A born and raised Memphian, Adam found his love of painting after attending a local paint your own canvas art event. Over the last five years, he has painted many pieces of art for friends, customers, and Memphis charities while creating his own unique and fun style. When not painting, Adam is an entertainer for the local NBA team, and his energy carries over from the arena to his art!
We are thrilled to have Adam Exelbierd contributing again this year and you won’t want to miss the series he’s contributed this year: the CORE 4! See more of Adam’s work on his website and learn more about Art for Jobs here or on our Facebook event page.
Jess Ada is a painter/maker/reclaimed architectural upcycler/ antiques restorationist who has been working and making in Memphis for a long time. Jess has her BFA from U of M and her MFA from Memphis College of Art. She lives in the heart of the city with her kids.
Jess has contributed to Art for Jobs for 3 years and we’re grateful for her continued support of Advance Memphis. You can see more of her work here. Learn more about Art for Jobs here and see the Facebook event page here.
Sara is a thirteen year old artist born and raised right here in Memphis. She lives with her mom and dad and four sisters. She is a student of Gene Goodwin. She loves art and hopes to make her living at it one day.
To learn more about Art for Jobs, go to www.advancememphis.org/afj2016.
Lucy Wepfer, a lifelong Memphian, graduated from Vanderbilt University. She is active in the community, loves her family, and enjoys painting as a hobby. She is a long-time volunteer and supporter of Advance Memphis and looks forward to participating in Art for Jobs each year.
ALL OF HILL’S WORK FOR ART FOR JOBS 2016 CAN BE SEEN IN THE ONLINE CATALOG.
Katie has an MA (Hons) degree in German and History of Art from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She grew up in Munich, Germany and Moscow, Russia. She has worked in art galleries in Edinburgh, Scotland and Nashville, TN. She has taught art outreach at the Frist Center for Visual Arts (Nashville, TN) and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens (Memphis, TN) as well as elementary school art in Memphis. Her focus is on portraits, religious and abstract work. She resides in Memphis with her husband and four sons.
Learn more about Katie’s work at katiehillart.com.
Local artist and teacher Jack Chambers will be participating in Art for Jobs for his second year and will be creating an Artist’s Wall as part of this year’s event. Learn more about Artist’s Walls here and see all the Art for Jobs information here. See more of Jack’s work on his site.
Artist’s Statement: Growing up in Memphis, TN, living in Chattanooga, and then returning to teach in Memphis, I am proud to be a Tennessee based artist. Both cities have an abundance of street art ranging from murals and sculptures to graffiti. Being surrounded by this culture of public art has had an impact on how I see the world. I began to find beauty in the layers formed by multiple artists painting, posting stickers, and applying wheat pastes in alleyways, on doors, on electric boxes, ect. Over time these areas begin to reveal a collaborative visual story of the city. These unique collaborative moments of art spread across the urban landscape to transform the city into one large art gallery to which we all have lifetime memberships. My art attempts to highlight and emulate these beautiful moments of layering and collaboration found within the urban environment, find balance between chaos and structure, and express visually the world which I perceive.
University of Alabama, BFA Painting, 1998
Philadelphia College of Textile and Design, continuing education classes, 2000-2002
I have been drawn to colors for as long as I can remember. I loved discovering color in new and unexpected places such as the rainbow in an oil slick, or the inside of a piece of fruit. It was incredible to learn to mix my own colors when I began painting as a child.
I start new pieces with an unprimed raw canvas. My process begins by soaking the canvas with water, and then pouring paint onto it. I continue this process of layering colors. I do not use brushes-my best tool is gravity. It’s amazing where paint wants to go on its own. Drying time varies with humidity and the thickness of the paint. I also work with resin which allows me to observe previously unnoticed colors-especially metallics-once covered in the crystal clear material. I was taught that a finished work of art should contain something uncomfortable, but I prefer to include something that is surprising.
As my life journey changes, so do my colors. I have gone through phases of whites and greys, but I always end upcoming back to bold and vibrant colors. As an artist, I want to always push myself creatively by exploring new techniques, experimenting with other mediums, and working with colors in new combinations. Lately I have been experimenting with metal, and have enjoyed working with the material making decorative sculptures.
Katie Robinson, May 2016
Meredith Pohland is the master colorist at Silicone Arts Labs. She graduated with a BFA from The Memphis College of Art in 2010. She dedicates her free time to making pyrography art.
For several years, local artist Merrill Skipworth has brought her skills to the Work Life classroom, working with participants to create a piece that is then sold at the Art for Jobs event. This year, artist Betsy Brown joined Merrill, and an enthusiastic group of participants collaborated on several pieces that will be available on September 15th.
We are grateful for the way these artists share their love for their craft with Advance Memphis participants.
Learn more about Art for Jobs at advancememphis.org/afj2016.