NFA Artists Revisited

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Here’s a midsummer shout-out and thank you to our unacknowledged past NFA artists Kenneth Bailey, Matthew Deleget, and Steven Sergiovanni.
Seed Space’s NFA (Nashville Fine Arts) Program invites artists and curators to visit Nashville’s schools to share their thoughts and experiences with students of the arts. The program gives prospective artists access to professional development skills that are not aways offered in schools, and exposure to concepts and practices happening in art now. Today, we revisit a few of our past NFA artists:

Kenneth Bailey: Art as Intervention (November 2015)


Kenneth Bailey is an activist, community organizer, and social strategist. He started his activitism in the early 80s as a teenager working in his neighborhood for tenants’ rights and decent housing in St. Louis. After working through various community-building organizations in Boston, he realized the need for a more “designerly” approach to community work. For Bailey and the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), which he founded in 2005, artists are critical to social justice because they understand how cultures use symbols to make collective meaning. He focuses on interventions as actions intended to reconfigure social habits – unspoken agreements or arrangements – that add to the durability and normalcy of a social problem.

Kenneth participated in the NFA program last year, and gave talks at Lipscomb University and APSU, and hosted a workshop at the Curb Center.

Matthew Deleget: Artist as Catalyst (January 2016)

Matthew Deleget-smash Matthew Deleget is an artist, curator, and arts worker. He co-founded Minus Space in 2003, which began as a website and is now a gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn. He was selected to participate in the 2014 Whitney Biennial by Michelle Grabner, functions as an Artist Leader at Creative Capital, and has served as a juror and panelist for granting organizations like the Joan Mitchell Foundation. The artist, who works not just as an artist but as an institution, can be a catalyst in his or her community by not waiting around for things to happen.

For the NFA program in, Matthew hosted a student workshop at the Curb Center, gave a talk at Zeitgeist Gallery, and visited APSU.

Steven Sergiovanni: Transparency as Practice (March, April 2016)

SSergiovanni 3 Steven Sergiovanni is the Director of Mixed Greens. Established in 1999 as an online-only curated marketplace, which then evolved at the request of its many artists into a brick and mortar gallery, Mixed Greens has operated on a fundamental belief that openness both to artists and to collectors yields a better and closer relationship with artwork. It has also been one of the few Chelsea galleries to maintain an open call for submissions. Serbgiovanni’s experience as a director, galleries, and dealer hinges on a methodology of continued transparency.

Steven’s participation in the NFA program consisted of a talk at Zeitgeist Gallery, and a visit to APSU and Ground Floor Gallery.

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