Art Faculty Bios
Visual Arts Department
Senior Director of Fine Art at The Renaissance Center
Bob Kucher is an Indiana, Pennsylvania native and has been employed with The Renaissance Center in Dickson Tennessee since 1999. As Senior Director of Fine Arts, he oversees year-round education programming, exhibitions, and productions for the theatre, music, dance and visual art departments. Mr. Kucher earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Penn State University in 1994 and immediately moved to Nashville to teach visual art at The Arts Magnet High School. Mr. Kucher is a member of a variety of arts organizations and has held a board chair for the Tennessee Art Education Association, Tennesseans for the Arts, Nashville in Motion, and Community Arts Development of Dickson County and is a popular adjudicator and lecturer for arts organizations across the Southeast. Bob has been named Outstanding Teacher by the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts and Outstanding Arts Administrator by The Tennessee Art Education Association. In 2003-2004, Mr. Kucher took a leave of absence from the Renaissance Center to serve as Deputy Director for the Tennessee Arts Commission, before returning to the Center in his current role as Senior Director of Fine Arts. Although a well-respected arts administrator, Mr. Kucher is still actively passionate about education and works closely as an evaluator and teaching artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission's Value Plus Schools initiative.
Visual Arts Gallery Curator and Studio Manager
Jason Driskill began teaching classes during the spring semester of 2010 and joined the center as Gallery Curator and Studio Manager in June. With a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, Jason enjoys working in a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpted tile, B&W photography, digital collage and video.
Over the course of 35 years, Jason built a hot-air balloon from scratch, served as a missionary in Albania, won an award for set design, survived four totaled cars, met John Waters, lived in a pantry for 18 months, sang and acted in 46 performances of “Oklahoma!,” bought a car off of eBay and drove it across the country, worked with Judy Chicago, opened a gallery, wrote a television script, and adopted a Manchester Terrier named Percy from the Rescue Shelter. Percy is his best friend.
Hannah Maxwell has been an adjunct art instructor at the Renaissance Center for 3 years and joined the art department full-time as the Studio Manager in the summer of 2005. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University and her artwork has been chosen for exhibitions, publications, and awards locally, nationally, and internationally. She teaches adult and children’s classes at the Renaissance Center as well as birthday parties and workshops. Nashville Arts Magazine | Spotlight | Hannah Maxwell Wins Best of Show Fusion Art Festival
Anita Lewis (pottery instructor) has pursued her interest in pottery taking instruction from local and nationally acclaimed potters since 1997. Among them include Leana Lucus, Lewis Snyder, Mark Isenburg, Greg Pace, Timothy Weber, Stephen Jepson at the World Pottery Institute in Geneva, Fla., and Steven Hill Red Star Studio in Kansas City, Mo. In the spring of 2000 she began teaching at The Renaissance Center. Presently she has seven classes that include children’s, teen and adult hand building and wheel throwing. Anita has a small home studio where she specializes in functional pottery.
David and Susan Allsbrooks (stained glass) As owners of Allsbrooks Stained Glass Studio, we have been designing and constructing commercial, residential and eccleiastical stained glass windows and doors for 25 years. In addition to stained glass, we offer mosaic backsplashes, furniture, and accessories. We have taught stained stained classes at the Renaissance Center since its opening in 1999. We are also the independent contractors for stained glass at the Nashville Home Depot Expo Design Center. David has been involved in glass blowing and lampworking for 3 years and we make custom jewelry with his beads.
Jennifer Adair (fiber art) Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Texas A&M University, I spent two decades working in the corporate world of construction and facility management. A 1986 class in stained glass started me on the road to rebellion. I was enthralled by what glass does with color and light and loved working with my mind and my hands.
In 1993 I began studying t’ai chi ch’uan with teacher Jean Sullivan. Truly a turning point in my life, t’ai chi reminded me of something I knew as a child-how to just be. As I went further down this path, I also re-learned how to see. During this time I also began drawing, which reinforced the learning from t’ai chi, and was really an introduction to meditation.
