Frieson Black Cultural Center (UTK) / `1800 Melrose Ave. February 1 - 21st

Nyasha Madamombe, Gary White

Nyasha Madamombe is one of the most unique visual artists to emerge from Zimbabwe, Africa. An interdisciplinary artist, Nyasha combines tradition and technology to tell the untold story of the collective African experience. This ability to move between disciplines allows her to examine and spotlight issues related to collective memory, tradition, the spiritual and the contemporary.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the National Art Gallery in the
Zimbabwean capital Harare, in Johannesburg South Africa, Tennessee, Chicago and New York. She is a recipient of the Artaxis Fellowship, NCECA Multicultural Fellowship and the 2022 NYFA Technology Gap NFT Award. Passionate about art education, Nyasha is currently an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and has taught at Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York & the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Nyasha received her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe.

Gary L. White is a native of Nashville, born and raised. White received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Watkins College of Art and Design in 2011 and received his MFA in Ceramics from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. White is a Belmont Faculty Fellows 2022 and teaches Ceramics at Belmont University. His works have been exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions throughout the country. White conducts a cross-cultural visual investigation, that records folkways, identity, and the experiences of the “Southern Other” in both historical and contemporary times.