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Ann Nichols Brings Split Focus to the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

October 6, 2017 | Email This Post Print This Post
 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – New this month in the Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery at the Customs House Museum is a collection of works by Tennessee artist Ann Nichols. The suite of small, detailed oil paintings possess a bold presence, with duel images on each panel.

Exotic birds and flowers balance delicate eggs and fruit in each piece.

Ann Nichols - White Cockatoos

Ann Nichols – White Cockatoos

Dividing the picture plane into two unequal sections, she pairs a single object or small still life with an historical art inspired image.

The sections of the painting relate to each other in either an obvious or an oblique way.

Ann Nichols is a contemporary painter who has explored various subject matter in series, finally settling on realistic still-lifes. Many of her paintings are inspired by art historical images such as Renaissance portraits, flowers by Georgia O’Keeffe, Dutch floral paintings, botanicals, Magritte’s surrealism, Degas’ dancers, and Martin Johnson Heade’s images of orchids and hummingbirds.

Ms. Nichols has a B.S., M.S. and a B.F A degree in painting and has mounted solo shows at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City; the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga; the Cobb Museum in Marietta, GA, as well as numerous galleries in the Southeast.

Painting by Ann Nichols

Painting by Ann Nichols

The winner of 4 gold medals, she was juried into the Tennessee State Museum’s “The Best of Tennessee” exhibition and her painting was purchased by the museum for its permanent collection.

In 2014, one of her paintings was included in the International Guild of Realism’s 9th Annual Juried Exhibition. In addition to the Tennessee State Museum, her paintings are in the public collections of Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum of American Art, Sen. Bob Corker’s office in the Senate Office Building, TVA, Opryland USA, Maryville College, UT Chattanooga, The Baylor School, First Tennessee Bank and the Summit Club in Birmingham, AL, among others.

Ms. Nichols has served as a curator, judge for the International Children’s Art Exhibit in Voronezh, Russia and visual arts panelist for the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts in Miami, FL.

Split Focus will be on view at the Customs House Museum through December 3rd, 2107. Located at the corner of Second and Commerce Streets, the Customs House Museum is the second largest general museum in Tennessee.

For more information on above exhibition contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or

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