Chris Carlson- Featured Artist
Chris Carlson is a 3D chalk artist from Denver, CO. He discovered chalk art in 2012 and has
been dedicated to the medium ever since. He likes to keep his artwork fun and lighthearted.
Chris tries to blend his artwork seamlessly with the surroundings, so it’s never clear where the
art ends and the ground begins.
Shannon Neumann- Invited Artist
I am a California native. Although I am an executive assistant at a large company here in Nashville I still like to dabble in art in my spare time. There isn’t just one particular thing I like to do –I do anything from cake making to life drawing- I like to try my hand at everything and I have always been good at making nothing into something. This is my second year doing chalk art here and I look forward to many more years to come.
Katie Bush is an artist born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She received both her BFA and MAEd in Art Education. In 2013, she helped organize a chalk festival in Marietta, GA. After seeing the chalk artists perform during the event, she signed up for her first festival and hasn’t stopped chalking since. She has since won multiple awards for her creations. In her spare time, she practices yoga, travels, and cooks vegan food.
I live in Simpsonville, KY. This is only my second event outside a charity event I do every year in Elizabethtown, KY. I like to do interactive or action pieces so this year’s piece will be my first portrait attempt.
I began drawing when I was a toddler and I was self-taught until I attended the Art Institute. I was introduced to the artwork of Norman Rockwell in 7th grade and he has since then been my biggest inspiration. More recently I have been influenced by the 19th century Realism art movement, as well as the artwork of Henry Ossawa Tanner. My love for creating art led me to fashion and tattoo design as a teenager; and as an adult, I was exposed to and fell in love with graphic design. This field allows me to work in various mediums, both traditional and digital, with limitless possibilities.
Traditionally I love dry media, therefore I enjoy charcoal, pencil and chalk drawing. Digitally I prefer vector artwork and creating logos and unique pieces for special events. Professionally, I aspire to brand corporations and small businesses, while also teaching low income communities about the art of graphic design.
Holly Schineller, a resident of Tempe, Arizona, attended both the California College of Art and Arizona State University to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. She finds inspiration in nature, the sciences and mathematics. For the past six years her commercial work has been focused on glass fusing including trophies and architectural installations. Holly began teaching at the Scottsdale Artist School in 2014. She spends the majority of her volunteer time in the artistic and nontheistic communities. Her work also includes drawing, painting, and the ephemeral art form Street Painting. Holly enjoys getting people excited about science and bringing its beauty to the street. “The pastels allow me to create images and ideas I can’t always express in glass.” You can see some of her commercial pieces on her Facebook page LWA or her street painting work on her Facebook page Holly Grounded.
Jacob Brooks- Invited Artist
Jacob A Brooks is an artist based out of Nashville, TN specializing in bright, vibrant art. He works in pen and ink, acrylic, mixed media and paint pens. He is also an award winning street-painter. Jacob competed in his first chalk festival in 2008 and fell in love with the art form.
“I love the transitory nature of Street Painting, it is a microcosm for the temporary nature of our existence and the existence of everything that we create. Eventually it will all be washed away, and it needs to be enjoyed for the entire creation and refinement process, not just as a finished product.”
Twitter: @jacobabrooks Instagram: @jacobbrooksart
As an Artist Sarah Arace enjoys expressing herself through many different media, including; drawing, painting, photography,
animation, and mixed-media. Born Sarah Ellen Langdon and raised in Huntington West Virginia currently lives in Nashville, TN
with her husband and 4 dogs.
Sarah’s studies and instruction of art has taken her to; SCAD in Savannah GA, The Art Institute of TN, Vanderbilt University,
and University of Florida. Sarah’s inspiration and passion for the Arts comes from life experiences, like being a single mother
at 16, overcoming life’s obstacles, and embracing your ‘imperfections’. She appreciates any opportunity to inspire, create
art, and empower people.
Charles Shultz’s ‘Peanuts’ cartoons taught Madison Clell how to read, and as a result she became hooked on visual story telling. After studying trombone and fine arts at the University of Oregon, she created a darkly humorous comic book series about trauma and recovery, and was recruited to transform the series into a play that debuted in San Francisco in 2009. Post playwriting and B&W cartooning, Madison stumbled into the world of chalk art and realized that this art form was a fun match for her kinetic drawing style. She loves the bold colors, physicality, and open public access of this art form. Madison is particularly thrilled to be part of the Nashville Chalk Festival which benefits the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences as she has a minor hearing impairment and often sports decorated hearing aids. Swing by her square for both work in progress and free hearing-aid-friendly pony beads! www.madisonclell.com
My name is Alyssa Fosnight and I am a Doctor of Audiology student at Vanderbilt University. I’m in my last year of the program, so I am very excited about graduating and becoming a Pediatric Audiologist. My hometown is West Milton, Ohio, so I feel obligated to say O-H ___! I mainly draw/paint for fun in my free time. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums and I try not to confined myself to a sheet of paper (ex. A couple of times I took some window crayons and drew on my windows). What I love about art is that it has no rules or boundaries, so for me it allows me to just be me. I look forward to participating in the Nashville Chalk Fest as an artist!
