Damien Crisp is an artist currently living and working in Chattanooga, TN. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His works in painting, writing, photography, collage, and installation. Learn More About Him Here.
Tanner|Hill Gallery’s 2018 exhibition, Interference, was curated by Ashley Hamilton.
Stephanie Wilde is known for her elaborate and detailed work, which at first glance seems to be from another era. Wilde explores social and political issues, in a subtle and suggestive way: using symbolism and history as a constant reference, reaching her viewer through complex narrative.
Wilde is a self taught artist, who has exhibited over a period of three decades. In 2010, Wilde's work received recognition by some of the most respected collections. The Library of Congress, Washington DC, recently included in their print collection (AIDS forms the Tally). The New York Public Library purchased her AIDS work (AIDS forms the Tally) and the suite was chosen for Recent Acquisitions: Prints and Photographs, an exhibition celebrating the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building's Centennial in 2011. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England included her AIDS work (Slim) in their permanent collection. The Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California included her AIDS work (AIDS Forms the Tally) in the permanent collection. Scripps College, Claremont California included her work (I'm a 950 but want to be 1000) in the permanent collection
Stephanie Wilde is scheduled to have a solo show January 2018 at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City. Forum Gallery will also exhibit her work May 2018 in New York City.
Ashley is an important guest curator at Tanner | Hill Gallery. She was the co-founder and curator of Easy Lemon, the first artist’s residency program in Chattanooga, TN, where she hosted “happenings” created by established inter-media artists from around the United States. She started several curatorial projects, including a series of pop-up shows called "Gallery for a Night." During undergrad at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, she helped manage Apothecary Gallery and served as an artist’s assistant for local artists. Additionally, she works as the public relations and creative director for New Dischord, an interdisciplinary arts festival in Chattanooga. In 2013, Ashley was honored with the prestigious “Artists and Authors Club” scholarship.
Ashley’s work as an artist and as a curator often explores issues regarding the struggle of self-identity, focusing on psychoanalytical notions such as displacement and repetition compulsion. Although trained as a painter, her work exists in an expanded field of painting, manifesting in various ways including performance, sculpture, installation, and video.
She is actively involved in the arts, and was recently featured as a “game-changer” in Chattanooga Now’s “Changing Chattanooga” series. Ashley spends her time on a sailboat in Florida and in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Available artwork is offered online here.
T. A. Hay
Thomas Andrew Hay was born in Clinton County, Kentucky, where he grew up on his family farm before leaving home at age fifteen. After several years spent “hobo-ing” throughout the United States and working as a map sketcher for the British military in World War I, he returned to Kentucky, where he would spend the rest of his life. It was not until Hay was in his late seventies, unable to keep up with farm work, that a woodworking hobby gave way to greater creative expression. He began creating simple, yet refined, images using accessible materials. With shoe polish for paint and his finger as a brush, he decorated gourds, wood blocks, paper plates, found styrofoam, and his own hand-carved sculptures.
Though his work may at first appear as conceptually simple as he has presented it visually, T. A. Hay’s work is imbued with meaning. He displays an innate ability to distill forms into fundamental, yet recognizable, geometries, bringing to mind Alabama artist Bill Traylor. The two-dimensional pieces exhibited in “Farm Works” depict such subjects as horses, ox shoes, and spinning wheels, his ardent repetition of which mirrors the meditative routine of farm labor. During his life, he occasionally received local press and visits to his home to view his art, but Hay’s work has not been widely shown.
The Jealous Curator
The Jealous Curator was a guest curator of the exhibition entitled Beautifully Boring at Tanner|Hill Gallery from February 8 – March 29 in 2013. Artists included Holly Farrell, Leah Giberson, Samantha French, and Mark Bradley Shoup. Below is her curatorial statement:
”There are beautiful things that we experience every day, but don’t really see. Buildings you pass while rushing to work, an old coffee mug on your desk, the cozy chair that you flop into when you get home from a busy day. Most people would never consider these things special enough to be artistic subject matter, but this collection of work is just that. Everyday things that your eye most likely skips right over. We need to take the time to slow down, and study the lovely objects and places that surround us… whether we realize they’re there, or not! All of them have a story to tell, and I think you’ll find that ‘boring’ really can be beautiful.”