February 22–May 19, 2017

Extrasensory Art-Making Workshops

Workshops are open to everyone. Help us create an exhibition!

  • Extrasensory’s teaching artists (left to right): Maria Borghoff, Beth Reitmeyer, Amber Lelli, Dee Kimbrell, and Massood Taj

Be a Part of Extrasensory

From February 22 through May 21, collaborate with teaching artists to make site-specific installation art at the Frist Art Museum. The resulting multisensory interactive works will appear this fall in Extrasensory, a Conte Community Arts Gallery exhibition that will complement Nick Cave: Feat. Don’t miss our free workshops with Maria Borghoff, Dee Kimbrell, Amber Lelli, Beth Reitmeyer, and Massood Taj. Representing a variety of mediums and artistic backgrounds, the artists bring unique approaches to their sessions with the Frist Art Museum community, which includes members of Empower Tennessee, Tennessee Disability Coalition, and VSA Tennessee: The State Organization on Arts and Disability. 

ATTENTION: If you are a group of 10 or more and are interested in participating in one of the workshops, we ask that you please register in advance. CLICK HERE FOR GROUP RESERVATIONS.

Registration is not required if you are an individual or a group of less than 10. Just show up! 

Location: Studio C, Frist Art Museum Upper-Level Education Corridor



Massood Taj (Franklin) is a multi-instrumentalist who draws on indigenous cultures and mystical traditions, including his own Sufi heritage, to create global meditative music for sacred spaces. Since 2006, Taj has presented at conferences, conducted workshops, and facilitated interactive programming with a focus on the transcending properties of sound and the healing nature of collaborative creativity.

In Taj’s workshops, participants are building a sound-making and visual installation—a nonverbal, safe space with instruments like bells, chimes, and gongs, along with a mandala painting as a visual element.

Massood's Workshop Dates
Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday, February 24, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 2, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


Maria Borghoff (Atlanta) is a multidisciplinary artist and yoga teacher. She creates mixed-media artwork (incorporating drawing, sculpting, and other techniques) and leads workshops that explore human behavior and mental health. Her work inspires harmonious living, both socially and environmentally.

In Maria’s workshops, participants are making ceramic pinch pots by hand, with each individual pot arranged as a taste bud within the shape of a tongue. Elements of taste and scent will also be incorporated.

Maria's Workshop Dates
Thursday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday, March 10, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 10:00–2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 1:00–4:00 p.m. 


Amber Lelli (Nashville) is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on sculpture and printmaking. She has worked for the sculptor Alan LeQuire and as a studio volunteer with Poverty & the Arts. Her work has been featured at the Frist Art Museum, as well as in Santa Ana (California), Philadelphia, and Baton Rouge.

In Amber’s workshops, participants are painting or drawing images inspired by sensory experiences. During the exhibition, visitors will be encouraged to move the images to reveal memories and stories associated with them.

Amber's Workshop Dates
Thursday, March 16, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 17, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 24, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 30, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (Frist members only)
Friday, March 31, 7:00–9:00 p.m.


Beth Reitmeyer (Bowling Green) creates colorful installations, using materials such as paint, plastic, pipe cleaners, and felt, often sewing them into geometric or floral patterns. She currently teaches in Western Kentucky University’s Department of Art. Beth’s work has recently been exhibited in Nashville, Bowling Green, Brooklyn, London, and Houston.

In Beth’s workshops, participants’ drawings of important personal objects will be transferred to a screen print. Tactile elements will be attached to the print to invite touch, while other elements will suggest taste or smell.

Beth's Workshop Dates
Friday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 20, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m. (Frist members only)
Sunday, May 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Dee Kimbrell (Hendersonville) specializes in the use of recycled materials to engage the community, build relationships, and encourage care for the environment. She has worked 

primarily in Middle Tennessee since 2006. In 2015, she designed ornaments for the National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC, and presented workshops in Tennessee, New York, and Ohio. Dee’s skills also include storytelling, painting, sculpting, and creating mixed-media objects, including props.

In Dee’s workshops, participants are assembling a curtain made of bottle caps that, when pulled back, reveals self-portraits and several touchable textures.

Dee's Workshop Dates
Monday, May 8, 1:00–4:00 p.m. (Frist members only)
Thursday, May 11, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 12, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 18, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 19, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 1:00–4:00 p.m.


Extrasensory will open on October 13, with Nick Cave: Feat. opening on November 10.


HCA Tri-Star

Presenting Sponsor

US Bank

Supporting Sponsor

Memorial Foundation

Supporting Sponsor

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