Visual Arts

Have you always enjoyed creative activities? Do you like working with your hands and enjoy learning when it's personally interesting to you? Do you want to build the knowledge and skills with which to express your ideas? The Art Program at Vol State offers courses in Drawing, Painting, Design (including Graphic Design), Printmaking, Photography and Ceramics. You may be interested in a few courses for your personal growth or you may be planning to pursue a career in the art and design fields.

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Courses of Study

We offer the following degrees, both of which will transfer to any senior institution of your choice where you can earn your Bachelor's degree.

Student Exhibitions

The Student Art Exhibition is held each year in April. This is a competition open to all VSCC art students. Each studio student is required to submit work produced during the preceding year. An outside juror selects works for exhibition and awards cash prizes. The Student Show and the Reception and Awards Ceremony are an annual highlight of the academic year.

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The Vol State Art Gallery

The Vol State Art Gallery features the works of visiting artists from across the country, as well as Tennessee artists, our students and faculty. All gallery events are free and open to the public.The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. See the Gallery for more details.

Upcoming Shows

Some Fool's Mess, by Matt Eddmenson: August 23, 2021 - September 24, 2021
A graduate from The Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1999, Eddmenson draws from a range of influences and sources for his practice, including Cowboy Comics, Pop Art, and the work of Cy Twombly. His works are gatherings and reconfigurations of American imagery and iconography, commonly featuring cowboys, skulls, and rodeo horses. He also incorporates images from the golden age of comics and tattoo culture.

Alex Lockwood: October 4, 2021 - November 26, 2021
Alex Lockwood’s exhibition “A Future Field” is a depiction of a Tennessee Limestone Cedar Glade from the distant future. On the one hand it is a celebration of place: Lockwood has used discarded plastic to recreate this environment with a wide range of plants globally unique to the Glades. On the other hand, the show is a warning told through dystopian science fiction: Lockwood’s glade imagines this ecosystem on a post-human Earth that has been permanently altered by the plastic garbage we relentlessly generated.

Mark Hosford, preview artRecent Works, by Mark Hosford: December 6, 2021 - February 18, 2022
Mark Hosford's prints, drawings, and animations are amalgamations of many different obsessions and interests. Raised in the visual language of counter-culture ephemera, comics, and animation, Hosford allows the aesthetics of his past to be incorporated into his current ideas and processes. Much like the surrealists use of automatism, Hosford allows disparate elements to inhabit his work without over-rationalizing their existence. Hosford is interested in the cross-pollination of personal experiences, observations, and ever evolving fascinations.

Lain York and Caroline Allison: February 28, 2022 - April 1, 2022

Student Exhibition: April 11, 2022 - May 6, 2022

Alumni Show: May 16, 2022 - July 22, 2022

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Faculty Samples

Vol State Art Faculty - Max Green, Two coffee cups

Patrick Green

Art Faculty
Division of Humanities

Vol State Art Faculty - Max Green, Two coffee cups

Jason Lascu

Adjunct Art Faculty
Division of Humanities

Vol State Art Faculty - Max Green, Two coffee cups

Robert Matthews

Adjunct Art Faculty
Division of Humanities

Vol State Art Faculty - Max Green, Two coffee cups

Nate Smyth

Art Faculty/Department Chair
Division of Humanities