December 8–December 9, 2017

Stories of Self and Society: Teaching with Contemporary Art and the Work of Nick Cave

  • Nick Cave. Heard performance. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography

Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Registration for one or two days: $25 per day for Frist Art Museum members; $30 per day for not-yet-members.
All materials, gallery admission, parking in Frist Art Museum lots, continental breakfast, and lunch included
Advance registration required by December 5. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.
REGISTER HERE for the December 8 session
REGISTER HERE for the December 9 session


This two-day educator workshop will explore the motivations and expanding methods of contemporary artists, with a focus on the exhibition Nick Cave: Feat. Building on the theme of storytelling as a means of personal expression and social connection, participants will engage with the artwork on view, discuss thematic and inquiry-based approaches to exploring contemporary art, participate in hands-on art-making, and develop ideas for student-centered curriculum and teaching with the work of Nick Cave and other artists.


Jessica Hamlin is a visiting clinical professor in the art education program at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Previously she served as the director of education for Art21, initiating the Art21 Educators professional learning community and Creative Chemistries, a platform for timely exchanges between artists, educators, policy makers, academics, and community-based educators. She has also served as the director of the Saturday Art School at Pratt University, the education coordinator and gallery educator for the nonprofit artist space Art in General, and a consultant for a range of nonprofit organizations and school districts on curriculum design and strategic planning.


Dennis Greenwell has been teaching visual art in Middle Tennessee public high schools since 1998. He was in graphic design before earning a master’s degree in art education from East Tennessee State University. He is currently at Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro. Selected to be part of Art21 Educators’ year 4 cohort, in 2012, Dennis stayed active in the program, serving as a mentor for the year 5 cohort. He is a working artist whose art has been exhibited at several colleges and universities, and his most recent show, Tragic Disclosures, offered reflections on LGBT youth and their struggles to be accepted.

Frist Art Museum educator workshops are designed for educators of all subjects, pre-K–12, but all are welcome.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsor for Nick Cave: Feat.




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