Art Exhibitions

TAA Featured Exhibitions

Information and Related Activities


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


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 Frederick Hart Studio Museum as well as the 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 2022.


TAA PROFESSIONAL ART EXHIBITION OPENING, ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION

Under the Rainbow
by Beth Edwards
July 11 - August 5, 2022
Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)

About the Artist

Beth Edwards was born in Alabama and lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee. She received degrees from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and from Indiana University. Edwards has had an active thirty year career in painting, exhibiting, and teaching. She taught painting at the University of Memphis for twenty-one years and is the recipient of many awards, grants, commissions, and residencies. Recent awards and honors include the Distinguished Research Award and the Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts Award from the University of Memphis, and the Arts Accelerator Grant and the Emmett O-Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration from the organization ArtsMemphis.  In 2013, Edwards was awarded a commission from the city of Memphis for her Willow Park mural and was also named artist for Memphis in May honoring Sweden. Edwards has participated in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, museums, institutions, and organizations across the United States, including the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama; the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis; the Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago; the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock; Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi; and the San Francisco International Fine Arts Exposition. She is represented by the David Lusk Gallery.


Artist Statement
My paintings are composed of small sections of the natural world represented at a magnified scale. They are usually complicated images and are slow to make. Each piece is a record of a steady, meditative painting process—hopefully imbuing the traditional subject of flowers with what the art historian, Norman Bryson termed a “meticulous particularity.” I seek to make something that is commonplace—a  flower blossom—both resonate and endure. Because of the life cycle metaphorically embedded in their representation, the flowers are vanitas images symbolizing the fleetingness of life. However, because of their exuberant color and beauty, they are also meant to communicate joy. I hope this work provides a connection to and awareness of the natural world’s vitality and vulnerability. 

 

Visually, my paintings can be approached similar to how a person might look at a medieval manuscript or tapestry. The flowers and foliage are constructed out of myriad shapes that are intricately patterned and interwoven. I work to make all the elements contribute equally, including the more abstracted background shapes and spaces that play a peripheral role in the composition. Although as images they vary in their verisimilitude, each aspect of the flowers, foliage, and negative space is invested with the same degree of involvement. The way in which they are paintings first and believable images second is critical to my artistic concerns.

Under the Rainbow
by Beth Edwards

Opening Reception
Monday • July 11, 2022 • 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)


Under the Rainbow

by Beth Edwards

Artist Talk

Monday • July 11, 2022 • 5:15 PM

Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)


Under the Rainbow by Beth Edwards is co-sponsored by Watkins College of Art at Belmont University and the Tennessee Arts Academy with additional funding made possible by a generous gift from the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation..


TAA STUDENT AND TEACHER ART EXHIBITIONS, ART CRAWL,  OPENINGS, AND RECEPTION
Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition

Connections: Tennessee Art Education Association Member Exhibition
Opening Reception

Tuesday • July 12, 2022 • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition
July 4 - August 5, 2022
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

July 4 - August 5, 2022

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 is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Academy and the Tennessee Arts Education Association and is presented in partnership with the Watkins College of Art at Belmont University.

Connections: Tennessee Art Education Association Member Exhibition is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Art Education Association and the Tennessee Arts Academy and is presented in partnership with the Watkins College of Art at Belmont University.

Special thanks to Jim Dodson, the TAA Best of the Best coordinator and the founder and creator of the
Best of the Best and Connections exhibitions.


TAA ART CRAWL AND RECEPTIONS

Tuesday • July 12, 2022 • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Leu Center for the Visual Arts, Leu Art Gallery, Belmont Mansion, Frederick Hart Studio Museum and the GIG Museum

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.

Frederick Hart Studio Museum

Gallery of Iconic Guitars Museum
Lila D. Bunch Library, First Floor
Participants are invited to view the Frederick Hart Studio Museum and the Gallery of Iconic Guitars (GIG) Museum as part of the TAA Art Crawl. Both are located on the first floor of the Lila D. Bunch Library.

Under the Rainbow

by Beth Edwards

Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)

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 12, 2022 • 6:00 PM
Leu Center for the Visual Arts