Department receives sponsorships for lectureships from individuals and foundations

On 12/10/2010


The Department of Art announces sponsors for two of its most popular community and academic programs.

Visiting Artist Program
The Cracker Barrel Foundation of Lebanon, Tennessee recently announced that they would sponsor the The Visiting Artist Program (VAP) at the Department of Art. The VAP is a vital program and serves to educate and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through critical discourse.  This program highlights several artists throughout the academic year from all over the country and brings them to Nashville to interact on a very intimate level with students and the community over a period of 2-3 days.  The artists lecture, perform studio visits, hold workshops, and exhibit their work in the gallery. It is a decidedly eclectic program that showcases artists working in all media including sound, video, performance, painting, sculptors, and photographers as well as critics and art writers. Lectures and events with the artists are held 2-3 times each semester.
Presidential Lectureships for Art and Art History
This lectureship series is now named on behalf of Jean Nunley Dennison as the “Jean Nunley Dennison Presidential Lectureships for Art and Art History,” thanks to a generous gift by trustee Marty Kittrell and his wife, Jane Dennison Kittrell ,in honor of her mother.
This lectureship series has been designated one of the top events in art in Nashville. Through a university-funded grant as part of the Lipscomb 2010 Initiative and the President’s Office, the department inaugurated a new program of events in a series, the Presidential Lectureships in Art and Art History. This series was established in 2006 and was designed to address a perceived need in the Nashville arts community by attracting prominent contemporary artists, art historians, and critics to speak on as a catalyst for critical thinking and artistic production among Lipscomb art students as well as other area students, artists, and patrons of the arts.  Speakers in this prestigious series have included James Elkins, professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kimberly Elam of the Ringling School of Design, the artist Richard Tuttle, graphic designer Lucille Tenazas of the School of Visual Arts, NYU, Tom Wedell, co-founder of Skolos-Wedell design studio and lecturer at Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Donald Kuspit, Distinguished University Professor of Art History and Philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and most recently, Janine Antoni, an artist in residence at Columbia University, and Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art and Associate Provost for the Arts at NYU.
This past year, we had over 350 people in attendance at just one of our Presidential Lectures and the series is rapidly growing each academic year. 
For more information on both of these series, please visit our home page and select the designated tab or email