Nashville Participating Artists:
Andrea Lantz – Richmond, VA
Andrea Lantz is based in Richmond, Virginia, where she pursues art as a means to rebalance the right side of her brain after long days of left brained labor in the corporate world.
Her primary focus is painting and photography, with occasional detours into sculpture. Andrea studied watercolor painting with Shelly Bechtel-Shepherd and has exhibited in several group shows in the Richmond area.
Andrea’s prior forays into public art include a CD-clad fish sculpture in Richmond, Virginia’s “Go Fish” public art exhibition in 2001 and four dinosaur sculptures in Wilmington, Delaware’s “Downtown Dino Days" in 2002 and 2003. One of her dinosaurs is now in the collection of the Delaware History Museum.
Anne Blix – Richmond, VA
Anne Blix is an artist working in experimental photography and painting. With a background in Textiles, she has shown in the US and Sweden, including the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA.
She has a BFA from RISD and has completed additional studies at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. She lives and works in Richmond, VA.
Beth Crews Rommel – Oviedo, FL
Beth Rommel is the artist behind Niftyartgirl. She creates colorful, patterned, and nifty paintings many with messages relating to the human condition. Beth paints, blogs, and maintains a graphic design business from her garden view studio in rural Seminole county, FL.
She has found herself living in colorful locales throughout the south and southwest. Her work is influenced by the eccentricities of these places: New Orleans, San Antonio, Santa Fe, and now Florida.
Charles Clary – Murfreesboro, TN
Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
As of 2011 Charles had been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews, including WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hifructose.com and Beautifuldecay.com. He has also been featured in a new book called “The New Twenties” published by IdN publications and Society6.com; he has also had work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan.
Charles has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in numerous solo and group shows, is represented by The Rymer Galery in Nashville, TN, and currently resides in Murfreesboro, TN.
CJ Nye – New York, NY
Born in NYC on December 9th, 1974, I have been painting in oils for over twenty years.
In 1998, my senior year at SVA, I was smooshed by a taxi and lost the use of my painting hand.
Although I muddled through to finish my BFA in 2000 and dabbled a bit afterwards, I had given up hope of making a proper "go" at the art-world. But I couldn't change my spots and in 2006, as a senior MA candidate in Arts Administration at Teachers College, I took "introduction to painting" as a coast-class while I finished my thesis. I haven't left the studio since.
Claire Accardo – Richmond, VA
Claire Accardo is an artist, jewelry designer and purveyor of vintage goods living in Richmond, Virginia.
Currently, her work focuses on using vintage, salvaged, repurposed and found materials. She thinks that there are already so many interesting things in the world that instead of creating more new things, she looks for ways to best organize what is already here.
Her eco-friendly jewelry line, Salvaged Love Jewelry, was recently featured in the Winter/Spring 2011 Richmond Bride magazine as well as on fashion blog Miskabelle.com.
Recent shows have included Jewelry in July at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia and It's a Wonderful Craft Show at the Highpoint Project in Richmond, where you can find her work permanently on display.
David Morrison – Richmond, VA
David Morrison is the organizer of the Billboard Project. He also runs the Highpoint Project in Richmond.
David was born and raised in Savannah, GA by two carpetbaggers hailing from Long Island, New York. His list of accomplishments include eating a whole box of Ice Cream Snickers Bars in 30 minutes, adopting and caring for two mostly well behaved canines, and helping his friends whenever he can.
David hopes to one day hold down a job as a social agitant but has yet to find such a position listed in the want ads. In the mean time, if anyone is in need of tile or grout restoration he can help: GroutRx.com
Got questions about the Richmond Billboard Project? Send David an email.
Geoffrey Krawczyk – Oklahoma City, OK
Geoffrey was born in Oklahoma in 1978. He was introduced to art at a young age by his father, a professional cartoonist and illustrator and Vietnam vet. Growing up in a family with a disabled veteran gave him an interest in the nature of sacrifice and violence and would greatly influence his art practice.
In 2006, he completed his BFA in Painting and Printmaking at the University of Oklahoma and received his MFA in Visual Studies from the State University of New York - Buffalo in 2010.
His work has been shown in numerous galleries and locations throughout the world and most recently in the 6th Annual Human Rights Exhibit at South Texas College and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI.
Julia Whitney Barnes – Brooklyn, NY
Julia Whitney Barnes is a Brooklyn-based, mixed media artist who has spent the last dozen years making indoor and outdoor works related to the natural world.
Julia was born in 1979 in Newbury, Vermont and grew up in several New England towns. She earned an MFA from Hunter College, CUNY and a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design.
Julia has created site-specific works at the Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY); Front Room Gallery (Brooklyn, NY); Mulry Fine Art (West Palm Beach, FL); FIGMENT Sculpture Garden (Governors Island, NY); Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn, NY); Fulton Ferry State Park (Brooklyn, NY); Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Affiliate (Solomons, MD. Julia is a member of an all-female art collective, tART.
Katerina Lanfranco – Brooklyn, NY
Katerina Lanfranco lives and makes art in Brooklyn, NY. Lanfranco received her MFA from Hunter College.
The main theme of Lanfranco’s work is the interaction of nature and culture. Through the organizing, representing and defining of nature, culture is expressed. Questions she frequently asks are: “How do I make the invisible visible?” and “At what point does fantasy become reality?”.
Lanfranco references cultural modes of representing nature such as scientific field notes, botanical illustrations, dioramas, and panoramas.
Lanfranco was the recipient of the 2010 National Endowment for the Art and US/Japan Friendship Commission Creative Arts Award. Lanfranco’s work is included in the following collections: Museum of Modern Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Kupferstichkabinett Museum, Berlin, and Cleveland Clinic Art Program.
