JAN 7TH 2017

Marilyn Murphy’s ‘Realism Subverted’ opens January 19 at Vanderbilt University's Fine Art Gallery  with a reception from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

REVIEW: By John Pitcher in Nashville Arts Magazine (February 2017)

In honor of Professor of Art Marilyn Murphy, who will retire in 2017 after 37 years of teaching in Vanderbilt’s Department of Art, the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents Marilyn Murphy—Realism Subverted beginning Thursday, Jan. 19. Marilyn Murphy—Realism Subverted features paintings and drawings in which reality is turned upside down in dreamlike scenes, with gravity-defying objects and figures diligently focused on a task. These figures’ earnest stances belie what is always, in fact, a very strange object of study. Murphy finds inspiration for her subjects in the popular culture of the 1940s and ’50s, presenting them with an attention to light and shadow that creates a sense of mystery and often incorporates dramatic effects from forces of nature—a sign of her youth on the Great Plains.

“While occasionally my art has a political element, many of the pieces in this series comment upon the act of seeing, the creative process, or some aspect of human experience,” Murphy said. “In her deftly rendered drawings and detailed paintings, Murphy raises a curtain to a world that is quietly subversive and in many instances layered with humor,” said Joseph Mella, director of the Fine Arts Gallery. He describes these worlds, in which “huge shifts in scale … contribute to a sense that we have stumbled into an alternate reality.”

Murphy’s artwork has been shown in more than 380 exhibitions nationally and abroad, and her pieces are in several public and private collections, including the Kemper Collection, the Boston Museum School, the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy, and the Oklahoma Museum of Art. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville mounted a mid-career survey of her work in 2004, and she participated in a two-person exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art with Bob Trotman. She is represented by Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Adler and Co. in San Francisco, Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, and Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina.

DEC 10TH 2016 - MARCH 12TH 2017

Unquiet Territories: Art by Cheryl Goldsleger in the Morris Museum of Art (GA)

REVIEW: By Brett Levine in Burnaway (02/06/2017)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1951, Cheryl Goldsleger matriculated at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1969. She attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Rome in 1971 and earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1973. She earned a master of fine arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1975. She has taught at Western Carolina University (1975–1977), Georgia Piedmont College (1988–2001), and Georgia State University (2001–2014), where she served as the director of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design. In 2015 she was named the fifth William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta University.

Her work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the United States and abroad, including notable exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. In 2013 she created a series of acclaimed paintings, drawings, and sculpture and a series of videos for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

As Felicia Feaster noted recently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “There is an ethereal quality to the works, and an undeniable quality the artist describes of getting lost in the work, falling into these vast metaphysical spaces.”

Cheryl Goldsleger, Aspiration, Graphite and mixed media on Mylar, 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches, 2006.



NOV 1ST 2016

TRASH TALK by TOM PFANNERSTILL featured in Nashville Arts Magazine


Pick up a copy during your next gallery visit or read the full article here.


SEPT 28TH - JAN 8TH 2017

ARTMATTERS 16: John Fraser - At the McNay Museum in San Antonio

The sixteenth presentation in the ARTMATTERS series focused on contemporary art, this exhibition surveys a range of John Fraser’s exquisitely crafted objects, drawn from the McNay’s collection, the artist’s studio, and select museum collections. Fraser makes quietly compelling, intellectually focused works, taking the form of three-dimensional sculpture or two-dimensional collage, or straddling between the two. Characterized by meticulous fabrication techniques and subtle surface details, Fraser’s art effortlessly moves from being image-oriented to wholly abstract, as well as teetering between image and abstraction.

Works included in the exhibition were made over the past 25 years. Marker, from 2001, was purchased for the museum by the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum in 2005, and subsequently additional works were added to the collection. Composition of Rectangles, 2004-05, typifies the artist’s subtly beautiful collages.


John Fraser, Into Warmer Air, 2013. 26 x 20 x 1 1/2 inches, Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel.  

John Fraser, Into Warmer Air, 2013. 26 x 20 x 1 1/2 inches, Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel.


JOHN HENRY receives Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement by Mid-South Sculpture Alliance

In the year of its 10th Anniversary, MSA wants to recognize one of its founding members and internationally recognized sculptor, John Henry, by decorating him with the Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement. The ceremony will be hosted by MSA President Isaac Duncan III and special guest Michael Hall.


John Henry is known worldwide for his towering public works, which grace numerous museums, and corporate, public, and private collections.  His minimalist and geometric forms range in scale from small tabletop pieces to some of the largest contemporary metal sculptures in the world. For more than forty years, Henry’s work has found its aesthetic and historical base in Constructivism.   He has a supreme commitment to the materiality of his work, and an unwavering insistence on maintaining the integrity of the process and the materials in developing his visual vocabulary.  With elegance and a sense of immediacy, Henry’s work expresses arrested motion and defied gravity.

