Bringing Art Home

Harding Art Show features East Nashvillian Troy Duff


Artists from around the country will converge in May on Harding Academy, in celebration of the 43rd Annual Harding Art Show. This year, one artist they’ll get to see is East Nashvillian Troy Duff, a popular graffiti artist who is one of the more than 70 artists to be featured in the juried competition.

“He’ll be doing a live performance at the show,” this year’s event co-chair, Stacey Looper, says. “In addition to being one of our featured artists and from East Nashville, he’s a Harding alumnus.”

The annual Harding Art Show is one of the centerpieces of Nashville’s cultural community. Celebrating visual art across media, from painting and photography to sculpture and crafts, the show will run from May 3 through May 5 at Harding Academy. The event is open to the public.

This year’s show attracted more than 250 applicants, spanning the length of the country. Of those applicants, a panel of 16 artists and committee members chose 74.

“We have people coming in from California for this show, so it’s not just local artists,” says Looper. “We also have a lot of new artists, artists who haven’t made the regular circuit here in Middle Tennessee.”

The annual art show, which organizers anticipate will attract more than 4,000 visitors, is organized each year by the Harding Parents Association and raises money for Harding Academy. Throughout the three-day long show, visitors will be treated to numerous live music performances, activities for the kids, and the chance to visit with the presenting artists.

For Thursday and Friday nights of the event, live music performances will highlight a night of food and drinks in the gallery space. Admission to these events will be reserved to those 21 and older. Saturday is family day and will feature a number of parent- and kid-friendly activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, and other family-centered artistic fun.

Looper notes that this year’s featured artist, Erin McIntosh, hails from Athens, Georgia and paints in an eclectic style that’s sure to delight viewers of all tastes. McIntosh’s 19,000 Instagram followers attest her popularity.

“She has such a diverse portfolio, and you can look at different paintings she’s done and not think it’s the same artist,” says Looper. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a featured artist quite like Erin, so I’m excited.”

Event media coordinator Laurel Orley points out that this year’s event is quite different than previous efforts, thanks in no small part to the event co-chairs Looper and Ansley Wells.

“They’ve really been a driving force in upping the ante and doing some things that have never been done here before,” says Orley. “This year’s show, while still traditional in its nature, really has a more vibrant edge. I know visitors will like it.”



The 43rd Annual Harding Art Show runs May 3-5 at Harding Academy. For more details, including parking and other considerations, visit them online at

For a chance to win a gift card good toward artwork at the Harding Art show, head here.


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