MFA, Pratt Institute
Karla Stinger-Stein is an artist and founder of Photosynthesis Projects. Working across a range of media, Stinger-Stein makes site-sensitive work to address ecological vulnerability in the era of the Anthropocene. Her work includes transforming waste into building materials that support native plants for threatened wildlife habitats. Stinger-Stein has participated in group exhibitions at the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival, the Dumbo Arts Festival, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Art in Philadelphia, PA, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York. She also has shown her work at Lafayette College, Pratt Institute, New York, the University of Massachusetts, and the Banana Factory in Pennsylvania. Stinger-Stein has participated in the GO! Brooklyn Museum Open Studio Project and received grants from the University of Massachusetts Arts Council and the University of Massachusetts Art and Art History Department. Her prior professional roles include serving as the director of development at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, New Jersey and the gallery director for the Student Union Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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 2008
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 2014
BA Graphic Design, Lipscomb University
MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Robert Scobey is an interdisciplinary artist with an eclectic studio practice of overlapping media. His videos have been exhibited at juried shows in the United States and at festivals and gallery exhibitions in France and the UK. His solo exhibitions have highlighted an ongoing series of carved books that spans nearly two decades. Scobey is an active member of Nashville’s Coop Curatorial Collective. During his time in Philadelphia, Scobey worked as an assistant to Argentinian artist Osvaldo Romberg and was a founding member of SHIFT video art collective.