NASHVILLE – The fall installment of the art showcase at Nashville International Airport (BNA) opens today, Sept. 10 and runs through Dec. 1. The exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s (MNAA) Arts at the Airport program.
Each season, the Flying Solo series offers gifted local artists an opportunity to exhibit their work at BNA. Fall 2013 Flying Solo series artists include Tom Wuchina, Jason Stoddart, Jim Greenwood, Billy George, Nancy Good and The Clay Lady’s Co-op & Galleries. In addition, ongoing exhibits include Guy Gilchrist, Natalie Dunham and Scott Hodes.
“The Arts at the Airport’s Flying Solo exhibits are another way we provide the Nashville Airports Experience to our passengers, business partners and employees by spotlighting some of our region’s premiere artists,” Rob Wigington, president and CEO of MNAA, said.
Below is a brief description on each of the displaying artists and their work:
Tom Wuchina: Kinetic Manifestations of Light and Illusion
Ticketing Lobby North
Sept. 10, 2013 – March 2, 2014
Born and raised in the steel mill country of Western Pa., Tom Wuchina moved to Tennessee to play football for Vanderbilt University on an athletic scholarship. He then earned his Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis while commuting every couple of weeks back to his farm outside of Memphis, Tenn. His sports background, along with his father’s and mother’s Croatian heritage and their dedication to family, helped give Wuchina a tremendous work ethic that assisted in making him a true team player throughout his athletic, artistic and marketing careers. To this day, Wuchina is still driven and influenced by the creative process and athletic virtues of using his hands, getting dirty and achieving results through perseverance. His thirst for discovery and obsessive personal quest to attain goals that others may have thought hopeless enabled him to find the extraordinary essence of life and incorporate it into his art and his desire to teach others trying to survive in the world of business, culture and art.
Wuchina’s sculptures for this project are viewer-friendly, educational by choice and offer a playground for the mind. The sculptures do not require intellectualism to understand. Stimulating the Moiré Phenomenon with a vibrant interaction of color, materials, light, design and constant visual change allows the viewer to experience art like a child without any fear of not knowing what it is supposed to mean. www.wuchinafoundation.com
Jason Stoddart: Americana
Ticketing Lobby South
Sept. 10, 2013 – March 2, 2014
Jason Stoddart inherited a deep appreciation for the traditional sepia tone, black and white, and hand-tinted method of photography while apprenticing under his parents, Jack and Lynne Stoddart, who were full-time fine art photographers for more than 30 years. In his development as a fine art photographer, he has been able to transition from silver gelatin photography to the new world of digital photography while still maintaining a traditional style.
Stoddart’s photographs take a critical view of America, including the unique history, cultural heritage, and political issues that define it as a country. His philosophy is there is always a story to tell and a history to preserve. While his work focuses on capturing subjects that represent the true America, oftentimes the subjects of his photographs are forgotten parts of our past. It is his hope that, as a photographer, he can preserve pieces of history and viewers can reflect and consider the changes that life has to offer. www.jasonstoddart.com
Jim Greenwood: Turned Wood Vessels
Concourse A/B Meeter-Greeter Lounge
Sept. 10, 2013 – Dec. 1, 2013
Born and raised on the Cumberland Plateau, Jim Greenwood came of age in a close knit family that valued resourcefulness and enterprise, among other things. From his earliest days in the hills, alongside his mother, father and siblings, Greenwood grew in his understanding of the earth's products and its processes. From a viewpoint informed by both necessity and curiosity, he learned to make useful objects from the abundant raw materials that grew along the ridge that was his mountain home.
“Passion – that is what my creative side is about, not to mention my love for all types of wood. When the two collide, true magic takes place. My work fills me with a sense of accomplishment that is unexplainable as I see each piece taking on its own natural beauty. I am a very blessed artist, and it makes me happy when others share and seek out my art form.” www.jgwoodturning.com
Billy George: Pause…and Reflect
Concourse C Meeter-Greeter Lounge
Sept. 10, 2013 – Dec. 1, 2013
Billy George grew up in Appalachian Tenn., the heart of the Upper-Cumberland. He recently finished his second degree focused in textiles from the Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tenn., which is associated with Tennessee Tech University. During his life, he has never met a stranger and is truly blessed to have had the opportunity to travel. George values the people whose paths he crosses and the impact of their lives on his. The visual making of memories happens as George goes to local coffee shops to reflect and read.
