October 2016

Nossi College of Art | October 15

The third annual Nashville ArtCamp will welcome 400 members of the creative community to learn more about each other, about art as passion and profession, and about what it means to be an artist here.

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Joe Smith and Amélie Guthrie; Photograph by Judith Hill

Three years ago local graphic designer Joe Smith created the event because he felt that local artists could be pushed to do more. This year, the event will be focused on keeping what’s great about the community alive in the face of rampant growth and gentrification.

“It’s been amazing how the arts community has grown here,” Smith says. “The sense of creativity and the makers of the community are what make it so attractive. We want to keep it attractive to the creatives and keep it supportive of the creatives. We just want to continue to have that conversation with this event.”

The template for ArtCamp came from the technology “un-conference” model made popular by Silicon Valley’s BarCamp. The idea is that by inviting locals to speak and teach from their own experiences, attendees have more insightful experiences that pertain specifically to them at a lower cost.

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ArtCamp sessions are designed to start thought provoking conversations

The organizing team invited speakers for about half of the 26 sessions planned this year, including local gallery owners, Nashville Arts Magazine, representatives from the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, and Mayor Megan Barry. The other half will be led by locals who filled out online applications.

“In one room it could be the leading gallery directors and curators of Nashville, and then the very next session it could be someone we’ve previously never met who is just going to talk about a photography technique that they’ve created and want to share and teach,” says Amélie Guthrie, director of this year’s ArtCamp.

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Clark Buckner interviews René Millán for an ArtCamp podcast

Guthrie, a metal sculptor, attended the first Nashville ArtCamp after having recently moved to the city with hopes of embedding herself in the scene. “The two goals for ArtCamp are connecting artists to each other and fostering education, and I definitely came away with those two exact things,” she recalls. “I met so many people that day who I not only kept in touch with, but we helped each other out in concrete ways in our careers. . . . Then, the presentations that I went to really opened my eyes to different things. Things you don’t necessarily learn at art school but are so important.”

ArtCamp will be held at Nossi College of Art, 590 Cheron Road, on October 15 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, please visit www.artcampnashville.com.

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