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Christina Renfer Vogel | Interview

Christina Renfer Vogel has participated in artist residencies at the Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Most recently she attended an artist residency program at JSS in Civitia Castellana, Italy. Vogel holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Vogel is a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, among other awards. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Spotlight on Matanzas: María Magdalena Campos-Pons and “Ríos Intermitentes”

In this building, Matanzas sculptor Agustín Drake is presenting Objects and Fantastic Animals, a room-sized installation combining found objects and metalwork. “It is a sculpture that makes use of junk,” his artist statement reads, “to compose images where objects, despite articulating a new representation, retain their original personality.”African American artists in Ríos intermitentes include Carrie Mae Weems, Melvin Edwards, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Alicia Henry, and Jamaal B. Sheets, as well as younger artists like Brandon J. Donahue.

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At the Havana Biennial, Seven Nashville Artists Make Cultural Connections

Despite America’s on-again, off-again relationship with Cuba, Americans’ social media feeds are often full of photographs of the country’s 1950s cars, brightly colored buildings, tropical fruits and dancers. But building real community between the two countries requires boldness and vision. Internationally acclaimed artist and Vanderbilt professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons aspires to bridge the cultures of her homeland, Matanzas, Cuba — located about 60 miles east of Havana — with her current home, Nashville.

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Brandon Donahue | Interview

As an intern for the David Lusk Gallery in Nashville, I had the opportunity to experience and appreciate the gallery world in a new way. I also had the privilege to interview Brandon Donahue for his show ‘No Look Past,’ currently on view in the Memphis gallery.

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Artist Ashley Doggett Wants You to Remember the South's Legacy

A turning point for Ashley Doggett’s art occurred before she’d even started art school. The February before Doggett began her freshman year at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. That 2012 incident, and the Black Lives Matter movement it propelled, changed everything. When she got to Watkins, Doggett was among only a handful of black students; when she graduated, she was the only person of color in the entire fine arts department. So when you ask her why she chooses to paint such emotionally loaded subjects — black slaves and white masters, black women made up to look white, and lots and lots of chains and shackles — it’s no surprise that her answer is stunningly simple: She’s just trying to be honest.

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David Lusk Gallery exhibit looks closely at history of 'Hysterical Women'

In a new exhibition at David Lusk Gallery, D.C.-based artist Leslie Holt explores the loaded term, hysteria, bridging its long history as a once common, catchall mental health diagnosis for women and its pejorative contemporary connotations. Though it was declassified as a mental disorder by the 1950s, the term hysteria is still used today to describe heightened emotions or a lack of rational thought, often in women, and never in a flattering way.

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Artist Spotlight: Kit Reuther

Kit Reuther is a local painter and sculptor whose latest exhibit, Unruly, employs utilitarian materials like packing pillows, spray paint, and styrofoam to create a body of work that is at once minimal and arresting. In contrast to the muted still lifes of her early career, Unruly sees Reuther creating bold—and often unsettling—found object pieces that speak to life in 2018.

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Brandon Donahue at David Lusk Gallery in Nashville

Nashville-based artist Brandon Donahue is one of the city’s busiest, most prolific creators. His exhibition “No Look Past,” on view at the Nashville outpost of David Lusk Gallery through September 29, is the artist’s third solo exhibition this year, following “Outta Bounds” at Vanderbilt University’s Space 204 and “RIP” at Elephant Gallery. Donahue’s multimedia practice has produced two very different shows so far this year, and the artist’s followers have learned to not assume they know what to expect from him.

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David Onri Anderson

The first thing you noticed upon entering painter David Onri Anderson’s exhibition at Elephant Gallery, “Earthbound,” was the smell of rich, moist soil. The second was the sod that carpeted the space. At the opening, visitors were encouraged to take off their shoes so they could feel the grass between their toes. Children climbed up small artificial hills. Billed as a painting show, the exhibition offered an unexpectedly multisensory experience.

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