Lena Arice Lucas

Lena Arice Lucas

LenaAriceLucas@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.lenaaricelucas.com/Art/Lena_Arice_Lucas_-_Art.html

LENA ARICE LUCAS Artist Statement: “My abstract paintings strive to express the spiritual challenges one faces - and transcends - while traveling through life toward the ultimate goal of realizing one’s full potential as soul. As personal journeys and life’s challenges take place via life experiences in the physical realm, so does a parallel inner movement and growth toward ‘cosmic consciousness’ take place within spiritual realms. Those inner travels are represented by my abstract paintings. I also paint naturalistic subjects as a form of meditation. My abstract clay sculptures can serve as solid symbols of that same spiritual concept described above, or can deal with relationships between two souls, and how they assist one another in life. I enjoy sculpting naturalistic subjects, too. I think of my wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery vessels as possessing a ceremonial energy. Inspired by - though quite different from - ancient Chinese bronze vessels I saw as a young woman. My hand-built ones make me imagine a sacred purpose they may be intended for. The more structured wheel-thrown jars have automatic writing of symbols on the surfaces that I imagine as a narration or description of what is contained within. My combined wheel-thrown pottery and hand-built clay vessels often use imagery from my abstract paintings on the surfaces, with meaning intermingled, also.” SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS AND COMMISSIONS      SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS 2013-2011    Bryant Gallery, works on display on an ongoing basis 2011-1975    Faculty Exhibits, Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center, Nashville, TN 2005    Leu Art Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, TN 2003    Vanderbilt University Club, Nashville, TN 2003-02   Madison Art Center, Nashville, TN 2000    “Visual Arts Alliance of Nashville Studio Tour” and gallery exhibition, Nashville, TN 1997-91    “Celebration,” annual arts festival, Centennial Art Center, Nashville, TN 1994 & 98    Tennessee  Dance Theater, Nashville, TN 1993    Vaangard Gallery, Nashville, TN 1992    “Women In History,” Metro Arts Commission, Nashville, TN 1991    “Women on the Inner Journey,” In The Gallery, Nashville, TN 1991    “Best of Nashville, Arts, Music, Dance,” Metro Arts Commission, BMI, Nashville, TN 1984    “Sculptural Works,” Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN 1983    “Small Works,” Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN 1982-80    The Parthenon, Metro Parks, Nashville, TN 1981    Woodland Gallery, Nashville, TN 1979-77    Nashville Academy Theater, Nashville, TN 1976    Traveling exhibit, “Tennessee  Hands.”  From Tennessee Arts Commission to Washington, D.C. 1976 & 71    Two-man exhibits, Centennial Art Center, Nashville, TN 1995-89    Studio / L’Atelier (Folon/Rigsby), Gallery Artists’ exhibits, Nashville, TN 1989-82    Cumberland Gallery, annual Gallery Artists’ exhibits, Nashville, TN 1985-82    Image South Gallery, ongoing gallery artists’ exhibitions, Atlanta, GA 1983-82    Rorick Gallery, ongoing gallery artists’ exhibits, San Francisco, CA        SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITS 1997    Year long exhibit, “Voices Vessels & Visions, II,” Cummins Station, Nashville, TN 1994    “Voices, Vessels & Visions,” The Parthenon, Metro Parks , Nashville, TN 1993    Belle Meade Bookstar, “Visual Voice,” Nashville, TN 1989 & 88    Cakewalk Cafe, Nashville, TN 1989 & 80    Metro Parks  Centennial Art Center, Nashville, TN 1984    Actors Theater (The State Theater of Kentucky), Louisville, KY       SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITS 1980    “Century III Celebration,” Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN 1978    “Painting and Print Exhibition,” Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN 1978    “Central South Exhibit,” The Parthenon, Metro Parks , Nashville, TN 1977     “Action Auction Exhibit of 100,” Nashville Public Television, Nashville, TN 1976-73    Centennial Park, TACA, “Tennessee  Crafts Fair,” Nashville, TN         SELECTED COMMISSIONS 1996    Three sculptures for lobby of main administration building, TN State University, Nashville, TN 1991    Painting for Entrikin Meditation Room, Pate-Bain Retirement Center, Nashville, TN 1990    Eight sculptures and an abstract clay vessel for Fleetguard Corporation, Nashville, TN 1989    “Arts In The Airport,” two paintings for the permanent collection, Nashville International Airport                         Art works by Lena Lucas are included in numerous private collections   SPECIAL ART HONORS / ART EXPERIENCE 2012    "Art: Up Close and Personal," powerpoint presentation, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN  2012    Served as pre-event juror, “TACA Fall Fair,” and evaluated