Tennessee’s Young Visual Artists

Visual Art in Tennessee’s schools should seek to:

  • Provide an understanding of the ways mankind has expressed ideas and recorded experiences through the medium of visual art.
  • Provide a means of communicating ideas, feelings and beliefs.
  • Promote human understanding, achievement and self-development through the study of visual art.
  • Equip students to be knowledgeable of the influence of visual art in daily life.
  • Facilitate the development of technical skills in the production of a work of art.
  • Acquaint students with career opportunities in visual art.
  • Facilitate the development of aesthetic awareness of natural and man-made environments.
  • Equip students to analyze, criticize, interpret, and evaluate the components of a work of art.
  • Encourage quality craftsmanship.

Visual Art Chair

John Ashworth John Ashworth is the Visual Arts Chairman for the Governor’s School for the Arts. In past years, he has taught Graphic Design and Computer Art in the program and was the Visual Arts Production Coordinator before becoming the chairman. Currently the computer art instructor in Middle Tennessee State University’s art department, he brings a unique fine arts studio perspective to the use of computer technology in the visual arts. Having taught gifted students on secondary and college levels offers Mr. Ashworth a wide perspective on expectations and approaches for working with the talented students in the Governor’s School program. Mr. Ashworth’s experiences as a producing artist include solo exhibitions, commissioned paintings, portraiture, graphic design and illustration.  

Visual Art Production Coordinator

Rodger Murray retired in 2006 from teaching visual art in Tennessee public schools for 33 years. He taught at Franklin County High School, Winchester, Tennessee, for 12 years and at Tullahoma High School, Tullahoma, Tennessee, for 21 years. During his high school teaching career Mr. Murray was chosen by his peers as ‘Teacher of the Year’ five times. He is an adjunct ‘Art Education’ teacher at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, and Cumberland University in Lebanon. Ever since the Governor School curriculum added visual art in 1986, he has been part of the faculty, either as a teacher or on staff. In his free time, Mr. Murray sings with a community chorus in Nashville and works at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as an usher. He holds a B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a M.Ed. degree from Tennessee State University.


Visual Art Faculty

Michelle Corvette

Painting

Dr. Michelle Corvette has been teaching with the Governor’s School for the Arts program for over ten years.... read more

Michelle Corvette

Painting

Dr. Michelle Corvette has been teaching with the Governor’s School for the Arts program for over ten years. She is a prolific artist dividing her time between Nashville, Paris, and London. Her second Ph.D. from the University of London, Goldsmiths College in Visual Arts Research focused on the utilization and legality of colour in public spaces, whilst her first Ph.D. from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Educational Psychology centered on empirical creativity research in higher education. Her MFA degree from New York University (NYU) was an Interdisciplinary Studio Art major and an Art Theory and Criticism minor.

She received her BFA, Summa Cum Laude, with double majors in Painting and Drawing and double minors in Art History and Cinematography from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through painting, interventions, installations, and performances. Her artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in group and solo shows including the Frist Center for the Arts, Swan Coach House Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery, and Vanderbilt University Club Gallery.

She has won numerous awards including an Individual Artists Fellowship Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Outstanding Professional Promise Award from the University of Tennessee, as well as being selected for the Hambidge Center Creative Residency Program. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Belmont University where she is teaches all levels of Painting and Principles of Color.

Meghan O’Connor

Printmaking

Meghan O’Connor received her BFA in printmaking from East Tennessee State University in 2003, and her MFA from Clemson University... read more

Meghan O’Connor

Printmaking

Meghan O’Connor received her BFA in printmaking from East Tennessee State University in 2003, and her MFA from Clemson University in 2007. Since 2005, Meghan has been an active member of Southern Graphics Council, where she has organized and participated in international exhibitions and portfolio exchanges. She has assisted over 30 artists at Frogman’s Print & Paper Workshop in Vermillion, SD. Meghan enjoys spending long hours in the printmaking studio getting her hands dirty, listening to loud, fast music, and collaborating with others. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University, just outside Nashville, TN, where she teaches foundations and printmaking courses.  

