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RE-PAIR Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

About the Project

Curated by Vanderbilt faculty Maria-Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair Professor of Fine Art, Vanderbilt, the inaugural Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art opens in two dozen venues across the state in January 2023, featuring works from local, national and international artists. Working with the theme of RE-PAIR, the organizers ask us to reconsider the function of the arts, the meaning of art as a critical force in society and enhancer of human experiences. Can Art galvanize our energies to rebuild our towns with forums, and ideas that bring solutions to isolation, poverty, despair? The overarching theme of Re-pair solicits an empathetic consideration of context and space, history and commons, deeply woven into the fabric of Tennessee’s roots. The Tennessee Triennial is a beautiful opportunity to spotlight our community of artists and public(s) through collaboration and through opening the lines of communication locally and to anyone who has roots across the global south, and across the world.  

At Vanderbilt, we are working with artist and curator Raheleh Filsoofi (Department of Art) to produce our biennial exhibition. Our Vanderbilt team is ceramist Raheleh Filsoofi, Exhibition Curator (department of art); Mary Anne Caton (Interim Gallery Curator/Project Manager); Amanda Hellman (Gallery Director); Anais Daly (EADJ Director); Selene Wendt (EADJ Curator Fall 2022). The fellow will assist in developing our programming, visitor engagement and assessment, exhibition planning and development as well as with other aspects of the project. This fellowship is limited to one fellow, and will be for both Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters, allowing the fellow to see exhibit production and learn what happens after the exhibit opens.  Applicants need strong written and oral communication skills as well as an interest in contemporary art. The fellow will work approximately 7-10 hours weekly.


Mary Anne Caton; Amanda Hellman; Raheleh Filsoofi; Anais Daly 


Applications closed; fellows to be announced soon