Interview with Katie Delmez: Curating in Crisis

Interview with Katie Delmez: Curating in Crisis

By Sara Lee Burd       Over the past 19 years at Nashville’s Frist Art Museum, curator Katie Delmez has committed herself to working on exhibitions that are deeply rooted in historical context and community connection. From featuring the work of local artists and stories through projects such as Murals of North Nashville Now…

An Interview with Charis Barnes, Class of 2020

An Interview with Charis Barnes, Class of 2020

By Judith Dierkes       What classes were you taking your last semester at the University of Memphis this spring? How did they change after spring break as a result of the pandemic?   I took Thesis Exhibition and Ceramics I. I also took Fundamentals of Accounting 1 and Business Compensation (but I guess…

Review of “James Van Way: Doodlebug & Them”

Review of “James Van Way: Doodlebug & Them”

By Chet Bromstein       2020: James Van Way, Artist of the Year   James Van Way is a fixture in Lafayette, Louisiana’s cultural landscape; a sentimental statement, but it is true. Over the last twenty years he has played in experimental bands including Plush Claw, Curse Capital, Frames of Reference, and Markings. His…

I Want To Remember You. Art in Paying Attention.

I Want To Remember You. Art in Paying Attention.

By Conner Delgado       I started this in February. It was going to be about the last pre-pandemic art crawl in Nashville. I’m writing this in July now. My family was almost homeless last month and now we’re living in a house with seven bedrooms, a garden, and two strangely personable crows. I’ve…

An Interview with Brian Dettmer

An Interview with Brian Dettmer

By Jacqueline Knirnschild         Using clamps, knives, tweezers and surgical tools, artist Brian Dettmer meticulously transforms vintage books into carved-out sculptures that reveal and enliven the intricacies of image and text lying latent behind the cover. Dettmer’s work offers a meditation on the cultural shift in the distribution of information from paper…

A love letter to myself from 2026 / a love letter from myself in 2026

A love letter to myself from 2026 / a love letter from myself in 2026

By Liz Clayton Scofield         Dear –   Hi! I’m writing you from the place you’ve been yearning for. I’ve included a map for your reference, some kind of guide to arrive at this Possible-Future. I know from isolation in your basement apartment in Baltimore, you’ve been longing to get Here Now,…

Digital in the Delta

Digital in the Delta

By Scott Whiteley Carter           How do you host an annual art exhibit when you do not have galleries?    That was a question faced by the Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) in Little Rock, Arkansas, as it looked toward the 62nd edition of the Delta Exhibition scheduled for summer 2020. Founded…

Lubbock, Texas: We’re Still Here

Lubbock, Texas: We’re Still Here

By Cody Arnall             Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, two new art groups have provided Lubbock, Texas, with engaged programming and thought-provoking exhibitions. CO-OPt Research and Projects, an artist-run gallery and studio space, opened in July 2019 with the aim to engage and serve the community with alternative and experimental contemporary…

Points South: A Conversation with Allyson Comstock

Points South: A Conversation with Allyson Comstock

By Evan D. Williams       Allyson Comstock is an artist and retired art professor based in east central Alabama. In the austral summer of 2013, she deployed to Palmer Station in Antarctica under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, which previously enabled such disparate creative ventures as…

Manipulating Materials: An Interview with Kate Roberts

Manipulating Materials: An Interview with Kate Roberts

    By Raina Belleau   Kate Roberts is a Memphis-based artist who uses porcelain and other materials traditionally associated with craft to create haunting works of art ranging from prints to installations. Her work draws from architecture and relationships to build landscapes of decay and romance. Roberts is a professor at the University of…