Art department presents Cusomato’s ‘Frontier’ exhibit Feb. 16–March 17

‘Meditation’ by Farrar Hood Cusomato; 2016, oil on wood panel, 48 by 36 inches

The Department of Art presents Frontier, an exhibit of paintings by Vanderbilt Senior Lecturer of Art Farrar Hood Cusomato, Feb. 16–March 17 at Space 204 Gallery in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center.

A reception for the exhibit is planned for Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the gallery.

“I consider the natural world to symbolize a bridge between physical reality and a parallel spiritual world that is always present, but most often exists beyond the visible,” says Cusomato about her work. “The naturalistic settings or references to nature within my paintings serve to present this personal spiritual foundation, but also reflect the cyclical aspects of growth and evolution presented by the life experience.

“Through loose narrative imagery, I investigate the notion of balancing multiple worlds of experience while navigating time and temporality, discord, and eventual transition and upheaval.”

Cusomato earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She earned her master of fine arts with a concentration in painting, as well as a master’s in the history of art and design, from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt teaching painting and drawing, while her home and studio are in Centerville, Tennessee.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Space 204 Gallery, located at 1204 25th Ave. S. (at Garland Avenue), is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.