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BA Studio Arts, The Evergreen State College
MFA Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design
Paris was born in Atlanta, GA, but at some point, has called Washington, Colorado, and California home. She has been photographing since she was 12-years-old when her father gave her a small Instamatic camera. She has continued the practice, but the cameras have changed. Several of her photographic projects have focused on community members in a small town (Sewanee, TN) and prisoners on Tennessee’s death row (with fellow Watkins professor Tom Williams.) Their work with prisoners has resulted in 11 exhibitions, including one at Apexart in New York. That work has also been featured in The Guardian, El Pais, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, and many other publications.
Appointed in 2003SEE LESS
BFA, University of Colorado Boulder
MFA, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ariel Lavery borrows from American domestic vernacular to create mutated versions of home living spaces. She samples from her immediate surroundings by collecting detritus from thrift stores, garage sales, Craigslist, and the side of the road. Lavery’s assembled sculptures and installations reflect a vision of Middle America as defined by domestic goods. A 2013 recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, Lavery has exhibited nationally in Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Appointed in 2014SEE LESS
BFA Studio Art, Middle Tennessee State University
MFA Art, Montana State University
Following graduate school, Haston spent the next eight years in Chicago teaching at Columbia College before returning to Nashville. His shows include Paintings and Sketchbooks and Abstract Painting in Tennessee (Cheekwood Museum of Art), the Los Angeles Printmaking Society National Exhibition, The Portrait: An Investigation of the Self (Camberwell College of Art in London), Bacchanal (Appalachian Center for Crafts), Art Chicago, Intersection (Contemporary Artist Workshop in Chicago), Superstruct (PLUG Projects in Kansas City), and Up Close with Prints (Frist Center). Haston is the recipient of the 2016 Tennessee Arts Commission for painting and a 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grantee. He is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery of Nashville.
Appointed in 2008SEE LESS