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Exhibitions

Elevate – Nashville

  • Night Brew, 84 x 31 in, dyed ribbon, textile, mixed media, 2014

  • Night Brew, 84 x 31 in, dyed ribbon, textile, mixed media, 2014

  • Untitled (Mother and Child), 2015-17, Mixed Media

  • Untitled (Mother and Child), 2015-17, Mixed Media

About the Exhibition

21c’s Elevate program features artwork from local artisans on each guest room floor.  In Nashville, you’ll find the work of two local artists, Alicia Henry and Vadis Turner, currently on display.  See below for more information on both artists, and their works.  If you wish to view this exhibit and are not a guest at 21c, simply speak with the front desk team.

 

 

Alicia Henry (American)

Untitled (Mother and Child), 2015-17, Mixed Media

Untitled (Mother and Child), 2015-17, Mixed Media

Alicia Henry is a Nashville artist who has exhibited at countless museums and galleries. The most common element in her work is the affinity for studying the human figure and representing it as a means of exploring the tensions between our physical, psychological and social selves.

Alicia’s detailed work examines themes of culture, gender, race and societal differences. She often paints on fabric such as felt or burlap and stitches pieces together to create layered dimensions. The result is a tactile element that gives her 2D figures life and depth.

In addition to her successful career as a working artist, Alicia also works in the field of higher education, serving as an Associate Professor of Art at Fisk University in Nashville.

 

Vadis Turner (American)

Storm and Fire, 2011, Ribbon, clothing, antique quilts, mixed media

Night Brew, 2014, Dyed ribbon, textile, mixed media

Vadis Turner has synthesized the practice of painting with feminist materials. Hand-dyed and up-cycled layers of ribbon, clothing and bedding are translated into brushstrokes. Each mark is hand sewn onto woven foundations, canvas or fixed in resin. Turner’s compositions evolve from synthesizing female characters with specific atmospheric conditions and contrasting elements. The environment becomes a feminine force and the figure is absorbed by the turning landscape.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Turner received a BFA and MFA from Boston University and has exhibited her work internationally. Selected exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Gallery, Prague; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA and Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 21c Museum, Tennessee State Museum, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Museum and the Egon Schiele Art Centrum. In 2016, Turner was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant.

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