It's birthday time! As Nashville, TN - the Athens of the South - continues to grow in population and popularity, it's becoming known not only as a music mecca, but also as an vibrant visual arts center. One of the oldest and most highly respected visual art groups in the Mid-South area is the Nashville Artist Guild. NAG has reached 60 years young and is not slowing up at all! The Guild was created in 1950 when two art educators from Vanderbilt University brought together some of their student artists with local professional artists and created a juried professional artists' association. Thirty artists were accepted as original members and the new group was called the Nashville Artist Guild.
Current members include professional artists living in Nashville to former Nashvillians living throughout the United States and as far away as New Zealand. Members include graduates of some of Nashville's finest higher learning institutions such as Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay College, Tennessee State University and Peabody College. Well-known visual artists such as Puryear Mims, Joseph Van Sickle, Philip Perkins, Red Grooms, Louise LeQuire, Alan LeQuire, Bill Johnson, Greg Ridley, to name a few, have been members of the Guild. Current members work in many mediums include oil, enamel, glass, encaustic, wood, marble, photography and digital media.
The Guild celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2001 with a juried exhibition at the Parthenon which included works from current and former members. In 2006, the LeQuire Gallery hosted an exhibition entitled "Art Without Apology" for the Guild's 55th Anniversary. The Nashville Artist Guild continues to honor its commitment to excellence in art, diversity, art education, and raising public awareness of fine visual art. The 60th Anniversary special event celebrating 60 years of Guild excellence is going to be a "not be missed" Nashville event. Please stop back for more information as plans gel!