SEPT 28TH - JAN 8TH 2017

ARTMATTERS 16: John Fraser - At the McNay Museum in San Antonio

The sixteenth presentation in the ARTMATTERS series focused on contemporary art, this exhibition surveys a range of John Fraser’s exquisitely crafted objects, drawn from the McNay’s collection, the artist’s studio, and select museum collections. Fraser makes quietly compelling, intellectually focused works, taking the form of three-dimensional sculpture or two-dimensional collage, or straddling between the two. Characterized by meticulous fabrication techniques and subtle surface details, Fraser’s art effortlessly moves from being image-oriented to wholly abstract, as well as teetering between image and abstraction.

Works included in the exhibition were made over the past 25 years. Marker, from 2001, was purchased for the museum by the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum in 2005, and subsequently additional works were added to the collection. Composition of Rectangles, 2004-05, typifies the artist’s subtly beautiful collages.


John Fraser, Into Warmer Air, 2013. 26 x 20 x 1 1/2 inches, Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel.  

John Fraser, Into Warmer Air, 2013. 26 x 20 x 1 1/2 inches, Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel.


JOHN HENRY receives Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement by Mid-South Sculpture Alliance

In the year of its 10th Anniversary, MSA wants to recognize one of its founding members and internationally recognized sculptor, John Henry, by decorating him with the Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement. The ceremony will be hosted by MSA President Isaac Duncan III and special guest Michael Hall.


John Henry is known worldwide for his towering public works, which grace numerous museums, and corporate, public, and private collections.  His minimalist and geometric forms range in scale from small tabletop pieces to some of the largest contemporary metal sculptures in the world. For more than forty years, Henry’s work has found its aesthetic and historical base in Constructivism.   He has a supreme commitment to the materiality of his work, and an unwavering insistence on maintaining the integrity of the process and the materials in developing his visual vocabulary.  With elegance and a sense of immediacy, Henry’s work expresses arrested motion and defied gravity.

Henry earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a Ford Foundation grant and the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship.  As a visiting professor, he has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Chicago, and the School of Art Institute at Chicago.  He is formerly the Distinguished Professor of Art at Chattanooga State College.  Recent awards include the Governor’s National Award in the Arts from the state of Kentucky, the Mayor’s Award of Distinction in the Arts from the City of Chattanooga, recognition on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate, and recognition by the City of Chicago of his contribution to public art by the renaming of North Cermack Road to “John Henry Way”.  Most Recently, Henry is the founder and energy behind Sculpture Fields at Montague Park (Chattanooga, TN) which will feature large scale sculptures by Henry as well as both national and international artists. His role in the inception, maintenance and ongoing growth of this acclaimed sculpture park cannot be over stated.




JESSE SHAW exhibits entire American Epic series at Vanderbilt Divinity School

‘American Epic,’ an exhibition by artist and master printmaker Jesse Shaw, will be hosted by Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School this fall. The show will open to the public Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a reception to follow from 4 to 6 p.m. Shaw will conduct a “walk through” gallery talk at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be in the Divinity School’s Art Room (G-20).

“Shaw will comment on his creative methodologies and the conceptual worlds at play in the series and its various images,” said Dave Perkins, associate director of Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture. “The audience will be encouraged to interact with the artist in a Q&A.” Shaw, of Clarksville, Tennessee, works primarily in relief prints carved from linoleum blocks. His work is based in the narrative, satirical, political and social commentary tradition of the graphic print. He has completed 27 prints in the “American Epic” series during the past seven years. Shaw was inspired to begin his own interpretation of the American story and its culture when he traveled to Dartmouth College to see Jose Clemente Orozco’s mural “The Epic of American Civilization.” “This interest in Orozco’s work led me to Mexico to study Mexican printmaking and the works of other Mexican muralists, including Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros,” Shaw said. “The intensity and sincerity in the murals, along with the history of the political and social purpose of printmaking in Mexico, brought me to working on prints in the style of muralism.” Shaw’s work in this exhibit is part of a project that will eventually consist of 50 prints illustrating and critiquing American society. When the series is complete, the prints will form one large masterwork.

Shaw, who continues to explore other mediums, techniques and collaborations as an extension of the American Epic prints, earned his master of fine arts in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. He received a bachelor of fine arts from Austin Peay State University, where he has taught printmaking and drawing as an adjunct professor. His work has been exhibited in Nashville, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia, among other cities.





Summer Encore & Inventory Sale

From Aug 27th - Sep 3rd, see what's upstairs at CG and help us downsize. View and shop for gallery-owned hidden gems from the vault, including art posters, gently-used frames, works on paper, fine art, sculpture, books, and more. Browse through incredible values for marked down prices for a limited time only.


AUG 4TH 2016

storytellers write-up WITH VISUALS

The Storytellers exhibition is a revelatory experience that exposes the diverse range of narratives occurring in a select group of works by Southeastern artists.
— Nashville Arts Magazine, Aug 2016 edition

Pick up a print copy here during your next gallery visit, or read the full story online here.


JULY 16th 2016


Director Carol Stein introducing Tennessee painter and printmaker Andrew Saftel

Director Carol Stein introducing Tennessee painter and printmaker Andrew Saftel

A Conversation with Andrew Saftel; Sat July 16 11:30a

For our second summer artist talk, join us in welcoming Tennessee mixed media artist and painter Andrew Saftel. Andrew has shown his work at Cumberland Gallery since the early nineties in four solo shows and select group exhibits. He is recognized nationally for his tactile mixed media surfaces on birch panel, incorporation of found objects, and works on paper. Originally from the Northeast, Andrew graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in California and in the last thirty years has earned numerous awards, fellowships abroad, and public commissions. We are delighted to have him back this summer to talk about the ideas behind his work, process, and developments.

