Art Exhibitions

2017 TAA Featured Exhibitions

Information and Related Activities


The Tennessee Arts Academy is proud to sponsor three on-campus visual art exhibitions in 2017.


In the Leu Art Gallery in the Lila D. Bunch Library, the work of a professional artist will be displayed. A special TAA "Artist Talk" and reception is planned on Monday evening during the Academy week. The exhibition is co-sponsored with the Belmont University Department of Art.


Two exhibitions in the Leu Art Building will showcase Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition and Connections: Tennessee Art Education Association Member Exhibition. On Tuesday afternoon during the Academy week numerous activities will occur including an art crawl featuring all three TAA art exhibitions; Belmont Mansion tours, high tea, refreshments and hammered dulcimer music provided by Susan Ramsay; and a Student and Teacher Artist Recognition Ceremony and reception. The exhibitions and receptions are co-sponsored with Tennessee Art Education Association.


A special TAA Art Crawl will occur on Tuesday afternoon from 5 – 7 PM that will feature all three TAA exhibitions along with tours of the Belmont Mansion. The mansion and the exhibitions are located on the Belmont campus.


 


Dorothy Gillespie at Belmont: Twenty Years Later
From the Radford University Art Museum Collection

May 29–September 1, 2017
Leu Art Gallery
Belmont University


Dorothy Gillespie (1920–2012) was an American painter and sculptor who enjoyed an artistic career spanning more than seventy years. Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Gillespie studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Art Students League in New York City. During her lifetime, she created, exhibited, and sold her artwork nationally and internationally. Early in her career and during her time in New York City, Gillespie contributed to the women’s art movement through her work. These contributions included her 1972 artist in residence position at the Women’s Interart Center and her 1977 lecture series at the New School for Social Research. Gillespie is the subject of numerous reviews, critical essays, film and radio interviews, and the book Dorothy Gillespie, which was published by the Radford University Foundation Press in 1998.

Gillespie was well known as a painter, sculptor, and installation artist. Her work encompassed many significant twentieth-century trends in art, including abstract expressionism, decorative abstraction, site-specific installations, the women’s movement, and art in public spaces. She pioneered joyful new directions for metal sculpture and is best known for her large-scale, colorfully painted arrangements of cut aluminum strips that radiate, undulate, or curl like giant arrangements of ribbon, enchanted towers, or bursting fireworks. Her work can be found all over the country in both public and private spaces, in the permanent collections of many museums such as the Guggenheim and Brooklyn Museum in New York City, in airports and corporate headquarters, on the ballet stage, and also as multiples in museum shops. One of Gillespie’s largest installations is located in Orlando, Florida, and is 62-feet high with 720 starburst spheres. Her crowning achievement was her massive 185-piece outdoor installation at New York’s Rockefeller Center in 2003. 

In 1997, Gillespie was a celebrity muser at the Tennessee Arts Academy. In addition to being fondly remembered for her stellar artwork, Gillespie remains an all-time favorite among Academy alumni for her striking style, dramatic sartorial sense, and passionate remarks. The current exhibition features numerous pieces of Gillespie’s collection from throughout her career and simultaneously honors her visit to the Belmont campus twenty years ago.

Dorothy Gillespie at Belmont: Twenty Years Later is made possible by generous gifts from Belmont University Department of Art, Cavit Cheshier, Solie Fott, the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation, Gary Israel, and Ann and Robert Wolfe.



Dorothy Gillespie at Belmont: Twenty Years Later

From the Radford University Art Museum Collection

Artist Talk with Steve Arbury

July 10, 2017
5:00 PM
Leu Art Gallery





Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition

Leu Center for the Visual Arts 
Gallery 121

The Tennessee Arts Academy is pleased to offer a student art exhibit as part of its summer enrichment experience. Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition is a collection of the best pieces in various media by student artists from the three grand divisions of the state. The students whose work will be featured have won college scholarships for their achievements and have had their work exhibited in museums throughout the state of Tennessee.


Connections: Tennessee Art Education Association Member Exhibition

Leu Center for the Visual Arts Lobby Gallery

The Tennessee Arts Academy is very proud to exhibit the work of practicing artists-teachers alongside the exemplary work created by their students. Connections: Tennessee Art Education Association Member Exhibition is a juried show featuring the work of kindergarten through higher education art educators from across Tennessee.

Student and Teacher Artist Recognition Ceremony and Reception

July 11, 2017
6:00 PM
Leu Center for the Visual Arts

Both students and teachers whose work is featured in the two exhibitions are honored for their outstanding artistry during a recognition ceremony held in the lobby of the Leu Center for the Visual Arts on Tuesday during the Academy week.


TAA Art Crawl

Featuring Three TAA Exhibitions and the Belmont Mansion

Tuesday • July 11, 2017 • 5:00–7:00 PM
Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)

Leu Center for the Visual Arts

Belmont Mansion