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Featured Exhibition: The Collective Presents LIBERATION (Curated by Lawrence Matthews) on view February 23- March 24, 2018 at Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN I feel like many times as black artists we end up having to carry the weight of black people on our shoulders when creating. The same way many times black people in majority white spaces become unwillingly the representative of black people. Our experiences and ideas must be filtered through a lens of blackness and preexisting ideas...

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C for Courtside is a new 2600 sq. ft. artist-run curatorial space in Knoxville, TN nestled beneath the Second Creek overpass on Cooper St. (located just a few blocks from A Dopo Sourdough Pizza, Remedy Coffee and Crafty Bastard Brewing). The launch of the space has been made possible in part by the generous support of an Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant. Gallery Visit, C for Courtside (feat. A Half Note Familiar), Knoxville, TN, February 2018 (L-R: J. Bienko, L. Ghenov,...

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Wade Guyton, Untitled, Gallery Visit: Reece Museum + Slocumb Galleries, February 2018 Althea Murphy-Price, Untitled, Gallery Visit: Reece Museum + Slocumb Galleries, February 2018 Along the Horizon: Contemporary Drawing in Tennessee (curated by Vanessa Mayoraz + Andrew Scott Ross) is a group exhibition which focuses on artists living in, or from, Tennessee who utilize drawing as a substantial part of their contemporary practice. The thirteen contributing artists, residing in cities from Memphis to Johnson City, use a range of methodologies, which explore the limits, and...

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Founded by artist David Wolff, Knoxville's Fluorescent Gallery opened in the summer of 2005 as a neutral space to gather and talk about new and exciting work. Since that time, it has programmed large volume of experimental, innovative visual art exhibitions and gained a regional reputation as a bastion for contemporary visual art in East Tennessee. After 12 years, it's gaining momentum with a greater amount of traveling out-of-town shows coming to the gallery. The images of the gallery feature Thomas Wharton's...

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OZ Arts supports the creation, development and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by leading artists whose contribution influences the advancement of their field. Gallery Visit, OZ Arts featuring Brandon Donahue, August 2017 Gallery Visit, OZ Arts featuring Brandon Donahue, August 2017 The Ozgener family have been Nashville residents since 1968, and are internationally recognized for innovation in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Having built one of the world’s foremost cigar companies—in spite of the puzzlement of so many in th...

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David Lusk Gallery, an institution in Memphis since 1995 with a second location in Nashville, has maintained the goals David Lusk set twenty years ago: have a good time representing a small crowd of talented artists and expose clients beyond mid-south borders to the artworks these artists create. Since then the gallery’s program has grown to encompass artists from across the country with national and international reputations, exhibiting extensively in museums and galleries worldwide. Tyler Hildebrand, The Retirement Party exhibition, Da...

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Following the renovation of the former congregational library from which it takes its name (and located off the Fellowship Hall on the first floor), The Browsing Room Gallery at Downtown Presbyterian Church (Nashville) opened in July 2014 and quickly became a popular stop on the First Saturday 5th Avenue Art Crawl. David Onri Anderson, HUM exhibition, The Browsing Room Gallery at Downtown Presbyterian Church (April-May 2017) David Onri Anderson, HUM exhibition, The Browsing Room Gallery at Downtown Presbyterian Church (April-May 2017) Curated by...

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Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors is a hypnotic and immersive multichannel video installation of musicians performing in a historic mansion in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Combining the Icelandic artist’s interests in music, endurance, and beauty, the hour-long, nine-screen video was called “a generational masterpiece” by The Boston Globe and on is view in Nashville from November 18, 2016, through February 12, 2017. Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors exhibition, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts (November 2016-February 2017). Photo credit: John Schweikert Ragnar Kjartans...

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