“The Character of a Man” to open Sept. 2; will showcase works in oil, watercolor, clay, pen & ink, and more from the Nashville businessman and civic leader’s private collection of work
FRANKLIN, TN (August 29, 2016) – O’More College of Design announces today the upcoming opening of “The Character of a Man,” an exhibition that for the first time showcases art created over the course of 40 years and in a vast array of media by the late Thomas P. Seigenthaler. A Nashville native who was a well-known civic leader and the founder of a long-standing public relations firm, Seigenthaler also was a prolific artist, a facet of his life known only to family and friends – until now.
“We are honored that Tom’s family has granted O’More permission to be the first to pull back the veil and give the public an intimate glimpse into the character of this man, who was so instrumental in the Nashville community and so passionately creative,” said O’More President Dr. David Rosen. “The exhibition is an homage to Tom’s favorite subject – the character of his fellow human beings – that also exposes Tom’s own character, as well as his dedication to art, to family, and to humanity.”
The public opening of “The Character of a Man” is September 2nd from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Robert N. Moore Jr. Gallery of Abbey Leix Mansion, located on O’More’s campus in Franklin. A diverse retrospective of more than 40 years of Seigenthaler’s art, it will include curated works in various media, as well as incorporate notebooks filled with sketches and poems. Pieces by other family members and friends who Seigenthaler inspired and encouraged will also be on display.
Gregarious in public, Seigenthaler preferred to keep his wide-ranging artistic pursuits private, making art for the sheer joy of doing it and sharing it with the people he cared about. He spent many evenings and weekends in his studio, a converted garage behind his Nashville home, working in clay, woodblock print, oil, watercolor, pen & ink, and wire – and inviting others to join him. Throughout his life, Seigenthaler created hundreds of pieces, but never exhibited or sold any of his work. Since his death in 2004 at age 65, his art has remained in his studio.
“Those who knew my father knew that making art fed his soul and infused everything he touched,” explained his daughter, Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, President of DVL Seigenthaler, a Finn Partners Company. “His hands were always moving, as if tracking his incessant imagination. He could capture humanity with just a few simple pen strokes. We are extremely grateful to David Rosen and the team at O’More for giving us an unprecedented opportunity to finally share this intimate work with others who knew him, and many who didn’t. It is a poignant and exhilarating event for our family.”
“Character of a Man,” which will be part of September’s Franklin Art Scene, will run through September 26. Moore Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; or by appointment.
To learn more, please visit www.omorecollege.edu.
About O’More College of Design
O’More College of Design is a four-year institution in Franklin, Tennessee, offering degrees in fashion design, fashion merchandising, graphic design, interactive design and interior design. Founded by Eloise Pitts O’More in 1970, when modern American design was just emerging, O’More is rooted in the fundamentals of the field, yet ever-evolving. Members of the O’More faculty, board and alumni are embedded in the greater design industry, both locally and nationally, giving students a real-world education and extensive resources when seeking future employment. To learn more, visit www.omorecollege.edu.