We Are Tennessee

We Are Tennessee is an exhibit exploring concepts of our state’s cultural identity and what it means to be a Tennessean.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Diversity encompasses all those differences that make us unique: race, color, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender, socio-economic status, age, and physical and mental ability. We Are Tennessee celebrates the diversity of the Volunteer State.

SELECTION PROCESS
Discovery Center put out a call to artists to submit work exploring the theme of diversity through the people of Tennessee. Artists were allowed to interpret the idea of identity in their own terms. The museum received 111 entries by 56 different artists! The Murfreesboro Cultural Arts 2018 Laureates, along with Discovery Center, selected the final entries based on artistic merit and diverse representation.

2018 SELECTED ARTISTS:
Shridhar Athinarayanan
Olasubomi Bashorun
Carol Berning
Allison Boyd Justus
Jeremiah Carlton
Spencer Carlton
Anne Carothers
Amanda Downs
Linda Dunn
Jax Greyson
Nikki Grim
Paige Martin
Rod McGaha
Danielle Nadeau
Elaina Nelson
Jessica Nelson
Jessica Newendyke
Clay Palmer
Cindy Phiffer
Melinda Posey
Nallely Prater
Makayla Price
Anne Rob
Calli Schlick
Emma Shanks
Ginny Togrye
Finn Wilbanks

MURAL PROGRESSION
The backdrop, created by Ginny Togrye, features a tapestry and quilt design that represents the diversity of community and the cord which binds us together. Based on a quilt pattern called Road to Tennessee, the mural features a fabric pattern that includes symbols such as the state flower, state bird, state tree, and Tennessee flag stars. The fabric is reminiscent of that used for quilts and clothing made from flour sacks.

GINNY TOGRYE
A native of Louisville, Ky., Ginny Togrye graduated from Middle Tennessee State University earning her Bachelor’s degree with a minor in Sculpture. Currently, she is continuing her study at Studio S in clay sculpture. A featured artist at the Greenway Arts Festival, the Gallery at the Mill, and Paint Memphis, she participates in juried shows & competitions regularly. Ginny draws inspiration from life and travel – trying to view the world differently. It has been her mission to connect the cultural community through art.

We Are Tennessee is funded in part by