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Centennial Art Center
Nashville, TN

Centennial Art Center
301 25th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37201
Street Address (no parking lot access from 25th Av. N., must enter from within Centennial Park):

PHONE: (615) 862-8442
Mailing Address: Parks and Recreation Department
Centennial Art Center
P.O. Box 196340
Nashville, TN 37219-6340
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Joshua Wagner: Art Center Director and Visual Arts Supervisor
Joshua.Wagner@nashville.gov

Didi (Donelle) McCollum: Gallery Manager
Donelle.McCollum@nashville.gov


www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Cultural-Arts/Visual-Arts.aspx

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Voices from the Past, A Celebration of Black History
February 5 through March 25, 2021

Nadine Shillingford Wondem has created stunning charcoal portrait drawings of prominent historical and current culturally prominent African Americans specifically for the exhibit. Powerful quotes such as this one by Vice President Kamala Harris, "What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters." accompany each drawing to provide gallery guests with a more intimate view of history and a hopeful vision for the future.

Dennis Mitchell combines luscious colors with an impressionistic or realistic style to create paintings which delight the senses. Dennis studied advertising art at Harris School of Advertising Art in Franklin, TN in the late 1970s. Building on this foundation of comprehensive course work, Dennis has continued to hone his skills and grow as a painter ever since.
Together We Rise, oil on canvas by Henry Jones

Dennis focuses primarily on portraits and landscapes working from his home studio in Murfreesboro, TN.
Henry Jones creates vibrant, expressionist paintings full of color. In paintings like, Together We Rise, Henry shows a shadow world in which hope and light merge. Originally from Chicago, Henry finds inspiration in how forces shape the world. His work focuses on social and cultural issues filled with messages of hope and redemption. In addition to painting, Henry is an activist, author and performance artist.

Donna Woodley's oil paintings primarily discusses the dichotomy between Black and American culture. The figure in her paintings confronts the visibility and value of African Americans within the historical and contemporary context of American society. In paintings such as Internal Chaos (shown here), she creates striking figures using confident brush work and suggestive color. Her work captures the complexity of human emotions and relationships.

Carol Saffell creates intense, large scale abstract paintings that engage the viewer. Her inspiration comes full of personal introspection evoking an emotion that moves and inspires people with the flow, texture and overall movement of the colors.

Carol sometimes intends for her art to appear raw and unfinished because she believes that it represents people - raw and unfinished but always striving to become more like a masterpiece. Her painting, Gold, glows with light and beauty.
Joseph Love excels in portraiture – both grayscale and color. In his oil painting, Screaming Eagles, he works to combine two disparate views of Jimi Hendrix - one as a young musician in the 101st Airborne (Clarksville, TN) where he began his music career juxtaposed with an intimate portrait of the rock legend he was to become.

In addition to portraiture, Joseph has moved into colorful abstract art which will capture the viewer's imagination.
Voices of the Past: A Celebration of African American History will open to the public on Monday, February 8th at 9 a.m. The art in this exhibit serves to honor the role of African Americans in the local art scene as well as their formative role in making Nashville a vibrant city.

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