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Nashville Artist doughjoe is First Visual Artist-in-Residence for historic Nashville Symphony

by Cass Teague
Nashville Artist doughjoe is the Nashville Symphony’s first Visual Artist-in-Residence

The Nashville Symphony has artist doughjoe as its inaugural Visual Artist-in-Residence, a yearlong appointment that examines the synergy between visual art and music. Nine original doughjoe works–many of which were inspired by the Orchestra’s season-long celebration of the centenary of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue–will be on display in the Schermerhorn’s East and West Lobbies and atria until June 30, 2024.

One of the paintings, “Chevalier de Saint George,” was commissioned by the Nashville Symphony and will remain on permanent display at the Schermerhorn following the installation. Additionally, doughjoe’s painting, “Rhapsody in BlueGreenFuchsia,” has been reproduced as a limited-edition print to be given away as a subscriber and donor gift.

A major part of doughjoe’s residency is education and community events including student workshops at community centers, public schools, and after-school programs and panel discussions with museum curators and musicians for university students discussing the connectivity between art and music.

“When the Nashville Symphony was engaging the community for the production of The Jonah People, Professor/Historian Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr. presented me with an opportunity to join him on a panel at Tennessee State University, where I shared my work and experience in elevating Black stories through visual art in response to the forgotten side of Nashville’s true music legacy,” said doughjoe. “I was then hired by the Symphony to collaborate with the opera’s composer and producer, Hannibal Lokumbe, to lead the community art project gathering “Prayers for Humanity.” The work and collaboration has grown to be more than I imagined with the opportunity to be the inaugural Visual Artist-in-Residence! I look forward to connecting further and more intentionally with the Nashville community. I look forward to sharing more deeply from my perspective and bringing light to all of those in our Music City!”

Esperanza Flows

Much of doughjoe’s work stands to elevate Black experiences and stories while engaging individuals in artmaking and restorative communal practices. As a native Nashvillian, doughjoe is committed to creating experiential learning opportunities for people living in and visiting the city.

He describes art as a universal language that can be an effective tool in promoting connectivity and telling a more complete, inclusive, and accurate history. doughjoe continues to focus on site-responsive work that extends to Fort Negley, a Civil War fort built by freed, escaped, and enslaved Black laborers and recognized by UNESCO as a “Site of Memory.”

He has been on staff at the University School of Nashville and taught youth through multiple community-based organizations including the Oasis Bike Workshop, the McGruder Family Resource Center, and Opportunity Now. He has participated in artist residencies in Tennessee, Texas, and California, and has been included as part of a series of talks at Fort Negley focuses on the histories of Fort Negley from Reconstruction to the present day. doughjoe has presented his work around the fort as a model for public art activations during the Cases for Culture Conference at Harvard University in 2022.

His work has been on view at Fisk University Galleries, Frist Art Museum, City of Ink Gallery, the Julia Martin Gallery, Hotel Preston, Woodcuts Gallery, and other venues and includes work with Slim & Husky’s, Genesco, and the Tennessee Titans.


Marcus Miller

Don’t miss Marcus Miller with the Nashville Symphony on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 PM in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Your Nashville Symphony, with Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conducting, welcomes Marcus Miller, on bass.

Bassist, composer, improviser, and educator Marcus Miller’s compositions and improvisations have been described by the New York Times as “convincing and confident, evolved in touch and tone.”

The Detroit Free Press has said “Marcus Miller represents the next generation of jazz.” Plan now to experience this master of the bass guitar.

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