Henry earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a Ford Foundation grant and the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship.  As a visiting professor, he has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Chicago, and the School of Art Institute at Chicago.  He is formerly the Distinguished Professor of Art at Chattanooga State College.  Recent awards include the Governor’s National Award in the Arts from the state of Kentucky, the Mayor’s Award of Distinction in the Arts from the City of Chattanooga, recognition on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate, and recognition by the City of Chicago of his contribution to public art by the renaming of North Cermack Road to “John Henry Way”.  Most Recently, Henry is the founder and energy behind Sculpture Fields at Montague Park (Chattanooga, TN) which will feature large scale sculptures by Henry as well as both national and international artists. His role in the inception, maintenance and ongoing growth of this acclaimed sculpture park cannot be over stated.




JESSE SHAW exhibits entire American Epic series at Vanderbilt Divinity School

‘American Epic,’ an exhibition by artist and master printmaker Jesse Shaw, will be hosted by Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School this fall. The show will open to the public Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a reception to follow from 4 to 6 p.m. Shaw will conduct a “walk through” gallery talk at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be in the Divinity School’s Art Room (G-20).

“Shaw will comment on his creative methodologies and the conceptual worlds at play in the series and its various images,” said Dave Perkins, associate director of Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture. “The audience will be encouraged to interact with the artist in a Q&A.” Shaw, of Clarksville, Tennessee, works primarily in relief prints carved from linoleum blocks. His work is based in the narrative, satirical, political and social commentary tradition of the graphic print. He has completed 27 prints in the “American Epic” series during the past seven years. Shaw was inspired to begin his own interpretation of the American story and its culture when he traveled to Dartmouth College to see Jose Clemente Orozco’s mural “The Epic of American Civilization.” “This interest in Orozco’s work led me to Mexico to study Mexican printmaking and the works of other Mexican muralists, including Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros,” Shaw said. “The intensity and sincerity in the murals, along with the history of the political and social purpose of printmaking in Mexico, brought me to working on prints in the style of muralism.” Shaw’s work in this exhibit is part of a project that will eventually consist of 50 prints illustrating and critiquing American society. When the series is complete, the prints will form one large masterwork.

Shaw, who continues to explore other mediums, techniques and collaborations as an extension of the American Epic prints, earned his master of fine arts in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. He received a bachelor of fine arts from Austin Peay State University, where he has taught printmaking and drawing as an adjunct professor. His work has been exhibited in Nashville, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia, among other cities.





Summer Encore & Inventory Sale

From Aug 27th - Sep 3rd, see what's upstairs at CG and help us downsize. View and shop for gallery-owned hidden gems from the vault, including art posters, gently-used frames, works on paper, fine art, sculpture, books, and more. Browse through incredible values for marked down prices for a limited time only.


AUG 4TH 2016

storytellers write-up WITH VISUALS

The Storytellers exhibition is a revelatory experience that exposes the diverse range of narratives occurring in a select group of works by Southeastern artists.
— Nashville Arts Magazine, Aug 2016 edition

Pick up a print copy here during your next gallery visit, or read the full story online here.


JULY 16th 2016


Director Carol Stein introducing Tennessee painter and printmaker Andrew Saftel

Director Carol Stein introducing Tennessee painter and printmaker Andrew Saftel

A Conversation with Andrew Saftel; Sat July 16 11:30a

For our second summer artist talk, join us in welcoming Tennessee mixed media artist and painter Andrew Saftel. Andrew has shown his work at Cumberland Gallery since the early nineties in four solo shows and select group exhibits. He is recognized nationally for his tactile mixed media surfaces on birch panel, incorporation of found objects, and works on paper. Originally from the Northeast, Andrew graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in California and in the last thirty years has earned numerous awards, fellowships abroad, and public commissions. We are delighted to have him back this summer to talk about the ideas behind his work, process, and developments.

DON'T MISS THE OPENING OF 20 COLLABORATIONS IN BOOK ART II. Cumberland Gallery members include Andrew Saftel and our preparator, sculptor Jason Lascu. The reception lasts today from 2-4PM but the exhibit will extend through December --located on the main floor of the Nashville Public Library.

See more information online.

MAY 4, 2016

Full Story on ARTISTS SELECT featured in Nashville Arts Magazine May 2016 edition.

