Hutcheson hosts interactive fiber and digital art by Cuppetelli and Mendoza in February

This spring semester brings to the John C. Hutcheson Gallery a combination of artistic works—some created from afar and some created close to home.

In February, Michigan-based artists Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza will bring their digitally-enhanced fiber art to the gallery, and graphic designer Michael Bierut of the international graphic design firm Pentagram will speak as part of the Presidential Lectures on Art and Art History.

Hailing from closer to home, Cliff Tierney, associate professor of art at Lipscomb, will display works in March, and April will feature works by the late James D. Hughes, director of art education for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for nearly 30 years and the namesake for the building which houses the Hutcheson Gallery.

John C. Hutcheson Gallery
Located in the James D. Hughes Center
Lipscomb University
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free admission

**Also check out the Lipscomb student-run art gallery OPEN, located in the Nashville Arcade, with an exhibit showing every first Saturday of the month during the Fifth Avenue Art Crawl. Feb. The exhibit on Feb. 2 will feature Lipscomb art alumnus Ross Berry.


Student Art Showcase
Jan. 17-29

Undergraduate art majors from six studio classes will display their works in the Hutcheson gallery throughout January. The subject matter and tone will vary with 2-D and 3-D works selected by Lipscomb’s art professors.


Cuppetelli and Mendoza
Feb. 1-March 4

Annica Cuppetelli (USA) and Cristobal Mendoza (Venezuela) began their artistic collaboration in the fall of 2010. Their work features walls of vertical elastic fibers illuminated by video projectors. The movements of viewers are reflected through movement in the luminous fibers.

Work by Cuppetelli and Mendoza has been exhibited in the 2012 Biennial of Video and Media Arts in Chile and festivals such as Scopitone 2012 in France, ISEA 2012 in New Mexico, FILE 2011 and FAD 2011, both in Brazil, and video_dumbo 2011 in New York City, among others.

Cuppetelli obtained her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008 with a specialty in fibers, and Mendoza obtained his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007 in digital media. Mendoza is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., where both artists are based.

Go to the artist's website to see these artworks in action:


Presidential Lectures on Art and Art History
Michael Bierut
Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
Ward Hall, Lipscomb University

Graphic designer Michael Bierut will give a talk as part of Lipscomb University's 2013 Presidential Lectureship for Art and Art History series at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in Ward Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Bierut is a leading artist of the contemporary graphic design scene. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1957, he built a career combining his love for music and the arts into the design of album covers and went on to study graphic design at the University of Cincinnati. After landing a job at the famous design firm Massimo and Lella Vignelli in New York City in 1980, Bierut gained a serious footing in the fast-paced design industry. In 1990, Bierut moved on to Pentagram, where he is still a partner. Bierut makes entertaining and accessible work for giants like Walt Disney, Motorola, the New York Jets and many others. The winner of the AIGA Medal of 2006, Bierut continues to inspire with his bold, witty works. 

Previous Presidential Lectures speakers include art critic Benjamin Buchloh, artist Nick Cave, art critic and writer James Elkins, artist Richard Tuttle and artist Janine Antoni, among others. 


Cliff Tierney
March 11-April 12

Lipscomb University Associate Professor of Art Cliff Tierney will present a selection of his works. Tierney has been teaching for nearly 12 years. He teaches foundations courses in design, drawing and color theory where process and craftsmanship are the main components on which his instruction is focused. He is also a creative arts consultant for Evergreen Life Services, an organization that works with adults with intellectual disabilities.

Prior to teaching Tierney was an illustrator and designer for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and The Tennessean in Nashville. His current body of work consists of drawings related to the shapes and forms of man's desire to destroy and reconstruct. He also has exhibited an installation related to his maternal grandfather and the relationship that never manifested. Cliff has shown regionally and nationally over the past five years.


Hughes painting

Works by James D. Hughes
April 22-April 25

The late James D. Hughes, director of art education for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for nearly 30 years, was a Lipscomb alumnus and a local artist who exhibited watercolors, works in oils and various other media in Nashville galleries.

He dedicated his entire life to art education, frequently holding summer workshops for Nashville teachers. To demonstrate various teaching methods for the teachers, he would recruit young children from the community to be summer students receiving free art lessons.

Hughes first attended Burritt College, then went to serve in World War II and after that came to Lipscomb in 1946. After he finished the two years at Lipscomb, he transferred to Peabody College to receive a degree in art education with a minor in English literature. He also earned his M.A. and his Ed.S. in art education at Peabody.


Student Showcase
May 2-Summer

Works by Lipscomb University students will show through throughout the summer.