The exhibit Pause...and Reflect is about personal moments in time and events in life that have had an effect and made George who he is today. Those specific memories are portrayed by the art he creates using up-cycled tea bags, stitching, paper raffia, and words and phrases of importance.
“Remember, I may not be able to change the past, but maybe I can influence the future with my art. Perhaps I can affect the memories you hold onto and take with you to the next step in your life’s journey.” www.billygeorgestudios.com
Nancy Good: Flying Solo Together
Concourse C, across from Gates 10 and 13
Sept.10, 2013 – Dec. 1, 2013
Nancy Good is a photographer and artist living and working in the Southern Nevada/California area. Mostly self-taught, Good engages in the continuing study of unique photographers and creative artists of all genres as a means to developing her own craft, while working with a mixed bag of photographic equipment and artistic medium. Fearless experimentation has helped Good create a confident, critical approach to her art, liberating her to capture and create images of unexpected beauty among the seemingly mundane.
Good utilizes varying techniques, including (but not limited to) infrared photography, specialized lenses, digital software, acrylic paints/glazes and recycled/repurposed materials. She seeks out unusual and unexpected perspectives of familiar subjects, inviting viewers to take a deeper look into what’s before them, as well as what’s within.
“Photographers tend to ‘fly solo’ when pursuing images. My particular solo flight finds me traveling across the country and globe as life's chapters unfold. Key to all my images are atmosphere, fearlessness, and a balance of light and shadow. Atmosphere is a sense of mood as elemental as air. It compels a sense of discovery, not only about what's before you, but also about yourself in relation. Fearlessness allows artistic freedom to explore personal vision while nurturing adaptability when life's journey brings unexpected – and sometimes unwelcomed – experiences. And the balance of light and shadow is as important to photography as it is in daily existence. The unseen is as crucial as the visible. As a woman photographer, I often feel the challenges to ‘fly solo’ are increased. There is an inherent danger to going it alone, yet the rewards are priceless in terms of personal growth, restoration of self and evolution as an artist and human being.” www.newlightfotodesign.com
The Clay Lady’s Artist Co-op & Galleries
Concourse A, across from Gate 3
Sept. 10, 2013 – March 2, 2014
Founded in 2010, The Clay Lady’s Artist Co-op & Galleries is a 10,000-square-foot building providing studio space in Nashville, Tenn. The Co-op offers gallery opportunities in a mentoring, supportive and educational environment. They are committed to creating a community of artists who support one another to succeed individually as they also facilitate a love for creativity in the artists, their friends, family and the city. The Co-op sustains this commitment by sharing resources, experience and opportunities. They expand the commitment with four community outreaches per year to create the energy of giving, which is at the heart of cooperation.
The Co-op was founded by a core group of eight artists and a few contractors who spent three months renovating and preparing an abandoned building. Within one year, The Co-op was fully rented and paying expenses with 24 artists. Within that first year they also raised more than $6,000 for community programs that support arts with children.
The Co-op now has more than 35 members and is thriving. The Co-op artists attribute their success to the spiritual principle of sharing resources and opportunities. They especially believe one must give to receive. Please join them at any time to see what can happen when artists create together. www.TheClayLady.com
• Guy Gilchrist: Nancy Loves Nashville
• Natalie Dunham
• Scott Hodes: Encalmo in Shades of Red
The Flying Solo Series is funded under an agreement with the state of Tennessee and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
PHOTOS: Press photographs of the art are available here: http://www.flynashville.com/news-and-media/Pages/Press-Photos.aspx.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of MNAA’s award-winning Arts at the Airport program. Created in 1988, Arts at the Airport is an ever-growing, ever-changing showcase of cultural diversity and creative talent in Tennessee featuring both visual arts and live music performances.
Arts at the Airport
Working closely with the 15-member Arts at the Airport Foundation board, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority showcases the region’s visual and performing arts through its Arts at the Airport program, which receives some funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The award-winning Arts at the Airport program reviews and presents works by local, regional and national artists for the enjoyment and enrichment of Nashville International Airport’s and John C. Tune Airport’s passengers and visitors. In addition to visual art, Arts at the Airport includes music since it is an integral part of Nashville. The arts come alive with musical performances on stages throughout BNA’s passenger terminal.