted over 100 plywood panels, and over the course of several weeks, I used those panels to build the installation.

The piece wraps along a wall in the courtyard, with an added bit across the courtyard that clings to the top of the wall. I was interested in engaging with the art building itself and allowing my work to interact with the existing architecture and architectural features of the building. In the finished piece, the chaotic, teetering geometry of my work juxtaposed against the organized, stable architecture of the building, invites viewers to see the space of the courtyard from a re-imagined and playful perspective. 

John Watson received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Webster University. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at HEMPHILL, Washington, DC, Laumier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, and the Savannah Gallery, Atlanta, GA, among others.

Working primarily with found wood, Watson creates sculptures that are architectural in reference. The cast-offs of trade and industry or the discarded gems from remodeling projects are collected and repurposed into objects and installations. Watson taught sculpture in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis for 7 years, and he relocated to Nashville, TN where he joined the faculty at Belmont University in August 2012.

Learn more about the artist at jwatson.org

 

Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award Ceremony and Senior Show Opening, April 10, 2015

The Vanderbilt University Department of Art will proudly roll back the massive doors of its galleries on April 10 to reveal the work of its ten graduating art majors.

Senior Show 2015 will open Friday, April 10 and run through Friday May 9, in Space 204, second floor gallery at the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, 1204 25th Avenue South at Garland, on the Vanderbilt campus.

Gallery hours are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday for the duration of the exhibition.

"It's an exciting show, with some unique and interesting projects," said Mel Ziegler, chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Art. We are pleased to see the progress that this group of senior art majors have made throughout the year.

Participating seniors include: Sara Alavi, Christopher Hayes, Liyan Hou, Alexis Jackson, Celeste Jones, Emily Neal, Allyson Patterson, Madeline Santulli, Blair Tramel and Chelsea Velaga.

Art completed this semester by all enrolled students will be on display throughout the art building during the Open House, also held April 10 from noon to 6:00 pm, with a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. At 5:00 pm during the reception, the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet awards, the Allen P. DeLoach award for Photography, Mid-South Ceramics and Plaza Artist Materials awards will be announced.

All events are free and open to the public.

 

Studio VU: Phoenix Savage Lecture March 25, 2015, at E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, Room 220, 7pm

We are pleased to welcome Professor Phoenix Savage to E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, Room 220 at 7pm as part of the Deaprtment of Art Lecture Series 2014-2015.

Professor Phoenix Savage's research based art practice is an intersection of auto ethnography and the principles of formalism. She is both a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship via the U.S. State Department and the Being Humans Fellowship, awarded by the Institute of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University.

Savage's works have been recognized through exhibitions such as the bi-annual Mover and Shakers of Georgia's Art Scene, hosted by Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCAGA); Ain't I A Woman organized by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporian Arts, of Brooklyn, NY (MOCADA); Mississippi Invitational organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and Secular & Sacred at the University of Florida.

Savage's works have been recognized through exhibitions such as the bi-annual Mover and Shakers of Georgia's Art Scene, hosted by Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCAGA); Ain't I A Woman organized by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporian Arts, of Brooklyn, NY (MOCADA); Mississippi Invitational organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and Secular & Sacred at the University of Florida.

The sculpture, Fire in the Belly of God, was recently acquired by the African American Collection of Clark Atlanta University of Atlanta, Georgia and is featured in The Eye of the Muses, the Collection's catalog. Savage received a MFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University and holds two additional graduate level degrees; an MA in Medical Anthropology from the University of Mississippi, and an MAin Studio Arts from Northwestern State University. Works by Phoenix Savage are largely held in the private collections.

Currently, Savage is Assistant Professor of Art at Tougaloo College, a historically black liberal arts college in Mississippi.

 

Shape of Flight, an exhibition by Suzanne Stryk to open Feburary 26, 2015

Vanderbilt’s Department of Art is pleased to welcome an exhibition by Suzanne Stryk into Space 204. Shape of Flight will be on display from Thursday, February 26 to Friday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.

In the title of this exhibit, “Shape of Flight,” both the words “shape” and “flight” have so many possible interpretations.  There’s the obvious one, the actual flight of birds and insects.  But the images in this show are a layering of many ideas related to “shape” and “flight.”  “Shape” suggests the form things take in both the natural world and the human imagination, even art itself.  “Flight” suggests ideas about movement, and that movement is not only in space, but also in time, even evolutionary time.  Or the span between birth to life to death.  It might also suggest movement from out-of-doors to indoors—from nature into our own spaces or minds.

Stryk's series of drawings, "Genomes and Daily Observation, appears in the Viewing Program at the Drawing Center (NYC); her work was also selected for Clara: The Database of Women Artists at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC. She is the recipient of a George Sugarman Foundation Grant, a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, and an individual Artist's Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. To learn more about the artist, please visit www.suzannestryk.com.

