Hiram Van Gordon Gallery



Monday - Thursday

9:30am - 2:30pm


TSU Main Campus, 1108 37th Ave N
Elliott Hall, Room 118


About the Gallery

The Hiram Van Gordon Gallery offers approximately six exhibitions yearly that highlight the works of Tennessee State University students, faculty and alumni in the visual arts, African American and African artists, social and civic engaged work along with conversations regarding sustainable environmental practices in art.

Spring 2023 Gallery Schedule 

Faculty Triennial 
Open January 9
Close February 9 
Event February 9, 4-6 pm CTS *Rescheduled
We process more images than ever before; they say we can individually compute 10-12 images per second. Where does that put the artist, the professional image-maker? What images do you want to contemplate or consider? What images do you slow down to view? We typically look around us for images and what seems most relevant. We look at family, friends, lovers, or community, and we look at culture, what we are exposed to, and what we want to see. Past, present, and future reflections all permeate the artist's viewpoint. As a professor and artist, you become responsible for teaching/leading the viewer into something, anything, by the image chosen to explore. Image looks at the artist's responsibility as an image maker, be it playful, severe, subtle, or direct.
Join us February 9 at 6 pm for Knit and Crochet Meet-up, hosted my Professor Cynthia Gadsden, PhD. Do you crochet or knit?  Are you interested in learning how to knit or crochet?Bring your yarn and hook or needles if you have them OR just show up and we’ll help get you started.
Knit and Crochet Meet Up
Crowning Glory 
Open February 20 
Close March 30 
Event March 23, 5-7 pm CTS
Hair Hair Hair! Crowning Glory will look at Black hair through six women artists' powerful and playful expressions of what adorns the head. A range of mediums; soft pastels to sculptures, prints to paintings, interpreting bonnets to braids. The show highlights the importance of hair community and individual expression. We acknowledge the work being done with the CROWN Act, a law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination, that was blocked in the U.S. Senate this past Dec. Co-Curated by Cynthia Gadsden, PhD, Art Historian and Courtney Adair Johnson, Gallery Director at Tennessee State University . Artists: Jeannette Ehlers, Elise Kendrick, Jasmine Moseley, Elisheba Israel Mrozik, Althea Murphy-Price, Tanekeya Word. Supported by EADJ/Maria Magdalena Campos Pons 
Crowning Glory flyer
Senior Show TBA 
Open April 17 
Close May 4
Event April 20, 5-7 pm CTS
Woven Wind 
Open May 15 
Close June 9 
Event May 18, 5-7 pm CTS
The Woven Wind, summer May-June, is a multi-layered research project drawing from artistic translations of the Lovell- Quitman archive at the University of the South. Artists in archival research, fieldwork, and genealogical findings to amplify the silenced voices of the enslaved preserved in the archive. Relationships, spaces, and places construct a platform for education, conversation, empathy, and healing. Artists: Vesna Pavlovic, Mélisande Short-Colomb, Marlos E'van, Courtney Adair Johnson, Rod McGaha, genealogist Jan Hillegas, and historian Woody Register
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Virtual Artist Talks

in Space for New Media (unless noted otherwise)

Our artists' talks and lectures are geared at creating forums for artists and students to talk about their work in a supportive open environment. In the process of creating a line up of artists and speakers that relate back to our exhibit schedule in the Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Space for New Media, and M-SPAR, connecting what is learned in classroom courses and seminars to real-world applications. We will invite organizations and artists from a variety of perspectives to talk about their work. You can view previous lectures on our YouTube channel TSU Art and Design. 

Spring 2023 

Imagine A Place , podcast recording and networking session on how to build a career in design (Jobs, careers, transition out of school, etc.)

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at Noon

Moderated by Cheryl S. Durst, IIDA EVP and CEO
               Sofia Acosta, Associate IIDA, Designer, Gensler
               Mike Johnson II, IIDA, Assoc Principal, Director of Interiors, Hickock Cole
               Tonya Spry, Director of Human Resources at Gresham Smith

Intro to Craft Careers with Tennessee Craft 

Professional artists will introduce craft careers and explore business skills for artistic career success with students. We will also share real-world experiences for students to further engage these speakers (coop, maker spaces, craft fairs, gallery shows, etc).

Each session is scheduled on a Wednesday from 12:30-2:00pm:

February 8: Marketing & Pricing with Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun and Renee Ford

March 1: Sales Opportunities with Wilson Lee, Jr. and Evan Brown (Black Futures Week)

April 5: Shared Creative Spaces with Danielle McDaniel and Jackie Schlicher

Organized by Professor Michael McBride 


Black Futures Week 

February 27 to March 3 2023

February 27 at 5 pm: Design Panel with Rick Griffith, Saki Mafundikwa, Kaleena Sales, and Omari Souza

February 28 at 3pm: Paint Panel with Samuel Dunson and TBA

March 1 at 12:30 pm: Intro to Craft Careers, Sales Opportunities with Wilson Lee, Jr. and Evan Brown 

Sponsored by Kappa Pi 


Past ART Talks

Fall 2022

Ann Johnson, Vanessa German, David Jon Walker 

Spring 2022

Dreamworks Animation, Daisy Patton, Michael Coppage

Fall 2021

Forest Young, Art Sims, Eliane Lopez

Recent Exhibitions

Space for New Media

new media gallery

The Space for New Media gives students and artists a place to produce and display digital, experimental, and performance-based work, using our state of equipment to bring innovative ideas and images to campus.

Student Residency 

Chaz Presents A Thin Line, by Chaz Baylin

February 17-18 2023

Friday 2-6 and Saturday 12-4

Interactive Multimedia Experience

Photography and Digital Presentation, Interactive Photo booths, and Music

A Thin Line

McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency, M-SPAR

The McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency, M-SPAR provides artists opportunities to impact the social landscape and engage with McGruder Family Resource Center, local Historic Black College and University’s (HBCU), and the community of North Nashville. Artists engage with community through an artist’s residency. Artists are provided studio space in exchange for community activated work leading to the conception, development, and execution of viable, transformative art projects.  

Art Collection

Over the years the art department has amassed a permanent collection of African and Alumni artwork in a few notable collections: the Art Eubanks Collection, the Ruth Witt Collection, and the Dr. Richard and Sharon Edwards Collection.


1108 37th Ave N 

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Elliott Hall is locate on the back side of Tennessee State University main campus. From I-40 East, take a Right on 28th Ave/Ed Temple then Left on Walter S Davis. Left on 39th Ave N, Left on John L Driver Ave, past the guard station, Left on 37th Ave N.

From I-40 West, turn left of Jefferson St. take a Right on 28th Ave/Ed Temple then Left on Walter S Davis. Left on 39th Ave N, Left on John L Driver Ave, past the guard station, Left on 37th Ave N.

From Charlotte Ave, take a Right on 28th Ave/Ed Temple then Left on Walter S Davis. Left on 39th Ave N, Left on John L Driver Ave, past the guard station, Left on 37th Ave N. 

Parking is lots K and L. Enter Elliott Hall from front of building and proceed to back right side, enter Hiram Van Gordon Gallery.

map to Elliott Hall on Tennessee State University

Contact Us

Courtney Adair Johnson
Gallery Director

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