Past Events

Sorry you missed it! Here is a list of the past Saturday's at Todd Events hosted by the Department of Art and Design. Did you attend? You might see yourself in a picture! Be sure to like our pages on Facebook and to keep checking our Events pages for the latest activities to participate in!

Todd Art Gallery


Foraged: Paper Engineering Workshop 

Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | located in Todd Hall's Glass Gallery at MTSU
Paper engineering reception and workshop led by Noël Lorson.
Join the package design campers for a paper engineering workshop where you can craft your own woodland creatures! All supplies provided. All ages welcome! Space is limited so don't delay!


Is this the REAL DEAL?

Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Todd Gallery
Authentication Workshop, led by Nancy Kelker, Laura Cochrane, and Kyle Stoneman.
Are you a local art collector with non-Western, medieval, or 19th/20th century works? Bring your pieces in to our knowledgeable Art Historians during this workshop to authenticate your piece!


Acrylic Painting Workshop with Carmen Bouldin & Heather McCormick

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Todd Art Gallery Main Hallway
Workshop will be led by Carmen Bouldin & Heather McCormick.
Join local artists Carmen Bouldin and Heather McCormick to discuss and learn some of their techniques with acrylic painting and color mixing! Open to the public!

Receptions for 12 Cubed and the Color, Content, & Character Art Shows

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Art Gallery
Reception for new collections featuring work from a full-range of artists from across Middle Tennessee.
12 | Cubed is a juried exhibition composed of works that do not exceed 12” in any direction. The competition, which originated in 2005, appeals to many artists all across the United States, and has attracted some of the best contemporary art being produced. This year’s competition was juried by former Middle Tennessee State University professor Charles Clary, now Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator for Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University. Previous renditions of the exhibits were juried by such notables as national art critic Dave Hickey and the Frist Center’s Mark Scalia. This edition promises 20 works with something big in small scale for everyone. This year’s winner is St. Louis, Missouri’s Justin Penov. A work of mixed media, it is entitled “The Dead Room,” Runner up is Joe Krawczyk, a graphic designer from Orlando, Florida with his piece “Deck Chair” which had previously been featured in the Park Gables Gallery in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Color, Content, and Character: Academic and Self-Taught Perspectives in Art is an exhibit displaying the works of self-taught artists from the middle Tennessee area. A notable artist Willard Hill from Manchester, TN. Hill’s work is mostly made using masking tape and other mixed media to display life in his rural community. Hill received his first solo exhibition at the age of 82, and has since been featured in The Good Luck Gallery in Paris and New York. His role as an African American artist was highlighted with his inclusion in Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. A number of Hill’s works are included in the exhibition. Color, Content, and Character is additionally supported by 16 other artists James Langston, Susan Rodehaver, Samira Hardcastle, Theresa Sifford, Jan Quarles, Justyna Kostkowska, Phyllis Razo, Carol Berning, Carmen Bouldin, Heather McCormick, Leroy Hodges, Diane Stockard, Kay Currie, Mary Watkins, Taryn Simpson, and Mark Jackson. 
All Todd Art Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. Collections will be available for viewing September 22nd through October 20th.


Letterpress - Pull a Print Event!

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 351
Letterpress printing workshop, led by Kathleen O'Connell.
Try your hand at pulling a print on our vintage Vandercook letterpress! We will coach you through the process of inking type and making a print to take home. It’s a free event that’s open to the public.


Introduction to Collage Techniques with Hollie Chastain

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 236
Private Event for MTSU Foundation Art Students OnlyCollage Techniques Workshop, led by Erin Anfinson and Hollie Chastain.
Students will need to bring the following items to the workshop with them: Scissors, Xacto and extra blades, Pens and/or Markers, Pencils, and Erasers. Register for this event here.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 224
Collage Techniques Workshop, led by Erin Anfinson and Hollie Chastain.
In this workshop we'll be using a pattern making method to create simple designs, with a large assortment of paper to choose from, on a wooden panel that you can then take home with you. We'll learn about different paper textures, an assortment of adhesives and how they all work together and we will be answering any and all of your paper art questions. Drop by if you're new to collage or you're already familiar and want to experiment with some new techniques! All welcome and open to the public. 


Figure Drawing Basics with a Concentration on Gesture & Contour

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 117
Figure Drawing workshop, led by Tanya Tewell.
In this workshop, Tanya Tewell will be working with participants on basic observational figure drawing skills concentrating on gesture and contour. All welcome and open to the public. Space is limited, so hurry and sign up!


 Watercolor Basics: "Capturing the Moment"

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 236
Watercolor painting workshop, led by Sisavanh Houghton.
In this workshop, Sisavanh Houghton will demonstrate basic watercolor techniques, discuss elemental and principals of design and the benefits of using a photographic reference as inspiration. Participants should bring in some photographs to work from, watercolor paper, brushes, and a simple watercolor set.  This class is to inspire and guide participants in their own style of working such as: abstraction, realism, minimalism, and cubism.  Practical advice for traveling with paints and working in Alla-Prima will be discussed as well. Open to the public. Limited spaces available.

