Coop is Nashville’s longest established, artist-run project space and curatorial collective, established in 2010.
– Theresa Buffo – Tree Lily Butcher – Holiday Noel Campanella – Sai Clayton – Lee Colvin – Emily Doty – Tina Gionis – Virginia Griswold – Kristi Hargrove – Shayna Hobbs – Louis Holstein – Mandy Rogers Horton – Rocky Horton – Sara Lederach – Rachel McKee – Cesar Pita – Jonathan Rattner – Austin Reavis – Beth Reitmeyer – Maddie Ryan – Sarah Spillers – Evelyn Thoen – Patrick Vincent – Ashleigh York –
Theresa Buffo received a BA in Studio Art from The Colorado College with honors in Painting and a Minor in Italian Studies. She studied Industrial and Graphic Design at the University of Illinois, Chicago and her past experience includes historic textile and rug conservation for a private collector in Chicago, IL; product design for a Nepali Adventure Travel company; and she is self taught in leather work, stitching leather goods for retail customers under the label bocUe.
She recently moved to Nashville with her husband and two sons and is currently working on a new body of work that blends her interests in textiles, leather work and painting. Buffo enjoys experimenting in the garden, exploring textures and colors. In her art, she embellishes found materials to maximize surfaces, connecting to a sense of lush and overgrown. She has participated in group shows at Dadu Gallery, Nashville, TN; Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL; Around the Coyote, Chicago, IL; The One of a Kind Show and Sale, Chicago, IL; Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI.
Tree Lily Butcher
Born Emily Read in Nashville, TN, Tree Lily Butcher knew what she wanted to be very early in life: in the words of 7-year-old Tree, “I want to be when I grow up I will be an artist and a mom because a mom is the best job in the world. An artist is a good job too I think because I love to paint pictures.”
As a high school student at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN, Tree started her own zine “Sheep Grenade” which caused quite a stir in the small country town due to age appropriate obscenity. Through this experimental zine, she found her love of hand-cut collage.
In March of 2020, Tree Lily was 3 months pregnant, an unemployed waitress full of fear, anxiety and depression. So, she shut herself into her home art studio and ripped apart magazines while the world split at the seams. Change is at the very core of hand-cut collage and change is what inspired her to pursue art professionally.
Holiday Noel Campanella grew up in South Philadelphia and spent her teenage years working on the boardwalk at the Jersey shore. A high school dropout turn Ivy League grad, she’s interested in creating work that is about paradoxical desires and identities. Consequently, she is the editor-in-grief at NINETENTHS Press, (@ninetenthspress) an editorial project that ruminates on the inevitability of losing and loss, which she co-edits with her husband in Nashville, TN. She has a dual-degree Certificate of Painting and BFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Fine Arts and Creative Writing. Campanella’s work often plays with combinations of the written and the visual and the high and low brow.
While her art and poetry has been exhibited in The Smithsonian Museum, The Clay Studio, and The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, sold in national retailer Anthropologie, performed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and published in journals such as Gigantic Sequins, Philadelphia Stories, Meow Meow Pow Pow, and Imposter Lit they’re currently the most interested in focusing on what to make next.
Sai Clayton is a visual artist and curator in Nashville, TN. Her work exploits the self-portrait as a vessel for racial representation and as a personification for female sexuality and Asian biraciality. She is currently an American for the Arts Diversity in Arts Leadership intern at OZ Arts in Nashville, TN., and was the 2021-22 Curatorial Fellow at the Frist Art Museum. She holds a B.A. in Visual Arts and minors in Dance and Japanese from Middle Tennessee State University.
Find her at: saiclayton.com
Lee Colvin has been an artist since the first day she picked up a crayon. The colors, the textures, the smells and the challenge of different mediums have directed her life in the pursuit of creation. She has a degree in Design Communication from Texas Tech University and has worked as a designer and as an artist and a high school art teacher. She loves crafts and pushing them to less utilitarian outcomes – quilting, embroidery, wire sculpting, printmaking. She considers herself a practitioner of many mediums and a master of none. She lives in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood in Nashville with her equally talented husband and handsome, lazy cat.
Emily Doty is an abstract painter and printmaker currently residing in Nashville, TN after graduating from Anderson University with a BFA in 2017. She has exhibited around the Midwest, where she resided for several years post-grad and has attended and exhibited at Palazzo De Cartelloni in Florence, Italy. For six months she dedicated herself to studying painting and printmaking in Italy. She spent the following two years teaching art at the Anderson Museum of Art and maintains a studio practice out of her living room with two cats. Her work currently dissects the cyclical nature of time and the fragmentary notion of memory in physical space: what senses remain in a physical place when you return to it after time has passed.
Tina Gionis is an artist working primarily with photography and video. Her work investigates the continuing evolution of cities. She is also interested in memory, especially how it influences the present. She received her BA in Creative Writing and Psychology from the University of Toledo. After graduating, she spent ten years in Asia working as a travel photographer and ESL Writer. After repatriating to the States, she received a certificate in Documentary Photography from the International Center of Photography in NYC and an MFA in Digital Arts from Bowling Green State University. She is currently based in Nashville.
