Fine Art

Fine Art Faculty

Full Time Faculty

Kristi Hargrove (2008)
Assistant Professor and Chair
BA Fine Arts, Vanderbilt University
MFA Visual Arts, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Hargrove’s studio practice is primarily drawing, but includes investigations into other media such as photography, sculpture and installation. Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Vermont College of Fine Art, Hargrove’s work has been shown in numerous juried shows and invitational exhibitions across the country; last summer, her detailed pencil drawings were on display in the Frist Center’s Metamorphoses exhibition. She is also a member of the Nashville artist collective COOP, a curatorial group committed to presenting challenging, new or under-represented artists and artworks in the community.

Brady Haston (2008)
Assistant Professor and Studio Facilities Manager
BFA Studio Art, Middle Tennessee State University
MFA Art, Montana State University

A native of Spencer, Tennessee, Haston attended the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, earned a BFA from MTSU and received an MFA from Montana State University (Bozeman). Following graduate school, he spent the next eight years in Chicago teaching at Columbia College before moving back to Nashville. 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 (2003), “Bacchanal” at the Appalachian Center for Crafts (2004), Art Chicago (2006), “Intersection” at the Contemporary Artist Workshop in Chicago (2006), “Abstract Painting in Tennessee” (2008), and “Superstruct” at PLUG Projects in Kansas City (2012).  He is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery of Nashville.

Morgan Higby-Flowers (2013)
Assistant Professor
BFA The School of the Art Institute Chicago
MFA Electronic Integrated Arts, Alfred University

Higby-Flowers, teaches 4D design and digital imaging, is also responsible for developing the curriculum for all Time-Based Media courses offered in the future. These currently include Time-Based Media II and any special topics that may involve glitch art, animation, programming, video, etc. He graduated with an MFA from the Electronic Integrated Arts program, NYSCC at Alfred University (Alfred, NY) and with a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and has served as visiting faculty at Austin Peay State University and Ball State University (Muncie, IN). His work has been performed and exhibited extensively in Chicago and New York as well as in Mexico City, Barcelona and Cairo.

Terry Thacker (2005)
BFA Studio Art, Austin Peay State University
MFA Studio Art, University of Tennessee- Knoxville

An artist and educator for more than 25 years, Thacker has shown in numerous national and regional exhibitions including at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Brooks Museum, Hunter Museum, Dulin Gallery and Cheekwood, as well as solo installations at Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Murray State University, Alexandria Museum, and the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art. Also active as a lecturer and reviewer, Thacker has written for Art Papers, lectured at the Southeastern College Art Association, and spoken at the Frist Center. He holds degrees in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee (MFA) and Austin Peay State University (BFA) and has studied at Long Island University and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Ariel Lavery (2014)
Assistant Professor
BFA University of Colorado Boulder
MFA University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ariel Lavery borrows from American domestic vernacular to create mutated versions of our home living spaces. She “samples” from her immediate surroundings as she collects the detritus that collects in thrift stores, at garage sales, on Craigslist, and on the side of the road. Her assembled sculptures and installations reflect on a concept of Middle America as it is defined in domestic goods. She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA (in Ceramics/Painting) from the University of Colorado Boulder (2007) and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013). A 2013 recent recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, she has exhibited nationally in Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.


Adjunct Faculty

Patrick DeGuira
BFA, Memphis College of Art
New York Studio Residency Program

Jonathan Gillette
MFA, school of the Art Institute of Chicago

Mary Addison Hackett
BFA Painting, University of Tennessee
MFA Studio Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Additional studies:  Oxbow Summer School of Painting, SAIC (Saugatuck, MI)

Allison Jarrett
MA in teaching Art, New York University

Veronica Kavass
Master of Arts in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice, University of the Arts
London/Chelsea College of Art and Design

Rob McClurg
BFA Ceramics, East Texas State University
MFA Ceramics, Texas A&M University
Post Graduate studies: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina

Elizabeth Sanford
BA Fine Arts, University of Virginia
MFA Painting, East Carolina University

Arden Von Haegar
MFA in Illustration in progress, University of Hartford

John Warren
BA Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College
MFA Film/Video California Institute of the Arts