 


Opening Reception for Nick Peña's 'Sectional Views: One Nation Under...'

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 224A

Nick Peña is a visual artist living and working in Memphis, TN. He got his BFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, studied abroad at the Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland and received hi MFA at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Currently Peña is an associate professor of art in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. Peña has had six solo exhibitions in the last five years, and has been included in twenty National and Juried exhibitions since 2007, with his twenty-first taking place in January of 2019. On display in the Todd Art Gallery will be sixteen works from his seriesCrosscut and The Way of The World, as well as several miscellaneous pieces not yet displayed on his website.


Department of Art & Design Open House!

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Floors 1, 2, and 3
Come explore Todd Hall and discover all the different programs MTSU's Department of Art & Design has to offer to potential students and the surrounding community. Engage in fun activities, talk with current students and faculty, and get more information about MTSU's Department of Art & Design! Open to the public! No sign up required.


How to Photograph Your Artwork for a Digital Portfolio

Friday, November 9, 2018 | 10:30am - 1:30pm | Todd Hall, Room 236

Foundations workshop led by Erin Anfinson.
Attention students! Need a digital portfolio of your art work for an upcoming exhibition submission, scholarship competition, or other professional opportunity? Learn the basics of how to photograph your art work for a professional digital portfolio. During this free 3-hour demo and workshop, students will learn how to light, photograph, edit, export and organize a digital portfolio of their creative work. Participating students should plan to bring a notebook and 1 small – medium sized 2D artwork (no larger than 18”x24”) or 1 table-top sized 3D artwork (no larger than 24”x24”). Cameras and access to a computer lab and image editing software will be provided. Workshop limited to 15 students. Pizza and drinks provided. Please email erin.anfinson@mtsu.edu with any questions!


From Realism to Abstraction Using Gouache

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 232

Gouache Painting Workshop led by local artist Carol Berning.
Join visiting local artist Carol Berning as she leads participants in creating small abstract studies from realistic reference photos! Participants will use gouache paint to create an abstract studies on paper. All supplies provided. Open to the public!


Letterpress Workshop with Cindy Marsh, printing the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 18, 2019 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 350/351
Workshop led by Kathleen O'Connell and visiting artist Cindy Marsh.
Participants will collaborate with Cindy Marsh to print hand-pulled letterpress posters, featuring the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. This lively collaborative printing event is open to all members of the MTSU community, with hope that all participants will return on Saturday for The First 100 Days March and reception. Sign up to attend the letterpress workshop here.


The Goldsmith Press: The First Twenty Years

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm | Todd Art Gallery, 224A
Opening Reception for Cindy Marsh.


The First 100 Days March

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Rally Point: MTSU, Todd Art Gallery
We hope to gather more than 100 people to wear a series of 100 letterpress printed t-shirts printed in commemoration of President Barack Obama's 100th day in office. Each t-shirt contains roughly 25 words of President Obama's 2,383-word Inauguration speech. All attendees are encouraged to carry posters (provided) featuring the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. The March is free and open to the public of all ages. *Sign-up not required to participate in the March.


Pamphlet Binding Workshop

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Todd Hall, Room 351
Workshop led by Dave Rollins.
Explore various types of pamphlet bindings and make a pamphlet book of your own! All materials will be provided. Free and open to the public.


Spoken Word Performance 

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm | Todd Art Gallery, 224A
The Middle Tennessee State University Todd Art Gallery is hosting a Spoken Word Performance event featuring students, emerging, and mid-career artists whose art practice is concerned with performance, text, and spoken word that relates indirectly or directly to communication, text, literacy, social constructs, socio-economic systems, and power relationships. Peformances will be scheduled in sequence from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm with an Open Mic to follow. Audience sign up below.


How to Photograph Your Artwork for a Digital Portfolio

Friday, February 8, 2019 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 236

Foundations workshop led by Erin Anfinson.
Need a digital portfolio of your art work for an upcoming exhibition submission, scholarship competition, or other professional opportunity? Learn the basics of how to photograph your art work for a professional digital portfolio. During this free 3-hour demo and workshop, students will learn how to light, photograph, edit, export and organize a digital portfolio of their creative work. Participating students should plan to bring a notebook and 1 small – medium sized 2D artwork (no larger than 18”x24”) or 1 table-top sized 3D artwork (no larger than 24”x24”). Cameras and access to a computer lab and image editing software will be provided. Workshop limited to 15 MTSU students. Pizza and drinks provided. Please email erin.anfinson@mtsu.edu with any questions!


Department of Art & Design's Spring Open House

Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 11:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Todd Hall, All Floor Levels
You don’t want to miss the Art & Design Open House!! Join us for various activities and demos such as: Letterpress Printing, Digital Illustration demo, Encaustic Painting workshop, Animated Charcoal Drawing, Motion Graphics exhibit, and more! You can also find out more about becoming an Art & Design major at MTSU! This event is free and open to the public and all ages.