 

Thomas Sturgill

Sculpture

Thomas Sturgill was born is Pound, Virginia a small coal town far past its prime. He received a BFA in... read more

Thomas Sturgill

Sculpture

Thomas Sturgill was born is Pound, Virginia a small coal town far past its prime. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee and an interdisciplinary MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Most of Sturgill’s work is part of a two-person art collaborative named Pulled Resources, which focuses on the creation of large-scale projects with limited budgets and short timescales. He is an Assistant Professor at MTSU, teaching Foundations and Sculpture classes.    

Armon Means

Photography

Armon A. Means is an Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Photography at Kansas State University. He received his BFA... read more

Armon Means

Photography

Armon A. Means is an Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Photography at Kansas State University. He received his BFA in Photography from The Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio and an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has also studied at Lacoste School of the Arts located in Lacoste, France, and The School of the Arts in Budapest, Hungary. In the fall of 2011 he will be taking a teaching position as Assistant Professor of Photography at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Means has been an exhibiting fine art photographer and educator since 2003.

He has taught at The Cleveland Institute of Art, Watkins College of Art, Nashville State Community College, Volunteer State Community College and Belmont University. Areas of instruction include all levels of photography, alternative process techniques, history of photography and art survey / appreciation. He has also exhibited widely in group exhibitions in France, Hungary and numerous Eastern and Midwestern states, where he has also been active as a visiting artist at multiple venues. His work centers on ideas of cultural concerns, minority identity and environmental influences and is represented in multiple collections across the United States and Germany.

Charles Clary

Painting

Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee... read more

Charles Clary

Painting

Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has had solo exhibitions at Nancy Margolis Gallery in NYC, The Rymer Gallery in Nashville, TN, and Galerie EVOLUTION-Pierre Cardin in Paris, France. He completed a three week residency in Lacoste France, completed a painting assistantship with Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn NYC, and had work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan. As of 2013 Charles had been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including, WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hifructose.com, Beautifuldecay.com and Bluecanavs Magazine.

He has also been featured in publications including “Papercraft 2” published by Gestalten and “PUSH Paper” published by Lark Books, “Paper Art” published by ArtPower International Publishing, and “Paper Works” published by Sandu Publishing as well as 500 Paper Objects published by Lark Books. Charles has lectured nationally and exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in numerous solo and group shows, is represented by The Rymer Galery in Nashville, TN, the Diana Lowenstein Gallery in Miami, FL, the Kenise Barnes Gallery in Larchmont, NY and currently lives and works in Murfreesboro, TN.

Jacob Muldowney

Orientation to Art

Jacob Muldowney is an Assistant Professor of Art at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina where he teaches classes in... read more

Jacob Muldowney

Orientation to Art

Jacob Muldowney is an Assistant Professor of Art at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina where he teaches classes in painting, drawing, and printmaking. Mr. Muldowney received his BFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, and his MFA in visual art from Washington University in St. Louis, in St. Louis. Mr. Muldowney has an extensive exhibition record, both domestically and internationally, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Robert A. Ricker Memorial Landscape Prize, the James P. Bonneli Jr. Prize, the Lois and Charles X. Carlson Landscape Painting Residency, and the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award.

Dawn Martin Dickins

Drawing

Dawn Martin Dickins is a drawing/installation artist originally from a small farming community in Georgia. Dawn loves the performative nature... read more

Dawn Martin Dickins

Drawing

Dawn Martin Dickins is a drawing/installation artist originally from a small farming community in Georgia. Dawn loves the performative nature of drawing large scale in public spaces, which allows the viewer to experience the evolution of the drawing. Her goal is not to create permanent art works, but to create experiences. Dawn earned a BFA from Georgia Southern University and an MFA at the University of South Carolina. She currently lives in Clarksville and teaches as a full-time instructor at Middle Tennessee State University in the Foundations Department.

www.dawnmartindickins.com

Rocky Horton

multi-disciplinary artist

Rocky Horton received his undergraduate education at Harding University in Searcy Arkansas. He received an M.F.A. in studio art from... read more

Rocky Horton

multi-disciplinary artist

Rocky Horton received his undergraduate education at Harding University in Searcy Arkansas. He received an M.F.A. in studio art from West Virginia University in December of 2003.  Since that time he has served as a Professor of Art at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.  Rocky Horton is a conceptually based multi-disciplinary artist whose spans painting, sculpture, video, and performance. He has taught a variety of courses from foundations to upper-level studio courses, art theory, and art history.  He was the recipient of the SECAC juror’s award in 2013, Greensboro, NC.  He has published in the SECAC review, presented and chaired sessions, and acted as a mentor at SECAC and FATE conferences.  He is an active founding member of COOP, a curatorial collective in Nashville, established in 2010.   http://www.rockyhorton.com

