National Arts Program exhibit at One Hundred Oaks is a showcase of Vanderbilt talent

by Wayne Wood

You owe it to yourself to drop by the art exhibit at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks to see the National Arts Program’s Third Annual Exhibit and Competition.

I was there one recent afternoon and spent much more time than I had anticipated walking through the exhibit, enjoying the creativity and talent of the artists, all of whom are Vanderbilt employees or family members.

There are categories for children, teens, and amateur, intermediate and professional artists, and there were prizes given in each category (I’ll include a list at the end here, so you can congratulate the winners you know).

The best in show this year was won by Amina Trotter-Lockett, the 12-year-old daughter of my friend Midori Lockett. Amina’s work is a wonderful mixed-media abstract called “A Burst of Excitement,” and I can tell you that a burst of excitement is exactly what her daughter’s success did for Midori, who works in Human Resource Services. I saw the proud mom a day or two after the winners were announced, and she still couldn’t stop smiling while she was telling me about Amina’s success, which had me smiling, too.

She told me that last year Amina had one of her pieces selected for the Mayor’s Arts Program Exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, so this talented young lady is clearly on a roll.

The thing I liked best about “A Burst of Excitement” is that one of the media used in the abstract is coffee. She painted with coffee!

“The employees and their families are incredibly grateful for the opportunity and it is clearly one of our most popular exhibits,” said Jenny Lewis, program coordinator for VUMC Arts, which coordinates the exhibit with the National Arts Program.

Lewis added that many of the pieces on display are for sale, so if you are walking through the exhibit and see an artwork that want for your house or as a gift, you should call Lewis at 936-1234, and she can put you in touch with the artist.

The show was judged by:

  • Roger Clayton a local artist who has had shows in Japan as well as in the U.S., and who has work in our Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
  • Jennifer Cole, the Executive Director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
  • Miriam Bharkati of the Watkins School of Art, Design and Film.

Of course, one of the great things about attending an art show is you get to be your own judge.

One of my favorites, in addition to Amina’s work, is one titled “Tranquility on the Devil’s Stream, Prague,” painted by Bharati Kakkad of Clinical Pharmacology. While I was focusing on the orderly houses along the water (The Devil’s Stream is a short canal across the river from the Old Town in Prague), I almost missed the people dining at a table in the lower right hand corner of the canvas. And they would have hated that, because they all look like sunglasses-clad hipsters. Not the kind of folks to take kindly to being shoved to the corner of the frame, but there they were.

Another one I liked a lot was a photograph by Bridgett Trivette, an employee family member, titled “Blushing Angel,” which won first place in the Amateur category. At first look it was nothing special: a picture of an adolescent girl with a smile on her face. But the angle of the picture—looking down so that her closed eyes and impossibly long, beautiful eyelashes are emphasized—and the wisp of hair across her face all highlighted by that mysterious smile had me wondering what this smiling girl’s story was. It became more of a mystery the longer I looked at it.

Trina Adkins works at the front desk at Vanderbilt Heart right around the corner from the exhibit. She said that it’s a great thing to have such beautiful art right in her workplace.

“I go down there during break and look at them,” she said. “Sometimes patients comment on how they like the art or the pictures, too.”

Even those of us who don’t work at One Hundred Oaks should make time to go by. The exhibit is there through Jan. 3.

Art show winners

  • Best of Show award winner Amina Trotter Locker, daughter of Senior Events Manager, Midori Lockett with her work, "A Burst of Excitement."

    Best of Show:  Amina Trotter Locker, A Burst of Excitement

  • Professional:

  • 1st place- WJ Cunningham, Angel in Yellow
  • 2nd place- Barry Noland, Symphony
  • 3rd place- William Arthur, Comes the Morning
  • Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Georgescu, System of Interdependent Terms and Mary Gwen Bowen, Scottish Castles

  • Intermediate:

  • 1st place- Jessamyn Davis, Saharan Ruler
  • 2nd place- Katelyn Abernathy, Untitled
  • 3rd place- Judit Pap, Foret Mystique
  • Honorable Mentions: Tiberiu Chelcea, Bucket Fill (Violet) and Onika Lowry, Gray Fox, San Juan Island, WA

  • Amateur:

  • 1st place- Bridgett Trivette, Blushing Angel
  • 2nd place- Karin Sack, Eleutherian Mills, Washington, Delaware
  • 3rd place- Lucas Bowers, Self Reflection

  • Teen:

  • 1st place- Ruby Blackman, Untitled
  • 2nd place- Amanda Acevedo, Bows
  • 3rd place- Danielle Long, Wild
  • Honorable Mentions:  Zane Smith, Petra and Sage Loh, A Secret Garden

  • Youth:

  • 1st place- Shannon Long, Pixie in the Spring
  • 2nd place- Christine Sylvester, Sweetie the Dog
  • 3rd place- Trudy Zou, Boat Pier
  • Honorable Mentions: Caleb Brandes, Vase with Flowers; Emily Boeing, Emily’s Study of Klimt’s Tree of Life;  Zoe Kendell, For Real; Lu Zeng, The Youngest Pilot of All; Lydia Brandes, Lilia; Kyra Kendall, A Little Color


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