Find her at: www.tinagionis.com
Virginia Griswold is an artist based in Nashville, TN. She received her MFA from Alfred University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Recent exhibitions include Skinny Dip, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA (2020), Building Bodies, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN (2018), Ugly Clay, Elephant Gallery, Nashville, TN (2018), Honeycrisp, The Neon Heater, Findlay, OH (2017), Atlanta Biennial, Atlanta Contemporary (2016), and Naming the Animals – Numbering the Beasts at Yeah Maybe in Minneapolis, MN (2016).
She is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Austin Peay State University.
Find her at: virginiagriswold.com and @virginiagriswoldstudio in Instagram
Kristi Hargrove has been teaching at the collegiate level for over 20 years and is currently Professor of Practice at Watkins College of Art at Belmont University. She is a founding member of the Coop Collective, a curatorial group made up of artists, curators, thinkers and professors who are committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art. With an interest in philosophy and literature, Ms. Hargrove’s work considers the physical and psychological places of seepage—between language, bodies, and relationships. Her work has been shown in numerous juried shows and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally. Ms. Hargrove received her BA from Vanderbilt University and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art.
Shayna Hobbs is an Indigenous creator from the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican nation. She is the mother of two and owns a reclaimed wood business with her husband called Sons of Sawdust. She teaches piano and music healing to children and adults, on and off the Autism Spectrum. Shayna creates from her experience of growing up as a mixed indigenous kid. She transforms pain, generational trauma, and grief, into freedom and healing through the art she creates.
By using light and shadows, her work evokes mystery and emotion. She is an artist, musician, singer-songwriter, photographer, poet, healer, dancer, and designer. She plays with illusions, bright neon colors, projectors, colored lights and she enjoys blending earth elements with technology, whether that’s through designing a space, creating an immersive experience, or with fashion, digital art, or glitter and collage.
Messages of indigenous wisdom, the divine feminine, and sacred spirituality can be found in her work. She likes combining the simple with the sacred. She experiments with balance, contrast, reflections, self portraits, arrangements and collections, and she loves adding pieces of her native heritage and childhood into the art she makes.
Shayna creates under the name Vonalisa, to honor her late brother, who had a band named Vonagarden. “Vona” is Icelandic for “hope”, so Vonalisa means “hope of the promise of Creator”. By honoring her pain, it is Shayna’s desire to bring hope and healing through her creations, and to help people connect with beauty and the heart.
Louis Holstein is a creator, storyteller, and community builder who believes in the power of art and the strength of community. A collaborator at heart, Louis enjoys working with artists and creatives who long to build a world where everyone has a place to belong, space to grow, and the ability to thrive. His art reflects the importance of being bolstered by community, and deep conviction that art is the bridge from intolerance to empathy. Playing in various mediums, Louis’ artistic voice is communicated through abstract expressionist paintings, film-making, and writing.
Born and raised in Central Florida, Louis currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and two children.
Find him at: www.louisholstein.com, www.behance.net/louis-holstein, www.louisholstein.substack.com, and www.letterboxd.com/louisholstein
Working primarily in paint and mixed media, Mandy Rogers Horton‘s work reflects on construction and deconstruction of both the physical and philosophical worlds we inhabit. These works include complex layers of collage, image transfer, and paint. Often focused on architectural structures, the images offer a world that is fragile, flexible, and still in formation.
Earning her MFA from American University in Washington D.C. and Italy, Rogers Horton also studied at Anderson University, IN, The Queen’s University of Belfast, The Chautauqua Institute, NY and a residency at The Vermont Studio Center. Mandy’s work has been written about in The Nashville Scene, The Tennessean, and Nashville Arts Magazine. She is represented by Chauvet Gallery in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband and their four young children.
For more than fifteen years, she has taught a variety of Art and Art History courses at universities including Lipscomb University, Belmont University, and MTSU. Mandy Rogers Horton is a founding member of COOP.
Find her at: @m.rogershorton or #mandyrogershorton
Rocky Horton was born in Arlington, Tennessee. Then, he attended college at Harding University in Arkansas. He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art. He received an M.F.A. in studio art from WVU in December of 2003. Since that time he has served as an Associate Professor of Art at Lipscomb University in Nashville.
Find him at: www.rockyhorton.com
Artist, curator and events producer Sara Lederach believes in creative expression and the power of community. The co-founder of @galleryluperca and the East Side Art Stumble, Lederach collaborates with creative minds of all kinds to design engaging events and build unique opportunities for learning and connection. Her recent work includes 1000 cloth masks, editing and design work with @thesaltweekly, and channeling early 2020’s OMG.WTF spirit into Gallery Luperca’s Face Value: A Virtual Exhibition of Pandemic Masks.
Rachel McKee is a mixed media artist living and working in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Working with a variety of materials, both natural and synthetic, she explores her own place in the natural world through slowness, contemplation, curiosity, and play. Rachel received her BFA from Watkins College of Art at Belmont University in 2021 and has been an active member of COOP Gallery since 2020.
