Art Exhibitions

TAA Featured Exhibitions

Information and Related Activities


The Tennessee Arts Academy is proud to sponsor three on-campus visual art exhibitions in 2018.


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.

TAA PROFESSIONAL ART EXHIBITION OPENING, ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION

Monday • July 9, 2018 • 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)

 

Life in Patterns: Works of Reclamation

by Laura Petrovich-Cheney

May 21 – September 7, 2018

 

Katrina. Sandy. Harvey. Irma.

 

All the nameless, countless fires, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

 

Artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney finds meaning in these experienced devastations, as well as in the debris that litters the communities they affect. Once organized neighborhoods become barely recognizable piles of rubble haphazardly strewn during the chaos of disaster. These natural events show how we all suffer loss regardless of our color, language, or economic status. Our hearts break equally and painfully. The artist’s own story unfolded when her parents lost their home after hurricane Sandy; and subsequently, when her father lost his life while repairing that home.

 

With the debris from Sandy and other disasters, Petrovich-Cheney decided to create quilt-inspired sculptures. American quilts have a long history of offering comfort—a grandmother’s handmade quilt, Civil War soldier quilts, the AIDS quilts, Quilts of Honor—the list goes on. The artist embraces the memory that lives in the aftermath. The intimate textures of the wood, for example, with its chipped layers of paint, nail holes, grain, faded colors, and worn surfaces, tell a story and suggest a prior life. The domestic objects that once offered security become carriers of our stories, our identity. A little girl’s pink dresser decorated with kitten stickers and glitter; a kitchen cabinet that once held precious, heirloom china; and a door frame that marked a growing child’s height have a profound sense of embedded meaning. There is no insistence on static perfection. The imperfections of the material reveal an aesthetic promise found in the discarded remnants of daily life. Life in Patterns seeks to produce an element of refuge through the organization and arrangement of the chaos, reestablishing rubbish into a series of recognizable patterns.

 

About the Artist….

Laura Petrovich-Cheney is a sculptor whose work mirrors the human experience: full of transformation, second chances, reinvention, and resilience.

 

Petrovich-Cheney was born in Philadelphia, raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and currently lives in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She earned a degree in fine arts and English literature at Dickinson College, a degree in fashion design from Drexel University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Moore College of Art and Design with a degree in studio arts.

 

Her works are in several public collections, including the new PNC Tower and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the MD Anderson Cooper Hospital Cancer Care Center in Camden, New Jersey; the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation in Jersey City, New Jersey; and the Abington Art Center Sculpture Park in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

 

Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Past venues include A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware; the James Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; and others. She is a currently a signature artist at Noyes Museum in Oceanville, New Jersey; a New York artist member of A.I.R. Gallery; and an active member of the New York Sculptors Guild in Brooklyn.

 

In 2013, Petrovich-Cheney launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for a residency to the Arctic Circle. In 2015, she was awarded a residency grant to the Vermont Studio Center. She has also received grants or awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Clark Huling Arts Fund for Visual Artists, the National Art Education Association, the Council for Art Education, the National Academy of Art, and the New Jersey State Department of Education. Since 2009, she has kept a blog on her art practice and writes reviews of art exhibitions in the tri-state area. When she is not teaching or making art, Petrovich-Cheney maintains several native flower gardens and a small orchard that sustains her colonies of honeybees.

 

Artist Talk with Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Monday • July 9, 2018 • 5:15 PM

Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library)

 

Life in Patterns: Works of Reclamation by Laura Petrovich-Cheney 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 10 • 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 25–August 10, 2018

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 25–August 10, 2018

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 10 • 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.

 

Life in Patterns: Works of Reclamation

by Laura Petrovich-Cheney

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 10 • 6:00 PM

Leu Center for the Visual Arts