From the Carlton Wilkinson Collection

Exquisite Collection On Display in Visual Arts Gallery

Release Date: 1/1/2001. Expired: 2/28/2001

The Renaissance Center Visual Arts Gallery will host its next opening reception on Friday, Jan. 26, 5-8 p.m. honoring The Carlton Wilkinson Collection. The gallery will hold the exhibit from Jan. 15- Feb. 28 and admission is free and open to the public. A Gallery Talk will be hosted by Gallery Curator, Curtis Southerland, with Wilkinson on Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m. In the event of inclement weather on Jan. 26, the opening reception will be held on Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m.

Wilkinson, who holds an MFA in graphic design from UCLA, teaches photography at Vanderbilt and is owner of In The Gallery in Nashville, which is also home to his photography studio. He fell in love with photography his sophomore year in college.

From the Carlton Wilkinson Collection

Through his experience as owner of Nashville’s In The Gallery, Carlton Wilkinson has amassed an exquisite collection of American Art as well as tribal antiquities. Some of the art on display in the Visual Arts Gallery from Wilkinson’s collection include works by Barbara Bullock, Myles Maillie, Priscilla Cassidy, Monty Wannamaker, Sammie Nicely, Susan DeMay, Bruce Peebles, Marvin Posey, Samuel Dunson, David Driskell, James Miles and Jay Dunitz. This exhibit will display works of art and tribal antiquities collected by Wilkinson over the past fourteen years. As an artist, Wilkinson will also have his own works on display.

“Performing as an artist photographer has always felt second nature to me and essential to my own well-being,” states Wilkinson. “As an artist, I feel the need to explore my world and develop an expressive understanding about the human condition -- through photography. As a dedicated art activist, it is important to me that the arts interact with our everyday lives.

“I like to refer to my photography images as being universal as they convey themes that most anyone can relate. My images address spirituality and one’s own existence in our vast humanity. This is an ever-present dilemma for many who are trying to obtain their own personal peace and purpose. Often, what society expects of an individual is inconsistent with his/her own growing awareness. Time for reflection and introspection is needed to fill in the many gaps that mark the beginning of life through the maturation process. However, this connection is interwoven into the complex harmonies of life, which relies on the process of co-existence and mutual respect for all living phenomena. Ultimately, our internal desire for eternal peace is satisfied by our success to achieve these goals.”

From the Carlton Wilkinson Collection

Wilkinson has received the state of Tennessee’s highest honor for a visual artist, The Individual Artist’s Fellowship (1992). He has also received awards from the Memphis Arts Festival, Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago, and The Indiana Black Expo. His works have been shown at Cheekwood Museum of Art, The Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, East Tennessee State University, The Tennessee State Museum, Austin Peay State University and The Smithsonian Institution.

The Wilkinson Collection displayed in The Renaissance Center Visual Arts Gallery will range from authentic tribal pieces to works by contemporary artists. Gallery Curator, Curtis Southerland, will host a Gallery Talk with Wilkinson to discuss the many pieces in this collection on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m.

For more information, please call (615)740-5600.

Visit the Visual Arts Gallery page for more about the gallery.

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