Art of the South 2018

by - July 12, 2018

Michael Giles 

Jessica Wohl

Art of the South 2018
Opening reception Friday, July 27, 7-9pm
Work on view July 27 - September 2
Crosstown Arts
Crosstown Concourse, Suite 280

Crosstown Arts is pleased to host Art of the South 2018, the fifth annual exhibition presented by Number:, from July 27 through September 2. The opening reception will be held in Crosstown Arts’ West Gallery in Crosstown Concourse (suite 280) on Friday, July 27 from 7-9 pm.

The juried exhibition features work by artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Number:, an independent arts journal serving the above-mentioned states, held an open call earlier this year to collect pieces for Art of the South. The exhibition will be juried by Brian R. Jobe, artist, educator, independent curator, and co-director of the Nashville-based nonprofit, Locate Arts.

“This exhibition presents work born of varied, dynamic, and expansive art practices created by artists living and working in the Southeastern United States,” Jobe says. “More specifically, it is an exhibit that reveals the experimental energy and consciousness of Southern artists working in a range of media and features a confluence of images, forms, linguistic devices, and ideas.”

Featured artists include Richard Armendariz, Silvan Laan, Tad Lauritzen Wright, Ryan Steed, Natalie Tyree, Omari Booker, Nancy Cheairs, Sage Dawson, Brian Edmonds, Beth Edwards, Terri Phillips, and Averell Mondie, among many others.

“It’s certainly the case that global digital communication and the growth of visual interfaces has contributed to the further decentralization of the art world, and the South is a geographic and cultural zone with facets not always seen, studied, or contextualized,” continues Jobe. “The artists in this show unpack some of those nuances in a way that gives the assemblage of these works of art a particular force.”

In 2015, Brian and his wife Carolyn founded Locate Arts, an organization that connects and promotes contemporary visual art in Tennessee. Presently, he is the Co-Executive Director of Locate Arts + Seed Space. He also teaches art courses at Lipscomb University. Jobe's studio practice is focused on sculpture, installation, and public art.

Number: Inc. advances the visual arts of the South by publishing critical discourse that educates, advocates, and informs. This mission is realized through the publication of Number:, an independent journal of the arts. This free journal was created in 1987 to bring a voice and presence to vital communities of visual artists, arts organizations, and art enthusiasts.

Also opening on July 27 at Crosstown Arts is TUNNEL VISION, a collaborative installation by Memphis artists Frances Berry and Jenny Fine. TUNNEL VISION will be shown in the East Gallery through September 2.

Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. We provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences.

You May Also Like