Paige Ellens is a senior at the University of Memphis and a multimedia artist living in Memphis, Tennessee. She has recently completed her first artist residency at Brickscape in West Virginia. Ellens has exhibited throughout the Mid South in exhibitions such as Art of Science and Best of Memphis. Her work has been shown across Tennessee at the Memphis College of Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Marshall Arts and Crosstown Arts.
Jodi Hays is a Nashville-based artist and curator. She has exhibited her work at galleries and museums across the United States including Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brooks Museum of Art, Wiregrass Museum of Art, the Cooper Union and Boston Center for the Arts. Her work can be found in important public and private collections including J. Crew Company, the Tennessee State Museum and Music City Center. Her work is documented in seven exhibition catalogues, and has been positively reviewed in publications such as Number Inc., Burnaway and Sharon Butler’s Two Coats of Paint.
She is a recipient of several awards including from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Hays holds a BFA (with Honors) from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Art. Residencies include the Cooper Union, National Parks of America and Vermont Studio Center. Her practice includes co-founding Dadu and COOP Gallery and facilitating MFA at Watkins College of Art. Her work is represented by Red Arrow Gallery (TN) and Show and Tell (SC).
Photo credit Sam Angel @paperselfs
Shaun Giles – Art of the South Coordinator
Shaun Giles holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art and a master’s in education. He is currently the educator for community engagement at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts where he has been since 2005. He is responsible for overseeing relationships with and providing educational opportunities for over seventy community partner organizations as well as developing resources and training opportunities for middle Tennessee school teachers.
Vanessa Gonzalez H. is a printmaker that uses a lot of mix media in her art work. Raised in Leon Mexico, currently living in Memphis TN. Gonzalez was always exposed to Latino art and culture, which inspired her to become passionate to the rich cultural traditions. Vanessa is currently living in Memphis TN, were she earned her Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Memphis College of Art and is a Elementary School Art teacher at a charter school. Vanessa’s work has being exhibited not only in the United States but also international as well as Mexico, Australia and Germany.
Ashif Jahan is a Construction Administrator at A2H. A lifelong artist. He works with abstract oil, oil pastels and digital medium. He has a BA from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Memphis. He is also serving on the board of Artist’s Link of Memphis.
Shelley Lyles Madison – Treasurer
Shelley Lyles Madison is a native of Flint, Michigan. She moved from Winston-Salem, NC to the Memphis Metropolitan area nearly 20 years ago. Shelley is a long-time patron of Memphis art and artists. She has served as Director of Finance with Urban Art Commission and board member of the Brooks Museum League. Shelley is also co-founder of Collective Memphis and is Senior Etiquette Consultant with The Lyles Group.
Katie Maish – Editor
Katie Maish is a visual artist and educator from Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a BS in Biology from Rhodes College, an MFA in Photography from the University of Memphis and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Memphis. Katie currently lives and works in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Lacy Mitcham – Secretary
Lacy Mitcham is an artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, secondarily in printmaking and painting. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Louisiana Monroe and her Masters of Fine Arts from University of Memphis. She is currently an instructor at University of Memphis and is involved with the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
Michael Mitchell – Young Art Writers Project
Mike Mitchell is an artist who educates at Father Ryan High School. He makes art under the moniker mikewindy (all lowercase and conjoined) as a love note to his beautiful bride of 21 years. Cowboy Concept Y’all is a figment of his imagination and a folk-art critic that creates music and has a youtube channel about artists in Nashville and beyond. Even though he is too old he still skateboards with his 10-year-old son.
Christen Parker is from Monroe, Louisiana, where she received her BFA in Painting and Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 2013. Following her undergraduate degree she became interested in translating her work into three-dimensional pieces. She received her MFA in Sculpture at The University of Mississippi in 2019. She is currently an instructor at University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College.
Randy L Purcell is a visual artist living and working in Middle TN. He tried many occupations before finding his love for the arts. At the age of 41, he received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Middle Tennessee State University. Since graduating he has worked in several media, but his primary focus has been on a process of transferring ink, from recycled magazines, onto a thin layer of beeswax. The result of this process helps convey his interest in memory and its connection to Art.
Toni Roberts – Chair
Toni Roberts is a visual artist based in Southaven, Mississippi. She holds a BFA in Imaging Arts from the University of Mississippi and an MFA in Photography from the University of Memphis. She teaches Photography courses part-time at the University of Memphis. Her studio practice spans many mediums exploring the body, digital life, and boredom while employing and sometimes rejecting the standards of visual culture in a contemporary media age.
David Thompson – Designer/Commissioned Staff
A graduate of Memphis State University, David has spent over twenty years designing and creative directing at advertising agencies, for himself, and now in-house at the Memphis Grizzlies. He and freelance partner Michael Forsythe were invited to design Number: 21, and he hasn’t left yet.