Acclaimed stencil artist to paint large-scale mural of Paris on MBA’s campus days before leaving for major exhibition in that city; Hicks’ appearance will launch school’s annual art show featuring the works of local, regional and national artists
Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) today announced that internationally-acclaimed muralist Logan Hicks will be the featured artist at the 2019 MBA Art Show, which will open at the school on November 7. The annual Art Show, which will showcase the talents of 60 local, regional
and national artists, will be free and open to the public.
Hicks, who will take part in a major street art exhibit in Paris immediately following his Nashville
appearance, will paint a large-scale mural of a Parisian street scene on the MBA campus during his visit. Based on Hicks’ own photography, the mural will be located at the entrance to the school’s Paschall Theater. Visitors to the Art Show will have the opportunity to view the original work.
“MBA is thrilled to welcome the renowned muralist Logan Hicks to our 17th annual Art Show,” said MBA Headmaster, Bradford Gioia. “Logan Hicks is a leader in one of the most important movements in contemporary art today, and it is a great honor that our campus will be enhanced with one of his extraordinary murals for years to come. We welcome all of Nashville to join us at MBA for his exciting and historic moment for art in our city.”
The 2019 MBA Art Show is an annual, juried event held in the Davis Arts Building featuring up to 60 professional artists from throughout the region and nation. The event will kick-off with an Opening Night Reception from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 featuring live music, passed hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary bar. Guests 21 and older are welcome and admission is free. The show also will be open and free to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 9 and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, November 10.
Based in New York, Hicks is widely acclaimed as one of the premier stencil-based muralists in the world, having created large-scale murals in Istanbul, Miami, Baltimore, Tunisia, Paris and New York. An active member of the street art and mural community since the early 2000s, Hicks has been called a painter with a photographer’s eye. In 2008, he was selected by renowned muralist Banksy to represent the United States in the stencil art exhibition – the Cans Festival – in London. Two years later, he was chosen to paint at the famed Wynwood Walls in Miami; in 2018, he was awarded the Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Hicks also was selected to paint the coveted Bowery Wall in New York City in 2016, which was cited by the New York Times as “must-see street art of quintessential New York.”
An essential member of one of the most legendary street art galleries in the world – The Underbelly Project – Hicks’ work has been memorialized in the book We Own the Night: The Art of the Underbelly Project and the documentary film Underbelly, which premiered at Art Basel in Miami in 2018. Following his appearance at MBA, Hicks will travel to Paris to take part in the exhibition “Veni Vidi Vinci” which features artists who were inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci. The exhibit, which will run until April 2020 in the Fluctuart, the world’s first floating urban art center, was scheduled to run at the same time as the Leonardo Da Vinci show at the Louvre, which will feature the largest collection of the master’s paintings ever shown. In “Veni Vidi Vinci” Hicks will exhibit a 30 x 10 ft painting, titled “Another Supper,” which was inspired by Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” As Hicks explains: “My interpretation is less of a religious painting than it is an observation on the drama that exists when large families get together for dinner.”