RE-PAIR is the concept and core thematic idea to launch the inaugural statewide Tennessee Triennial.

“To heal, suture, and recompose fractured bodies. We propose a new site of encounters, with yet undefined edges, borders, territories. These will be cartographies of the mind as well as geographies of the land.”

“RE-PAIR invites us all to participate deeply as artists, organizers and the public in the invigoration at the intersection of art and sociability. The overarching theme of RE-PAIR solicits an empathetic consideration of context and space, history and commons, deeply woven into the fabric of Tennessee’s roots.” - Dr. María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Consulting Curator and Ambassador for the 2023 Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art: RE-PAIR

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce the artist roster, curators, and highlight weekend dates for the inaugural Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art: RE-PAIR, opening January 27, 2023 and on view through May 7, 2023. The recent changes and movements in the world in form our vision and the galvanizing spirit that centers on the rich history of the arts in Tennessee as a means to engage excellence in contemporary art.

Visual art offers a tool towards a common language fostering dialogue across communities, around the state, the country and internationally. The Tennessee Triennial serves as an experience to help us process this moment and propel us forward. It is a geographically fluid conversation that engages people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Tennessee Triennial has chosen a statewide model that is set apart and unprecedented. Curators from institutions in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga have been invited to respond to the theme of RE-PAIR, authored by Consulting Curator, Dr. María Magdalena Campos-Pons. This horizontal approach allows for each curator to be active in selecting participating artists. The Tennessee Triennial is a collective endeavor that emphasizes Tennessee’s contemporary art community while including national and international perspectives.

2023 Tennessee Triennial Artist Roster

West Tennessee


Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Curator: Patricia Daigle)

Tommy Kha

Memphis River Parks Partnership (Curator: George Abbott)

Hank Willis Thomas

Tone (Curator: Kylon Wagner)

Talibah Safiya

Bertram Williams Jr.

Urban Art Commission (Curator: Lauren Kennedy)

Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo

Verushka Dior of The Mane Wildling

Joel Parsons



Cheekwood (Curator: Eric Birkle)

Elizabeth Turk

Engine for Art, Democracy & Justice (Curatorial advisory committee)

Luis Manuel

Otero Alcántara

Jerry Atnip

Christopher Cozier & LeXander Bryant

Javier Castro

Sandra Ceballos

Farrar Cosumato

Michelle Eistrup

Jeannette Ehlers

Adama Delphine Fawundu

Jana Harper

Mark Barrett Hosford

Joseph ‘Doughjoe’ Love III

Helina Metaferia

Ernesto Milian

Tahila Mintz

Neo Muyanga


Emeka Ogboh

Claudia Padrón

Ebony G. Patterson

Vesna Pavlović

Matthew Ritchie

Amber Robles-Gordon

Pauchi Sasaki

Cristal Chanelle Truscott

Vadis Turner

John Warren

Cosmo Whyte

Antonia Wright

Kyrstin Young & Angel Adams

Frist Art Museum (Curator: Mark Scala)

Jeffrey Gibson

Otobong Nkanga

Note: "Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric" was organized by SITE Santa Fe and curated by Brandee Caoba. The presentation at the Frist Art Museum is overseen by Katie Delmez.

Fisk University Galleries (Curator: Jamaal Sheats)

Alicia Henry

The Parthenon (Curator: Jennifer Richardson)

Houston Cofield

Desmond Lewis

Lakesha Moore

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery (Curators: Raheleh Filsoofiwith Amanda Hellman andSophia Liu)

Beizar Aradini

Jasmine Baetz

Nuveen Barwari

Habiba El Sayed

Raheleh Filsoofi

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline

Laleh Mehran

Kris Ramman



Big Ears Festival (Curator: Rachel Milford)

Lonnie Holley

Knoxville Museum of Art (Curators: Kelsie Conley and Stephen Wicks)

Willie Cole

Katie Hargrave & Meredith Laura Lynn

Bessie Harvey

Lonnie Holley

Kahlil Robert Irving

Suzanne Jackson

Mary Laube

Annabeth Marks

Rosemary Mayer

Althea Murphy-Price

Betye Saar

Faith Wilding

Tri-Star Arts (Curator: Brian R. Jobe)

Kenturah Davis

Rubens Ghenov

Hank Willis Thomas


Hunter Museum of American Art (Curator: Nandini Makrandi)

Noel Anderson

Dawoud Bey

Sanford Biggers

Nick Cave

Leonardo Drew

Gajin Fujita

Fabiola Jean-Louis

Deborah Luster

Jeanine Michna-Bales

Abelardo Morrell

Shirin Neshat

Kiki Smith

Stan Squirewell

Hank Willis Thomas

Institute of Contemporary Art at UTC (Curator: Rachel Waldrop)

Stacy Kranitz

Stove Works (Curator: Josiah Golson)

J. Adams

Jequise Beverly

Sean Clark

Jordan Scruggs

The following are unique multi-site venues: Big Ears Festival (Community Arts Director: Rachel Milford), Engine for Art, Democracy & Justice (EADJ) (Program Manager: Anais Daly)

For the most current information about EADJ’s artist roster, programming and the full calendar of workshops, discussion panels, classes, performances, projects &film/audio series with additional information on how to pre-order the Tennessee Triennial: RE-PAIR catalog, follow the EADJ blog FRESH PRODUCE and for all EADJ inquiries, contact: anais.j.daly@vanderbilt.edu. Stay tuned for continued announcements about the upcoming Nashville highlight weekend, March 1- 4, 2023, co-organized by EADJ. EADJ is a program founded by Dr. María Magdalena Campos-Pons.

The Knoxville Museum of Art, Stove Works, Engine for Art, Democracy & Justice, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art are partners with the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art through hosting celebration events during highlight weekends.

2023 Tennessee Triennial Highlight Weekends

January 26 - 28, 2023: Knoxville

February 16 - 18, 2023: Chattanooga

March 1 - 4, 2023: Nashville

April 27 - 29, 2023: Memphis

These weekends will include receptions and celebratory events at select participating venues. Additionally, we will publicize community venues across Tennessee with exhibitions or special projects that respond to our theme of RE-PAIR.

Memphis Tourism, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, and Visit Knoxville are partners with the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art through promotion, marketing and financial support.

About the 2023 Consulting Curator and Ambassador:

María Magdalena Campos-Pons is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair Professor of Fine Arts. Campos-Pons interdisciplinary practice has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada, among other institutions. She has presented over thirty solo performances commissioned by institutions like the Guggenheim and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She also participated in the 49th Venice Biennial, the 55th Venice Biennial,Documenta14, Johannesburg Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, 3rd Biennial of Bahia, Prospect 4and Havana Biennials. Her works are held in over 50 museums around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Perez Art Museum, Miami. A survey of her practice was held at IMA in 2007.

Campos-Pons is the founder EADJ Vanderbilt and of Intermittent Rivers / Rios Intermitentes project in Matanzas, Cuba. Campos-Pons is the recipients of numerous awards.

About the Tennessee Triennial Organizer:

Tri-Star Arts serves Tennessee by cultivating and spotlighting the contemporary visual art scenes in each region while fostering a unified statewide art scene. Tri-Star Arts programs promote art dialogue between the different cities in the state, and between the state and the nation. Tri-Star Arts initiatives include a gallery space and artist studios at the historic Candoro Marble Building, annual Current Art Fund project grants, the forthcoming 2023 Tennessee Triennial, statewide collaborative projects, and the LocateArts.org web resource.

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