By 1994 I quit wearing a watch. In 1996 I ran off to join the circus, leaving behind the comfort of a steady paycheck to run my own studio and sell art glass on the fine craft show circuit. I have made my living with my glass studio ever since. My award winning fused glass is now carried in galleries from Alaska to the Virgin Islands to New England.
Jonathan Bowers was born in Atlanta and grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has a BFA in painting from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. He also attended the prestigious Water Street Atelier in New York under Jacob Collins and has been teaching figure drawing for six years. He has shown at John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, Meredith Long and Co.in Houston, The Forbes Gallery and Sotheby's in Manhattan as well as the Lequire Gallery in Nashville and Southgate Studio Gallery in Franklin. He currently resides in Charlotte, Tennessee.
Julie Robyn Tucker is an illustrator, muralist and 1999 graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues, including the prestigious Harris House of the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and the Tennessee Art League as a part of the 42nd Annual Central South Art Exhibition. In 2000 Julie had her illustrations published in a historical booklet for Volusia and Flagler County Schools students, which featured the Pioneer Settlement at Barberville, Fla. In 2002, one of her illustrations was selected for the cover of The Renaissance Centerís fall program guide. Her mural commissions grace the walls of several libraries and churches throughout Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. One of her murals was a part of the mural project at Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Julie has taught art classes for all ages at The DeLand Museum of Art, Harris House of the Atlantic Center for the Visual Arts, the Sarratt Student Center at Vanderbilt University, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and The Renaissance Center. In addition to her freelance career, Julie continues to teach with The Renaissance Center and out of her studio.
Kim Cantu (fiber art) has been teaching fiber arts classes at The Renaissance Center since the fall of 2006, but has been knitting and crocheting since her early grade-school years. She is delighted to add a children's knitting class to her schedule this year. Aside from knitting and crocheting, Kim is also and accomplished tatter and bead artist, taking regional awards for her Native American beadwork. She is married to Leo Cantu of Bon Aqua, and the mother of two sons, Sky and Storm. She is also a full-time RN at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Penny Plumlee is in her 4th year of teaching American Indian art at the Renaissance Center. Born and raised in TN. she has been instructed in the art and tradition of her Southeastern Indian culture for most of her life although she has also been educated in basic art and technique through both private instruction and at the Renaissance Center. A former child care director and preschool teacher she has worked with children for over 17 years. She co-founded the Native American Educational Association of TN. where served as president working with schools and organizations such as The Frist Center, Vanderbilt University and the TN State Museum. She is a 2006 recipient of the TN. Eagle Award for her work in Indian Education and currently holds an at large position on the Advisory Council for the TN. Commission of Indian Affairs. She designs and creates American Indian powwow regalia which can be seen being worn by several award winning dancers at cultural events throughout the southeast.
Terry Donaldson (drawing/painting) has taught art through private instruction and at both the high school and middle school level. He is currently teaching adult classes at The Renaissance Center in the areas of drawing and painting. Terry graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. His work has been featured on HGTV (an international home and garden television network), appeared on book covers, and won numerous awards at Fine Arts and Crafts exhibitions throughout the Southeast. A sampling of his client list includes Incentive Publications, The Inner Circle of Poets Publications, The Baptist Sunday School Board, The Dickson County Board of Education and many others.
Terry Livingstone (photography) is a professional nature photographer with 30 years of experience. His powerful images appear worldwide in numerous calendars, books, magazines, advertisements, etc. His publication credits include Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, National Audubon Society Field Guides, Sierra Club Books, and Webshots.com, to name just a few. Since 1991, Terry has offered nature photography workshops and tours in locations across the country. He has also taught classes and seminars for corporate sponsors including Tamron, Backpacker magazine, REI, Tennessee State Parks, Nashville Zoo, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and others. Terry is also the author/photographer of the gorgeous “coffee table” book The Warner Parks: Nashville’s Natural Legacy, a book born out of 18 years of Terry’s explorations in Nashville’s Warner Parks. Samples of Terry’s work can be seen on his web site at www.terrylivingstone.com.