COOP New Member’s Show: Donna L. Woodley, Christine Rogers, Duncan McDaniel, Jessica Fife, and Richard Feaster
March 5 – 25, 2016. Opening reception Sat March 5, 6-9pm
COOP Gallery is pleased to present a New Members Show featuring artwork by 5 of COOP’s newest artists. Donna L. Woodley, Christine Rogers, Duncan McDaniel, Jessica Fife, and Richard Feaster will present work in a variety of media and subject matter in an exhibit that showcases the latest invitees to COOP’s ever evolving membership.
Donna L. Woodley works and resides in Nashville, TN. She is a painter whose recent works explore black culture within the context of American culture. The presence of humor and absurdity in her work is used to disarm the intensity that seems inherent when engaging in the discourse of black culture. After twenty years in the accounting industry, she decided to pursue an education in fine arts where she recently earned her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design. This journey has sparked her passion for painting specifically informed by discourse concerning black women and black experiences in American society. She has shown at the Tennessee Art League, Cummins Station, Tennessee State University’s Hiram Van Gordon gallery, Spreadluv, and Lesley University.
Christine Rogers is an artist from Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BA in Anthropology from Oberlin College in 2004 and her MFA in Studio Art from Tufts University in 2008. She has exhibited widely across the United States and was in a two-person show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile in the fall of 2012. She was a Visiting Lecturer of Photography at Wellesley College outside of Boston, Massachusetts from 2008-2011 and has lectured on her work across at various institutions such as Vanderbilt University, Watkins College and Cooper Union in New York. From 2012-2103 Christine was a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar completing research for her project, “Photographing Imagined Landscapes: The Switzerland of India” and her first solo show in India was in the spring of 2013 at 1 Shanthi Road Gallery in Bangalore, Karnataka. She has since shown again in Mumbai in group shows at Clark House Initiative, Project 88 and Chemould Prescott. Her work has been written about in Time Out Bengaluru, The Bangalore Mirror, The Hindu, New Landscape Photography, Hyperallergic, Dazed Digital, Burnaway, The Tennessean and the Nashville Scene. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Duncan McDaniel graduated from SCAD with a BFA in Painting in 2006. Since then, he has embarked on a creative Journey through the exploration of his own personal aesthetic and how its spontaneously influences his interpretation of the world around him. Ranging from oil paintings, drawings, public art, and site specific installations, McDaniel’s techniques are varied and whimsical. McDaniel writes: “Through these multiple avenues I am always searching for the better artist within myself. This open ended journey always leads me somewhere new and uncharted, and hopefully with a plethora of exciting objects and images to show for along the way.” www.Duncanism.com
Jessica Fife recently moved from Long Beach, California to Nashville. Jessica received her MFA from California State University Fullerton. Jessica’s work is primarily in figurative painting. Her work is an amalgamation of both Surrealism and Symbolism. A collection of the ‘classic’, reinterpreted with a modern narrative. Simultaneously vulnerable and invincible, sacred and profane. Jessica has exhibited nationally and internationally. Jessica currently teaches at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
Richard Feaster received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Birmingham Southern College and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Tulane University’s Newcomb College. In 1993, he attended the Skowhegan summer program in Skowhegan, Maine. He has shown his work widely in the US, including exhibits at the City University of New York, National Academy of Design, and the Cheekwood Museum of Art, and his artwork is included in many private and corporate collections. Most recently, he exhibited artwork in Magdeburg, Germany as a part of the exhibition Herbstsalon ’15. Feaster is represented in Tennessee by Nashville’s Zeitgeist Gallery.