2018 Jurors

Amy Dean

Artist Amy Dean is currently represented by the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, TN. She earned her BFA from Austin Peay State University in 2017 and has had solo and group shows throughout Middle Tennessee and was honored with the Purchase Award for the CECA Student Art Collection of the APSU Permanent Art Collection (2016, 2017). Having Billy Renkl as her mentor, Dean works on found toned papers and parchment and with rich materials such as gold, silver and palladium leaf, mineral pigments and watercolor. Displaying an incredible sense for detail and delicate line work, Dean sees her work as relics of her quest for truth and beauty.

Olasubomi Aka-Bashorum

Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun is an artist born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. He now lives and works in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2010 with 2 degrees in…. Well, I could continue to write my biography in the third person and provide filler information with my life accomplishments, goals, and aspirations as if these facts will allow you to know me as an artist. Or you can take a moment and view my art as I welcome you into my life and humanity. My creative inspiration comes from the world around us and the things that evoke emotions. Art, for me, is more than creating aesthetic images. It is about releasing emotions that are hard to let go: one’s deepest desires, anger, frustrations, and lust. It’s about expressing the good, the bad, and ugly. It’s about finding solution, discovering yourself, and escaping. Art is therapy. Art is poetry in a different medium. It’s about solving the problems of today, bringing light to the darkness and finding truth in the lies. It is about resolve