Visual Art and Filmmaking

 
Chairperson – John Ashworth
ashworth@mtsu.edu

2020 Governor’s School Visual Arts Gallery

 

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

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

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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

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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.    

Charles Clary

Painting

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

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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.

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

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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

 

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

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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.

Dr. Joni M. Hand

Dr. Joni M. Hand is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Southeast Missouri State University. She holds a BA

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Dr. Joni M. Hand

Dr. Joni M. Hand is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Southeast Missouri State University. She holds a BA in graphic design from Kent State University, a MA in painting from Bradley University, a MA in art history from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research concerns late medieval manuscripts in Northern Europe and female patronage. She is author of the books Bound for the Midwest: Medieval and Early Modern Religious Manuscripts in the Charles Luce Harrison Collection, Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2017) and Women, Manuscripts, and Identity in Northern Europe, 1350-1550 (Ashgate, 2013).

Dr. Hand is also a practicing artist working in mixed media, oils, and graphite. Her current work explores physical and metaphysical journeys. She leads the viewer on these pilgrimages through the objects, images, or drawings she incorporates into each piece. The destination of each trip is different for each viewer and for each time the work is viewed. She lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri with her husband Kevin, their dogs Grady and Gracie, and cats Grill and Grizzle.

Christina Humble

Drawing and Printmaking

Christina Humble received her MFA in Studio Art at American University in Washington, DC. She has a BFA in Painting

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Christina Humble

Drawing and Printmaking

Christina Humble received her MFA in Studio Art at American University in Washington, DC. She has a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Youngstown State University. Christina is an interdisciplinary artist who works in drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. The themes of her work are often based on self reflection and personal observations that she re-conveys into broader ideas about society. She's worked and shown nationally and internationally. She participated in an artist residency in Berlin, Germany through Glougair Studios, as well as a Study Abroad in Venice, Italy focusing on etching and art history. When she's not in the studio she spends time with her three cats whom are often featured in her work. Currently, Christina is an instructor of Drawing and Printmaking at Adrian College in Michigan.

Alexandra Giannell

Painting

Alexandra Giannell holds a MFA in Painting from Clemson University with six years of university-level teaching experience, most recently at

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Alexandra Giannell

Painting

Alexandra Giannell holds a MFA in Painting from Clemson University with six years of university-level teaching experience, most recently at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Auburn University, and the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. Giannell's personal research engages the intersection of haptic mark-making and the phenomenological study of somatics, exploring collaborative and ritual-based processes functioning within abstraction, referencing bodily relations within architecture and the landscape. Incorporating these methods into the classroom, Giannell promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and conceptual development in her student work. 

Ross Mazzupappa

Printmaking and Photography

Ross Mazzupappa is the Instructor of Printmaking and Photography at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. He holds

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Ross Mazzupappa

Printmaking and Photography

Ross Mazzupappa is the Instructor of Printmaking and Photography at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. He holds a MFA and MA from the University of Iowa in printmaking with a minor emphasis in photography, and BFA from Youngstown State University in printmaking/painting. Ross is well versed and practices all major forms of printmaking but specializes in lithography, monoprint, historic/alternative photo printing, and new technologies/digital hybrid processes. Ross’s artistic practice deals with themes of socio-economic and ecological issues concerning the Rust Belt region of the US. As well as social implication of technology, labor, and utility of spaces. His work fluidly moves through multiple print processes that intersect between drawings, digital, photo, and the multiple.

 

 

 

 

Christina Ashworth

Painting

My desire in painting is to capture the affect the natural world has on me. Its capacity to draw me

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Christina Ashworth

Painting

My desire in painting is to capture the affect the natural world has on me. Its capacity to draw me in to itself. It reminds me that, however lost, isolated and lonely we might feel in the rush and dissonance of modern life, we are always on a deep level connected. Getting lost in nature reminds me that where ever we are we are truly at home in the web of life.

Gathered in by the reaching arms of a tree, or through the sleek curve of a cat’s back or up into the beauty of a winter sky. They are inspired by walks through the green spaces of Liverpool.

They are in part a dream of the future for a planet which has healed itself. A place where familiar landscapes are devoid of people, buildings walls, railings and human artefacts so that all that is left is the sky, the trees and the beauty of a world in harmony with, and at peace with, itself.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things’. Mary Oliver

 

Ashton Ludden

printmaker, educator and sign artist

Ashton Ludden is a printmaker, educator and sign artist.

Her prints explore our relationship with other living creatures as we

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Ashton Ludden

printmaker, educator and sign artist

Ashton Ludden is a printmaker, educator and sign artist.

Her prints explore our relationship with other living creatures as we become further removed from the natural world. As she researches human impact on endangered animals, Ludden develops images of wildlife coping with humans’ influence on their livelihood. She makes use of multiple printmaking processes, such as hand-engraving on copper and monotype, to link the fragile existence of each animal to a subtle pattern of its threat, such as plastic pollution or logging. Collectively, Ludden’s prints are alert to the wild around us and consider our everyday actions that affect it directly or indirectly. Her work aims to evoke a renewal of attentiveness, conversation, and respect for other living beings.

Currently, she is developing a body of work focusing on issues closer to home in the East Tennessee region. The first print in this series is of the North Carolina Flying Squirrel, which is losing its habitat due to the invasive woolly adelgids attacking the Eastern Hemlocks. Ludden is interested in the ramifications of invasive species in our own backyard, such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ashton Ludden received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee in 2013 and her BFA in Engraving Arts and Printmaking from Emporia State University in 2009. Ludden’s prints have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally as well as at animal education and welfare conferences. She teaches printmaking and bookmaking workshops regionally and nationally.

Currently, Ludden is an artist member of the Vacuum Shop Studios Collaborative (vacuumshopstudios.wordpress.com) and the head sign artist for Trader Joe’s in Knoxville, TN.

Instagram: @ashton_ludden

Kristine Potter

Photography

Kristine Potter is an artist based in Nashville, Tennessee, whose work explores masculine archetypes, the American landscape, and cultural tendencies

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Kristine Potter

Photography

Kristine Potter is an artist based in Nashville, Tennessee, whose work explores masculine archetypes, the American landscape, and cultural tendencies toward mythologizing the past. Her previous work has focused on young male military cadets (“The Gray Line”) and the relentless danger of the American west (“Manifest”). Both of these series reframe the mythology of indomitable men and explore the bleed between human violence and natural threat. In her current body of work, “Dark Waters,” Potter uses film, image, and sound to depict threatening waters and the people around them. This work investigates a feedback loop between nature and myth: how a threatening landscape primes a culture for violence, and a violent culture projects threat onto a landscape. Potter was awarded a MFA in photography from Yale University in 2005. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and the current awardee of the Grand Prix Image Vevey. Her first monograph, Manifest, was published by TBW Books in 2018.

 

Dance

Dance

Governor’s School students learn that dance is inherent to our heritage and world and that of others around us. Students are encouraged to perceive, evaluate, and understand dance as a conveyor of culture.

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Filmmaking

Filmmaking

Filmmaking students are introduced to both the theory and technical aspects of filmmaking. Through lectures, films and hand-on experiences, students will learn the three aspects of filmmaking: pre-production, production, and post-production.

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Instrumental Program

Instrumental Program

The School for the Arts provides educational instruction for students skilled in strings, wind ensemble, piano, and both choral and opera technique..

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Vocal Music

Vocal Music

The School for the Arts provides educational instruction for students skilled in strings, wind ensemble, piano, and both choral and opera technique..

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Theatre

Theatre

The theater school is a program of dedicated and focused study in all areas of theatrical studies, with an emphasis on the process of creating live theatre.

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