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“Nashville: A Pandemic Observed” – Art Exhibit

July 1 @ 9:00 amSeptember 30 @ 4:00 pm CDT

Nashville: A Pandemic Observed

Illustrating their divergent perspectives and practices, four photographers from Nashville, Tennessee, USA, each with a solid foundation in newspapers, have prepared a pandemic-era exhibit at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The work is also slated to be added to Vanderbilt University’s permanent fine art collection. The project is as much a study of photographic styles as a record of the pandemic.

Scarritt Bennett Center’s Laskey Gallery is free and open to the public on weekdays, 9am–4pm, and on Sundays from 3pm–8pm. This exhibit will run from July 1–September 30, 2021.

Artists’ Reception: July 15, 4:30pm–6:30pm, Laskey Gallery in Laskey Hall (campus map), free and open to the public

About the Artists
Joon Powell wields both a digital SLR and a 4 x 5 film camera to show her family’s isolation during the pandemic of 2020. Drawing from the tradition of Emmet Gowin or Sally Mann, Powell documents her family often using a series of diptychs to deepen the images’ meaning.

Bill Steber documents blues music and the American south using antiquated photographic processes. A tenured portraitist, Steber’s work is informed by a lifetime of visual storytelling paired with an extensive knowledge of music and the history of photography. The specific pandemic portraits created for this exhibit utilize a wet plate process, which gives the images a haunting timeless quality.

Veteran newspaper photographer and photography instructor, John Partipilo encapsulates Nashville’s diverse population with the observant and patient eye of a painter. His photographs of Nashvillians as they experience isolation, protest, sickness, and more, lay bare the experience of many southern Americans at this unique historical moment.

Dawn Majors’ photos are a quiet exploration of the intersection of nature and humanity’s odd creations, with a gentle affirmation of her own identity. At once painterly and specific, macabre and whimsical, Majors’ full-on embrace of her cellphone as a tool shows a jaunty appreciation for pedestrian discoveries with an escapist appeal.

For questions about this exhibit, please contact Sue Bock at sbock@scarrittbennett.org.

Listen to an interview with the artists:




July 1 @ 9:00 am CDT
September 30 @ 4:00 pm CDT
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Sue Bock
(615) 340-7482


Scarritt Bennett Center
1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212 United States
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