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Ron Buffington is a UC Foundation Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Buffington has been recognized for outstanding teaching through a University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award (2002) and a UTC College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (1996). Buffington has also taught at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC and at King’s College in London, England.

Dwayne Butcher is an artist living and working in Memphis, TN and is represented by the David Lusk Gallery. Butcher recently received his MFA from the Memphis College of Art. He is the editor of Number: Inc., an independent journal for the arts. He is also the curator for Caseworks, an exhibition space at the University of Memphis, as well as the Director of the P and H Artspace. Butcher is the writer for the artbutcher blog.  Butcher’s work encompasses a variety of media; paintings, sculpture, poetry, digital time-base paintings and videos and he has received several grants for temporary public installations.

A native of Tennessee, Hamlett Dobbins spent most of his life in Memphis. He received his BFA from the University of Memphis in 1993 and went on to receive his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. After completing his graduate studies, Dobbins moved to Memphis where he worked as a curator for Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts while teaching at the University of Memphis, University of Mississippi and at Memphis College of Art. In 2000 he received a fellowship for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont as well as a three month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska. He had received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation as well at the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artists Grant. He has shown his work throughout the region as well as at Art in General in New York, NP40 in Amsterdam, Dogmatic in Chicago, and Lump Gallery in North Carolina. His work has appeared in New Art Examiner, Art Papers and Number. Since 2001 Dobbins has worked as the director for the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College where he has curated shows with Thomas Nozkowski, Roe Ethridge, Jon Haddock, Radcliffe Bailer and Nikki S. Lee. When not painting or curating he is eating bar-b-que and spending time with his wife, Julie, his five year old daughter, Milla, and three years old son, Ives.

Halfway through college, Melissa Dunn left her hometown of Memphis and moved to Chicago for a few years where she worked in a ceramist’s studio and played music. After returning to Memphis, Melissa finished school, continued playing music, toured Europe several times with a band, painting all the while. It wasn’t until around thirty when she would say “I am a painter”. Ever since taking this wholehearted plunge, Melissa's life has been centered on the studio, tirelessly exploring the infinite possibilities of drawing and painting. For a long time she depended on narrative imagery as a story telling tool. As her work developed, however, she realized that the most interesting aspects were not in the literal images, but in the spaces around the images, in the narrative of the material and the hand. She has exhibited locally, regionally and in Germany.

Richard Feaster, born in Hagerstown, Maryland, attended high school in Nashville. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Birmingham Southern College in 1985 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Tulane University in 1992. In 1993, he was selected for the Skowhegan summer program in Skowhegan, Maine. Feaster, who is also a musician, lived in New York for nearly ten years during which time he began working as a recording engineer. In 2002, he returned to Nashville, where he continues to record music while maintaining an active painting studio. He has had one-person exhibitions in Boston, Nashville, and Jackson and has participated in numerous group exhibitions across the U.S. In 2006, he received the Abbey Mural Painting Fellowship from the National Academy Museum in New York. In 2006, and he had a one-person exhibition at Nashville’s Cheekwood Museum of Art. He is represented in Nashville by Zeitgeist Gallery.

Brady Haston is a native of Spencer, Tennessee and currently teaches printmaking at Watkins College of Art and Design. Brady earned a B.F.A from Middle Tennessee State University in 1992 and during 1991 he also attended the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. After his undergraduate studies he then attended Montana State University (Bozeman) and was awarded a M.F.A in 1997. Following graduate school, Brady spent the next eight years in Chicago teaching at Columbia College before moving back to Nashville. He continues to show his paintings and prints on both the national and international level. His shows of note include Paintings and Sketchbooks at the Cheekwood Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Printmaking Society National Exhibition in 2003, The Portrait, An Investigation of the Self at Camberwell College of Art in London, England in 2003, Bacchanal at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in 2004, Art Chicago in 2006, Intersection at the Contemporary Artist Workshop in Chicago during 2006, and Tennessee Abstract Painters at the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville in 2009. Brady is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery of Nashville.

