The Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) celebrates black history with its current exhibit, Echoes of Conversations. This tribute to black Americans in art, literature and poetry features the work of Nashville artist Michael J. McBride. The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 17.

“Art provides a tool for communication between the viewer and me. Color is a major component in that communication which can evoke different moods and ideas. I believe in presenting images that reflect positive ideas and situations. It is important for the viewer to see my work and view the contents base on their life experiences,” says McBride.

The exhibit run includes an Artist Talk on Sunday March 3 and a Masters Class on Saturday, March 9. Details for both events will be available soon at the MACC website.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

McBride is a native Tennessean who earned his undergraduate degree in art from Tennessee State University. His graduate degree in painting is from Illinois State University. McBride is currently an instructor of art at Tennessee State University, and he's a former adjunct faculty member at Watkins College of Art in Nashville.

McBride was curator of the Hiram V. Gordon Gallery at Tennessee State University from 1995 - 2000 and has been the lead artist on many community-based projects in Nashville, Sister Cities Mural Projects as well as Nashville International Airport’s Arts in the Airport program.

His current body of work, titled “Too Black Too Fast,” is a traveling exhibition of art about African- American jockeys and trainers. McBride’s work is included in both private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. His work has been featured on TV sitcoms, including Living Single, The Wayans Brothers Show and The Jamie Foxx Show. McBride has also illustrated more than 70 children’s books and book covers for several publishing groups.

MACC INFO

MACC is located at 1017 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville. Hours are Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more info, call 615-822-0789 or visit monthavenartsandculturalcenter.com.