In a curatorial return after ten years of distillation, Cumberland Gallery brings back Artists Select 2016, a showcase of artists from their current established roster, as well as an introduction to new faces. Artists Select 2016 pulls work from Cumberland Gallery artists Lori Field, Tom Pfannerstill, Bob Nugent, Cheryl Goldsleger, Dan Gualdoni, Fred Stonehouse, James Lavadour, John Fraser, John Henry, Leonard Koscianski, and Marilyn Murphy. In turn, each of the eleven artists represented by Cumberland engages their own curatorial voice, selecting another whose work they respect and whose artistic experience shares influence and dialogue. Visiting artists include Hanna von Goeler, Caroline Waite, Mark Eanes, Joanne Mattera, Tom Reed, Michael Noland, Nell Warren, Steuart Pittman, Bryan Rasmussen, Marcia Goldenstein, and Michael Kempson, creating a powerhouse chorus of global thought." Click here for the full article.

APR 21, 2016

John Fraser and Heather Patterson featured in group museum show San Francisco

BEYOND THE POUR II: THE CREATIVE PROCESS August 20, 2016 – January 22, 2017 Inspiration happens when you are hard at work. Using the wine label as a medium to examine creative processes, Beyond the Pour II: The Creative Process, explores the ways in which artists make their inspiration a reality. This exhibition highlights the process of a number of these artists as they make their way from inspiration to the completion of their artwork, destined to be reproduced on wine labels. The majority of the work chosen for this exhibition comes from the Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection. Thirty-one years ago, Bob Nugent began curating this collection of art by commissioning artists based on the quality of their work and the materials they use. He invited them to create an original piece in any manner, medium and style. Having complete confidence in the artist’s work, Nugent made a promise to the artist to use the image as a wine label for Imagery Estate Winery, and had no control over the final outcome. The only requirement was that the artist include some interpretation of the “Parthenon,” the winery’s trademark. For this exhibition, several artists were commissioned to document the making of the pieces shown. This will provide a typically unseen insight to the creative process as each artist works toward a final completed piece. Artists represented in the exhibition include, among others: Tony Berlant, Richard Derwingson, Dominic DiMare, Don and Era Farnsworth, John Fraser, Stephen Galloway, Sam Gilliam, Lynn Hershman, Guy Laramée, Sol Lewitt, Pam Longobardi, Robert McCauley, Robin McCauley, Jim Melchert, Judy Pfaff, Otavio Roth, Buzz Spector, Monika Steiner, Catherine Wagner, Cybele Young, and a collaboration between Heather Patterson and Elaine Coombs.

John Fraser, Tan Intersection with Burgundy Square, 2010. Mixed media collage with found objects on wood panel, 30 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches.

John Fraser, Tan Intersection with Burgundy Square, 2010. Mixed media collage with found objects on wood panel, 30 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches.

MAR 3, 2016

Cumberland Gallery wants to congratulate Cheryl Goldsleger, James Lavadour and John Fraser with their participation in 'Close Readings: American Abstract Art from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery'. The show will open with a reception on March 17 (5-7pm) at the Cohen Memorial Hall and will run through May 26. For more information visit the exhibition page here.

Cardinal Point, 2013. Graphite powder with gum and arabic on paper, 22" x 18". Gift of Werner and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky Courtesy Cheryl Goldsleger

Cardinal Point, 2013. Graphite powder with gum and arabic on paper, 22" x 18".
Gift of Werner and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky
Courtesy Cheryl Goldsleger

FEB 4, 2016


Click here to view more of Bob's work

Bob Durham, A View from Rutledge Hill / The Year of the Cranes, oil on linen, 60 x 40". SOLD.

Bob Durham, A View from Rutledge Hill / The Year of the Cranes, oil on linen, 60 x 40". SOLD.

JAN 15, 2016

Thanks to Nashville Arts Magazine for featuring Cumberland Gallery's new exhibition INTRODUCTIONS in their January edition. Click here to view the story!

NOV 20, 2015

Congratulations to Andrew Saftel for his new commission piece 'Musical Fruit' for the Ascend Amphitheater.

Andrew Saftel, Musical Fruit, Mixed media on panel, 8 x 4 feet.

Andrew Saftel, Musical Fruit, Mixed media on panel, 8 x 4 feet.

FEB 19 - SEPT 4, 2016

Throughout September 4, work by Cumberland Gallery James Lavadour will be displayed at the Telfair Museums in Savannah (GA) as part of Crystal Bridges' traveling exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Showcasing 134 works—including paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, works on paper, installations and performances—by 52 under-recognized artists from nearly every U.S. region, the exhibition examines how today’s artists are informed by the past, innovate with materials old and new, and engage deeply with issues relevant to their communities.

James Lavadour, Out of Range 2.

James Lavadour, Out of Range 2.