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Out of Ideas Senior Show 2023

The Vanderbilt University Department of Art proudly presents
The 2023 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Thesis Exhibitions

The doors between the gallery spaces of Space 204 will slide open on Friday, April 14, to showcase the hard work of Vanderbilt University’s graduating studio art majors and their Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Senior Thesis exhibitions collectively showing under the title OUT OF IDEAS.

The 2023 Senior Shows will be on display to the public from Friday, April 14 until Friday, May 12, in Space 204, the contemporary exhibition space in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center.

The exhibiting student artists are Portia Jones, Ben Damir, Teal Caudle, Avery Bradley, Adam Alwan, and Won Jun Seok.

Featured Thesis Exhibitons


About the Hamblet Award

Established in 1984, the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award has changed the lives of many of the recipients as well as helped to build the studio art program at Vanderbilt. The gift allows a graduating senior, who is serious about pursuing art, to travel and have time to create. In 1984, this was a surprising gift to a department without an art major although many students did thoughtful and interesting work over the years. Receiving the Hamblet Award gave most of the students the confidence and the time to build a body of work, to pursue graduate degrees, or to develop their own art studios.

In 2005, with new facilities, additional faculty and support from the administration, Vanderbilt began to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art. The Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award became an important element in the development of our art major. The competition and the accompanying art exhibition have created a capstone experience for our seniors serving as a natural extension of a senior thesis. The gift also enriches the senior major experience throughout the entire senior year, with guest artist visits as well as an art-viewing trip to a city with a vibrant art community for all the majors.

A year and a half after graduation, the winner of the Hamblet competition returns to campus to mount a solo exhibition of the work he or she has completed during the award year. Happily, in 2002, the department was able to add a merit award as well. The Department of Art is grateful to the Hamblet family for providing such a remarkable opportunity for our students.


The 2023 Hamblet Jurors

The annual Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award Competition is juried by three artist/educators from outside the Vanderbilt University campus. Each year these jurors is given the difficult task of reviewing grant proposals, thesis exhibitions, and conducting interveiws with senior art major students who have selected to compete for the two awards. To learn more about the jurors, click on the jurors poster.



Space 204
E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center
1204 25th Avenue South
Nashville, TN
Gallery Hours: Mondays thru Fridays, 10am to 4pm

The main gallery space for the Department of Art, Space 204, is located on the second floor of the
E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center in Room 204.

Space 204 exhibits contemporary art from local and national artists as well as the annual
Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award thesis exhibitions from Vanderbilt senior major students.