DON'T MISS THE OPENING OF 20 COLLABORATIONS IN BOOK ART II. Cumberland Gallery members include Andrew Saftel and our preparator, sculptor Jason Lascu. The reception lasts today from 2-4PM but the exhibit will extend through December --located on the main floor of the Nashville Public Library.

See more information online.

MAY 4, 2016

Full Story on ARTISTS SELECT featured in Nashville Arts Magazine May 2016 edition.

In a curatorial return after ten years of distillation, Cumberland Gallery brings back Artists Select 2016, a showcase of artists from their current established roster, as well as an introduction to new faces. Artists Select 2016 pulls work from Cumberland Gallery artists Lori Field, Tom Pfannerstill, Bob Nugent, Cheryl Goldsleger, Dan Gualdoni, Fred Stonehouse, James Lavadour, John Fraser, John Henry, Leonard Koscianski, and Marilyn Murphy. In turn, each of the eleven artists represented by Cumberland engages their own curatorial voice, selecting another whose work they respect and whose artistic experience shares influence and dialogue. Visiting artists include Hanna von Goeler, Caroline Waite, Mark Eanes, Joanne Mattera, Tom Reed, Michael Noland, Nell Warren, Steuart Pittman, Bryan Rasmussen, Marcia Goldenstein, and Michael Kempson, creating a powerhouse chorus of global thought." Click here for the full article.

APR 21, 2016

John Fraser and Heather Patterson featured in group museum show San Francisco

BEYOND THE POUR II: THE CREATIVE PROCESS August 20, 2016 – January 22, 2017 Inspiration happens when you are hard at work. Using the wine label as a medium to examine creative processes, Beyond the Pour II: The Creative Process, explores the ways in which artists make their inspiration a reality. This exhibition highlights the process of a number of these artists as they make their way from inspiration to the completion of their artwork, destined to be reproduced on wine labels. The majority of the work chosen for this exhibition comes from the Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection. Thirty-one years ago, Bob Nugent began curating this collection of art by commissioning artists based on the quality of their work and the materials they use. He invited them to create an original piece in any manner, medium and style. Having complete confidence in the artist’s work, Nugent made a promise to the artist to use the image as a wine label for Imagery Estate Winery, and had no control over the final outcome. The only requirement was that the artist include some interpretation of the “Parthenon,” the winery’s trademark. For this exhibition, several artists were commissioned to document the making of the pieces shown. This will provide a typically unseen insight to the creative process as each artist works toward a final completed piece. Artists represented in the exhibition include, among others: Tony Berlant, Richard Derwingson, Dominic DiMare, Don and Era Farnsworth, John Fraser, Stephen Galloway, Sam Gilliam, Lynn Hershman, Guy Laramée, Sol Lewitt, Pam Longobardi, Robert McCauley, Robin McCauley, Jim Melchert, Judy Pfaff, Otavio Roth, Buzz Spector, Monika Steiner, Catherine Wagner, Cybele Young, and a collaboration between Heather Patterson and Elaine Coombs.

John Fraser, Tan Intersection with Burgundy Square, 2010. Mixed media collage with found objects on wood panel, 30 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches.

John Fraser, Tan Intersection with Burgundy Square, 2010. Mixed media collage with found objects on wood panel, 30 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches.

MAR 3, 2016

Cumberland Gallery wants to congratulate Cheryl Goldsleger, James Lavadour and John Fraser with their participation in 'Close Readings: American Abstract Art from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery'. The show will open with a reception on March 17 (5-7pm) at the Cohen Memorial Hall and will run through May 26. For more information visit the exhibition page here.

Cardinal Point, 2013. Graphite powder with gum and arabic on paper, 22" x 18". Gift of Werner and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky Courtesy Cheryl Goldsleger

Cardinal Point, 2013. Graphite powder with gum and arabic on paper, 22" x 18".
Gift of Werner and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky
Courtesy Cheryl Goldsleger

FEB 4, 2016


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Bob Durham, A View from Rutledge Hill / The Year of the Cranes, oil on linen, 60 x 40". SOLD.

Bob Durham, A View from Rutledge Hill / The Year of the Cranes, oil on linen, 60 x 40". SOLD.

JAN 15, 2016

Thanks to Nashville Arts Magazine for featuring Cumberland Gallery's new exhibition INTRODUCTIONS in their January edition. Click here to view the story!

NOV 20, 2015

Congratulations to Andrew Saftel for his new commission piece 'Musical Fruit' for the Ascend Amphitheater.

Andrew Saftel, Musical Fruit, Mixed media on panel, 8 x 4 feet.

Andrew Saftel, Musical Fruit, Mixed media on panel, 8 x 4 feet.

FEB 19 - SEPT 4, 2016

Throughout September 4, work by Cumberland Gallery James Lavadour will be displayed at the Telfair Museums in Savannah (GA) as part of Crystal Bridges' traveling exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Showcasing 134 works—including paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, works on paper, installations and performances—by 52 under-recognized artists from nearly every U.S. region, the exhibition examines how today’s artists are informed by the past, innovate with materials old and new, and engage deeply with issues relevant to their communities.

James Lavadour, Out of Range 2.

James Lavadour, Out of Range 2.