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by Morgan Higby-Flowers runs June 6th-30th. Artist’s reception Saturday, June 6th from 7-10pm

Real time vs. rendering, limitations vs. rules, SYSTEM POLITICS plays out Saturday, June 6th from 7-10pm, live performance at 9:30pm.

Morgan’s outdoor, no-input audio/visual performance will be a cyber-psychedelic exploration using analog signal as material, with special guest performance by Patrick DeGuira.


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Dispatches from the Borderlands Opens at GfG

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This Saturday, April 4th 6-9pm

Artist’s reception

942 4th Avenue South

Nashville, TN

Come see the rest of this amazing sculpture by Jeremy Entwistle and beautiful painting by Barbara Schreiber and see for yourself how contrasting styles can push and pull their subject matter but ultimately play well together!

Read Evelyn Walker’s curatorial statement to see how she brilliantly found the common ground between these two juxtaposing artists and see the website she created as a digital catalog of the show.

Then walk to all the other galleries that participate in A&M@WeHo.

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Studio Artist Shana Kohnstamm accepted into Periscope Program


Ground Floor Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce that among 20 talented and local artists is our very own Shana Kohnstamm. The Periscope Artist Entrepreneur Program is a 6-week program run by the Nashville Arts & Business Council to provide tools, information and on-going mentorships.

In addition, Shana is currently curating a soft sculpture exhibition that will coincide with Tennessee Craft Week and help GfG kick off Nashville’s Artober events in October. She also has a solo show as part of the Arts in the Airport program in December.

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New Logo and Upcoming Participatory Mural


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Here’s a look at our new logo by the super talented Kyle Jones.

And a sneak peek at local artist, Andee Rudloff, doing the outline for her latest mural. Video and time-lapse photos will be taken to document the process.

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The studio artists gave her these words to use for the imagery: exposure, guidance, purpose, community, creativity and freedom.

Help her fill in the lines, March 7th from 5-8pm

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

A humongous thanks to all the artists, curators, writers, photographers, interns, sponsors, patrons, followers, family and friends that have helped Ground Floor Gallery + Studios continue to grow and thrive!

It has been an incredible year as we decided to move in the middle of 2014 to add more gallery space and provide more studios in a year-round, climate-friendly environment; however the Chestnut building and spirit will forever be in our blood.

So this is a good time to announce and kindly ask for you to help me welcome all the new artists—Shana Kohnstamm, fiber artist; Desiré Hough, painting and mixed media sculpture; Morgan Higby-Flowers, new media artist and Professor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film; Anna Merrill, ceramicist; and Zachary Gray, fashion and music photographer. Look for future posts on their upcoming events.

We’ve also had some terrific solo and group shows this past year:

GfG closed its original location with our 2nd annual juried exhibition’s ‘Best of Show’—Jake Weigal’s Meet of the Matter, where quantum physics was paired with balance and graphite

Utopia by Culture Laboratory Collective made the new gallery come to life with their group installation, a fitting name for the first show, however an unintentional coincidence as they were going to exhibit with us before we moved. Ryder Richards, a founding member of the collective, installed the show (with help from Brian Jobe and Ian F. Thomas) and gets a special thank you because of his Redaction of Labor II project on our gallery wall which is now sheetrock and no longer solid block, and hides a “Home Depot Orange” painting, by him. Click here to see his video. All the artists’ in this group are top-notch and I hope to show them again.

Our very own studio artist, Heidi Martin Kuster, exhibited Rock, Paper, Plastic—asking us all to consider our past, present and future lives’ parallel to the solid yet ever-changing material world.

A.I.R. Gallery’s traveling show—Refreshed—was where NY and national artists showed side-by-side for the first time in history documenting multi-cultural and generational artistic similarities and differences, while advocating for women in the arts.

Plus, our newest intern Evelyn Walker put on a fantastically inventive, audio, musical and performance-based show about identity and the classification of objects called Impulse: Playing House as a Blank Artist.

Currently on display through January 30th is our 3rd annual juried exhibition—The Artist’s Alphabet, which displays regional and national established artists’ growing wheelhouses and is curated by local artist Jodi Hays. This show is sure to give us another amazing solo exhibition later in 2015 by David Willburn!

Thanks again for all your love and support,

Janet Decker Yanez

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The Artist’s Alphabet Opens Dec. 18th 5:30-8pm

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“Clean and Cut.” By David Willburn


Join us on Thursday for the opening reception of The Artist’s Alphabet, a juried art exhibition featuring work from artists David Willburn, KJ Schumacher, Charmaine Ortiz, Briena Harmening, Desire Hough, Kelly Jones, Brittany Vega, Jen Pappas, and Jeremy Jones.

Reception to take place from 5:30 – 8:00 pm, this Thursday December 18th. The show will remain on display through January 30th

Please come help us congratulate David Willburn for being given the honor of  ‘Best in Show!’

Special thanks to our juror Jodi Hays, who carefully selected amongst the work of many wonderful artists. Jodi summarizes her process with the following:

“In this juried exhibition I chose works from artists who seem to be following their own practice, with their own rules or “alphabet”, to quote painter Charlene Von Heyl. I generally sought multiple works per artist whose creating a context (even if a small one) for the artist’s works.

In terms of process, several artists use cutting or sewing (incised marks on a photograph, exact-o knife for masking tape, needles for thread) on a fairly conventional support (canvas, paper). But results are fresh and seemingly effects of an artist getting to know one’s own alphabet; abstract shapes taking on silhouette narratives (David Willburn), a 4×6 photograph (yeah, those real ones that we used to print) loaded with all it’s conventions of time and space masked with layers of colorful Martha Stewart­like tape (KJ Schumacher) and thin scratchy, barely visible lines recalling mapping and geography incised on printed photographs of an azure sky (Kelly Jones).

The juried show format at Ground Floor Gallery stands for such an important milestone in a working artists’ professional life, and I loved seeing the work. Thanks to everyone who submitted and for their commitment to their practice.”

­Jodi Hays November 2014

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