Exhibition Programming: "Transformations"

Exhibition programming offers opportunities to engage with artists, explore varieties of expression, and respond through creation and conversation

“The Sustainability of Nashville’s Creative Community in the Face of Explosive Growth”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Place Curb Center at Vanderbilt, 1801 Edgehill Avenue, 37212
Time 5:30-7:00pm. Light reception begins at 5:00pm
Parking Street parking available on 18th Avenue. Vanderbilt permit holders use lots 80, 82, 122, and 76
Public Transportation Route 25, “Midtown”
Contact Email the Curb Center or call 615-322-2872


How is Nashville’s growth affecting its creative communities?

Nashville has seen an increase of 400,000 in its population in fourteen years, stressing existing infrastructure to its limits and pressuring existing neighborhoods and communities that provide so much of Nashville’s character. Newcomers recognize a collaborative spirit engendered by the city’s creative class, a group that historically has been known less for self promotion and more for quiet mastery. How is Nashville’s growth affecting this community? What reflections, questions, and recommendations do they have for one another, for incoming creative professionals, and for Nashville’s decision-makers?
Crane tower, By Sameboat [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Image Adirane Bond Harris courtesy of nashville.govAdriane Bond Harris is the Senior Advisor for Affordable Housing Issues in Metro Nashville’s Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment. She is an urban planner and an affordable housing and community development professional in Nashville, TN. Previously, Adriane worked with Metro Nashville’s The Housing Fund (THF) and as a consultant assisting local nonprofits and small governmental agencies to administer federally funded programs and housing developments.

Image by Allister Ann

Image by Allister Ann

Joshua Black Wilkins transcends genres. His portraits are known for their honesty, both in capturing scenes and people and in his rare use of retouching. His ability to see and translate amongst clients and fellow artists has made him a valuable participant in conversations about the sustainability of both existing and emerging artists’ communities and opportunities in Nashville.


About “Transformations — An exhibition inspired by Lily Clayton Hansen’s Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations

Transformations Exhibit 2016-17What can the authentic capture of a moment in a creative professional’s life teach a city in transformation?  How might this multimedia selection of portraits—photographs,  sculptures, and drawings—provoke generative explorations of the cultural and creative landscape of Nashville, where so many come to nurture new ventures?  While Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations offers insight into creative community through stories and portraits, this exhibition highlights a selection of those portraits to encourage reflection and conversation about the Nashville and Nashvillians we choose to portray, and the narratives we create with those choices.