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April 25, 2024

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Discovery Center Announces 2024 Artist in Residence

The program runs from Wednesday, March 20, to Saturday, June 15, and features workshops and programming.  

The Discovery Center recently announced Tennessee artists Charles Key and Suzanne LeBeau as the featured artists in the museum’s 2024 Artist in Residence program. Sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the program runs from Wednesday, March 20, to Saturday, June 15, and features workshops and programming led by Key and LeBeau.  

“The Artist in Residence program embodies the Discovery Center’s commitment to fostering creativity and community engagement,” said Tara MacDougall, President and CEO of the Discovery Center. “We’re especially excited to be hosting two featured artists this year and expanding the program to offer several rounds of studio sessions and interactive ‘In the Studio’ events.”

Nashville-based artist Charles Key will lead the first round of programming, running from Wednesday, March 20, to Sunday, April 14. The program will feature open studio sessions every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and “In the Studio” sessions on Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m.  With works in cities like Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York, Key is a widely known muralist and community activist.

Suzanne LeBeau will kick off the second round of programming beginning the week of April 15. With a background in mural painting and elementary education, LeBeau creates acrylic abstracts and experimental pieces utilizing the process of upcycling to highlight the importance of waste reduction. 

The Artist in Residence program was established by the Discovery Center to inspire learning through the arts and focuses on sustainable practices in Middle Tennessee. Previous artists in residence include Choctaw artist Sally Wells, Hilo Studios owner and ceramist Kelsey Smith and painter, ceramist Abby Hirsch Reish.   

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.