Art Exhibitions

TAA Featured Exhibitions

Information and Related Activities


The Tennessee Arts Academy is proud to sponsor three on-campus visual art exhibitions in 2019.


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 visual art activities will occur including an art crawl featuring all three TAA art exhibitions; Belmont Mansion tours that include high tea, refreshments and hammered dulcimer music provided by Susan Ramsay; complimentary access to Belmont’s new Gallery of Iconic Guitars (The GIG) Museum; and a Student and Teacher Artist Recognition Ceremony and reception. The exhibitions and receptions are co-sponsored with Tennessee Art Education Association.


All activities are located on the Belmont campus.


Please check back regularly as we update information on all of the art exhibitions planned for 2019.



TAA PROFESSIONAL ART EXHIBITION OPENING, ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION


Monday • July 15, 2019 • 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)

 

My Blue Heaven

by Susan Bee

May 20 – September 6, 2019

 

Artist Susan Bee is a painter of scenes and screens. She borrows vignettes from life and creates dramatic images that are inspired by peak moments of imagined narratives. She is interested in the emotional forces that pulse through her canvases. Sometimes, they are represented as idyllic reveries of seashore and waves—such as the depiction of a small boat on the water suggesting a romantic image of the self and psyche tossed by the fates. At other times, they may take the form of a colorful still life of fruits and flowers. The richness of Bee’s imagery—an eclectic potpourri of collaged and appropriated figures and forms—combines iconography that is both invented and observed.


The blend of remade and remembered is so strong that viewers may even recognize images in these canvases; this is because they are familiar by association. Bee’s works are both homage and confrontation: they are in dialogue with, and borrow motifs from, Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Marsden Hartley, Chaim Soutine, Casper David Friedrich, and other visionaries of the romantic and the sublime. Susan Bee’s compositions also speak vividly across their range of references, which include movie stills and canonical paintings, pop culture images of fantasy and diary, and reportage and wide-screen drama.

 

About the Artist….


Susan Bee is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. During her career, her work has been exhibited widely. Her exhibitions include eight solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery, as well as solo shows at Southfirst Gallery and Accola Griefen Gallery in New York. She has also had solo shows at Columbia University, Kenyon College, the University of Pennsylvania, William Paterson College, the New York Public Library, and Virginia Lust Gallery. Her work has been included in numerous group shows as well.

Bee has published sixteen artist’s books. These include collaborations with the poets Charles Bernstein, Johanna Drucker, Susan Howe, and Jerome Rothenberg. Bee is the coeditor with Mira Schor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artist’s Writings, Theory, and Criticism and the coeditor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. Both her artist’s book archive and the M/E/A/N/I/N/G Archive are at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.


Bee’s artwork is part of many public and private collections including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, Getty Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtNews, The Brooklyn Rail, Artcritical, ArtSlant, The Forward, Huffington Post, Art Papers, and Hyperallergic. In 2014, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts. She has also been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Bee has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Visual Arts, and the Pratt Institute.

 

Artist Talk with Susan Bee


Monday • July 15, 2019 • 5:15 PM

Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)

 

My Blue Heaven by Susan Bee is co-sponsored by the Belmont University Department of Art and is made possible by generous gifts from the Belmont University Department of Art, Solie Fott, and the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation.

 

TAA STUDENT AND TEACHER ART EXHIBITION OPENINGS AND RECEPTION


Tuesday • July 16 • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Leu Center for the Visual Arts, Leu Art Gallery,

Belmont Mansion, and GIG Museum (Lila D. Bunch Library)


Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition


June 24–August 9, 2019

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


June 24–August 9, 2019

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.

 

Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition and Connections: Tennessee Art Education Association Member Exhibition are co-sponsored by the Tennessee Art Education Association.

 

TAA ART CRAWL


Tuesday • July 16 • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Leu Center for the Visual Arts, Leu Art Gallery, Belmont Mansion, and GIG Museum (Lila D. Bunch Library)

Participants are invited to tour the Belmont Mansion and visit the following exhibits and museum during the TAA Art Crawl:

 

High Tea in the Mansion


Belmont Mansion

As part of the TAA Art Crawl, participants are invited on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. for a tour of the historic Belmont Mansion. The event features Susan Ramsay playing hammered dulcimer. Light refreshments will be served.

Gallery of Iconic Guitars Museum


Lila D. Bunch Library, First Floor

Participants are invited to the new Gallery of Iconic Guitars Museum as part of the TAA Art Crawl.

 

My Blue Heaven


by Susan Bee

Leu Art Gallery

 

Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition


Leu Center for the Visual Arts

Gallery 121

 

Connections: Tennessee Art Education Association Member Exhibition


Leu Center for the Visual Arts

Lobby Gallery

 

STUDENT AND TEACHER ARTIST RECOGNITION CEREMONY AND RECEPTION


Tuesday • July 16 • 6:00 PM

Leu Center for the Visual Arts