Pompeii Archive: Recent Photographs by William Wylie

(October 25 – December 6, 2018)

Featuring a selection of recent work by American photographer William Wylie, Pompeii Archive, explores the famous archeological site of a volcanic eruption in 79 C.E. with highly evocative images, shot with analog black and white film on a large format camera. Alongside his contemporary photographs are several by Giorgio Sommer (1834–1914), who was involved in excavation of the site in the nineteenth century.

An avid historian, Wylie began collecting Sommer’s images and researching his life and work. What intrigued the artist particularly was Sommer’s strategic use of photography to flatten the picture plane and create layered and stratified images evocative of the archeological process.

Wylie, a Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, was supported in this project by Yale University’s Doran Artist in Residency awards at the Sol and Carol LeWitt estate in Praiano, Italy, where Wylie was a resident in 2012 and 2015.

Pompeii Archive: Recent Photography by William Wylie is organized by the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University. It is brought to the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery in part through the support of the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, with additional support provided by the Department of Art and the Department of History of Art.

I AM: Middle Eastern Women Artists and the Quest to Build Peace

(August 30 – October 10, 2018)

Guest curated by Janet Rady, a specialist in Middle Eastern contemporary art, I AM features the work of thirty-one premier Middle Eastern women artists from twelve countries, visually celebrating the rich, diverse and pivotal contributions that women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace. The exhibition premiered at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan in May/June 2017, and was then showcased at London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square for July/August 2017, and premiered its US tour in Washington, DC at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center (September 5-October 22, 2017).  The Vanderbilt presentation will be one of six in North America.

I AM is organized by Caravan, a non profit that promotes dialogue, understanding, and friendship between the West and the Middle East through the belief that the arts have the potential to unite and act as a universal language. Founding President of the organization, Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, says of their mission that “In the midst of the increasing chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the Middle East and West, the arts can be one of the most effective mediums to provide new pathways of understanding which transcend borders, helping us put ourselves in the ‘other’s’ shoes.”

I AM: Middle Eastern Women Artists and the Quest to Build Peace is brought to the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery with the generous support of the Office of the Chancellor.

Joyce Tenneson – Botanical Beauty

(July 26 – August 18, 2018)

Celebrating two recent gifts by Melissa and Scott Tannen (BA ’99), Joyce Tenneson – Botanical Beauty presents two portfolios by the artist, both of which feature atmospheric, poetic photographs of flowers in high contrast with a black background. The first series, Flower Portraits, presents sepia-toned images of flowers in decay. Tenneson has adeptly captured movement, wonder, and vibrancy in them, though, as well as a sublime beauty. Intimacy, the second portfolio, features color photographs of a wide variety of flowers in a sensuous, almost ethereal, manner. These two series together encourage viewers to study the unique shapes, textures, and marks of individual flowers and, in so doing, to celebrate biodiversity and the life cycle of plants. Tenneson is a Maine-based photographer whose work has been exhibited, published, and recognized internationally.

America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

(March 23 – July 14, 2018)

Lecture and Demonstration by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Video from event on 3/24/2018

An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place on March 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Cohen Memorial Hall. Free parking is available in Lot 95, accessible from 21st Avenue South, or Lot 77, accessible from 18th and Horton Avenues.

Lecture and demonstration by the artist on March 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This event is sold out.  Unclaimed tickets will be released to the public on a first come, first serve basis at 3pm the day of the event.

Everett Raymond Kinstler, now 91 years old, is America’s foremost portrait painter. In his career, he has rendered portraits of more than 2,000 individuals—leaders in almost every professional field, including eight United States presidents. America Creative explores how the eye of an artist sees kindred souls whose life’s work is also in the arts, whether visual, musical, performing, or literary. Kinstler’s vibrant, impressionist style imbues an otherwise static medium with the energy and vitality of his sitters, enlivening their personalities for us today and telling the stories of their lives.


Spanning the years from 1952 through 2015, these portraits cover the long career of a successful artist who has truly honed his craft. They also capture a generation of creative leaders in this country. Thanks to loans from the artist and from several institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery and the National Academy Museum, the exhibition features portraits of visual artists such as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder, actors such as Katharine Hepburn and Christopher Plummer, musicians and entertainers including Tony Bennett and Marian Anderson, and authors such as Tom Wolfe and Dr. Seuss.

It comes as no surprise that Kinstler is an excellent storyteller with his paintbrush as well as his voice, and the gallery is delighted to host the artist for a demonstration and lecture during the opening weekend, on March 24, 2018, at 3 p.m.

America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler is the third in a three-part series on portraiture organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Joseph S. Mella, director, and Margaret F. M. Walker, assistant curator, with special thanks to the artist, Peggy Kinstler, and Michael Shane Neal.

The exhibition is made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Brock, Robbie and Hank Davis, Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Duncan, John and Margarita Hennessy, Mr. and Mrs. B. Frederick Horne, Mr. Michael J. Horvitz, Virginia Cretella Mars, Holly Metzger, Michael Shane Neal, Ms. Trish Savides, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Steiner, Neika Stephens, the Terra Foundation for American Art on behalf of board member Greg Williamson, Westtown Publishing, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Williams III.

Additional support has been provided by five anonymous donors, Ms. Betty C. Bellamy, Tony Bennett, Ms. Babette Bloch and Mr. Marc Mellon, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Byrnes, The Honorable Todd J. Campbell and Margaret N. Akers, Mrs. Charles Chumley, Mary Harding L. Cist, Linda Kartoz-Doochin and Michael Doochin, Dr. and Mrs. Roy C. Ezell, Dr. and Mrs. Richard D. Fewell, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Fisher, Katherine Kinstler Fuertes, Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Haynes, Ms. Barbara Hobson, Tom and Gail Molen, Patrick and Susan Conway Oliphant, The Honorable George C. Paine and Mrs. Ophelia T. Paine, Joelle and Brant Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus A. Puryear IV, Mr. and Mrs. S. Douglas Smith, Kathleen and Mickey Sparkman, and Dana Kinstler Standefer.

Press Coverage:

WNPT, Arts Break

Nashville Arts Magazine