Camille Engel, “Glory-IRIS,” oil, 66 x 44 inches

An artistic celebration of all things Tennessee is the goal of a current solo exhibition at the Parthenon Museum of Nashville this fall. Featuring the work of internationally awarded Nashville native Camille Engel, “My Tennessee Home” is a fantastic display of original contemporary realism.

On view September 9 through December 31, “My Tennessee Home” is a great opportunity for Southeast residents to view the works by a highly celebrated contemporary realist painter. The paintings showcased in the exhibition were the result of nearly three years of work on the part of Engel, who presents unique and surprising depictions of state symbols such as the state beverage, cultivated and wild flowers, fruit, wild animals, insects, and more in both oil and encaustic mediums.

Camille Engel, “Tough Crowd,” oil, 24 x 24 inches
Camille Engel, “Little Rascal,” oil, 24 x 24 inches
Camille Engel, “Having a Quail of a Time,” oil, 24 x 24 inches
Camille Engel, “To Go Box,” oil, 24 x 24 inches
Camille Engel, “Revealed,” oil, 24 x 24 inches
Camille Engel, “Rock Star,” oil, 24 x 24 inches
Camille Engel, “Hanging Around” oil, 24 x 24 inches
Camille Engel, “Gone Fishing,” oil, 12 x 12 inches
Camille Engel, “Fish Tale,” oil, 12 x 12 inches
Camille Engel, “The Way the Cookie Crumbles,” oil, 12 x 12 inches

Alongside the brilliant works by Engel, the exhibition also includes original artworks by the 12 winners of the “My Tennessee Home Student Art Competition.” Winning student artists, grades 1 to 12, from across Middle Tennessee were chosen by Engel and artists Jan Batts and Sandra Vanderpool.

To learn more, visit the Parthenon Museum of Nashville.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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