Visiting Artist Program (VAP)

The Visiting Artist Program (VAP) is a vital program that 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.
The VAP series is generously sponsored by the Cracker Barrel Foundation of Lebanon, Tennessee.
Spring Semester 2011
Jordan TateJordan Tate photo
March 21, 2011

7:00 pm Ward Lecture Hall

As part of the VAP, an exhibition of works by Jordan Tate will show from March 4 through April 15 in the John C Hutcheson Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 7a.m. - 6 p.m.

New Work is an exploration of visual language and process. In a sense it is an examination of how we see, what we see, what merits being seen, and how images function in contemporary visual culture. The photographic image is still often viewed as a mechanical reproduction of reality. In this paradigm, the photograph functions not as an object, but as a conceptually transparent representation of a reproduced reality rather than an object loaded with historical and functional contexts.

New Work represents a shift away from the context of photograph as mechanical reproduction and is an acknowledgement of the image-maker as the mediator of sight, as well as an exploration of process and practice in contemporary image viewing and production. These images are a continuation of ongoing research / meta-photographic critique concerning the visual and conceptual processes of image comprehension.

Jordan Tate is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Cincinnati. Tate, a Fulbright Fellow (2008-2009), has a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Indiana University. Tate’s work is currently held in collections nationwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Tate is the founding editor of the contemporary art blog “I Like This Art.”

Jordan will be lecturing on Monday, March 21 at 7pm in Ward Lecture Hall and there will be a reception immediately following in the Hughes Center.
The Visiting Artist Program is generously sponsored by the Cracker Barrel Foundation of Lebanon, Tennessee. All events in this series are free and open to the public. For more information on the series please call 615-966-5813 or email at