3 Places Where You Can View Local Art


While people may assume that you have to live in a big city to have access to good art, that simply isn’t true. There are plenty of places here in West Tennessee alone that have fantastic work to offer. Here are three places in the West Tennessee area where you can get your art fix (and maybe take home some of your own).



Companion Gallery
Based in Humboldt, the Companion Gallery is a high quality ceramic gallery, store, and studio. With a variety of works from many different creators nationwide, it’s an incredible view into the world of ceramic art. There’s no fee to enter the gallery space, and most, if not all, of the works are for sale. Throughout the year, they will host special showings and gallery openings spotlighting a specific artist, technique or theme. In addition, you can get in on the action as well. They offer pottery lessons at a variety of levels, so even if you haven’t touched clay once in your life, you’ll be in good hands.
Mon-Sat 11am-6pm
3600 East Mitchell Street (Hwy 152), Humboldt, TN 38343

Belz Museum
In the heart of Memphis within the Peabody Place there is a museum with absolutely jaw-dropping contents. The Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, founded in 1998, is unofficially dubbed the “jade museum” for good reason. Giant, intricately-carved statues made of jade and ivory are displayed alongside Qing dynasty vases and gigantic tapestries. In the Judaic art section, Holocaust memorials and Jewish contemporary artwork reside.
Tues-Fri 10am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun  12pm-5pm
119 South Main Street, Concourse Level
Memphis, TN 38103

West Tennessee Regional Art Center
Residing on Humboldt’s Main Street in the refurbished city hall building, the West Tennessee Regional Art Center boasts an impressive variety of work. The center contains everything from colonial American portraits, Southern folk art, traditional African sculpture, and everything in between.  They pride themselves on being the only fine arts museum between Memphis and Nashville, and they host a number of exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
1200 Main Street, Humboldt, TN 38343

Featured eBook: “The Cambridge Art Book”

cambridge art book

Are you an Anglophile? It’s okay, you can admit it. If you drink Earl Grey every morning, have the Union Jack hanging on your dorm room wall, or dream of going to grad school at Cambridge, you probably are.

For now, you can get all the British feels just by scrolling through this eBook on your iPad or laptop. The Cambridge Art Book is not your average travel guide. It’s an artistic celebration of the ancient college town “through the eyes of its artists,” as the cover proclaims. Vibrant and energetic, the artwork in this book includes everything from woodcuts of architecture to watercolors of those classic red phone booths.

Whatever style or medium of art is your favorite, you’ll find something to enjoy in this lush collection. It’s basically a local museum you can click your way through!

Search for more of our eBooks at http://guides.uu.edu/databases/ebooks.


*written by Danielle Chalker

Featured Book: “Ai Weiwei”


I think if I am an artist I will find my way in my language to deal with my problem.

  • Ai Weiwei


Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was once so controversial in his home country that his name was removed from Chinese art books. Ai creates highly political art that emphasizes the importance of free speech, human rights, and artistic modernism. Multiple art forms can be found among Ai’s creations: architectural projects, installations, paintings, social media, photography, and even arrangements of Chinese artifacts (including stone tools dating back to the Shang Dynasty).



The book Ai Weiwei, produced by the Royal Academy of Arts, showcases interviews with Ai as well as stunning photographs of his best work. Other artists reflect on Ai’s influence in featured essays. For example, Adrian Locke provides a chronology of important events in Ai’s life. Several of the dates Locke mentions are for Chinese government changes, which affects how Ai and his family are treated (as artists or dissidents, or both).



In spite of imprisonment and government surveillance, Ai continues to make statements about his beliefs through art. While Ai lived in the U.S. for some time, much of his art reflects Chinese culture and problems.

Cui Cancan reflects in Ai Weiwei:

Ai has been a non-existent person in Chinese society. Facing omnipresent censorship and constraints, he nevertheless perseveres in his quest to ask the fundamental questions that China faces, attempting to draw attention to and improve individual people’s circumstances.



To learn more about this artist or to view his work, check out Ai Weiwei from the Oversize books section.


Student Workers Featured in Portrait Display


Two of our student workers, Ces and Teri, were featured in a portrait display at Union University. The series is called “Black pt. 2” by Cece Blanchard. We are proud of our students!

JVAA Reception


This Friday, the library will host a reception for the Jackson Visual Artists Association, who have graciously lent the artwork on display on the 3rd floor of the Logos. The reception will be from 5pm-7pm. The artwork will remain on display for the duration of November as well.

Featured Art: The Jackson Visual Arts Association


Artists representing The Jackson Visual Arts Association now have their artwork displayed in the Logos. Be sure to visit the third floor to see the paintings on display. The names of the artists are typically on the paintings’ lower right corners.


Matthew Lee Closing Reception & Lecture


Artist Matthew Lee will have a closing reception and lecture on Friday, September 23rd at 4:30pm on the third floor of The Logos. Lee’s artwork was displayed in The Logos during the summer. The artwork is available for purchase, and the prices are listed by each painting’s title.

Featured Art: Matthew Lee’s Water Scenes in Oil


Artist Matthew Lee has several oil paintings on display on the library’s third floor. In the fall semester, an art reception for Matthew Lee will be held in conjunction with the Union University Art Department.

Lee was quoted about his exhibit, Water Scenes in Oil:

This exhibit of artwork features a collection of oil paintings I created mostly on location, or “en plein air,” beside all types of water bodies from seas to creeks. The intent of these paintings created on location is always to immerse myself in the subject, no pun intended! Well, actually, I have been in the water before or after painting it a few times- an exhilarating experience at waterfalls! I try to reflect deeply about what I am painting, with a listening eye in a sense, then I translate it back to you in paint. Another title for this exhibit might have easily been “Drinking Beauty,” for that is essentially what I am doing.

To purchase the artwork, contact Matthew Lee at (901) 326-4808.




Featured Art: Student-Made Movie Posters

For Professor Melinda Posey’s Identity Systems course, students designed movie posters based on classic stories in literature. According to Professor Posey, “In Identity Systems, students learn the ins and outs of branding, marketing, and building a visual identity for companies. This campaign fit right into that mission, giving students the challenge of re-branding a ‘classic book’ and creating a movie-like theme for the novel to entice readers to pick up a classic today.”

The results of this mission can be admired on display in the South Lobby of The Logos. Each of the students’ posters are framed and hanging above the computers in the lobby. One of the library’s own student workers, Duncan Walden, contributed his design for Arabian Nights. Some of the other classics featured include Jane Eyre, Hamlet, and The Divine Comedy.

Several members of the library staff administered a critique of the posters, adding to the community of the project. Please take the time to appreciate the student-made posters in the library (pictured above) as well as their life-size cutouts in the PAC (pictured below).