Harding Academy | May 3–5
Harding Academy’s annual art show is always a major event. But this year’s exhibition promises to be the biggest and most memorable show of its kind to date.
A record number of artists will be arriving from 12 states for the 43rd Annual Harding Art Show. The 74 artists participating in this year’s annual exhibit to benefit Harding Academy will bring with them hundreds of works in every conceivable medium, from paintings and sculptures to photography and jewelry. A renowned graffiti artist will be on hand to give a live demonstration, a first for the show. About 4,000 people usually attend the three-day show. As always, all the works will be for sale.
Every year, the Harding Art Show hosts a prominent featured artist. This year’s artist is Erin McIntosh, a noted painter and arts educator currently working in Athens, Georgia. McIntosh is known for her abstract works that explore both organic and geometric forms. Like instrumental music, her paintings have an immediate, non- verbal appeal to the emotions.
“We’re really excited to have Erin McIntosh as our featured artist,” says Laurel Orley, one of the event’s organizers. “She’s an educator who has taught art to hundreds of kids the same age as our students at Harding Academy.”
Featured artists often engage in a collaborative artwork with the Harding students. McIntosh, who is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of North Georgia, has a significant online presence and will interact with students via the Internet. Among other things, she will provide a video tour of her studio and teach a lesson to the Harding Art Club via Skype.
More than half of the exhibitors at this year’s show will be new. Still, there will be many familiar faces at the 43rd Harding exhibit. Ed Nash, last year’s featured artist, will return with his “Terrain” paintings, works with acrylic textures so thick that they look like hilly landscapes. Lauren Dunn, a Mississippi Delta native, returns with her landscapes and still lifes, all bathed in warm hues.
Other artists coming to the show include Jim Sherraden, master printmaker from Hatch Show Print; Jess Cheatham, a Nashvillian who creates appealing and functional ceramic art; and Troy Duff, a Harding alumnus whose graffiti art finds inspiration in photorealism, painting, and typography.
The 43rd Annual Harding Art Show runs May 3–5 at Harding Academy, 170 Windsor Drive in Nashville. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 3; noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Family Day on Saturday, May 5. The event is free but a $10 donation is suggested. For more information, go to www.thehardingartshow.com.