Fine Arts Gallery in the Tennessean: “Four exhibitions to see in Nashville art galleries this month”

This week the Fine Arts Gallery exhibition of ceramics by Susan DeMay was highlighted in the Tennessean. Stop by the gallery this summer (let us know if you want a tour!) or mark your calendar for DeMay’s artist talk next month on Friday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m., with a reception to follow.

From painting, textile and ceramic exhibitions to immersive art experiences, there’s much to see and learn in Nashville art galleries this month. As you schedule leisure time, add these events to your calendar.

Susan DeMay is well-known as a ceramic artist and for her long career as a Vanderbilt art professor. For decades, she’s maintained a studio, Made by deMay, in Smithville, Tenn., conducted glazing workshops and participated in exhibitions throughout the region, and worked as a full-time professor. To celebrate her retirement and commemorate her teaching and artistic legacy, the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents “Divergent Practices: A Career in Ceramics,” a survey of DeMay’s ceramics that spans more than 40 years.

Highlighting her diverse skills and visual vocabulary, the exhibition presents selections of vivid, richly colored vessels, plates, sculptures and more from three bodies of DeMay’s remarkable work: pieces she made for classroom demonstrations; those she fabricated while running a pottery business; and a suite of slab-constructed forms.

DeMay will discuss her life and work at her closing artist talk, “Making and Teaching Ceramics: Not Just for Fun,” at 5 p.m. Aug. 9 in Cohen Memorial Hall, room 203. A reception will follow.

Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery is at 1220 21st Ave. S. Its hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.


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