Open Gallery (Lipscomb University) / 57 Arcade January 7, 2017 - January 7, 2017

Ryan Gillam, Jake Himovitz

Open Gallery is pleased to present The 1978 Frontier Classic at Freedom River brought to you by GoldStar, a performance piece by Jake Himovitz and Ryan Gillam. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, January 7th, from 6-9pm during the Nashville Art Crawl.


A proud young man and his weather beaten partner approach the end of a fur gathering journey in this romanticized tableau. The 1978 Frontier Classic seeks to identify people and their patterns from the Yukon to the Grid Iron. Jake and Ryan don their buckskins, chow down on a bucket of wings and crack open a cold one in this great American fanfare.

The 1978 Frontier Classic explores parallels between the years 1848, 1978, and today. We are interested in representing people, their patterns, and how they relate to contemporary American patriotism. Research and specificity are paramount in our work. Our accuracy and research behind each element of the piece is contrasted with a superficial layer of absurdity.