André L. Churchwell: "Self Expression in Art and Fashion" on display through December

Nashville Arts magazine wrote that "the exhibit offers a look into the character of a man who is highly accomplished, productive, fashionable, and no doubt, a Nashville treasure. The show features approximately thirty pieces including portraits, landscapes and architecture from his travels, super heroes and a small section on fashion, which features the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute blazer he designed. According to Dr. Churchwell, he draws what he wants and doesn't try to over think his work. "I have found my art to be both a vehicle for self-expression as well as a means to lessen daily stress."

 

His father, Robert Churchwell, Sr., was very interested in art, writing and music. André says it had a profound effect on him. "He was quite adept at sketching, and as a child, I was thrilled when he would draw my favorite cartoon characters. From those initial experiences I began studying artists of all genres-from comic book artists like the legendary Jack Kirby to Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo."

 

Born and raised in Nashville, André graduated from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering in 1975 and from Harvard Medical School in 1979. His current title is Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He maintains appointments as a Professor in the fields of Medicine (Cardiology), Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering, and also have an ongoing practice at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. He's a fashion aficionado and was featured in Nathaniel "Natty" Adams's book I Am A Dandy: the Return of the Elegant Gentleman published as part of an exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) concerning the history of men's fashion. He writes poetry and prose and contributes to a fashion blog. Somehow he still finds time to make visual art.