Staff members showcase art at Space 204

Opening in the Department of Art’s Space 204 gallery on June 13 are two exhibitions spotlighting the talents of two of its own.

Somehow, I Guess includes prints and drawings by Jerry Phillips, the Space 204 gallery assistant and building/studio manager for the Department of Art.  Where Do All The Memories Go? showcases the work of Jeremy Jones, sculpture and ceramics technician for the department. Both exhibitions open Thursday, June 13.

‘Phantom,’ by Jeremy Jones

In Where Do All The Memories Go?, Jeremy Jones often employs full-sized human figures and broad range of materials and processes, from fiberglass and castings to ceramics. Frequently incorporating himself as the model, Jones says his work is based on the idea that the human body is in constant transformation, both physically and spiritually. And perhaps, he says, “a non-ordinary reality resides on the cusp of our everyday perceptions,” an idea that is obviously hard at play in his work.

Jones’ sculptures have been displayed in numerous exhibitions and private collections throughout the U.S. and his outdoor sculpture, Hover, is on public display as part of the juried exhibition Fifth Annual Outdoor Sculpture WalkAbout in the downtown area of Wichita, KS.

Other recent exhibitions include the The Todd Art Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 6x6x2013, Rochester, NY; and the Lionheart Gallery and Tattoo Studio in Nashville, TN. Additionally, his work will be featured locally in the upcoming W.O. Smith Music School I Am Art Nashville exhibition, and Arts at the Airport: Flying Solo Exhibit at the Nashville International Airport.

Jones received his BFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Wyoming in 2006 and his MFA from Wichita State University in 2012.

'Cervidae-Hippocampus' by Jerry Phillips

For Somehow, I Guess, Jerry Phillips will exhibit recent drawings and prints which tackle the complex topic of opposing cultural identities. Of strong Pacific Islander Heritage roots and raised in the United States, Phillips describes himself as someone “somewhere between.” Phillips creates whimsical imagery that seeks to calm the push and pull of these two often opposing identities.

Making his Nashville debut with Somehow, I Guess, Phillips has exhibited his prints and drawings in numerous national and international group exhibitions. His work was recently included in the inaugural exhibition of the new Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, IL, as well as the 311 Gallery in Raleigh, NC and the Washington Printmakers’ Gallery, Silver Springs, Md.

Phillips received his BFA in printmaking and drawing from Murray State University and his MFA in printmaking from Bradley University. He has taught as an adjunct instructor for Bradley University and a sabbatical instructor for Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

Both exhibitions continue through Aug. 1, 2013. An opening reception for these two exhibitions will be held June 13, 4–6 pm.

Space 204 is located on the second floor of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center at 25th Avenue South and Garland on the Vanderbilt campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Contact: Diane Acree, 343-7241