Department of Art
May. 11, 2021—Afro-Cuban American artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and the Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice, a trans-institutional partnership that she founded at Vanderbilt University, have received prestigious awards this spring.
May. 10, 2021—Senior Emily Kopec is the 2021 recipient of the $25,000 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, the Department of Art’s top student prize, and senior Cayla B. Mims is the recipient of the $10,000 Merit Award.
Nov. 24, 2020—Read about the latest faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements.
Oct. 3, 2020—Raheleh Filsoofi, a new assistant professor in the Department of Art, draws on her childhood in Iran and the U.S. immigration experience as themes in her work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.