Living and working in Nashville since 2003, Mandy Rogers Horton studied visual arts at Anderson University, IN, The Chautauqua Institute, NY, and American University, Washington DC. As an “army brat” and student she has been fortunate to travel in Europe including extended stays in Germany, Ireland, and Italy. Such travels have left her with a fascination with culture and languages. The Visual Arts, and specifically, drawing and painting, function as a language through which to search, contemplate and respond to the world around her. Rogers Horton also teaches studio art and art history courses at local universities including Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Watkins College of Art and Design. She lives in Nashville with her husband, artist, Rocky Horton.

Rocky Horton lived in Memphis until he was 18 and then attended Harding University, where he first began to paint. Horton graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art. After college, he lived and worked in Italy, first Milano then Napoli, for approximately two years. Rocky returned to the states and lived briefly in Nashville before heading to West Virginia University for graduate studies, receiving an M.F.A. in studio art December of 2003. Since that time, he has been an Assistant Professor of Art at Lipscomb University in Nashville. In 2006, he married Mandy Rogers Horton and in May of 2008, they had a daughter, Stella Maria Vienne Horton.

Carol Mode received her BFA at Washington University in St. Louis, and then spent a year in Venice, Italy. She moved to Nashville where she worked for many years at Cheekwood Museum of Art. She began teaching painting in the art department at Belmont University in 1989. Then in 1995, she left Belmont becoming artist-in-residence at the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. During the summer of 1997, Carol was visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Among her many juried exhibitions are solo and group shows throughout the southeast. She’s also shown in a Contemporary Art & Performance space in San Jose, California, and done a major installation at the Nashville International Airport. Over the years, she has exhibited her work in Switzerland, Italy, and throughout the United States. 

Hans Schmitt-Matzen Hans Schmitt-Matzen is an artist who lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003 with an emphasis in painting and philosophy. Since 2001, his artwork has been featured in a number of national juried exhibitions as well as many group shows and independent art events. He often collaborates with his photographer friend Gieves who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Hans regularly shows with Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville and maintains a large inventory of his pieces at their Hillsboro Village location. He is a member of the Fugitive Projects Board of Directors, a curatorial body of artists that organizes exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally. When not occupied with his own projects, Hans works as an exhibition designer at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, where he has the privilege of presenting high-caliber artworks to the community.

Jered Sprecher received his MFA from the University of Iowa. Jered Sprecher is a contemporary artist, living and working in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sprecher has had recent exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago; Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston; ADA Gallery, Richmond; the Art Gallery of Knoxville, Knoxville; The Drawing Center, New York; Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles. In 2003-2004 Sprecher participated in the Space Program of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in New York. Exhibition reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe and The Chicago Reader: The Art Gallery of Knoxville published a catalogue of his recent work entitled Truth in Tension . Currently, Sprecher serves as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee.

John Tallman was born in York, Pennsylvania and received a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and an M.F.A. from University of Washington.  Tallman has lived in Philadelphia, Seattle, Seoul S. Korea, New York City (five years), Jeonju S. Korea (five years), and currently lives in Chattanooga, TN and is a teacher a the University of Tennessee,  Chattanooga.  He has exhibited at the Drawing Center: NYC, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sydney, Dayton OH. Philadelphia, Seton Hall U., Nashville, Seattle, NC., Seoul, Cincinnati, Memphis (upcoming)
New Media Projects: Color Chunks Blog, SEED-Chattanooga Artist’s Collective.  John is married with a son.  

Terry Thacker has been an artist and educator for twenty years, receiving the title of Distinguished Professor in 1995. Active as a lecturer and reviewer, Terry has written for Art Papers, lectured at the Southeastern College Art Conference, and most recently spoken at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Thacker has shown in numerous national and regional exhibitions including solo exhibitions at Western Kentucky University, Murry State University, Alexandria Museum, and The Memphis Center for Contemporary Art. Current projects include a collaborative installation for the Parthenon. His work can be seen at Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN.

Lain York lives and works in Nashville. He received his BA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since graduating, he has exhibited widely across the Southeast. His recent solo exhibitions include “Lain York: Family Grouping” (2007), Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and “Directions to My House” (2006), University of Alabama, Huntsville. He has participated in numerous group shows, including “the Fragile Species” (2005), Frist Center for the Visual Arts. York serves on the Fugitive Projects’ Board of Directors.

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