Kristi Hargrove (2008) – Assistant Professor and Chair – BA Fine Arts (1988), Vanderbilt University; MFA Visual Arts (2004), Vermont College of Fine Arts
Hargrove’s studio practice is primarily drawing, but includes investigations into other media such as photography, sculpture and installation. Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Vermont College of Fine Art, Hargrove’s work has been shown in numerous juried shows and invitational exhibitions across the country; last summer, her detailed pencil drawings were on display in the Frist Center’s Metamorphoses exhibition. She is also a member of the Nashville artist collective COOP, a curatorial group committed to presenting challenging, new or under-represented artists and artworks in the community.
Brady Haston (2008) – Assistant Professor and Studio Facilities Manager – BFA Studio Art (1993), Middle Tennessee State University; MFA Art (1997), Montana State University
A native of Spencer, Tennessee, Haston attended the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, earned a BFA from MTSU and received an MFA from Montana State University (Bozeman). Following graduate school, he spent the next eight years in Chicago teaching at Columbia College before moving back to Nashville. His shows of note include “Paintings and Sketchbooks” at the Cheekwood Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Printmaking Society National Exhibition in 2003, “The Portrait: An Investigation of the Self” at Camberwell College of Art in London (2003), “Bacchanal” at the Appalachian Center for Crafts (2004), Art Chicago (2006), “Intersection” at the Contemporary Artist Workshop in Chicago (2006), “Abstract Painting in Tennessee” (2008), and “Superstruct” at PLUG Projects in Kansas City (2012). He is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery of Nashville.
Morgan Higby-Flowers (2013)– Assistant Professor – BFA The School of the Art Institute Chicago (2008); MFA Electronic Integrated Arts, Alfred University (2011)
Higby-Flowers, teaches 4D design and digital imaging, is also responsible for developing the curriculum for all Time-Based Media courses offered in the future. These currently include Time-Based Media II and any special topics that may involve glitch art, animation, programming, video, etc. He graduated with an MFA from the Electronic Integrated Arts program, NYSCC at Alfred University (Alfred, NY) and with a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and has served as visiting faculty at Austin Peay State University and Ball State University (Muncie, IN). His work has been performed and exhibited extensively in Chicago and New York as well as in Mexico City, Barcelona and Cairo.
Terry Thacker (2005) – Professor – BFA Studio Art (1977), Austin Peay State University; MFA Studio Art (1980) University of Tennessee
An artist and educator for more than 25 years, Thacker has shown in numerous national and regional exhibitions including at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Brooks Museum, Hunter Museum, Dulin Gallery and Cheekwood, as well as solo installations at Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Murray State University, Alexandria Museum, and the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art. Also active as a lecturer and reviewer, Thacker has written for Art Papers, lectured at the Southeastern College Art Association, and spoken at the Frist Center. He holds degrees in Studio Art from the University of Tennesse (MFA) and Austin Peay State University (BFA) and has studied at Long Island University and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Justin Farris-Braun (2013) – Visiting Faculty – BFA Metals (with concentrations in Sculpture, CAD/CAM, Installation and Drawing), Cleveland Institute of Art (2004); MFA Sculpture, The Ohio State University (2009)
Patrick DeGuira – BFA (1994), Memphis College of Art; New York Studio Residency Program (1993)
Mary Addison Hackett – BFA Painting, University of Tennessee; MFA Studio Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago. Additional studies: Owbow Summer School of Painting, SAIC (Saugatuck, MI)
Rob McClurg – BFA Ceramics (1978), East Texas State University; MFA Ceramics (1985), Texas A&M University. Post Graduate studies: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina
Elizabeth Sanford – BA Fine Arts (1976), University of Virginia; MFA Painting (1980), East Carolina University
John Warren – BA Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College (2002); MFA Film/Video California Institute of the Arts (2012)