 

Vanderbilt University's Department of Art and Cinema and Media Arts welcomes Asma Kazmi

Public Lecture: Ordinary People and Other Works, February 6, 2015, Wilson Hall 126, 4:00 – 5:00 pm on the Vanderbilt University campus.
(Free and open to the public)

On Saturday, February 7, 2015 – Exhibition Reception at the Coop Gallery, 75 Arcade, Nashville, TN 37219 (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

For more information contact: Jana Harper

Asma Kazmi is a visual artist who creates transdisciplinary, relational works where people, media, and objects come together. She is the recipient of many awards including the Fulbright Research Award, (CIES) to India; Faculty Research Grant, CalArts; the Great Rivers Biennial by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Rocket Grant, the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University; At the Edge: Innovative Art in Chicago Award, the University of Illinois in Chicago; and the Creative Stimulus Award, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts, St. Louis. Kazmi has exhibited at venues such as the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; H&R Block Space, Kansas City; Grand Arts, Kansas City; University of Missouri, St. Louis; Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St Louis; Boots Contemporary Art Space, St Louis; The Guild Gallery, New York; Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels, Belgium; and Gallery 400, University of Illinois in Chicago. Kazmi has taught at the School of the art Institute of Chicago, Kansas City Art Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, she is a permanent faculty at the California Institute of the Arts. She was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Co-sponsored by Vanderbilt University Departments of Art and Cinema and Media Arts. Exhibition of Ordinary People at COOP Gallery, 75 Arcade, Nashville, TN.

 

Space 204: Erin Harmon: Forest for the Trees

Vanderbilt University's Department of Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit in the Space 204 gallery. Erin Harmon: Forest for the Trees will open on January 15 and continue through February 12, 2015. Open reception will be held on January 15, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Space 204 is located at 25th Avenue South at Garland in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center on the Vanderbilt campus. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Erin Harmon was raised in the suburbs of Southern California where the natural desert is sated by hundreds of miles of aqueducts to produce obsessively groomed lawns. After graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelors degree in Studio Art, she received her MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. Erin currently lives in the verdant and fecund Tennessee Delta where kudzu and coal sludge can swallow everything in their path. She is Associate Professor of Art at Rhodes College and Chair of the Department of Art & Art History. Erin has exhibited her work nationally in both group and solo exhibitions including the Sarah Doyle Gallery, Providence RI; Atlanta Artists Center & Gallery, GA; and The Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN. She is also a founding member of TSA LA, an artists’ run and curated gallery modeled after Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia. Last fall, Erin was excited to debut her first theatrical set design for Ballet Memphis’ River Project: Moving Currents.

Artist Statement:

My work is inherently landscape but rather than wild and continuous natural environments, I explore contained collections of fragments that when arranged together, allude to another kind landscape. These collages and paintings are consciously ordered and orchestrated, and ultimately removed from nature. My process often consists of trimming, grooming and pruning shape and pattern into abstracted pieces that are collaged into a discrete space to appear as a whole. In both the paintings and collages, formal choices of shape, color, scale, and speed generate tensely jubilant, stunted surfaces and ambiguous spaces.  I am influenced by my observed environment, bonsai trees and ikebana, classic Disney movies, black light posters, and Victorian valentines.

 

Space 204: Hanna Rodgers: Abandon/Perception will open on January 15

Vanderbilt University's Department of Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit in the Space 204 gallery. Hanna Rodgers: Abandon/Perception will open on January 15 and continue through February 12, 2015. Open reception will be held on January 15, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Space 204 is located at 25th Avenue South at Garland in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center on the Vanderbilt campus. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Hanna Rodgers is an artist and writer based out of Los Angeles, CA.
A child of the 90s, Rodgers was born and raised in Collierville, TN. For much of her life, her father ran an ill-fated amusement park in Memphis called “Libertyland.” Her mother worked at a Broadway theater. Both influences would instill in Rodgers a passion for playfulness and theatrically that pervade much of her work today.

Rodgers received her B.A in Studio Art from Vanderbilt University in May of 2013. After graduating, she was commissioned to spend six months producing a documentary in Memphis. Upon it’s completion, she packed her bags and moved to the west coast to pursue her writing and art in the cultural mecca of the City of Angels.

Rodgers was the recipient of the 2013 Margaret Stonewall Woolridge Hamblet Award, a grant that has been a phenomenal asset in this past year of self-discovery, giving Rodgers the freedom to experiment with new mediums, to attend interactive art conferences, and to visit museums and galleries across the country. This year of exploration has culminated in the body of work presented in Abandon/Perception.

Artist Statement:

My work is driven by my curiosity for people and the shared human experience. I take interest both in the Jungian archetypal events that define a lifetime, and in the uncertain, transitional lulls between those moments.

My work is highly introspective. Much of it references memories of my adolescence and that fantastic childhood sense of limitlessness that inevitably falls victim to age’s power of petrification. I explore my memories through fantasy, children’s games, and illusion. I enjoy manipulating the shortcomings, trends, and nuances of the human brain as it relates to the different ways we view the world. This often leads to an exploration of the difference in seeing versus perceiving.

Through my work, I seek to reveal dualities in a grey world. As a writer, I often rely heavily on language to express these contradictions. My work is influenced by literature, cinema, and other reflections of modern storytelling, which I believe preserve time and reflect the zeitgeist.

And most of all, through my work, I appease my curiosities. I often explore new mediums and methods of provoking interaction with my work. I despise the static conception of art as something to be contemplated by a detached audience. I enjoy the madcap, the surprise of materials interacting in an unexpected way. For me, art is all about the act of creating. If I don’t continuously try to learn new things, then what is the point?



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