Columbia State Art Gallery to Host Workshop with Graffiti and Mural Artists | Entertainment


Columbia State Community College’s Pryor Art Gallery will host “The Art of the Streets,” a workshop and demonstration by two well-known Nashville graffiti and mural artists, Troy Duff and Eric “Mobe” Bass, in conjunction with a video produced by the university of the same name.

The event will take place on March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. behind the rear parking lot of the Columbia campus. Space for the hands-on portion of the workshop is limited, and those wishing to participate must register prior to the event. All materials, including spray paint and plywood sheets, will be provided free of charge to those who pre-register. These slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The educational part of the event does not require registration. Participants are encouraged to bring their own folding chair.

“In the past, the Pryor Art Gallery has produced both videos and art workshops,” said Rusty Summerville, Acting Curator of the Pryor Art Gallery. “However, we didn’t do that,” led a workshop linked to a gallery-produced video. It should be an interesting and fun event.

The video, in which Duff and Bass are interviewed, discusses the history of street art style.

Columbia State Community College “Street Art”

“The workshop and demonstration will be led by two of the artists interviewed in the video,” Summerville said. “Not only does the video delve into the personal styles of four of Nashville’s top graffiti, street and mural artists, but the video’s introduction briefly tells the story of the art form. It begins with the prehistoric cave paintings, goes through the writings on the walls in Roman times and ends with the modern resurrection of graffiti.

Duff, a Nashville native and graffiti artist who has also lived and painted in Los Angeles, began painting graffiti in the early 1990s. One of Duff’s most notable projects was graffiti for country music artist Keith Urban linked to his album “Graffiti U”. Duff also painted a graffiti bass guitar that Urban played on his “Graffiti U” tour.

Bass, known for his work across the country, first became interested in graffiti in high school. This eventually led him to become a muralist, which is another type of street art based on figurative work. His most recognizable and largest mural was for the Tennessee Titans located in downtown Nashville and titled “Tennessee Tough”. Mobe is currently working on a second, larger mural for the Tennessee Titans.

Eric “Mobe” Bass’s mural for the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

The workshop and demonstration, offered to students and community members, will consist of artists demonstrating their individual styles of graffiti and/or wall art. Demonstrations will be followed by artists guiding participants to paint their own piece of street art onto a 4ft by 8ft sheet of plywood.

This event was made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and support from the Columbia State Foundation.

For more information about the Pryor Art Gallery and to register for the event, contact Summerville at 931-540-2883 or [email protected]


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