Cesar Pita is a ceramicist raised in the South to Mexican immigrant parents. This experience influences Cesar’s work and is the motivation for him to advocate for his community in and out of the studio. His work revolves around addressing social issues, cultural exploration, and celebration.
Cesar has obtained his bachelor’s degree at Middle Tennessee State University. He is currently an art handler and a teacher at Buchanan Arts in North Nashville.
Jonathan Rattner is an artist and filmmaker who primarily produces experimental nonfiction films and videos. He has screened work in galleries, microcinemas, festivals, and universities internationally, including the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Centre of Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2018 his film The Interior won best documentary at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and was acquired by the Walker Art Center’s Ruben/Benston Moving Image Collection. He is the recipient of a 2019 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
He currently is an Associate Professor in the Cinema & Media Art and Art Department at Vanderbilt University.
Find him at: jonathanrattner.com and @jonathanrattner on Instagram
Austin Reavis (b. 1987) is a painter from Sewanee, Tennessee. He earned his BFA from Perdue University and Herron School of Art at Indianapolis in Sculpture in 2010 and currently lives and works in Sewanee.
Beth Reitmeyer is a visual artist based in Nashville, TN who likes to make people happy with her colorful installations. Her work investigates landscapes and the joy of unexpected yet beautiful spaces and places that are discovered as one explores the land and structures within it: clouds, rivers, caves, geodes, stars. These environments allow viewers to explore the land and get to know one another in a more profound way, providing a space for renewal and hope for persevering.
Beth attended Northwestern University (MFA), The School of the Art Institute (Post Baccalaureate program), and the Pennsylvania State University (BFA). Her work has recently been exhibited at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN; The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY; OZ Arts, Nashville, TN; 1708 Gallery/Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; FIGMENT, Chicago, IL; The Downing Museum, Bowling Green, KY; Kindling Arts Festival, Nashville, TN; Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN; Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; BOX13 ArtSpace, Houston, TX. Beth has been an artist-in-residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, Mineral House Media, and CONVERGE, Nashville, TN. Recently awards include grants from Metro Nashville Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts and a finalist for a Burning Man grant.
Maddie Ryan is a multidisciplinary artist that likes trash and alleys. Working primarily with watercolor, paper, and the miniature, She wants to encourage you to look closely at things you might not otherwise. She examines the experience of place via her interest in contemporary ruins and everyday life’s enchanting, strange, and entropic nature.
Earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University, she received her MFA in 2021 from Watkins College of Art at Belmont University. Her work has been displayed in the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Cape Cod, Maryland, and the Watkins College of Art Curry Gallery’s Annual Currey Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. Ryan presently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she also teaches and works.
Find her at: maddieryan.art and @mad.ryan.art on Instagram
Sarah Spillers is an award-winning contemporary painter and educator from Nashville, Tennessee. She’s achieved her bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay State University studying Art Education K-12. As a professional educator, she strives to help young learners foster the same enthusiasm for art that she has. Spillers currently teaches middle school art in Clarksville, Tennessee and is a full time member of both COOP Gallery and DAC Gallery. Some of her current work explores the aftermath of Nashville going through the COVID-19 Global Pandemic with the use of lively color and texture.
Find her at: SarahSpillersArt.com and @SarahSpillersArt on Instagram and Facebook
Evelyn Theon is a multimedia artist based in Nashville, TN. Her work explores time, memory, and place through printmaking, drawing, and installation. In her work, she explores feelings and experiences through a combination of words, color, and sketches. Her 2021 series “Prints from the Cairo Sketchbooks” transformed a catalog of sketchbook drawings into eight large-scale screenprints. Focused on daily observations, thoughts, and snippets of conversation, this practice continues in her ongoing sketchbook project. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows and can be seen on her website www.evelynthoen.com. Evelyn graduated with a Bachelor’s in Art with a minor in Art History from Westmont College in 2021.
Thoen is new to Tennessee, having grown up in southern California. She currently works as a seamstress and has a love for theater design. She will also be teaching junior high art classes at WEB Tutorial Nashville starting in fall of 2022. She is excited to be a part of the art scene in Nashville. Beyond art, she likes to explore Nashville’s greenways, read fiction novels, and listen to music.
Patrick Vincent was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN; presently lives in Nashville, TN. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and his M.F.A. from Arizona State University. He has worked for Studio on Fire, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Pyracantha Press. Vincent was the artist in residence at the Lawrence Art Center and at the Black Church Print Studio. His work has been exhibited in international and national exhibitions juried and group exhibitions, as well as solo and two-person exhibitions. Currently, he is the Associate Professor of Printmaking at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
Ashleigh York currently lives and works in East Nashville, TN. The driving creative forces behind her work are bright colors and how colors and shapes create abstraction. With a unique artistic voice and a playful and evocative exploration of planet Earth’s color palette, she strives to inspire through inventive and experimental work.
Find her at: ashleighyorkart.com and @ashleighyorkart on Instagram
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