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Arts at the Airport: Spring Flying Solo Series Installed

NASHVILLE – The spring installment of the art showcase at Nashville International Airport (BNA) opens March 12. 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. Spring 2013 Flying Solo series artists include Heather Deyling, Martica Griffin, Judy Klich, Lauren Kussro and Peter Nash. Conexión Américas will have a group show of photography. View and download images of the artwork here.
“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:

Martica Griffin
Ticketing Lobby South
March 12 – Sept. 3, 2013

Martica Griffin is a Nashville-based painter who creates both abstract and figurative works. A native of Valdosta, Ga., Griffin graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. She has done post-graduate work at the School for Visual Arts in New York and studied with various other painters including Steve Aimone and David Guidera. Her work resides in various public and private collections. She is currently represented by Tinney Contemporary, Nashville; Huff-Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta; and David Perry Smith Gallery, Memphis.

Music is Griffin’s constant companion. She always works with music in the background, from alternative rock to classical to blues. She listens to gospel, country, hip-hop, jazz, R&B and world music. When she paints, music helps her develop rhythm in her compositions.

Griffin is building works of art in paint inspired by music. She is inspired by the artists that have called Tennessee home, including Townes Van Zandt, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tina Turner and more. While the music serves as a starting point, the works pay homage to the songs by building on a sense of structure and flow combined with texture, color, line and mark. The intention in these paintings is like that of a great song - to take you somewhere you’ve never been, relive old feelings, and find new passions.

Heather Deyling
Ticketing Lobby North
March 12 - Sept. 3, 2013

Heather Deyling was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Deyling lives and works in Savannah, Ga., and is a professor of Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Deyling has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States including Philadelphia, Pa., Richmond, Va., Los Angeles, Calif. and Hilo, Hawaii. In 2011, she spent four weeks as a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Recently, Deyling has had solo exhibitions at Gallery SPACE in Savannah, Ga., the Cochenour Gallery at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., and the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery at Gainesville State College in Oakwood, Ga.

Deyling’s current body of work developed, and continues to do so, through a process of playful experimentation. It is influenced by the persistent growth of flora and the relationship it has to architecture as well as other plant species. The installation uses colorful organic forms which spillover into architectural space, creating a tension between the organic and the man-made. Invasive plant species such as kudzu are referenced in the artwork, which grow and mutate to claim the space, much like vines that cover buildings and trees. The prevalence of unnatural hues invites the viewer to consider whether they originate from man or nature. The felt leaves are a physical manifestation of the takeover of space, forming an immersive environment of mysterious, colorful mutations.

Judy Klich
Art Case at Concourse A/B Meeter-Greeter Area
March 12 - June 2, 2013

Judy Klich earned a Bachelor of Science in interior design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1990. After 18 years as a professional commercial designer, Klich decided to pursue her lifelong dream to be creative without parameters and paint bold abstract paintings. She earned a Master of Fine Arts at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif., in May 2011. Klich is represented by LeQuire and Company in Nashville, Tenn., River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tenn., Shimai Art and Pottery in Nashville, Tenn., Wall Candy in Columbia, Tenn., and Tennessee Artisan Market at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tenn.

Encaustic is her chosen medium and passion, opening a space for limitless creativity. Its unique physical properties—using a mixture of beeswax, dammar resin and oil paint combined with heat—offer a multi-dimensional, heavily textured surface.  Klich’s process combines painting, drawing, collage and photographic transfers to create an unexpected spontaneous flow of energy and endless possibilities.

Lauren Kussro
Art Case at Concourse C Meeter-Greeter Area
March 12 - June 2, 2013

Lauren Kussro is an artist and teacher currently employed as both faculty and printmaking technician for the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Ind. She attended Herron School of Art & Design for her undergraduate education, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and printmaking in 2003. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for graduate school, and received her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in printmaking in 2006. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.

To create a visual aesthetic that showcases the beauty, it is important for Kussro to create a lush sensory richness, both for herself as she makes the work and for the viewer when they experience the work. By maintaining intricate visual and tactile details while using varying combinations of paper, wood, thread, beads, resin and wax, she gives the viewer a lot of texture to explore visually. Although the objects she creates are rarely intended to be realistic copies of objects from nature, references to roots, flowers, coral, barnacles, cells and fungi can be recognized within the work.

Peter Nash
Concourse C
March 12 - June 2, 2013

Peter Nash graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography. He operated a photography studio in Los Angeles, Calif., from 1978-1983. His clients included fashion and editorial magazines as well as major record labels such as Warner Brothers and MCA records. That is what led him to Nashville, Tenn. With a deep love for country music and after many trips here to photograph album covers, he made the move. He set up his own studio and worked with major recording artists and national advertising agencies shooting campaigns for FritoLay, Budweiser and Miller along with freelance work for Rolling Stone, People magazine and more. After 25 years of celebrity work, Nash had simply burned out and sought a more creative challenge. He opened another studio in Nashville, Tenn., specializing in portraiture. Portraits in Fur was a natural progression for him. For his 50th birthday, his wife surprised him with a 19th century oil painting of a greyhound. That gift inspired what he has focused on for the past 10 years – contemporary dog portraiture with influences of classical light and composition.

Nash is producing contemporary 21st century art using modern materials. His photographs are the equivalent to 19th century dog paintings; serious portraits for seriously loved dogs. His photographs express that love on a much different level, a level only dog people seem to understand. Nash shares experiences of love and loss through photography and feels honored to capture the essence of a dog in his quickly fleeting life on earth. It’s from that place Nash makes art.

Conexión Américas
Art Case at Concourse A
March 12 - Sept. 3, 2013

International Nashville has been captured in a collection of photographs submitted by residents of Middle Tennessee in a photo competition sponsored by Conexión Américas and Southwest Airlines. The photographs celebrate the daily lives, and contributions, of the area’s immigrants and refugees. The competition was launched in the summer of 2012, as Conexión Américas was in the midst of constructing the Casa Azafrán Community Center, at the gateway to Nashville’s international district. The Latino services nonprofit created this competition in an effort to give Middle Tennessee residents an opportunity to creatively express themselves through images that capture the lives of immigrants and refugees in their neighborhoods. What came back was a beautiful reflection of Nashville’s many faces and facets – men, women and children from places like Iraq, Somalia and Mexico at work, at play and in the community.

The 109 images were submitted via the nonprofit’s Facebook page. They showed the celebration of culture, the strength of cross-cultural friendships, the spirit of American entrepreneurship and the rejoicing of freedom and opportunity in a new land.

Documenting all of this happening right here in Nashville, a thriving city whose immigrant population has tripled in the last two decades. Thirty-four photographs were selected by four judges from the community to be a part of this exhibit. Three of those images were selected as first place winners.

Conexión Américas assists Latino families in Middle Tennessee to achieve their “American dream” through programs focused on social, economic and civic integration.

Continuing exhibitions:
• Guy Gilchrist: Nancy Loves Nashville
• 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 for the art are available on the Press Photos page of the website: http://mnaaspt1/news-and-media/Pages/Press-Photos.aspx.

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.