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January 9, 2012

Tennessee Artists Exhbit Work At Conservation Hall

Tennessee Arts Commission works with First Lady in providing additional artwork

NASHVILLE - - Continuing their work at the Tennessee Residence, the Tennessee Arts Commission is working with First Lady Crissy Haslam in placing artwork from Tennessee artists in Conservation Hall. The Commission recently added the work of 21 artists, with the selection ranging from paintings to three-dimensional sculpture to textiles.

The 14,000-square-foot meeting and banquet facility built under the front lawn of the Tennessee Residence is used for state receptions and dinners, and seats up to 160 people. The centerpiece of Conservation Hall is the glass-walled oval atrium and courtyard that opens to the sky.

With the desire to include more work by Tennessee artists, First Lady Crissy Haslam turned to the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Commission had previously worked with former First Lady Andrea Conte on several projects at the Residence.
“Bill and I are thrilled to feature such diverse and talented Tennessee artists,” said Mrs. Haslam. “We will continue to invite guests to the Tennessee residence to view and enjoy these beautiful pieces of artwork.”

According to Julie Horn, director of visual arts, craft and media for the Commission, most of the artwork recently added came from the Tennessee Arts Commission permanent collection, with some coming from the Tennessee State Museum. The artwork will remain at Conservation Hall indefinitely.

“There were several exceptional pieces of art already placed at Conservation Hall, but the First Lady wanted to enhance the space with additional work,” said Horn. “The idea was to ‘warm-up’ the facility a bit with additional art, and we wanted to have more Tennessee artists represented.”

The public can now take a tour through the facility, so the Commission has been involved in docent training and providing educational materials and information about the artwork displayed. The docents volunteer their time.
Anyone can tour the facility, after first registering for a tour on the First Lady’s website (www.tn.gov/firstlady/).
“It’s a pleasure to continue our work at the Tennessee Residence, and it’s certainly gratifying to see Tennessee’s exceptional artists represented there,” adds Horn.

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For a complete list of artists and their work on display at Conservation Hall,
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