Zach Herndon is an artist living in Atlanta, GA. He’s was first introduced to chalking through his wife, Jessi Queen, at the 2011 SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival and has since worked side by side with her at national/international festivals where he’s passionate about engaging festival patrons and including them in the process. Zach took the plunge and chalked solo for the first time at the Sarasota International Chalk Festival in 2015. His crisp line-work and attention to detail lent itself to the success of a still life work by Roy Lichtenstein which he later developed his own method for chalking Lichtenstein’s famous ben-day dots. Zach is a co-founder of the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild. http://www.gachalkartists.org/zacharyherndon/
Elyse-Krista Mische is a mixed-media illustrator who grew up in St. Cloud Minnesota. She earned her B.A. in studio art from Lawrence University of Appleton Wisconsin in 2011. She has completed artist residencies at Holden Village (Chelan, WA) in 2015, with Elsewhere Studios (Paonia, CO) in 2016, and at The Charles Adams Studio Project (Lubbock, TX) in 2016. Since 2010, Elyse-Krista has shown nationally in exhibitions; recently at the MacRostie Art Center (Grand Rapids, MN), the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (Brooklyn, NY), and with the James May Gallery (Algoma, WI). She was recently commissioned by the Appleton Chamber of Commerce to paint a public mural in Kaukauna, WI. Elyse-Krista is currently a 2017-2018 artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN).
My name is Sadie Schwarz and I am a Pediatric Doctor of Audiology at Vanderbilt University. I just completed my first year with the hospital and I love it! I am from Hamilton, Ohio and have drawn/created for most of my life. My father does chainsaw sculptures, whittling, and can build anything you need out of wood/metal. I enjoy learning new mediums and coming up with custom products for others. I spend most of my time wood burning and drawing pencil/graphite portraits of others. I have always enjoyed trying to incorporate my creative/artistic side with my science-y side. I look forward to participating in Nashville Chalk Fest!!
Tracy Montoya- Invited Artist
I am a freelance artist. My work is figurative in nature from portraits, to figures in specific settings, to how people are connected to their environment. I also take on commissioned work as well, which ranges from portrait work, to specific designs, to commercial drawings and advertisements for businesses. I work primarily in pencil, charcoal, pastel, color pencil, watercolor painting, and acrylic painting. I also have been in art education in some capacity for over 10 years now.
Currently, I am exploring images through a theatrical, cinematic perspective. I am trying to explore the use light, both natural and artificial lighting, textures, natural and created backgrounds, and how they can help create the subject and affect the emotional state of my image. I create images that are edited versions of the original photos. They are representational in style, but are often fictional and surreal, abstract at times and sometimes all of the above in subject matter. I use my family and myself often as subjects in my work. I also recently began working on landscapes where still might be some figurative relationship with landscape. I keep finding new ways to grow as an artist and my students and my own children are my greatest teachers and sources of inspiration.
Julia Denison is a Nashville native and Montessori teacher who received her BA in Studio Art from Indiana University. She participated in the first Nashville Chalk Fest in 2015, but the majority of her public art experience has taken place through murals, installations, and live painting. Recently, she has focused her attention on mixed media photo collage.
Born in Atlanta, GA, I grew up in Texas, Germany and Tennessee. I started drawing and painting as a child and continued exploring art throughout my early education. I continued studying art at Queens College, Charlotte NC and received a degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1984.
Painting is a source of great joy and peace for me. My goals with my art are to create images that leave the viewer with a sense of happiness. Most of the images I create are considered mixed media. The use of acrylic and oil paints, paint mediums, pastels, inks, fabric, paper, pencil and pen provide the opportunity for endless creative possibilities. My faith, family and friends are the inspiration for the images I create; they are the harmony and the love.
Jessi Queen is an award winning chalk artist living in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and has been creating chalk murals on the sidewalk since 2007. She has participated in national and international chalk festivals including in Italy and Germany. With fellow chalk artists she started the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild which has grown to over 20 members from GA and around the country. www.jessiqueen.com/
James is a Nashville native that moved to the Atlanta area in 2014. He studied graphic design at MTSU and has since been exploring work through multiple mediums, particularly favoring chalk. Through collaboration with his friend, Quan Mcfall, he has done pieces on sidewalks all around downtown Nashville. Upon moving, he was lucky enough to discover a group of artists that specialize in chalk (the Georgia Chalk Artist Guild), and has been able to participate in festivals and other events including the festival last year in Nashville (pictured here).