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American Experiment: Professor hopes to inspire the vision of indivisibility for which the American flag stands

Jul. 29, 2020—The symbolism of frayed, worn flags in "Flag Exchange" by Mel Ziegler, Paul E. Schwab Professor of Fine Arts, raises questions about the capacity of the American experiment to be sustained through national triumphs and shortcomings, including our own time of divisiveness.

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Jana Harper: Creating performance art during COVID-19

Jun. 10, 2020—When COVID-19 arrived in Nashville, Jana Harper, professor of the practice of art, had to quickly adapt her NEA-supported performance art piece to reflect the necessities of social distancing.

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‘This Holding’ premiere with Jana Harper moves online May 29

May. 26, 2020—The OZ Arts online premiere of "This Holding: Traces of Contact," a performance video emerging from an interdisciplinary collaboration led by Associate Professor of the Practice of Art Jana Harper, will be May 29.

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Talisse’s gallery talk at Frist Art Museum moves online May 8

May. 1, 2020—Robert B Talisse will deliver an online gallery talk, “Overcoming Partisan Politics,” hosted by the Frist Art Museum on Friday, May 8. The session over Zoom, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m.

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Winner of Hamblet Award, top student art prize, named for 2020

Apr. 30, 2020—The Department of Art announces senior Rebecca Arp as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award and will receive a $25,000 prize providing funds for a year of art research and travel, culminating in a solo show at Vanderbilt in one year. Senior Sydney Kaemmerlen is the recipient of the Merit Award and $10,000.

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Visit ‘Dream for Light Years’ visual/musical exhibition online

Apr. 15, 2020—"Dream for Light Years," a collaboration between contemporary artist Ali Smith and Blair School of Music's Michael Alec Rose, can now be enjoyed online.

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‘Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom’ opens at Cohen Hall

Jan. 7, 2020—An exhibition bringing together 20 artists to interpret an extraordinary but lost "Book of Paintings" created by Afro-Cuban activist José Aponte opens Thursday at the Fine Arts Gallery.

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Vanderbilt faculty member’s empathy project awarded NEA funding

Dec. 17, 2019—The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded funding to OZ Arts Nashville to support its collaboration with Vanderbilt Department of Art faculty member Jana Harper. Her project, "This Holding," encourages empathy for the shared human experience.

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From ‘Vanderbilt Magazine’: The Art of Healing

Nov. 15, 2019—Cuban artist and Vanderbilt professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons wants to change the world through art.

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Space 204: ‘Character Study’ opens Oct. 31

Oct. 9, 2019—The Department of Art and Space 204 gallery welcome ceramicists John Donovan and Brian Somerville for a  two-person exhibition called "Character Study."  The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 31 to Dec. 5. A reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in Space 204 at the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center.

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Artist lecture featuring Nao Bustamante: ‘Body Vulnerable/Body Protected’ Oct. 16

Oct. 7, 2019—The Department of Art and the Studio VU Lecture Series kicks off the 2019-20 season with "Body Vulnerable/Body Protected," a lecture by Los Angeles-based artist Nao Bustamante, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, Room 220.

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Department of Art faculty and staff exhibition opens Sept. 12

Sep. 11, 2019—Department of Art faculty and staff will hold a group exhibition showcasing new work in their research and studio practice Sept. 12–Oct. 18. The exhibition will be in the Space 204 gallery at E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center.

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