Patrick DeGuira

Design as Art/Art as Design

Patrick DeGuira (born 1972) lives and works in Nashville, TN. He has exhibited his work at the Frist Center for... read more

Patrick DeGuira

Design as Art/Art as Design

Patrick DeGuira (born 1972) lives and works in Nashville, TN. He has exhibited his work at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Brooks Museum of Art, Hunter Museum of Art, Cheekwood Museum of Art, as well as numerous commercial, non profit, University galleries, and is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery. In addition to his exhibition career, he has worked as a Museum Exhibit Designer, educator, and curator. He has co-curated video exhibitions through Fugitive Projects, which has held exhibitions worldwide; including such venues as La Maison Laurentine (France), MVMA Fest 2010 (Marfa), Emmedia (Calgary),Version 10 Festival Screening (Chicago), Banff Center, and the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (Ireland).

His work has been reviewed and featured in numerous publications, including The Oxford American, New American Paintings, Art Papers, Number, and Art Daily, and he is a recipient of a Tennessee Independent Artist Fellowship Grant and multiple Tennessee Professional Development Support Grants. DeGuira received a BFA from Memphis College of Art (1994) and is currently completing his Master of Fine Arts at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Matthew Hopson-Walker

Printmaking

Born and raised in Fresno California, Matthew Hopson-Walker (proud owner of a very large rabbit) grew up reading comic books... read more

Matthew Hopson-Walker

Printmaking

Born and raised in Fresno California, Matthew Hopson-Walker (proud owner of a very large rabbit) grew up reading comic books and dystopian science fiction novels. During a formative age he was exposed to movies such as Mad Max, Total Recall, Escape From New York, Blade Runner, and The Omega Man and many themes with in them show up in his work. After working as a janitor for several years matriculated to the Kansas City Art Institute and received his BFA in Printmaking in1998.

After several years of playing in a heavy metal band and working at various liquor stores and bars he then received his MA in 2002 followed by his MFA in 2003 both from the University of Iowa. In 2006 He was recipient of the James Phelan Award in Printmaking for given through the KALA Institute. Matthew Hopson-Walker is currently teaching printmaking and drawing at University of South Alabama. He has been included in over 100 juried and group exhibitions since 2006.

His work is in the collections of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, the University of North Dakota Art Collections in Grand Forks North Dakota, the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge Connecticut, the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte California, the Drawing and Print Collection at The University of Iowa Museum Of Art, and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo Japan. 

Blake Sanders

art and printmaking

     Blake Sanders earned his BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and an MFA from Tulane University. He... read more

Blake Sanders

art and printmaking

     Blake Sanders earned his BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and an MFA from Tulane University. He has taught art and printmaking at universities, as well as workshops at colleges and community-based art organizations around the country. Blake is currently an instructor at Southeast Missouri State University. Sanders’ work has been part of over eighty national and international shows. Recent exhibitions include the 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Printwork 2014 at Artist Image Resource in Pittsburgh, and The Bowery Gallery Annual Juried Competition in New York. Blake is one half of Orange Barrel Industries, a printmaking and curatorial partnership, along with his wife Hannah. His work supports stewardship by illustrating a bond between people and the natural world. 

Hannah March Sanders

Printmaking

Hannah March Sanders received her BFA at Tulane University and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University. Along with... read more

Hannah March Sanders

Printmaking

Hannah March Sanders received her BFA at Tulane University and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University. Along with her husband, Blake, Hannah operates http://orangebarrelindustries.com/, an artist collaborative that organizes portfolio exchanges, exhibitions and other art events. In recent years, Hannah has exhibited work across the globe at the Printmaking in Graafika Festival in Estonia; The Shed in Galway, Ireland; Global Vision at Kyoto Seika University in Japan; New Narratives at the International Print Center New York; and 30 Years of LSU Printmaking at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

She is currently an Assistant Professor of art at Southeast Missouri State Univeristy in Cape Girardeau, where she teaches printmaking and drawing.

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