Kiran Chandra – Brooklyn, NY
I live between two countries and multiple realities. I am interested in art that speaks across different media, ideas, forms and experiences.
Leandro Carlos Flaherty – Madison, NJ
Leandro Flaherty was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He now lives and works in the NYC Metro, USA.
Through a personal form of Subvertising and an interest in Ecology, the art work attempts to draw parallels between the natural world and the man-made. The artist’s goal is to offer a fresh perspective of our humanity and its place on earth.
Meghan O'Connor – Murfreesboro, TN
Meghan O’Connor received her BFA in printmaking from East Tennessee State University in 2003, and her MFA from Clemson University in 2007.
Since 2005, Meghan has been an active member of Southern Graphics Council, where she has organized and participated in international exhibitions and portfolio exchanges. She has assisted over 30 artists at Frogman's Print & Paper Workshop in Vermillion, SD.
Meghan enjoys spending long hours in the printmaking studio getting her hands dirty, listening to loud, fast music, and collaborating with others.
Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where she teaches foundations and printmaking courses.
Melissa Cowper-Smith – New York, NY
Melissa Cowper-Smith was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1979. She studied art at the University of Victoria in British Columbia before moving to New York City to complete an MFA at Hunter College.
In 2001 she received the Helen Pitt Award (Vancouver Foundation) and in 2005 she was awarded the Carolyn David Horowitz Fund (Hunter College).
She is a founding member of tART, an all female art-collective, and has exhibited her work regularly in tART salon exhibitions. Her work has been shown in many New York City galleries and in public installations and was included in the first Billboard Art Project, Yet Another Roadside Attraction, in Richmond, Virginia.
Melissa teaches Digital Art and the Philosophy of Art at Adelphi University.
Michele Guieu – Sunnyvale, CA
Michele Guieu was born in southern France, lived her teenage years in Senegal (Africa), travelled and moved quite a lot.
She is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs de Paris (MA Graphic Design and Multimedia), Paris, France. She has been a graphic designer for many years when she lived in Paris, where she worked for prominent non-profit organizations, museums and corporate companies.
She is a San Diego Art Prize 2009 nominee in the Emerging Artists Category. Guieu recently had a solo exhibition at Art Produce Gallery and participated in shows at the California Center for the Arts, the Oceanside Museum of Art and the William Cannon Art Gallery. She was invited to the "Summer Salon Series" at the San Diego Museum of Art last summer.
Michele Guieu lived and worked in San Diego for six years and moved to the Bay Area during the summer of 2010.
Michiko Tanaka – Seattle, WA
I create a weekly cartoon/conceptual art piece that I post on MODblog, a blog that is attached to my website. The pieces are all computer based and for now only exist in the cyber world. Each piece grapples with some philosophical issue or problem that arises in my life.
I like using banal formats, like: business cards, graphs or advertisements to talk about big subjects. I like the subversiveness of the medium. I have always dreamed of owning my own billboard to display art.
See computer images under 'MODblog'.
Nadia Pacheco – South Pasadena, CA
Born in Mexico City. Graduated in architecture from Mexico City and visual arts in Sydney, Australia. Currently living in Los Angeles as an independent photographer.
Natalie Andrews – Nashville, TN
Natalie Andrews was born in California, and currently lives and works in Nashville, TN.
She received her BFA in painting from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham AL, and her MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore MD.
Natasha Bacca – Bend, OR
Natasha Bacca is an artist and instructor based in Oregon. Her work explores light, combining contemporary and archaic processes to push the bounds of conventional photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is featured in private, public, and corporate collections.
In 2010, Natasha was selected as the Jubelale artist for Deschutes Brewery. Oregon Public Broadcasting featured Natasha’s process and art works on the Emmy award winning television series Oregon Art Beat. A US patent has been granted for the process by which Natasha creates her art.
Working in complete darkness, Natasha creates images using beams of light with tools she makes. Manipulating the color and the intensity of the light onto photo sensitive paper, she literally paints with light.
Rachael Gorchov – Philadelphia, PA
Through re-photographing, painting, cropping and collaging images lifted from mass media, Rachael Gorchov reframes these ubiquitous and disposable images, bringing their seemingly insignificant details to center stage.
Through doing this, she creates an environment to stop and closely observe the elements that construct these images in order to commune with a representation of American’s collective dreams, influences and daily life.
Rick Gustafson – Bayside, CA
Rick Gustafson’s passion for photography and art evolved into a professional photography business with print sales made directly from his studio, web-site, or through Art galleries and museum exhibitions. In 2006 Rick joined the Digital Revolution making the transition from film to digital imagery.
Rick’s studio is located in Eureka, California in an area surrounded by the beauty of the California North Coast and Redwood National Park.
Rick’s landscape and seascape photography is both traditional and experimental using in-camera blur techniques. These techniques are referred to as Landscape Blur or Impressionist photography which produces painterly photographs.
Shaun Irving – Richmond, VA
This exhibit features the work of Richmond-based photographer Shaun Irving (b. 1975, American).
These photographs were taken with the Cameratruck: the world’s largest mobile camera, built from the cargo area of a converted delivery truck.
Irving has exhibited internationally with a 2006 solo show at PhotoEspaña, one of Europe’s premier photography exhibitions.
The Cameratruck project has been featured in a number of international media outlets, including the Discovery Channel, Wired magazine, El Pais, NPR and the New York Times.
Irving was also the subject of Landscapes in a Truck, an art film/documentary chronicling his photographic tour of Spain.