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Kathryn Dettwiller: Mighty, Mighty Zola

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Zola with 4 Zs, oil on canvas, 40" x 30"

March 7, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Concourse C, Across from Gates 10 and 13

Born and raised in Nashville, Kathryn Dettwiller is an only child of parents who were “onlies,” too. Growing up, that meant there was plenty of time to be by herself and learn about the world on her own terms. Since graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1968 with a degree in Fine Art, Dettwiller has been active in the arts–producing, teaching and advocating for the arts. Her work has been presented widely in 12 solo exhibitions and in more than 100 group shows, including national and international exhibitions. Dettwiller is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

About Mighty, Mighty Zola
Detwiller states, “Twenty-four years ago, I learned an invaluable lesson from Nathan Oliviera. He said, ‘To be an artist, you must paint what you know, what you love, what has resonance for you. And, always remember that your subject is a symbol.’ When he suggested that I paint my dog, Zola, I thought painting one’s dog wasn’t ‘professional enough.’ But I did paint her then and continued to paint her for three years. Zola, the brown standard poodle, became my metaphor. Mighty, mighty Zola may have set my course for three years, but the process that Oliviera laid out has defined my direction ever since.”

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