Middle Tennessee Regional Community College Exchange, Opening Reception

Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Todd Art Gallery, 224A
The exhibition shows two- and three-dimensional and photographic original artwork from a list of artists from across Tennessee and North Carolina in student or faculty positions at community colleges in the regional area. The artists in this showcase are Stacy Jacobs, Herbert Joseph Reith III, Tatiana Potts, Eric Claunch, and Juie Rattley III. We hope that you will join us and come see these very talented artists’ work!


Acrylic Pour Workshop

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 236
Workshop led by local visiting artist Diane Stockard. 
Diane Stockard is a nationally and internationally known artist and has won several National and International Awards. She is known for her colors and her music art. She has been called the Artist of Glow, because her paintings seem to glow off the canvas or wood.
Join us Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at Todd Hall, Room 236 at Middle Tennessee State University from 1:00pm - 3:00pm and learn how to create your own acrylic pour artwork on canvas or wood! Learn different pour techniques, how to finish a piece, and other tips to make successful artworks. An apron or paint clothes are highly recommended as acrylic paint is permanent when it gets on clothing; otherwise, all supplies are included. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited, so sign up quick! 


Acrylic Painting and Color Mixing Workshop

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 232
Workshop led by local visiting artist Carmen Boudin.
Acrylic artist Carmen Boudin leads this class in acrylic painting and mixing techniques. Open to the Public. Limit 15 participants. All supplies will be provided.

A native of Memphis, TN, Carmen specializes in acrylic painting with themes that include landscapes, animals, and literary connections. Each participant will be provided a framed canvas, acrylic paints, and brushes. It is suggested that the workshop attendee wear clothes that is acceptable to acrylic spills and provide small images of potential subject matter.


'Understanding Animal Anatomy for Creature Design', an Illustration Workshop

Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 348
Workshop led by Douglas Dabbs.
When an artist understands basic animal anatomy and construction, any fictional creature can be imagined and designed. In this workshop, students first will be introduced to the fundamental principles of animal anatomy. They’ll then be given a scenario in which a fictitious animal was involved in a mysterious incident. Students will be challenged to design the creature described in the account. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sketchbook and any drawing tools of their choice. This event is free and open to the public.


Printed Textiles, a Printmaking Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room  354/355
Workshop led by local visiting artist Sierra Dohanos with assistance by Nick Satinover.
Participants will learn how to create a monotype using plexiglass on a fabric printing table to work on a collaborative printed textile piece. Participants will also be silkscreening onto fabric using specific textile pigments. Workshop is free and open to the public; all supplies are provided by MTSU. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Sierra Dohanos is a MTSU alumni and has been a studio assistant for the Printed Textile workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.


The Principles of Design with the Tortoise and the Hare

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, TBA
Workshop led by Jean Nagy and Sheri Selph, Graphic Design Professors at MTSU.
Join Associate Professor Jean Nagy and Assistant Professor Sheri Selph for a workshop in book design and layout while visually re-interpreting Aesop's classic tale, The Tortoise and the Hare. You can participate in this fun, collaborative, mixed-media project while learning the guiding principles of design. This wholesome, teaching tale is appropriate for the whole family. And the book collaborations will be exhibited in Andrew Todd Hall's Glass Gallery after. We will be providing mixed papers and media. (No oils or chemicals.) Participants are invited to bring one natural item to incorporate into the story, if they wish. Ages 5 - 105 welcome! We would love for children and adults to attend. (Minors must have an adult stay with them.) We encourage parents to participate with their children. Workshop is limited to 20 participants.


 

Experimental Sand-Casting: Creating Cast Aluminum Sculpture

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 107
Workshop led by Michael Baggarly, sculpture professor at MTSU Dept. of Art and Design.
Come out and have a great time experiencing metal casting as an investigative platform for making art. Attendees will be exploring Experimental Petro-Bond Sand Casting incorporating found and altered materials to create low-relief assemblages that will be utilized to create cast aluminum forms. Each person will have the opportunity to watch the finished molds be cast and to participate in the finishing of their own aluminum sculpture to take home at the end of the workshop. No prior casting experience is required and the event is a safe, open, and free experience for all ages. Space is limited to twelve spots. RSVP is required for attendance.


The Painterpuff Girls! [Studio Art BFA Candidate Presentations & Reception]

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | Presentations begin at 2:00 pm | Todd Art Gallery, 224A
Join us in celebrating our senior Bachelor of Fine Art, with a concentration in Studio Art and Painting, candidates as they present their amassed artworks throughout their journey at MTSU in the Department of Art and Design. Candidates will present each of their pieces and talk about their processes and inspirations behind each one. Our Senior BFA candidates for Spring 2019 are: Josie Smoot, Sarah Rodriguez, and Brianna McDaniel.


Nature and Realism, An Acrylic Painting Workshop

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 236
Workshop led by local visiting artist Mark Jackson.
Join us for an acrylic painting workshop with a focus on realism and painting scenes in nature. Learn techniques to keep your acrylics from drying too quickly as well as techniques in painting realistically and capturing wildlife and nature landscapes with paint. Participants are encouraged to wear painting clothes or an apron as acrylics are permanent when on clothing. Participants may also bring their own images of landscapes or wildlife they wish to recreate. All other supplies are provided. Free and open to the public. Space is limited to 12 participants.


 

 

 

 

 

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