displays during event, Nashville, TN 2008    Served as pre-event juror, “TACA Spring Fair,” and evaluated displays during event, Nashville, TN 1998-91    Coordinated Metro Park’s  Centennial Art Center’s annual art, music “Celebrations”  Nashville, TN 1996    Voted a “Best Visual Artist,” in Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” readers’ poll, Nashville, TN 1991-89    Served on The Parthenon Gallery’s art exhibition selection committee, Parthenon, Nashville, TN 1990    Judge (selected artists, awards) “Italian Street Fair,” Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville, TN 1989    Judge, “Montgomery Bell State Park Art Festival,” chose purchase and merit awards, Nashville, TN 1989-87    Guest Artist, TN Recreation & Parks Association “Arts In-forum,” Montgomery Bell State Park, TN 1988    Judge, “Watkins College of Art’s Student Art Exhibition,” selected merit awards, Nashville, TN 1988    Guest Artist, Tennessee  Art League, lecture, slide presentation, Nashville, TN 1985    Guest Artist, Department of Art, Vanderbilt University, lecture, slide presentation, Nashville, TN 1983-82    Art Chairman, “Italian Street Fair,” Nashville Symphony’s annual fund raiser, Nashville, TN 1983-82    Television appearances, interviews  for “Italian Street Fair,” for Nashville Symphony, Nashville, TN 1982    Guest Artist, Montgomery Bell Academy, lecture, demonstration, slide presentation, Nashville, TN 1981    Television appearance, interviewed, sculpted, represented Visual Arts in Metro Parks, Nashville, TN 1981    Guest Artist, Battle Ground Academy, lecture, demonstration, slide presentation, Nashville, TN 1980    Pedro Silva’s “1st assistant,” “Sea Serpant” play sculpture, Fannie Mae Dees Park, Nashville, TN 1980-1978    Coordinated “Court House Days” art exhibition for Mayors Office, Nashville, TN 1979-77    Coordinated Nashville’s “Metro Family Picnic” for Mayor’s Office, Nashville,TN 1976    Television  appearance, interviewed, demonstrated making art, Public Television, Nashville, TN 1976-75    Curator, “Wonderworks” national art exhibits, Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center, Nashville, TN GALLERY REPRESENTATION 2012-2011    Bryant Gallery, works on display on an ongoing basis 1995-89    Represented by Studio L’Atelier (Folon/Rigsby Gallery), Nashville, TN 1989-82    Represented by Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN 1985-82    Represented by  Image South Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1983-82    Represented by Rorick Gallery, San Francisco, CA PROFESSIONAL ART MEMBERSHIPS 2013-11, 2003-1973    TACA  (Tennessee Association of Craft Artists), Board  Member, 1994 2003-1993    VAAN (Visual Artists Alliance of Nashville) 1998    ACC  (American Craft Council) 1997-1983    NCECA  (National Council for Educators in the Ceramic Arts) FORMAL EDUCATION 2000-1994    Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, Bachelors Degree                             Major: Art History and Studio Art.  Academic scholarship, Honors Student                              Dean’s List, Magna Cum Laude 1975-78    University of Tennessee at Nashville, Nashville, TN.  Major, Studio Art 1973    Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.  Major, Studio Art 1973    McGavock High School, Nashville, TN.  Major, Art  (Received Outstanding Art Student Award) ADDITIONAL ART TRAINING / ART RELATED EXPERIENCE 2007    “NCECA 2007” (National Council for Educators of Ceramic Arts) conference, Louisville, KY 1992     Penland School, workshop, “Majolica,” under Stanley Mace Andersen, Penland, NC 1991    TRPA  (Tennessee  Recreation and Parks Association) “Arts Inform,” workshop, Nashville, TN 1989    Penland School, workshop, “Clay and Writing,” under Paulus Berensohn, Penland, NC 1986    Toured Japan. Met with “Living Treasure” artists in studios and homes, visited museums 1985    Toured France, Great Britain, Ireland.  Visited artists’ studios, museums, galleries                              1984    Penland School “Concentration.”  Six weeks of individual study, Penland, NC 1984    “NCECA 1984” (National Council for Educators of Ceramic Arts) conference, Boston, MA WORK EXPERIENCE 2012-1975      Centennial Art Center (Retired, 2012)                         Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation                         Nashville, TN, 37201                         PH (615) 862-8442             Gallery Manager:  Curated, installed, publicized art exhibitions             Specialized Skills Art Instructor: Taught pottery, clay sculpture, painting, textile design, batik             Other duties:  Coordinated arts festivals 2012-1973    Visual Artist - paintings, sculpture, art pottery 1982    Art Teacher - “Abstract Imagery,” a painting class, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN  1980-76    Art Teacher - Watercolor, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN 1978-76    Art Teacher - Clay Sculpture, Knowles Senior Center, Nashville, TN