Opening January 3, 2015

during the First Saturday Art Crawl

and continuing through January 24, 2015

The arts company presents LARGE-SCALE INSTALLATION OF


Photographer Michael Weintrob’s Portrait Series of Iconic Musicians


With InstrumentHead/Nashville, Michael Weintrob has captured uniquely intimate expressions of artists’ identities without ever showing their faces. In this exhibit, his subjects include InstrumentHead portraits of approximately 50 Nashville musicians, including Jim Lauderdale, Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and Flecktones), Bobby Keys (Rolling Stones), Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Crystal Taliefero (Billy Joel), Tim O’Brien (Hot Rize), Fats Kaplan (Jack White), Alison Brown, Bucky Baxter (Bob Dylan), Jim Oblon (Paul Simon), Shannon and Ashley Campbell, and Kenny Olson (Kid Rock). Weintrob has been shooting artist portraits and live music professionally since 1998. His InstrumentHead concept evolved by chance when, during a typical portrait photo shoot, Weintrob began suggesting artists put their instruments down their shirts, “just to spice things up a bit and get creative.” His subjects responded so positively to the idea that the series took on a life of its own. Now more than 250 artists from around the world have been invited to participate in the project. “The first thing I tell the artist is that I’d like to tell their story through the photo, and include what makes them special as a musician,” explains Weintrob, “I also ask, ‘How are your fans going to know that it’s you without seeing your face?’ So people show up with all the stuff that distinguishes them, and together we figure out how to incorporate it all into the portrait.”


Former Brooklyn, New York resident and now Nashville-based photographer Michael Weintrob has been taking photographs of celebrated musicians around the world for over 20 years. His images have been featured in a number of renowned publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Jazz Times and Newsweek.  Michael's passion for music and photography is evident throughout his work. From traveling the world to shoot bands and artists performing live for thousands of fans to intimate portrait shoots in his Brooklyn studio and now in Nashville, Michael brings his love of great music and artistry into his photos.  Weintrob created InstrumentHead, an ongoing series of photographs that convey a sense of magic and mystery, featuring a glimpse into the psyche of renowned and emerging musicians and bands.  His work has been shown at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, and at OZ Nashville.