June 28–June 30, 2017

Educator Workshop: Contemporary Art

  • John Douglas Powers (b. 1978). Ialu, 2011. Wood, steel, plastic, electric motor, and video projection, 57 x 80 x 108 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

  • Vadis Turner. Storm System, 2013. Ribbon, dyed textiles, acrylic paint, and mixed media,
    60 x 84 x 4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2017 Vadis

  • Vanessa L. German (b. 1976). White Naphtha Soap or, Contemporary Lessons in
    , 2013. Mixed-media assemblage, 55 x 15 x 26 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York

Wednesday, June 28–Friday, June 30, 2017
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. each day

Frist Art Museum Studios

Registration for all three days: $85 Frist Art Museum members; $95 not-yet-members
Registration for one or two days: $30 per day for Frist Art Museum members; $35 per day for not-yet-members
All materials, gallery admission, parking in Frist Art Museum lots, continental breakfast, and lunch included

The Frist Art Museum is offering a three-day professional development institute that will highlight two summer 2017 exhibitions, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now and Vadis Turner: Tempest. Educators will explore American contemporary art with three artists whose work will be on view: Vadis Turner (TN) and State of the Art’s Vanessa German (PA) and John Douglas Powers (TN). Conversations in the galleries and hands-on activities in our studios will complement the insights provided by these artists.


Vadis Turner
Vadis Turner has synthesized the practice of painting with feminist materials. Hand-dyed and upcycled layers of ribbon, clothing, and bedding are translated into brushstrokes. Each mark is hand-sewn onto woven foundations or canvas or fixed in resin.

Born in Nashville, Turner received a BFA and an MFA from Boston University and has exhibited her work internationally. The venues have included the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery in Prague, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Islip Art Museum. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Louisville’s 21c Museum, the Tennessee State Museum, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and the Egon Schiele Art Centrum.

In 2016, Turner was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. She is represented by Geary Contemporary in New York.


John Douglas Powers
John Douglas Powers was born in Frankfort, Indiana, in 1978. His sculptural work has been exhibited nationally, including at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the MIT Museum, the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, the Wiregrass Museum of Art, the Alexander Brest Museum, the Masur Museum, the Gadsden Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Vero Beach Museum of Art, and Cue Art Foundation. His videos and animations have been screened internationally.

Powers studied art history at Vanderbilt University and earned his MFA in sculpture, with distinction, at the University of Georgia. His work has been featured in the New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, and the Boston Globe, and on CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, as well as a Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. Powers currently lives and works in Knoxville, and teaches at the University of Tennessee.

Vanessa German
Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood, the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work. Its cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood.

Her work is in private and public collections, including at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Progressive Art Collection, the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, and Snite Museum of Art. German’s fine art has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Everson Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art the Studio Museum, and the Ringling Museum of Art. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered, and in the Huffington Post, O Magazine, and Essence Magazine. She received the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York.

Vanessa German in Avery Court, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, 2016. Photo: Allen Phillips / Wadsworth Atheneum

Registration is required, by Monday, June 26.
Space is limited to 20 participants each day.

Click on the link below to register for your preferred date(s):
June 28 with Vadis Turner
June 29 with John Douglas Powers
June 30 with Vanessa German


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