CONNECTING + PROMOTING
CONTEMPORARY ART IN TENNESSEE

Locate Arts serves Tennessee by anchoring and spotlighting the contemporary visual art scenes in each region and fostering a unified statewide art scene. Our programs promote art dialogue between the different cities in the state, and between the state and the world.

WHO ARE WE?

Brian and Carolyn Jobe are both artists and administrators with art world experience in Tennessee, Texas, and New York.

They enjoy facilitating beneficial connections and have a passion to see the contemporary art communities of Tennessee thrive.

  • Brian R. Jobe
  • Carolyn Jobe
BRIAN R. JOBE Co-Director + Co-Founder

Brian has taught at colleges and universities throughout Tennessee and Texas for 10+ years. He has also worked at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, TX. He is a sculptor and exhibits his work nationally. Brian grew up in Memphis, TN.

CAROLYN JOBE Co-Director + Co-Founder

Carolyn has worked in administration for the Chelsea Music Festival in New York, NY, for Art Crating Inc. in New York, NY and for churches in San Antonio, TX and Knoxville, TN. She is a painter and exhibits her work nationally. Carolyn grew up in Nashville, TN.

BEHIND LOCATE ARTS
WINTON ELLIOTT
Board Member

Entrepreneur + Consultant

ALEXANDER LOCKWOOD
Board Member

Artist + Entrepreneur

ANDREA ZIEHER
Board Member

Principal, ZieherSmith

ELEANOR ALDRICH
Official Advisor

Artist

CLAY BLEVINS
Official Advisor

Entrepreneur + Philanthropist

JASON S. BROWN
Official Advisor

Associate Professor of Sculpture, UT Knoxville + Artist

CHARLOTTE CALDWELL
Official Advisor

Arts Administrator + Community Organizer

BRANDON DONAHUE
Official Advisor

Assistant Professor of Art, Tennessee State University + Artist

PHILLIP GRANKE
Official Advisor

Architect, Hastings Architecture Associates

NELSON GUTIERREZ
Official Advisor

Artist

MARY ADDISON HACKETT
Official Advisor

Artist + Writer

EMILY HARRIS HALPERN
Official Advisor

Assistant Director, Crosstown Arts

JODI HAYS
Official Advisor

Artist + Educator

LAUREN KENNEDY
Official Advisor

Executive Director, UrbanArt Commission + Founder, Southfork Gallery

VANESSA MAYORAZ
Official Advisor

Assistant Professor of Extended Media, ETSU + Artist

JUANITA ORTIZ
Official Advisor

Executive Director, International Development at ALSAC/ St. Jude Children’s Hospital

RYDER RICHARDS
Official Advisor

Artist + Writer + Curator

VADIS TURNER
Official Advisor

Artist + Independent Curator

CHRISTINA RENFER VOGEL
Official Advisor

Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, UT Chattanooga + Artist

DONNA WOODLEY
Official Advisor

Artist + Financial Planner

SAM YATES
Official Advisor

Director, Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture

LAIN YORK
Official Advisor

Director, Zeitgeist Gallery + Artist

  
STEPHANIE BULLOCK

Graphic Designer

LUKE WILKINS

Web Developer

 

We invite you to partner with Locate Arts in connecting and promoting contemporary art in Tennessee. We welcome recurring or one time gifts of any amount. All donors will be recognized on our website.

Locate Arts is sponsored project of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

IN THE PRESS

LOCATE Arts is a huge step forward for Tennessee, culturally, socially, creatively. With a major Biennial being planned for the not-too-distant future, continued direct contact with artists and audience, innovative approaches to arts advocacy, and a host of other ideas percolating from Carri and Brian Jobe’s “Labor of Love”, LOCATE Arts has arrived as the exuberant entity able to broadcast the full extent of Tennessee’s particular genius.

Carolyn and Brian Jobe are the power couple behind locatearts.org, a website dedicated to fostering a unified statewide art scene in Tennessee. Today at noon, they will be presenting on the state of art communities across Tennessee as part of the Dixon’s Munch and Learn Series. They each took some time out of their busy schedule to answer some questions from me via email. This is part of that exchange.

The Jobes hope [LOCATE Arts] will make Tennessee’s various arts communities outward-facing, which will increase nationwide visibility.

If artists from other cities begin checking out each others’ shows and building relationships, that creates more opportunities...

As Tennessee’s visual art scene continues to expand, Knoxville-based arts administrators are stepping in to help organize and promote the growth.

“...if you had to sum up Locate Arts in a word, that word would be ‘communication.’”

Finally, [with LOCATE Arts] we will harness the energy of our art scenes across the state, creating more collaborations, more support, more cross-pollination in writing, event-planning, and contact.

The idea is to allow Tennesseans to find contemporary art in their own state, rather than seeking it elsewhere. Additionally, the hope is to help the Tennessee contemporary arts scene get notice nationally as well as internationally and to grow the experimental art scene which is emerging in different cities.

What is contemporary art?

Contemporary art is art that is being made today. It explores the past, present and future and is a language that's being spoken around the world. Contemporary art is challenging, innovative and it inspires new ideas in other fields. It is a cultural mile marker that future generations will remember us by.

Contemporary visual art featured by Locate Arts will primarily be made in the 21st century and will be relevant to today's national and international critical art conversations. We will also include 20th century art that has had a major influence on today's practicing artists and critical art conversations.

 
 

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