Nashville based artist Amanda Dillingham graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Watkins College of Art & Design in 2005 and with an MFA in Studio Art from Vermont College of Fine Art in Montpelier, Vermont in 2008. Amanda works in a variety of media including drawing, video, sculpture, and installation with issues linked to feminine identity, rituals, body image, phantom limbs and the Skin Ego. She recognizes the importance of a research-based studio process, making writing and reading integral the process of creating. Amanda’s growth as an artist has benefitted from mentorships with established artists such as Faith Wilding, Judy Chicago, Jeanne Dunning and William Pope L.
Amanda has exhibited and curated shows across Tennessee, as well as exhibiting nationally in cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia and New York City and internationally in Siena, Italy. Most recently, Amanda was the gallery curator at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN and currently is an adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University.
Ben C. Vitualla
Ben was born in Cebu, Philippines. In 1979 his family moved to United States. He received a BFA in studio art in University of Memphis and a MFA from Vermont Collage of Fine Arts. He is now living in Nashville, TN where his studio practice utilizes research as integral component on responding to crime prevention and awareness. His collaborative mixed media projects are created by using photography, sculpture, painting, and video.
Currently Ben is managing Blend Studio downtown Nashville. Blend Studio is a space for artist to create and developed work that engages in a collaborative practice that response to contemporary topics. He is currently an adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University. Ben has exhibited work regionally and nationally in Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN, Material Art Space, Memphis, TN, Rawls Museum, Courtland, VA, and Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD.